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Postcards from Picturesque… IDAHO? Who knew?!

Postcards from Picturesque… IDAHO? Who knew?!

I don’t know about you all, but I was formerly one of those individuals who believed Idaho didn’t have much going for it other than potatoes.  (Not that potatoes should be understated, since they’re a staple to any part-Irish girl’s diet).  However, over the course of my trip, I’ve seen some of the most beautiful landscapes! Here are a few quick pics of some flora, fauna, and merryweath–I mean–scenes you could witness on an excursion to Idaho.  The terrain out…

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Snoqualmie Pass

Snoqualmie Pass

After driving through hills covered in vineyards, orchards, and string bean fields in the lush valleys of Yakima, Washington, one approaches territory that exhibits what I think offers the best of Washington State scenery: dense blue-green coniferous forests.  The views of the Cascade Mountains from the Snoqualmie Pass along I-90 are absolutely breathtaking.  See for yourself: The only thing that could make views like this better would be if my better half was here to share them with me.

One If By Land

One If By Land

The first of our summer travels for 2017 is one that I made alone.  Since Joel and I are landlocked again, his summer schedule is less flexible due to that pesky four-letter word that starts with a W and rhymes with twerk.  So, we switched things up a bit, and I got to do some solo-traveling to start off our summer travels.  And boy, did I get pick a good one.  Welcome to my Northwest Territory Road Trip! The following…

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A Good Year

A Good Year

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Emily and I have been busy working to fill the cruising kitty, renovating a house we recently purchased and also making more upgrades on the boat. I managed to get a good deal on a slightly used simrad radar unit that will connect with the navigation system currently onboard. That will make life MUCH nicer offshore and also when running into fog on the river. I started looking into radar pole sets…

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Back to lake sailing

Back to lake sailing

After saying our farewells my father(Bob) and I started making use of the remainder of the day performing engine maintenance while Emily and my mom made the 7 hour drive back to Illinois. My dad decided to join me for the final leg to Kentucky Lake, and I greatly appreciated the helping hand. The temperature through the region was consistently around 100 degrees so I asked my dad to bring our old window unit air conditioner to stick in the…

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Back to BusYness

Back to BusYness

If there’s one thing you could say about Joel and I, it’s that we never stop moving. This is why we make intermittent bloggers at best. Even though we may be landlocked again, our get-up-and-go lifestyle never stops. Since our return, we’ve been hard at work renovating our 90s fixer-upper. It’s been only a few months since the purchase, and we’ve scoured every surface; yanked out some overgrown, gnarly barberry bushes; replaced the original, mud-tracked carpeting and padding; repainted almost…

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Complicated

Complicated

One of the more difficult aspects of our journey this year is that on both ends of the trip were periods of time during which Joel and I were apart.  And not just small periods of time: we’re talking blocks of 3-4 weeks.  We spent 7 weeks together this summer, but we also spent 8 weeks living on our own: Joel on the boat, and me with my parents. I know, I know; some people spend much longer time periods…

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Up creek without a paddle

Up creek without a paddle

Sleeping was difficult the night of July 31st, and the music blasting from the band had nothing to do with it.  Neither did the thunder rolling in the distance.  I knew the next few days were going to bring a lot of change and I was leaving a saltwater world that I loved.  But, I knew that with hard work and determination, I would be back soon.   It hit me pretty hard pulling out of Dog River, heading east…

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Last days of saltwater for the season.

Last days of saltwater for the season.

  After arriving in Apalachicola I decided to spend a couple nights to rest up and take care of some chores. (Joker valve on the toilet…fun,fun.)  The town is bustling with a surprising amount of tourist action, which is a good thing.  There isn’t an easy way to get to the town and it really does have a lot to offer if you fancy that old town Florida atmosphere such as myself.  It really is the forgotten coast.  But you…

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Miles, Storms, and Stories

Miles, Storms, and Stories

While planning our moves in Sarasota, Em and I decided we should take the boat up the river system to Kentucky Lake/Lake Barkley for the remainder of hurricane season.  During that time, I’ll pick up some work to replenish the cruising kitty and we can make future plans. After 2 months of amazing adventures with my best friend/wife, Emily departed last week to visit her sister in Annapolis.  Though, I wish I could have gone, it was up to me…

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