Sept/Oct 2015

Time flies when you’re having fun.

We keep looking at each other and saying, where did the time go? How is it we are at the end of October already and I haven’t done a blog post since August?

Well, for starters, we’ve had some limited internet along our way, but mostly our blog page has been broken and I need the administrator to fix it (P please and thankyou) so I can post something. At this point I’ll just get the post out and worry about pictures later. That would just take too much time given that we are on the verge of departing for our offshore passage in a few days from now.

To keep it brief here’s what we’ve done since the last post:
August 18-September 5 – Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard (yes we liked it there and we were also waiting for some of our mail, so we stayed longer than originally planned).
September 5-9 – Block Island, Rhode Island (in the harbour with hundreds of other boats for the Labour Day weekend)
September 9 – New Haven, Connecticut (overnight anchorage only – no going ashore)
September 10 – 16 – Port Washington, New York (took the train to NYC, had guests on board from NYC)
September 16 – Sandy Hook, New Jersey (overnight anchorage only – no going ashore)
September 17-18 – on route to Cape May, New Jersey
September 18-20 – Cape May, New Jersey (attended an outdoor Beer Fest/farmer’s market)
September 20 – Anchored just west of C&D canal
September 21-25 – Silary Bay, Maryland (we had the place to ourselves, enjoyed the peacefulness)
September 25-30 – South River, Edgewater, Maryland
October 1 – 26 – Lake Ogleton, Annapolis, Maryland (We stayed on our friend Jackie and Dan’s private dock, P used Jackie’s workshop and installed a freezer and some shelves. They lent us their car and we got provisions restocked for going south. We got Charlie to the vet for his paperwork. Jackie and Dan pet sat Charlie for 8 days while we went to Canada for Keith & Taryl’s wedding. We are super appreciative of all that our friends from Chill did for u., Thanks so much J & D)
October 26 – 27 – transit to Hampton, Virginia (overnight pleasant sail)
October 27 – 31 – in Hampton, Virginia attending seminars with the Salty Dawg Rally and getting the boat ready to depart for the British Virgin Islands (target date November 2nd weather permitting).


Cooler mornings in October have us craving a warm breakfast. We found this recipe and have been making it ever since. Serves 2

2/3 cup of pumpkin puree (I use 1/2 14oz can)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch salt
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
3/4 cup almond milk
5-6 finely chopped pitted dates
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 Granny Smith apple. cored (optional)
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

1. In a medium pot, heat pumpkin on medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until the pumpkin is reduced by half or a deep golden brown.
2. Stir in spices and cook for another 30 seconds to blend the flavors.
3. Add the salt and rolled oats, water and milk, stirring to bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for about 5 minutes.
4. Stir in the dates and continue to stir while the oatmeal thicken (about 204 minutes more). Remove from heat and put a lid on it for an additional 5 minutes. Meanwhile chop apple into bite size pieces and chop walnuts for topping.
5. Stir in vanilla extract and serve.

Note: if you have no dates, use 2-3 teaspoons of maple syrup for sweetness.