• 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…

  • Random

    Cleaning the Bottom

    My clock says 5:36am and a book just fell on my head. I am groggy since we moved the boat out to the sandbar at high tide last night and dropped anchor a little after 2am. I can hear Geoff on deck. Can’t I just sleep a little longer? The boat lists sharply to the side and I know I can’t. The books come down from the shelf into the bed and I walk down the middle of the boat, now at about 20-degrees, making sure everything else on the high side is secure. I grab breakfast and climb on deck. Geoff is now below making sure everything in our…