Brilliant Sunset Video: 2017 November 1

Brilliant Sunset Video 2017Nov01 Sunset New Bern

Brilliant Sunset Video: Golden Sunset Another final post for the night.  Here is the first part of some footage of a brilliant sunset video recorded on November 1st, 2017.  Additionally, the scene overlooks the Trent River Bridge in New Bern, NC.  We find ourselves enjoying the sunsets here almost daily.  Most of all, it is easy to spend time reflecting on the day and the beauty around us. The video is also available on our YouTube Channel.

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Halloween Road Trip: its November already?!?!

Road trip to Charlotte NC

October FLEW by.  Seems like we were sweltering in the August and September heat and then all of a sudden, it was November.  We decided to take a Halloween Road Trip. Halloween Trip Shannon and I took a quick trip inland last to visit a few close friends for Halloween.  Neither of us planned to dress up this year because, as much as we LOVE Halloween, almost everything we had in the way of costumes was packed away in storage.  Bummer, but we were at least thankful to get to…

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An Early Morning Reflection: Waking to the calm of boat life

Starboard port light

Random Early Morning I awoke early to the dim morning sky barely visible through our stateroom hatch and screen netting to a gentle bob and sway and the soft rhythmic flow of Shannon’s sleeping breath.  The feeling of an early morning reflection is looming.  A single walking star, visible only against the background that lightened from a deep blue to a powdery sky blue, reminds me of the turning of the world.  I watch until it fades into that background, surrounded and overpowered by the reflection of our radiant sun,…

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Finally Fall

Finally Fall: Life Aboard SV Banjo We have been hiding from the heat all summer and there has finally been a change in the air. Our days have been beautiful the past week and it is finally fall.  And we have even been able to leave the hatches and port-lights open during the day and night. We have engaged in a few new projects over the past month or so including the replacement of our house fresh-water pump diaphragm.  Also, we exercised our thru-hull valves, and did a fresh-water cycle…

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July-Aug 2017, sushi and Irma

Shannon driving Lil' Pick'N

July-Aug 2017 Sweltering heat and oppressive humidity makes for a challenging creative environment for blogging, or doing much of anything really besides hiding from the climate.  In this post we will share our experiences with July-Aug 2017, sushi and Irma.  We learned this lesson during the month of August here in New Bern, NC where, as the old saying goes, it wasn’t so much the heat but the humidity that made our days a struggle.  We did what we could to stay cool and endured very well with the pups…

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Dog Days

Dog Days of Summer Some days are more trying than others.  These past few weeks in New Bern have been hot… and humid beyond what either Shannon or I are used to.  These are the dog days of summer.  We have had to make a conscious effort to slow down, to be more patient, and to take breaks.  We have discovered that the middle of the day is probably the worst time for us to attempt to conquer any boat project, unless it involves the water hose. Dog Days of…

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