Mike was bummed, we were not allowed to catch them ourselves. They all belong to Lobster Fishermen.
They like each other!!
Cats under the dodger
Robin made this hat for Rheannon. Great job spinning and knitting.
Visiting the Capital
Those green, red and blue containers on the ship are what semi trucks tow.
Peragrin Falcons putting nav aids to good use.
Glad the Coast Guard gave up on keeping the birds off and just designed aids to accomidate the birds as well as the boaters.
boats in Martha's Vineyard Harbor
Mike makes delicious hushpuppies/corn fritters.
Mussels for dinner
Debbie and Nicolas going to collect mussels from a derelic shrimp boat.
The boat's bottom has a huge colony of sealife. Mike is up the mast.
Kids going for a row in Martha's Vineyard.
Oliver isn't sure.
Mike caught dinner off the Atlantic coast of Long Island, NY.
Blue fish...we think.
At the boat yard Debbie finished rigging the little boat to sail. Mike's trying her out.
Farmers market 2 blocks from the boat. Rheannon and Cara having fun!
Sunset at anchor.
Lunch with John at an Indian restaurant in Seattle.
Nicolas's favorite spot while visiting Gramps and Virginia.
Tired after a day out. in Seattle.
In April '09 we visited family and friends in Seattle
Visiting Debbie and Gramps college, UW
In spring we sailed Terrapin up the Severn river to visit a friend with water front and a dock.
The frozen water kept us from the dock, but we still enjoyed our visit.
After a winter at the dock the cats are alittle distressed by a sail
Relaxing in garden area of Spa Creek Marina
Another liveaboard, Jeff and his dog
On bridge overlooking Spa Creek Marina.
We walked the bridge often to go to downtown Annapolis
Our dock in Annapolis, Spa Creek Marina
Snow on boat and dock
We spent the 2008/09 winter in Annapolis at Spa Creek Marina
Rheannon sitting in cockpit.
We are now anchored off Annapolis, Maryland.
Rheannon got caught with the crabbing bug. They are so fun to hunt and catch. They're fast!
We are tied up to the Maritime Museum in St Michaels, MD.
At anchor in St Michaels, Maryland.
We didn't have the heart to kill them and eat them. So we let them go.
Mike was disappointed no cakes for dinner.
Rheannon in the water, Mike in the dingy.
cooling off on a hot day on the Chesapeake Bay.
Nicolas waiting his turn.
Finally, we got the name on the boat, carved in the transom (by now it is painted bright yellow).
Cute photo of Oliver. He always comes on deck and says hello when we come home or sits and says bye as we leave.
Oliver is always looking for places to squeeze into. The boat offers lots of options!
Horseshoe crab skeleton. Found on the beach of ICW.
Rheannon paddling Billy Wind style on the Intra Coastal Waterway, East Cost USA.
Rheannon read and loved the book Talking Earth by Jean Craighead George. Rheannon was not allowed to paddle a canoe solo in the Everglades. This is as close as she could get for now.
Debbie in Rheannon's canoe, Calamae.
Mike, Rheannon and Nicolas.
Later we rafted together to eat lunch.
Mike and Oliver napping on a settee after a long night of sailing.
Oliver gets super cuddly when the boat gets moving under sail.
Rheannon and Nicolas sitting on "Hatchling", the dinghy, enjoying the sail.
Rheannon tossing our message in a bottle overboard. We sent a note and one of our boat cards.
We got a note in the mail. A biologist checking the beach daily for stranded sea life found our bottle the next day. She had seen our sails the day before.
Rheannon with shrimp boats in the background.
On this day off the coast of Georgia we were surrounded by 6 or 7 shrimp boats.
Rheannon and 2 friends.
We met a family of 5 sailing back to Maine after a year aboard. Great joy finding kids on a baot.
Lounging on the boat while underway, sailing.
Rheannon forward on the "desk", Nicolas on his berth, Oliver, the cat on the settee. Mike's at the helm and I'm taking the photo.
"Therapy " for Nicolas. Climbing on the Treaty Live Oak in Jacksonville, Fl.k
Visiting old haunts from when we lived in Jacsonville.
Rheannon climbs a bit higher.
Family photo time.
A couple visiting from Israel took this photo for us.
Before leaving Florida heading north up teh East Coast in April '08 we hauled out.
We are getting ready to head to Maine for the summer.
Rheannon did ask to be dropped and we did pull her up quickly!
Rheannon having fun and showing Nicolas how it is done.
She kicks off the hull of the boat just above the water line. This is the anchorage in Ft Myers Beach.
Nicolas screams bloody murder when we are getting him set up to swing, but then he loves it.
Nicolas getting more comfortable on the swing
Last time at the farmers' market. We made friends with a few of the vendors.
They loaded our arms with Nicolas's favorite fruits and veggies.
Rheannon busking at the Fort Myers farmers' market.
A heron come to visit in Ft Myers Beach.
Rheannon and Jillian sharing a 'drinking' coconut.
I didn't have the camera when Mike and Rheannon and Debbie were climbing and tring to climb the trees to pick these coconuts.
Cousin Jillian & Aunt Mandi came to visit us in Mt Myers Beach..
Rheannon, Jillian and Nicolas ready to sail.
Odd life form on the beach. What is it?
It looks like it should be soft and gooey but it is hard and smooth. Maybe a root?
Big birthday gift from Uncle Dave and Uncle John, a beautiful Mac that can go on line!!!!
We took Brad, Lajean & Kira sailing.
Mike particularly liked it when Brad took the helm and tacked us back up the channel into Matanzas Pass and the Ft Myers anchorage. Brad grew up sailing these waters. He pushed our boat and was pleased with her performance.
Lajean holding our group art project: Brad, Lajean, Andrea, Kira, Mike, Debbie, Rheannon & Nicolas.
We took turns, three minutes each adding onto the canvas, then a final one minute each to finish. The photo does not do the art justice!! What fun!!
Rheannon and Andrea playing at Andrea's water front home.
The Ft Myers Beach anchorage is right in front of them. A few people on boats clapped when they finished each song. The palm tree is made of PVC pipe heated, formed, cut and painted.
Egg/Coconut hunt time.
Rheannon would paddle her canoe to their home and disappear in an art activity for hours.
Easter coconut decorating.
Andrea, Rheannon, Kira and Nicolas.
Rheannon, Andrea and Nicolas drawing on cloth with permanent pens.
Henna in Fort Myers Beach.
We met a great family of artist living ashore near our boat in Ft Myers Beach. They invited us over for many creative activities.
Surfing and beaching it with friends in Ft Myers Beach.
Brad made the surf board.
Friends in the Keys, worked at the Dolphin center and they gave us passes to swim with the dolphin, Pax.
Nicolas giving and getting a hand/flipper shake with Pax
Debbie getting a dolphin kiss from Pax.
Mike with Pax
Rheannon swimming with Pax
Another fun toy! Gulf cart driving. Steve was great at trying to get Nicolas to steer.
Steve always stayed in the driver seat!
A friend, Steve in the keys wanted to introduce Nicolas to the joy of motorcycles.
Just in the parking lot!!
X-Mas in Fort Myers 2007
Oliver our adopted orphan cat.
We found him abandoned at a state park in Illinois.
Nicolas hanging in Debbie & Mike's berth. Undoubtedly music with a good beat is playing for him.
Coasting along under sail
Sailing after many weeks mastless traveling down the rivers.
Can you see the knot meter reading 8. That's fast !!! for us.
Traveling on the river
Sunset on a warm evening.
Mike and a catfish
We crashed a family Thanksgiving meal at Hagey's Catfish Hotel.
We joined 50 some members of the Hagey Family at their restaurant for wonderful fellowship and food.
"torture" swinging from the mast.
Nicolas and Debbie not sure this is fun.
Misty fall day 2007 on the rivers between Chicago and Gulf of Mexico.
Nice park ranger gave us a ride home 5min by car 2.5 hrs by foot from Homeplace 1850 living museum.
Kentucky land between the lakes with Ilsa, Rheannon, Nicolas and Park ranger and van!
November 2007 Ilsa visits Kentucky Lake
Oct 2007 Alice, Robin and Elisabeth visit
Going through the 'valley' of down town Chicago.
Debbie sitting on our lowered masts. Two bridges are broken in the down position in Chicago...so the mast must come down. There are 20 some bridges beyond Chicago so we left them down for awhile to make for a easier & faster transit.
Rainy day on the Great Lakes
Maiden sail. Thanks for the photo Susan! We sailed from the boatyard on a river to a park on Lake M
A bunch of friends were waiting & waiting to greet us, feed us & celebrate with us!
Debbie and Nicolas canoeing
Terrapin tied at Southwind Marina's dock. Rheannon and Nicolas in the canoe.
Once we in the water the boat yard let us live aboard at their dock for a few weeks finishing some more items on the to do list.
Nicolas helping Mike
Digging for lost something in the cockpit.
Launch day September 2007
One of two camp grounds we went to each night after working in the boat yard.
Because of liability we were not allowed to sleep on Terrapin in the yard.
Rheannon and Nicolas cooling off in the boat yard.
Our first 'anchorage' after Madison.
We were on the hard here for a month. Installing our stanchions & life lines were first on Debbie's to do list.
Neighbor friends seeing us off. Watching the end of a long neighborhood project
Moving Day !
The truck pulling Terrapin got stuck in the mud. He called a tow truck to pull him pulling Terrapin!
Wet and muddy help.
One up, second on it's way. We were so happy for all the helping hands.
In Madison friends helped us load the masts onto the boat for transport to Milwaukee.
Building the Masts.
Installing Teak deck.
Building our shop, boat alongside. Now in Madison, Wis.
Building the interior
Rolling the hull over, March 1999 Jacksonville, Fl.