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.
Tucker and I have been together through the best of times and some of the worst; college parties, all-nighters, crazy roommates, moves, traumatic falls, friends, dogs, husbands…wait, just one husband but Tucker and Brian would agree that this relationship is still evolving.
Tucker is 10 years old now, and unfortunately he did not want to partake in sailing adventures. He really doesn’t like the heat, is not fond of water, and prefers wide open spaces for exploring. Tucker dreamed of returning to his native Andes Mountains for his senior years, but squandered most of his savings on those college parties.
While planning to sail, we thought of all the friends we had met through the years and with whom Tucker had really made a good connection. We found a perfect match! John, Chrissy, and Marley welcomed Tucker into their family.
Christy and Steve shared pictures and stories from their honeymoon in the Galapagos. Tucker liked the penguins best, Brian liked the hawks and marine iguanas, and I liked the sea lions and tortoises. We got a tour of the port where we’ll anchor one day, and recommendations for guides, tours, and beaches.
Tucker settled into his new home rather quickly. John and Chrissy gave us a tour of their remodeled row house, and then a tour of Manayunk. It was a much overdue visit, and great to reconnect! We bid Tucker farewell, knowing he and John, Chrissy, and Marley were anxious to get to know one another. Thanks so much to our friends!