Eight

Eight years. I look forward to this little girl’s future, while at the same time I pine for her past. Which, I suppose, is all the more reason to work hard at living in the moment. I could go on and on with superlatives that describe Ouest, but at the … Read More

Always Water

I wouldn’t say “provisioning” has started in earnest, but multiple boxes and cans of the same thing have been coming home from the store pretty regularly these days. St. Augustine has turned out to be a pretty cool place to have a boat with kids. We’ve got the marina right … Read More

Builders

We’ve always got “garbage” piled up next to the dock locker that the kids use to build different things. It’s gotten to the point around here that our neighboring boats are even dropping off their boxes for our kids to use. By day three I had everything pretty well assembled … Read More

Thanksgiving

Just in time for Christmas. Lowe managed to hold on to all of his teeth until they came out naturally—seems to imply that he is just better than his sister at protecting his face when he wipes out. We went down to New Smyrna Beach for the big kite festival. … Read More

Kids Life

The kids found a cast net left behind in the dock locker and immediately added it to their arsenal. One two-minute Youtube video later Ouest was casting like an old pro. Lowe was still a little too small to get a good swing on it, so he’s sticking with his … Read More

Manatee

Going up the mast is quite different on this boat, with a top-of-mast height of just twenty-four feet. We’ve been up there clearing all the old crap off. That big goofy round thing on top, that was performing the important task of gathering HD tv signals from the air to … Read More

Around the Marina

Still working on getting some teak work done. In typically American fashion, the guy we hired was told by the marina that he needed a million-dollar insurance policy. That delayed us a week. Nowhere else in the world would hiring someone to do this sort of work require anything like … Read More

Hurricane Irma

We were only on the boat for two days before it became clear that Hurricane Irma was going to be a very real threat to us. By Tuesday, six days before the expected landfall, we were already scrambling to figure out our evacuation plan. Hotels were booked solid for over … Read More

A Grand New Home

Dropped off the Airstream at a storage space in Texas for the new owners to pick up in a few weeks. She was a good home for us the past year. Such a simple home—we didn’t have any issues. Replaced the tires, and that was it. There is a lot … Read More

Airstream Work and Play

It took us seven days, but we got it done, and the Airstream now feels much more like a home. Everything got a fresh coat of paint, cabinets were rebuilt to make them more user friendly, new cubbyholes were added under the kids’ new bunk beds, book cases were built, … Read More

Airstream Updating

We rolled out of Georgia, through a bit of Alabama, and into the Florida panhandle. One of those places that we’ve always missed. In part, because we generally can’t stand Florida. But hey, we’re just passing through, we can give it another shot. Another swimming hole we couldn’t enjoy. Gators, … Read More