Thursday, October 22, 2015

A visit from the fleet

One of the highlights of our year is the annual (and sometimes semi-annual) visit
by the Rock Hall Fleet.

Our waterbased RV Sailing buddies make their seasonal migrations north and
south on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) which passes right by our house.  
It's a tradition that we've been enjoying for about 7 or 8 years and we try to time
our arrival and departure of our own migration to coincide with theirs.

We will be departing in one week for our winter run west. 

The regulars:

Hayden & Radeen on Island Spirit.  Their Blog

Eric & Pat on Cutterloose  Their Blog


Rueben & Mollie on Priority  Their Blog

The Gang headed out to dinner in Beaufort
Hayden & Radeen on the left  Pat & Eric on the right.
Me & Rubin in the rear.
Kate & Molly in front.

Hayden & Radeen were able to take advantage of our slip in the marina out
back.   Priority & Cutterloose were just up the road a couple of miles at
Town Creek Marina.

Our first night together was one of Mama Kates Italian feasts...   
Eggplant Parmigiana, Ziti with Sausage & Meatballs.
Kate makes a mean Eggplant for sure...   I tell everyone its all about how the
eggplant is sliced.   (guess who slices the eggplant?)

First some antipasto.   I picked up Pat & Eric while Rueben remained on
his boat finishing up some electrical repairs.  I went back and got he and Molly
when the electrician was done.

The doodles made sure that they got equal time visiting with everyone.

After Rueben and Molly arrived we kicked it up a notch.

Soon it was dinner time...  Yum!

8 of us for dinner - sorry Pat & Radeen I didn't get you in the picture.

Yesterday Hayden & I worked - he on web projects from Island Spirit,
and I from my home office.
While we were working our fingers to the bone, Radeen, Kate, and Pat
went shopping and tried out for this years Santa Elves Review.

I think they make quite an attractive trio - don't you?

Hayden walked over mid-day for some expresso and doodle time.
The doodles go nuts every time that they see Uncle H.

Kate & I posed for a photo shoot with the Doods in front of the bus.
The bus is pretty much ready to head west.  I need to turn on the fridge and pack the
food and we're done.

After everyone spent some time touring the Party Bus,  I might
have some future land yacht converts in the making.

I could not think of a better present than spending some road time with this gang.

This morning Hayden & Radeen departed the marina to rendezvous with the rest of
the gang near Morehead City.

Radeen gave a wave from the dock and Hayden & I traded blasts from the boat horns.

Truly a special group of friends...
 All are incredibly successful people in their own fields.
Living each day to the fullest and not wasting a drop of life.
Our lives are enriched by knowing each other.

But as quickly as it began...


  1. And as Paul Harvey used to say "and now the rest of the Story" . Part 2, land yacht adventures with the Kerlins. We are looking forward to meeting up with you 2 (I mean 4) out West somewhere and enjoy the good times. I forgot to ask, are you stopping anyplace and picking up boudin sausages while traveling to Austin?

  2. PLEASE tell me the girls bought none of those outfits!!!!
    I'd love to propose to that group of yachters AND you & Kate, that we meet up for a canal cruise in Europe somewhere, sometime, somehow!
    xoxox Kristi

  3. What a terrific visit!!! Thank you for your gracious hospitality. I can attest to the thinly sliced eggplant parm as THE BEST...ever!
    No fear...none of those sweater dresses were purchased! Thank you Kate, Greg & Doodle Dogs.

  4. What a grand visit it was! The shopping expedition was the BEST, though I can attest that none of those holiday dresses found their way in our shopping bags. Thank you for all you did, and always do, to make us feel welcome! You are so right. Our lives are truly enriched by all of us knowing each other!


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