One couple, one boat, one plan: to travel from Portland Oregon, through the Panama Canal, around the Yucatan, and through the Great Loop of the United States. With little experience, a commercial grade life raft and more than enough fuel to make it to scene of the crash they begin their journey. What's to come next no one knows but if we stay tuned we'll be sure to find out...
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
BACK ON QUEST
RETURNING TO THE
QUEST "SPLASHES" BACK INTO THE ICW WATERS
Our Quest spent all summer “on the hard” at the Anchors Away
Boatyard in Hempstead, NC. She had little scratches and mars repaired (OK, so some
weren’t so little) then got a thorough wash and spiffy wax job.The “V” Berth window that blew out last
spring in the Chesapeake was finally replaced and both the back windows in our
stateroom were also replaced.The Garmin
weather and GPS locator are now working after the replacement of a faulty
wire.Finally, the con-Quest is also sporting a new coat of bottom paint. We are looking good and ready to go!!!
After being thoroughly secured in the gigantic hoist’s
slings, Quest was carefully transported to the water and slowly lowered.For safety, they left the slings loosely
surrounding her and we spent the night right at their dock.How nice to be back in the water.Thanks to all the hard working guys at
Anchors Away, we are prepared for the up-coming boating season.
15 NM traveled today
from Hempstead to Dockside marina at Wrightsville Beach
After spending a peaceful night on the still floating Quest
we were ready to cast off and make our way down to the Wilmington area.Since arriving here we have been working
until ready to drop and, even though we were aware of the approaching Hurricane
Sandy, we hadn’t paid a lot of attention to her.She will be in our area by Friday evening and
is expected to linger through the weekend.Our place of refuge ended up being at the Dockside Restaurant and Marina
just off the Wrightsville Beach Bridge.Now the process of replacing all the staples on Quest has begun.Whew!Things like sugar, flour, mustard, jam, paper towels, toothbrushes,
lotion and on and on and on..............;
With an eye on the approaching storm we carried out all of
the necessary chores to prepare Quest for both Sandy and our journey.Steven surprised us with his presence and we
quickly put him to work assisting us.By
the time Richard and Charlene arrived at the Wilmington Airport from
California, we were ready for whatever!They were greeted with a little light rain but that was about it.
Looks like Sandy will be kind to Wilmington.It rained all day but we never saw winds over
25.We gave Richard and Charlene
thetour of Wilmington, the college,
Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach before heading back to Quest to prepare
for the “hurricane party” back at the old neighborhood in Southeast
Neighbors gathered to feast on 3 bushels of steamed local
oysters and shrimp.We huddled around
a table in the garage where they dumped the oysters, grabbed a shucking knife
and joined in the process of prying open the shells to access their
treasure.Everyone had a great time
visiting, shucking and eating while the rain continued to fall outside.
SUNDAY 10 28/2012
With an eye on the weather we made final preparations to
leave our safe-haven here at dockside and continue our journey south.Tomorrow morning seems to be looking good and
I think we are all ready.We have
assured all friends and family members that we on Quest have survived the
threat of Sandy.While she was more than
kind to this area, those in the Northeast may not fare so well.