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October 31, 2010

To all of our friends and family; the Snow Goose has had her wings clipped.

Regretfully at about 9 a.m. this morning, three miles into the Albemarle Sound we lost the top three feet of our main mast and our front roller furler.  We are safe and secure in Broad Creek cleaning up the damage before we travel on.

The front sail right after the mast snapped.

This is the front sail right after mast snapped.

The top three feet of the mast hanging in the shrouds.

The top three feet of the mast caught up in the shrouds.

We have much to be thankful for; no one was hurt, it didn't happen at night and we weren't out in the ocean. More information and pictures to follow.

October 29, 2010

For tonight we are rafted to 'Island Time' a Ted Brewer designed boat on the dock just past the Great Bridge.

Rafted off Island Time on south dock at Great Bridge.

We make quite a group of cruisers don't we?

Last night, the Captain's choice to anchor in the Back River instead of continuing on to Willoughby Bay was a good one. We woke in the middle of the night to howling winds and a choppy anchorage, but nothing compared to what we would have had in Willoughby Bay with three miles of fetch and gusts to 30 miles an hour. The daylight pictures show how we had to  snake in during the night.

Fishing stakes showing the shallow part of the river.

We had anchored in about 9 ft. of water just in front of the fishing stakes (which means very shallow water ahead) .

The narrowest part of the channel.

This was the narrowest part of the channel we had to go through in the pitch dark, with Anna standing at the bow of the boat waving a flashlight to pick up the sign posts leading us back to the anchorage.

Duck blind just off of the channel.

This duck blind was just to the port side of the channel, we didn't even see it last night as we snaked our way in.

Spit of land sticking into the river.

This spit of land sticks out into the mouth of the river and  we had to pass so close to it that I could have thrown a rock on shore with no problem. 

Channel around Northend Pt.

Rounding Northend Pt. heading out into Chesapeake Bay. It doesn't look like much but just past the point of land the waves grew to 4+ footers and gave us a fast, rolling ride south into Norfolk where the Navy was in full operation.

October 28, 2010

Today was the big day. We actually started our journey south. We left about 1:30 in the afternoon from Walden's dock. We sailed down the bay sometimes going 7 kts. It was exciting.

Sunset on the bay as we sailed 7 kts.

We enjoyed another beautiful sunset, as we savored our homemade potato soup. We finished the day by snaking into Back River using ambient light, our chart plotter and the radar. We didn't go a ground, hit anything and we're as snug as can be for the night.

October 27, 2010

Another day, another project.

Rich inside the engine room.

Rich inside the seat locker running tubing for the water maker.

Rich hooking up the electrical for the water maker.

Rich hooking up the electrical for the water maker. 

October 26, 2010

Today, I finished crocheting the blanket for our next great-grandson.

Baby blanket I crocheted for great-grandson.

It's in the mail and now on to the next project. 

Rich working on our battery system.

This morning, Rich worked on hooking the forward batteries up to the starter battery to provide charging for the forward batteries when the motor is running. We need that windlass!

All the tools and supplies he needs to make the electrical run.

The cockpit is full of tools and electrical supplies.

The forward batteries that need a charging source.

The front batteries are under our bed next to the chain locker, oh and did I mention, they also run the bow thruster.

Rich is all done and putting things away.

As you can see from the pile of "stuff" behind Rich, every time he works on something below the cock pit, everything must come out, then be replaced. Long day for Rich. 

October 25, 2010 

We left the Glebe about 4 a.m. this morning in the dark. We don't often get to watch the sunrise from the water. It was beautiful with the clouds and sun dogs.

Well, we're back to Deltaville with a long list of things to do. Rich gets one item repaired and another one breaks. The batteries to the windlass and bow thruster died, so at 4 a.m. he was pulling the chain and anchor up by hand.

We seem to have resolved Edie reluctance to do her business on the boat. We have been using sod, which she did fine with, but now she is using indoor/outdoor carpet.

Edie will go up on the deck by herself for a bathroom break. This should keep us from having issues when we cross to the Bahamas. 

October 24, 2010

Beautiful sunset at the end of a long, boring day of motoring.

Captain at the helm.

Seadog at rest.

First mate grumbling about pictures!!

Traveling at night is peaceful. Last night with a bright moon; the landscape was illuminated. The radar worked - mostly; we motored swiftly with the current and tide, then anchored about 2 a.m. in Mattawoman Creek for the remainder of the night.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge at night.

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge lit at night.

Local cruise boat from Alexandria, Virginia.

This cruise ship passed us a couple of times as they traveled up and down the river. As they passed we could see them dancing on the top deck to the sound of Thriller.

October 23, 2010

We're off the see the Wizard of Oz. It is about 9:45 p.m. and we are preparing to leave Washington DC. It's past time to head south.

October 21, 2010

Today we visited the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. There was so much to see, we didn't finish it. I really enjoyed the painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing. He was an American tonalist painter.

The painting "Music" by Thomas Wilmer Dewing.

Music

The painting "The Necklace" by Thomas Wilmer Dewing.

The Necklace

The painting "The Spinet" by Thomas Wilmer Dewing.

The Spinet

These were my favorite among his paintings in the American Art Museum. There was a room that was dedicated to his work. In addition, there were several of his works in the Sackler Freer Gallery; A Woman Playing the Violoncello, Girl with Lute, and An Artist were among my favorites.

Rich believes this statue is the finest we have ever seen. I agree.

The sculpture "Undine" by Chauncey Bradley Ives.

Undine

The statue was carved from marble in 1884 by Chauncey Bradley Ives. A fabulous piece of art.

 

October 19, 2010

We visited the American History Museum today. Recently Rich and I watched the movie Julie and Julia. We enjoyed the movie very much and I decided I wanted to see Julia Childs' kitchen. The 45 minute video playing at display was worth the visit in itself, but really enjoyed seeing all of pans, knives and kitchen gadgets. In the video, she states she never met a kitchen gadget she didn't like. In fact, I am considering purchasing her cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" Vol. 1, although I have told myself not to buy anymore cookbooks!

Julia Childs' kitchen in the Smithsonian American Museum.

I am wondering where I would store all of the pans. Julia did say one could make do with just three knives, but......

Some of Julia Childs' kitchen gadgets.

Some of the her gadgets I have never seen or heard of before and I thought I was well versed when it came to cooking.

The other exhibit I really enjoyed was of the First Ladies gowns.

Although there were many lovely gowns in the exhibit, this was my personal favorite. It is a dress that Mamie Eisenhower wore to a State dinner. I just love the style of the dress, the fabric and even the color. It is a very feminine dress. 

October 18, 2010

While I went shopping with a friend, Rich spent the day visiting yet more museums. This is the Smithsonian Castle, information center for the Smithsonian museums.

This is a Japanese Zero at the Air and Space museum. There will be more pictures in Picasa, soon.

October 17, 2010

I didn't think there would be room for me in the dinghy, but we made it back to the boat without incident. The first major provisioning in preparation for traveling to the Bahamas.

October 16, 2010

We motored the Goose down to Alexandria to meet my brother and his family to take them sailing. Alexandria has city dock that boats can tie up to for the day. We had planned to pick up my brother's family at the dock, but as we made our way toward the dock we grounded. It must be that it is only 6 ft deep at high tide. We made arrangements to do a touch and go at one of the City Marina T-docks and off we sailed.

My nephew Joseph steering the boat.

My brother Bill and his wife Melody with my nephew Michael.

Bill and Michael, the youngest.

Joshua and Chara

Jake steering the boat.

Melody and Jerusha with the wind really blowing their hair around.

Moriya on the bowsprit.

It was a great day enjoying the sun and the wind.

October 15, 2010

On the way back to the marina from the Holocaust Museum, we stopped at he the waterfront vendors to pick up lunch.

Blue Crabs were $10 a dozen, so we purchased 1/2 dozen for lunch. They gave us a couple of extra for good measure.

They seasoned and steamed the crabs for us.

Back at the boat we prepared to enjoy our lunch, the crabs now were orange colored with seasoning .

Eating crabs is work; you have to crack the shells and pull out the meat, but they sure were tasty.

October 13, 2010

This evening we planned to bicycle around the various memorials after dark taking pictures of the lighted monuments. The very first memorial we visited, Jefferson's, the lights were out. Then we visited George Mason's and Franklin D. Roosevelt's memorials. When arrived at Lincoln's memorial we got caught up in the filming of Transformer 3. Here are some of the photos we took.

We learned from a camera man that yesterday was the day to be here for they had scores of explosions right in front of the capital and shot off about 3600 rounds of ammunition during the filming. All of this set up tonight was for "back ground shots" of the reflection pool and the Lincoln Memorial.

 

View from Lincoln's Memorial.

More lights.

These lights flickered on and off during the filming.

Tons of electrical cabling everywhere.

These screens helped direct the light.

Equipment everywhere.

The crane that is over the pool holds the camera and as far as I could see, nothing really happened. They made everyone stand in one place and NO flash photography while they moved the camera over the surface of the water. That was the entire shot!!

P.S. Good thing nothing else happened as our camera battery died.  Then as we were leaving Rich discovered his bike had a flat tire.

October 12, 2010

My Casio camera has finally died. I bought the camera because it was small and could be carried easily, then proceeded to forget to bring it half the time. The camera had been well used (and abused) and will be sorely missed. Rich used it a lot to take pictures when he was working on projects.

You can see it was well worn.

I think the gap in the casing finally did it in. It allowed dirt and dust to migrate inside and finally the lens would not work properly. It can no longer focus. I am searching for a replacement as I do not want to drag our large digital along every where we go.

October 11, 2010

Rich took one of our bikes and rode around the several of the monuments just north of the harbor. The pictures will be on Picasa, soon.

The view of Washington's monument as Rich motored toward DC.

One of the military helicopters that fly over the basin where we are anchored. 

October 10, 2010

This is a little light house in front of Fort Washington taken while Rich was bringing Snow Goose up the Potomac River.

The new Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Although it is a bascule bridge, it is 83 ft at the center of the span.

October 9, 2010

Today is the day! We're leaving Deltaville, heading to Washington DC. But first we are going to the Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival.

There were several antique cars displayed at the festival.

While looking at the boats on the waterfront at the festival, Rich observed a bald eagle that swooped down above his head. There are more pictures in Picasa of the festival, including one of the quilt Rich purchased.

October 8, 2010

You would think that someone could work in peace, but no Rich kept snapping pictures until I finally looked up grinning.

Here I am using my new sewing machine to repair one of our life jackets (Thanks for the gift Casey). The machine works good, doesn't use a lot of electricity and it is small enough to fit into the bottom of my closet.

October 7, 2010

Back to work again!

Rich repaired the leak in the deck, now he has repaired the damage inside the bathroom. The ceiling boards suffered water damaged, discoloring and warping the boards.

Marking the cut.

Making the cut.

Installed and looking good.

Cleaning up the mess.

October 6, 2010

Today we drove around the Northern Neck of Virginia looking at various properties. This was our second time visiting this area; we had been through the area in October of 2004. At that time the property prices were sky high. Currently prices a more reasonable, but we didn't find anything that spoke to us.

We saw this abandoned farmhouse on our first visit through and it has captured my imagination. The setting is lovely and at one time the home would have been a good one. I wonder what the story is - who lived there and why was the homestead abandoned? 

October 4, 2010

Although this looks like a chewy brownie, it is really supposed to be Chocolate Mayonnaise cake. It really tasted terrible. Some how I made a mistake in the recipe.

October 3, 2010

Rich finally installed a fan in the kitchen. Originally, he planned to install one while building the kitchen, but I, in my ignorance stated opening the port should be enough with the exhaust fan over the stove. Turns out I was wrong and I've been waiting patiently for him to install it for months.  

October 2, 2010

Well, the Goose is finally back in the water and at anchor. The weather has taken a decided turn toward fall.  

October 1, 2010

Here we are ready to go in nothing but the ladder to take down. 

When Costa (the owner of Walden's Marina) tried to start the travel lift it wouldn't start. Turns out the wind was so strong during the storm it blew water up the tail pipe and into the engine. It took over an hour to remove the sparkplugs and clean the engine. Finally it was running again.

Out come the stands.

Up, up and away.

Over the water.

SPLASH! Another season begins.

Motoring out, now to the fuel dock.

 If you were wondering what happens to our retirement money here's where it goes! 93.7 gal. of diesel hopefully we won't have to fill up again until spring 2011!

 

October 26, 2010

Today, I finished crocheting the blanket for our next great-grandson.

Baby blanket I crocheted for great-grandson.

It's in the mail and now on to the next project. 

Rich working on our battery system.

This morning, Rich worked on hooking the forward batteries up to the starter battery to provide charging for the forward batteries when the motor is running. We need that windlass!

All the tools and supplies he needs to make the electrical run.

The cockpit is full of tools and electrical supplies.

The forward batteries that need a charging source.

The front batteries are under our bed next to the chain locker, oh and did I mention, they also run the bow thruster.

Rich is all done and putting things away.

As you can see from the pile of "stuff" behind Rich, every time he works on something below the cock pit, everything must come out, then be replaced. Long day for Rich. 

October 25, 2010 

We left the Glebe about 4 a.m. this morning in the dark. We don't often get to watch the sunrise from the water. It was beautiful with the clouds and sun dogs.

Well, we're back to Deltaville with a long list of things to do. Rich gets one item repaired and another one breaks. The batteries to the windlass and bow thruster died, so at 4 a.m. he was pulling the chain and anchor up by hand.

We seem to have resolved Edie reluctance to do her business on the boat. We have been using sod, which she did fine with, but now she is using indoor/outdoor carpet.

Edie will go up on the deck by herself for a bathroom break. This should keep us from having issues when we cross to the Bahamas. 

October 24, 2010

Beautiful sunset at the end of a long, boring day of motoring.

Captain at the helm.

Seadog at rest.

First mate grumbling about pictures!!

Traveling at night is peaceful. Last night with a bright moon; the landscape was illuminated. The radar worked - mostly; we motored swiftly with the current and tide, then anchored about 2 a.m. in Mattawoman Creek for the remainder of the night.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge at night.

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge lit at night.

Local cruise boat from Alexandria, Virginia.

This cruise ship passed us a couple of times as they traveled up and down the river. As they passed we could see them dancing on the top deck to the sound of Thriller.

October 23, 2010

We're off the see the Wizard of Oz. It is about 9:45 p.m. and we are preparing to leave Washington DC. It's past time to head south.

October 21, 2010

Today we visited the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. There was so much to see, we didn't finish it. I really enjoyed the painting by Thomas Wilmer Dewing. He was an American tonalist painter.

The painting "Music" by Thomas Wilmer Dewing.

Music

The painting "The Necklace" by Thomas Wilmer Dewing.

The Necklace

The painting "The Spinet" by Thomas Wilmer Dewing.

The Spinet

These were my favorite among his paintings in the American Art Museum. There was a room that was dedicated to his work. In addition, there were several of his works in the Sackler Freer Gallery; A Woman Playing the Violoncello, Girl with Lute, and An Artist were among my favorites.

Rich believes this statue is the finest we have ever seen. I agree.

The sculpture "Undine" by Chauncey Bradley Ives.

Undine

The statue was carved from marble in 1884 by Chauncey Bradley Ives. A fabulous piece of art.

 

October 19, 2010

We visited the American History Museum today. Recently Rich and I watched the movie Julie and Julia. We enjoyed the movie very much and I decided I wanted to see Julia Childs' kitchen. The 45 minute video playing at display was worth the visit in itself, but really enjoyed seeing all of pans, knives and kitchen gadgets. In the video, she states she never met a kitchen gadget she didn't like. In fact, I am considering purchasing her cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" Vol. 1, although I have told myself not to buy anymore cookbooks!

Julia Childs' kitchen in the Smithsonian American Museum.

I am wondering where I would store all of the pans. Julia did say one could make do with just three knives, but......

Some of Julia Childs' kitchen gadgets.

Some of the her gadgets I have never seen or heard of before and I thought I was well versed when it came to cooking.

The other exhibit I really enjoyed was of the First Ladies gowns.

Although there were many lovely gowns in the exhibit, this was my personal favorite. It is a dress that Mamie Eisenhower wore to a State dinner. I just love the style of the dress, the fabric and even the color. It is a very feminine dress. 

October 18, 2010

While I went shopping with a friend, Rich spent the day visiting yet more museums. This is the Smithsonian Castle, information center for the Smithsonian museums.

This is a Japanese Zero at the Air and Space museum. There will be more pictures in Picasa, soon.

October 17, 2010

I didn't think there would be room for me in the dinghy, but we made it back to the boat without incident. The first major provisioning in preparation for traveling to the Bahamas.

October 16, 2010

We motored the Goose down to Alexandria to meet my brother and his family to take them sailing. Alexandria has city dock that boats can tie up to for the day. We had planned to pick up my brother's family at the dock, but as we made our way toward the dock we grounded. It must be that it is only 6 ft deep at high tide. We made arrangements to do a touch and go at one of the City Marina T-docks and off we sailed.

My nephew Joseph steering the boat.

My brother Bill and his wife Melody with my nephew Michael.

Bill and Michael, the youngest.

Joshua and Chara

Jake steering the boat.

Melody and Jerusha with the wind really blowing their hair around.

Moriya on the bowsprit.

It was a great day enjoying the sun and the wind.

October 15, 2010

On the way back to the marina from the Holocaust Museum, we stopped at he the waterfront vendors to pick up lunch.

Blue Crabs were $10 a dozen, so we purchased 1/2 dozen for lunch. They gave us a couple of extra for good measure.

They seasoned and steamed the crabs for us.

Back at the boat we prepared to enjoy our lunch, the crabs now were orange colored with seasoning .

Eating crabs is work; you have to crack the shells and pull out the meat, but they sure were tasty.

October 13, 2010

This evening we planned to bicycle around the various memorials after dark taking pictures of the lighted monuments. The very first memorial we visited, Jefferson's, the lights were out. Then we visited George Mason's and Franklin D. Roosevelt's memorials. When arrived at Lincoln's memorial we got caught up in the filming of Transformer 3. Here are some of the photos we took.

We learned from a camera man that yesterday was the day to be here for they had scores of explosions right in front of the capital and shot off about 3600 rounds of ammunition during the filming. All of this set up tonight was for "back ground shots" of the reflection pool and the Lincoln Memorial.

 

View from Lincoln's Memorial.

More lights.

These lights flickered on and off during the filming.

Tons of electrical cabling everywhere.

These screens helped direct the light.

Equipment everywhere.

The crane that is over the pool holds the camera and as far as I could see, nothing really happened. They made everyone stand in one place and NO flash photography while they moved the camera over the surface of the water. That was the entire shot!!

P.S. Good thing nothing else happened as our camera battery died.  Then as we were leaving Rich discovered his bike had a flat tire.

October 12, 2010

My Casio camera has finally died. I bought the camera because it was small and could be carried easily, then proceeded to forget to bring it half the time. The camera had been well used (and abused) and will be sorely missed. Rich used it a lot to take pictures when he was working on projects.

You can see it was well worn.

I think the gap in the casing finally did it in. It allowed dirt and dust to migrate inside and finally the lens would not work properly. It can no longer focus. I am searching for a replacement as I do not want to drag our large digital along every where we go.

October 11, 2010

Rich took one of our bikes and rode around the several of the monuments just north of the harbor. The pictures will be on Picasa, soon.

The view of Washington's monument as Rich motored toward DC.

One of the military helicopters that fly over the basin where we are anchored. 

October 10, 2010

This is a little light house in front of Fort Washington taken while Rich was bringing Snow Goose up the Potomac River.

The new Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Although it is a bascule bridge, it is 83 ft at the center of the span.

October 9, 2010

Today is the day! We're leaving Deltaville, heading to Washington DC. But first we are going to the Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival.

There were several antique cars displayed at the festival.

While looking at the boats on the waterfront at the festival, Rich observed a bald eagle that swooped down above his head. There are more pictures in Picasa of the festival, including one of the quilt Rich purchased.

October 8, 2010

You would think that someone could work in peace, but no Rich kept snapping pictures until I finally looked up grinning.

Here I am using my new sewing machine to repair one of our life jackets (Thanks for the gift Casey). The machine works good, doesn't use a lot of electricity and it is small enough to fit into the bottom of my closet.

October 7, 2010

Back to work again!

Rich repaired the leak in the deck, now he has repaired the damage inside the bathroom. The ceiling boards suffered water damaged, discoloring and warping the boards.

Marking the cut.

Making the cut.

Installed and looking good.

Cleaning up the mess.

October 6, 2010

Today we drove around the Northern Neck of Virginia looking at various properties. This was our second time visiting this area; we had been through the area in October of 2004. At that time the property prices were sky high. Currently prices a more reasonable, but we didn't find anything that spoke to us.

We saw this abandoned farmhouse on our first visit through and it has captured my imagination. The setting is lovely and at one time the home would have been a good one. I wonder what the story is - who lived there and why was the homestead abandoned? 

October 4, 2010

Although this looks like a chewy brownie, it is really supposed to be Chocolate Mayonnaise cake. It really tasted terrible. Some how I made a mistake in the recipe.

October 3, 2010

Rich finally installed a fan in the kitchen. Originally, he planned to install one while building the kitchen, but I, in my ignorance stated opening the port should be enough with the exhaust fan over the stove. Turns out I was wrong and I've been waiting patiently for him to install it for months.  

October 2, 2010

Well, the Goose is finally back in the water and at anchor. The weather has taken a decided turn toward fall.  

October 1, 2010

Here we are ready to go in nothing but the ladder to take down. 

When Costa (the owner of Walden's Marina) tried to start the travel lift it wouldn't start. Turns out the wind was so strong during the storm it blew water up the tail pipe and into the engine. It took over an hour to remove the sparkplugs and clean the engine. Finally it was running again.

Out come the stands.

Up, up and away.

Over the water.

SPLASH! Another season begins.

Motoring out, now to the fuel dock.

 If you were wondering what happens to our retirement money here's where it goes! 93.7 gal. of diesel hopefully we won't have to fill up again until spring 2011!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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