• Adventure

    Exploring with Bears

    “You need to go to New Bern,” the marina manager was quite serious. We were comfortably ensconced in a marina in Oriental with a pool, but he seemed to know what he was talking about. I did a little research on things to do with kids in the area and New Bern did seem promising. So we chose a bumpy afternoon and made our way up the river a few hours to downtown New Bern. If Oriental has a thing with dragons, New Bern has an even bigger thing with bears. Skye has taken to bear-spotting as we bike along the cute downtown streets. Many businesses have bear statues out…

  • Adventure,  Boat & Home

    That Time the Boat Flooded

    “Skye should be up from her nap soon, and I’ll grab…GEOFF!!” I’d turned to climb down below only to discover several inches of water on the floor. It hadn’t been there a few minutes previously when I’d gotten us drinks. We were 10 miles from Charleston, SC and the brand new, never-tested engine had been running flawlessly. We’d just passed a raft of powerboats and their wake had given us a serious shake-up. “Something hit a thru-hull. Take the wheel.” There aren’t a lot of ways that much water could get into the boat that quickly and none of them are good. I take over steering while Geoff opens the…

  • Adventure

    Festival Season

    Spring is here and every small town in the area is having their annual spring festival. Do you want crabcakes at the Soft Shell Crab festival, lunch at the Shrimp and Grits festival, or a few hours on the tarmac as the Marine Core Air Base puts on a show? “We’re going to stay right here and watch the air show from our pool,” one of the dads at the marina informs me while trying to fill an inflatable pool with water. Skye is inclined to agree this is a good idea. I’m loaded down with produce and meat from our morning foray to the farmer’s market and tell him…