Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wedding and Honeymoon

The beginning of May found us among relatives and good friends at Satori, my sister Lindy’s house nestled behind extensive landscaping in Wellington. We had planned our wedding in the USA to allow more people to travel and attend, and were rewarded with a great group from all facets of our lives: childhood friends, sailing friends, college friends, Navy friends.

No Rehearsal, so it's time for Happy Hour!
The Ceremony
Butterfly Release
Cruiser reunion!
As my Navy buddies already know, you’re not married until the Navy says you’re married. As there was a center right in West Palm Beach, I wasn’t too worried until I finally got an answer to my phone calls and found out their first available appointment wasn’t for another month. Luckily, there was an Air National Guard center near where we were honeymooning in Fontana, NC that had appointments available that week. This also gave us the opportunity to drive “The Dragon”, the pass through the Appalachians famous for its twists and turns. With Linda’s new dependent ID card in hand, we made the return trip among the motorcycle and sportscar groups enjoying the early summer, and spent the rest of the week relaxing, hiking, and taking a lake tour.

Deal's Gap, NC: the start of the Dragon

With the festivities concluded, Chris returned to Troubadour for a few days of maintenance before teaching more sailing classes in June and July, and Linda returned to WI to spend more time with family and teach yoga there.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Four letter words

We haven’t blogged recently, as the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 was filled with a four letter word: W-O-R-K. I know we’re supposed to be cruising and living the good life, but circumstances have kept us tied down a bit. Granted, WORK means that I teach sailing to other people in one of the greatest locations in the world, sailing among islands in clear blue water and teaching them to anchor in nothing but powder soft sand, but it keeps us from venturing forth to do our own things which we feel are blog-worthy.

Teaching in Grenada or the Grenadines kept me busy through the New Year, and then I had the opportunity to head back “up island” for an advanced class, working with students to cruise a boat from St Lucia to St Martin and a new group of students to return to St Lucia.

In March we got one of our rare visits from friends, Linda’s friend Kara joined us on Troubadour for a bit more than a week to experience life afloat. She enjoyed the typical Grenada experience: Yoga, noodling, learning the “Spice Island” from Cutty, a cruiser's jam (which Kara ROCKED!), and a short sailing excursion around Point Saline to the Grenada Marine Park for some snorkeling among the sculptures.

A trip to the West Indies Brewing Co is a must!

Serendipitously, a few more weeks of W-O-R-K found us in Florida, USA where our next “vacay” was planned. Our close friends and Facebook followers already know what happened there, but you’ll have to wait for me to post pictures of our time in FL (and NC!) on the blog. Until next time!

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