From boat preparation in Minnesota to battling salt, wind and waves on the Gulf of Mexico to running with dolphins in Florida, we've steamed or motor sailed almost 2,100 miles, mostly on the Eastern U.S. river system, the rest on what proved to be an angry Gulf Coast in autumn, that confusing time between Hurricane season and the advent of winter.
Every spicy moment, whether fulfilling, frightening or both, has become a treasured series of personal adventures that will be forever ours. Every character we've met, some we've grown to know, and even dearly love, has added deep and delightfully delicious texture to what has evolved from just a long slow trip to a micro-brew of dumb, scared, smart, quirky, gritty & tasty bits. Please have some!
We humbly delight in sharing these special memories with you. And you may be surprised to find useful nuggets for making or considering such a trip yourself. We've screwed up FOR you!
Now it's time to get underway with us. Done talkin'. Lets go.
Your friends on the water,
Gene & Kay
Hey! Ex-Coast Guard, ex-advertising executive, ex-IBM executive, ex-sky diver, ex-scuba diver (clearly can't keep a job). I just love life, wife, sea kayaking, golfing, wife, Morse code, guitar, wife, photography and writing, not necessarily in that order! This life is too darn short to do stuff that isn't at or near the top of my daily passion list. My bucket list includes playing a non-obnoxious guitar, breaking a score of ninety on the links and bomb-proofing my eskimo roll . I like gadgets. That fits well with my attention deficit syndrome since I move on before a gadget becomes obsolete. Married forty years, got the kids, grandkids, the T-shirt and the male pattern baldness to prove it. Proud to be a licensed US Coast Guard captain with forty years of boating experience. Movin' on... c'mon along!
Restoring a Boat & Her Crew Published June 23, 2010