Monday, August 23, 2010

Invasion of the Carrot Snatchers

The forecast for Saturday and Sunday called for "zero chance" of rain, so many of the Carrotheads at the Carrot Island Yacht Club headed out to Cape Lookout for a weekend of quiet reflection and solitude.



At one point our raft had 11 boats and just about at dinner time the radar on the boats showed that our weather forecast was less than correct.  Will Kate and the Doodles get back from beach-combing in time to tell the Capt how to properly undue a raft while not spilling the beer?

We started to break down the raft as the first squall moved thru and it went quite quick and smoothly.  All the carrotheads swiftly and deftly scattered about the anchorage to lick their wounds and continue the quiet reflection - albeit in slightly smaller groups.

Dawn broke on another fine day.  ei'Lean sat on her anchor flying the IP Flag.  Too bad last nights fenders were still dangling - it might have been a nice picture.

Till next time Carrot Heads!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

All hands swinging on the halyards

A visit from friends turned into a nice sail out to Shackleford Banks, which is where it turned up a notch.

The anchor was dropped, the main halyard was disconnected, then Mom, Dad, and Daughters lost no time in adapting to life afloat

First Dad

















Then Mom


The the girls then showed how it's done.



The new moon current was ripping at almost 2kt
So you had to hang on to the ladder or you were
gonna be headed to Morehead City


I think the smiles say it all....

Another great day on ei' Lean

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Land Yacht Commeth

Coming soon to a blog near you...

We set off on our newest adventure...

The map shows our preliminary route.

Our plan is to rent an RV in Alabama (already done) and set off in the path of the pioneers and follow the Oregon Trail from Kansas thru South Pass Wyoming.  This would be about 1/2 of the trip that those crazy emigrants made over several decades in the mid 1800's.

From there (we are now in my old stomping grounds) we will head North thru the Tetons, Yellowstone, the Bighorns, and the Black Hills with alot of surprises along the way.   Eventually - back in the mid-west we will turn south and perhaps spend a day or two in the land between the lakes.

Join us as we hitch our Doodles up to Wagon and cross the plains and ford the streams in search of....   well what the heck are we searching for anyway??   Fun...  that's it.  Fun and excitement.

Join us.   The journey begins Labor Day.