Rode Trip had a fabulous time getting to know everyone at her Bon Voyage party at the Prescott Park dock on Saturday 6/23. Brian and I were thrilled to see so many friends and welcomed them to our new home! The flow of champagne could barely keep up with well wishes, hugs, and laughter all around. We did not let a torrential downpour spoil our fun, the party moved from the dock to the Portsmouth Brewery and carried on through closing time. Thanks to our visitors for a fabulous night on the town and for several thoughtful parting gifts. Hope to see you again out on the water!
We certainly have a lot of catching up to do!
On Friday 6/22 we motored Rode Trip from Newburyport to Portsmouth. It was a sunny, calm day and we made certain to log our four hour trip. Ahhh, Portsmouth! We moored Rode Trip in the Piscataqua River just off of Pierce Island; with much thanks to Mike for providing this familiar spot. We readied Rode Trip for her ‘Bon Voyage’ debut and continued to unpack.
Our next visitors came on Friday afternoon; good friends, Brian and Jen, who traveled from PA. Brian and Jen had quite the morning; they had driven to the top of Mt. Washington! We welcomed them aboard and gave a tour. They shared some Mt. Washington history with us. We then left Rode Trip for the night and returned to Amesbury with Brian and Jen. We had a fabulous meal at The Ale House and the four of us did our own catching up.
Sunny, Berkley, and Kaya met us in Amesbury at Whittier Meadows on launch day. Sunny and Brian brought the Forrester to the auto body shop where we intend to sell the cars (still in progress) while Berkley and I walked with Kaya, then packed CDs and DVDs. When the boys returned, we all piled into Berkley’s Outback and headed into Newburyport for a night on the town. Without our cars, Brian and I are officially cruisers!
Walking along the docks in Newburyport was a great opportunity for Berkley’s photo shoot of Rode Trip. She looked ready for cruising the open seas! Kaya met several new friends, puppy-loving kids, along our stroll who were just her size. Since it was still very hot outside, we decided margaritas were necessary to avoid heat exhaustion. Fortunately the heat resulted in other diners choosing to sit inside to be air conditioned; so we had no wait for an outside table at Agave which was Kaya’s preference.
What a great meal with great friends! The highlight of our dining experience came when our waitress brought the second round of margaritas (yes, still vey hot). The top heavy tray toppled, landing two margaritas into Brian’s lap and one of those two glasses smashed on the sidewalk! Now from my and Berkley’s view across the table, this seemed minor since we initially spotted only one wet shirt sleeve we thought Brian was narrowly missed. But when Sunny asked, “How’s the food?” and I replied, “Delicious!” we all had a good laugh before my next bite because Sunny’s question was really directed at Brian. Brian’s entire burrito was coated in margarita, and so was his shirt sleeve, side, and pant leg. The supportive, concerned wife that I am acknowledged this by reassuring my husband that, “it all goes to the same place.” Fortunately, Agave didn’t share my view and made Brian a new plate in mere minutes. It took me and Berkley several minutes longer to get the laughter out!
Sunny, Berkley, and Kaya walked us back to the dingy dock to say farewell for the night. We noted that not only did ‘seasoned’ boaters have motors on their dingies, they also had navigation lights. We are used to double takes and,”Do you need a tow?” remarks toward our dingy paddles but we certainly need to have a light for our next paddle in the dark so we aren’t always in stealth mode – an idea that just didn’t occur to us while thinking about selling cars and getting our sheets and clothes from the washer in Amesbury. One big learning experience!