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Apr 30, 2016 - The story of our trip in the ocean, up the ICW to home.

Lots has transpired since last we posted an update. We did our overnight in the ocean from Fernandina Beach, but it didn’t go quite as planned. The day time part of the journey was fine. We had enough wind to motor/sail for the morning hours. Then the wind died and we motored the rest of the way. And the trip was good until around 0330 the next day. When we passed the Charleston harbor channel at about 0200, the wind was moderate and the waves were uniform and not too big. However, by 0330, the wind picked up and the waves built and got...

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May 12, 2015 - We have been home for over a week now.

The end of our winter travels was a good one; the decision to wait out a rainy, windy miserable day in Coinjock, NC was a good one. Leaving Coinjock, the ICW is a narrow, mostly straight channel across the Currituck Sound, which is very shallow everywhere except in the channel. It is a pretty stretch of fairly open water. Once we got past the Sound, we are got into deep water and our challenge (we thought) was to motor between the bascule bridges, swing bridges and locks quickly enough to make their scheduled openings. It seems that need...

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Nov 8, 2014 - The Colonies Fort Monroe

November 7 - 10. We arrived Friday afternoon about 2:45. Nice and sunny but the winds were blowing 20-30 mph. Setup camp and waited for Kevin and Matt to arrive. We had chili in the crock pot and kept dinner simple. We sat by the fire after the wind died down and enjoyed a spectacular sunset. We got a bit cold and went into the camper about 9:30. The temps were in the low 40's and the wind started to pick back up. Saturday morning was crisp and cool. Light winds and a nice sunrise. Temps in the 40's. Sausage and biscuites with scrambled...

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Jun 2, 2014 - May 30, 2014 The Colonies Campground, Fort Monroe

Fourth planed trip of the year. We arrived on Friday at about 4:00pm. As usual the tunnel traffic was backed up and slowed us down about 25 minutes. The trailer hitch system did not feel like it was set up properly. There was a lot of bouncing on the secondary roads. Parking the Mesa Ridge is still a learning process for Pat. Setup was a breeze and all the new little features are paying off. The weather was in the low 70's and low humidity with a 10-15 mph breeze coming off the bay. Perfect weather all weekend! Keven, Michael and Jacob...

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Oct 31, 2012 - Day 108 - Hampton, Virginia

We have an appointment for the motorhome in Hampton today, about 30 miles away, freeway the whole way. Our appointment is for 9:00 am and we are on the road at 7:30 am, should have been plenty of time, famous last words. There were three separate accidents on the way and we did not get there until 9:30 am. Tidewater Express is going to check the alignment on all the wheels, again as Garry thinks the new tire is starting to scallop like the last one,as well as change the oil in the rig and the generator and give checkup to brakes etc. We...

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The Wandering Nunns

May 8, 2012 - Plan B

Dear Family and Friends, Well, we finally set off from Norfolk for Bermuda on Friday evening (May 5), full of excitement and glad to finally be on our way after months of preparation, hard work, and anticipation. We had a reasonable, though not perfect, weather forecast. We motor-sailed up the Elizabeth River to Chesapeake Bay to a lovely sunset and then set off across Chesapeake Bay for the open Atlantic a few hours sail away. Halfway across the bay, the radar began to look very ominous with an approaching thunderstorm and then the skies...

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Chirpy Ventures

Nov 7, 2011 - Start Of The Caribbean 1500 Rally!

11-07-11 Start of the Caribbean 1500 Well, it’s been a little over 2 years since we’ve parked Beaudacious in Hampton, VA in order to take care of family business back home in Auburn. While we’d visited her twice a year for maintenance and winterizing, we’ve just spent the better part of spring and summer aboard getting her ready to return to our cruising life! At last! We made the decision to go with the Caribbean 1500 rally (kind of the east coast equivalent to the Baja Ha Ha , except that it’s 1500 miles, non-stop, and all off-shore...

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Nov 5, 2011 - Sorry about the gap!

Sorry about the gap in time! We've been landlubbers for the last couple of years during a period of family illness and transition. While we've been busy having fun in many other ways (riding our Harley Davidson and trailer trips across the country etc.) I've been remiss in posting to our website.... which is, after all, our sailing diary. The time has come for us to finally return to that passionate endeavor... and so, you should start hearing from us again.... We're taking off 11/7/11 for 2 years in the Caribbean Islands.... so, stand...

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Oct 16, 2007 - Ft. Monroe, VA.

Oct. 16-23, 2007. Beautiful views of the ocean. We had the Atlantic 200yds. off one side of our campsite and 1 of the Chesapeake back bays 50 yds off the other. Not enough can be said about the Post itself. Staying here was a real honor- a virtual forced trip back into history. "Everyone" was stationed here. R.E. Lee and Edgar Allen Poe. Lincoln stayed here plotting the end of the war. It's the longest, continuously fortified military installation in the US. The largest stone fort constructed in America too. Close to all nearby attractions...

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Jun 22, 2007 - HAMPTON ROADS

We have spent the past week in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The term Hampton Roads, includes Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, as well as Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Historically, the name refers to the place of safe harbor off the Virginia peninsula between the James, Elizabeth, and Nansemond Rivers and Chesapeake Bay. "Road" in nautical terms is a place where ships can safely anchor. We are in one of the most historical areas of the country. But of course, we came here to visit family, not...

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Summer 2007



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