Friday, July 26, 2013

25 Days and Counting

We have been knocking things off our "lists" like crazy the last month or so.  We are trying to wrap everything up in our lives so we can get back on Jalapeno.  We are officially leaving Salt Lake City on August 20, 2013 bound for Fort Pierce, where we will spend the next few months fixing, installing, and provisioning our boat for its trip around the world  We brought a good sized list home with us from the boat and have slowly marked almost everything off.
  1. Buy one way plane ticket back to Florida
  2. Order boat cards
  3. Order wind generator
  4. Order T-shirts
  5. Fix gear for windlass
  6. Camera accessories
  7. Sew some covers for a few things on the boat
  8. Order extra rolled pins for gear (stainless steel)
  9. Find locking mechanism for starboard engine
  10. Order table bases
  12. See friends and family as much as possible 
  13. Make quilts for beds---special sizes
  14. Make courtesy flags
  15. Get fishing reels re-spun
  16. Shave Lucy
  17. Order Sailrite sewing machine for the boat
  18. Pack remaining tools & supplies and ship to boat
  19. .............the list never ends but we got a good start on it.

I just ordered some boat cards for us!!!  We will hand these out to people we meet along the way to keep in touch.  

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Lake Powell

We planned one last friend trip before we head back to Florida.  We had a total of  14 people at Powell with us this year and we had a blast!  Of course we got a later start than planned and ended up sleeping pulled off the side of the road in the trucks and boats in Kanab, UT, an hour and a half away from Powell.  Once we got to the lake everything went seamlessly.  Both boats fired right up, and before we knew it camp was setup and we were taking a well deserved swimming break.  The week was just what we needed.  A lot of swimming, playing, and quality time with our friends.  We had perfect weather, an adorable kitchen mouse with huge Mickey Mouse ears, and only one creepy looking spider.  My 2 favorite things about camping at Lake Powell are no cell service, and sleeping on the rock with no tent under the stars.  As my friends learned tents just don't work very well at Powell!!!  Well huge hotel tents don't work very well.  Other than 2 broken tents and a broken popup shade cover everything was ideal, until the ride home.............

On the drive home our truck broke down 40 miles from beaver at about 9:00pm.  We sat at the side of the road waiting for the tow truck driver and eventually pulled into beaver with the truck on the flatbed and the tow truck towing the boat at 12:30am.  Four of our party got to spend the night in Beaver, UT!!!  I was definitely jealous.

 Whoever said you have to ride on your knees on a kneeboard??