Under This Wedded Jewel

Under this wedded jewel

In the distance, the whooshing hum of evening traffic is almost deafening, as rubber tires spin across hardened pavement. Those modern, mechanical carriages are so close to us, and yet we are invisible to them, mostly. The occasional traveler may catch a glimpse of us here in this place. We see you as you whiz by. We hear you as you move deliberately towards whatever destination you have selected. I wonder where you are scurrying, to and fro. We sit idle, calm, and patient, in this pool of mirrors with…

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Post-Hurricane Michael Sunset

Tonight’s sunset literally had Shannon call me out of the rack to come see.  After being up all night on anchor watch during Hurricane Michael’s passage through North Carolina, and our visit by Chuck Courtney, I was beat tired.  Shannon was down cooking up some dinner and she hollared, “You have GOT to come see this!” Our first sunset since Hurricane Michael did not disappoint.  We have seen many spectacular sunsets since bringing Banjo to New Bern, but tonight topped the charts. This is only one of the reasons we…

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Tropical Storm Michael, just in time for Halloween

Tropical Storm Michael

We aren’t out of the woods quite yet.  It’s time to hunker down again.  Tropical Storm Michael is anticipated to be a Category 2 Hurricane, as of this writing, when it comes ashore in the Florida panhandle.  NHC is indicating the potential for tropical storm force winds for New Bern, NC.  Below are the NHC graphics from Mon, 08Oct2018 at 09:30 EST. Hurricane-Force Wind Speed Probabilities 50-Knot (58 mph) Wind Speed Probabilities Tropical-Storm-Force Wind Speed Probabilities Earliest Reasonable Arrival Time of Tropical-Storm-Force Winds Most likely arrival time of Tropical-Storm-Force Winds…

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Hurricane Florence: Early Hours at BridgePointe Marina

Hurricane Florence

Although limited on time and resources, we wanted to get this video out.  Our hope was to show people exactly how fast storm surge can rise. During the initial hours of Hurricane Florence we witnessed several feet of rise over the course of a couple hours.  And those were the early hours. Coupled with wind and rain and the conditions only got worse as the day and night wore on. Please forgive the choppy editing. Video Description In an effort to assist and help our dock-master, several of us volunteered…

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Everyday We Learn A Little Bit More about Life Aboard

Life Aboard

There is no rhyme or reason to this post except to make a few observations about life aboard.  First, life aboard a sailboat is MUCH harder in some ways than shore life.  That isn’t a jab at land-lubbers, just humble observations from someone who has lived both.  Life aboard a small sailboat teaches you to be very deliberate in your actions.  Not only must you be deliberate, you must be deliberate each and every time.  One hand for the boat, one for yourself is an absolute RULE, at all times,…

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