Today we quickly tended our chores so that we would be ready for company. Brian changed the oil (there is an oil drop ashore) and was finally able to adjust the idle on the engine. I oiled the wooden frame under the solar panel, the hatchway, and the boomkin. Brian filled all of our fuel tanks to the brim and made a few jerry can runs for diesel and gas at the nearby marina. I washed a final load of laundry. We spiffed-up Rode Trip, then spiffed-up ourselves with long overdue showers. Ready for company!
Our good friend, Amanda, lives in Jacksonville, FL. We contacted Amanda when we arrived in St. Mary’s, not sure if we’d stop at Jacksonville or not. We were thrilled when Amanda offered to drive to St. Mary’s to visit us and see Rode Trip! It was sunny and warm when Amanda arrived this afternoon. We took a stroll through town and got to chatting straight away. So much to catch up on! Then we piled into the dinghy for a tour of Rode Trip. We showed Amanda all the ins and outs of the boat, and shared the behind the scenes details of living aboard. We talked about all sorts of good happenings in our lives; relationships, career opportunities, family, new adventures. We topped off our visit with a delicious dinner at the Riverside Cafe here in town. Thanks for a great visit, Amanda!
Welcome to our first cruisers’ Thanksgiving! Seagles hosts an annual Thanksgiving dinner for traveling cruisers. The restaurant provides the turkey and the cruisers provide the side dishes, plates, silverware, and drinks. I made mashed butternut squash to add to the table and we brought along our finest Black Box wine.
We set up a kids’ table; Anthyllide (Scott & Kimberly), Serendipity (Matt & Jessica), and Hideaway (Ryan & Tasha; with guests Bill & Grace). We were joined by a local couple whose company we truly enjoyed. We wined and dined all afternoon.
After our bellies were full, and the restaurant was empty, we headed back to the water for a boat tour. First stop, Rode Trip. We found out just how much space we have for cozy entertaining.
Second stop, Serendipity. Matt & Jess got out their arm blade to demonstrate their self-defense plan. Sharks and pirates beware!
Final stop, Hideaway. Here we really let the good times roll.
We had a memorable Thanksgiving with our new friends, and were thankful that our families enjoyed their time together for the holiday.
Hello from the Admin…
I’ve been working on Rode Trip’s GPS track logs and have produced a map that shows most of the places visited by Rode Trip through late November, 2012. There are some tracks missing and some anomalies, but overall it’s quite accurate. A permanent version of this map is in the “Maps – Updated” tab at the top of the page.
View Rode Trip summary in a larger map