I remember Memorial Day

I remember Memorial Day.  It’s not just some cheap beer and barbecue soaked holiday for me.  But I’m not going on a rant about that during this post, I can rant about it in my own head just fine.  I want to take the time in this post to thank those who have sacrificed so much during their time serving their country in one way or the other, so that others could have freedom.  And,,,be careful, cause you might not know all the sacrifices in health or sanity that others have made, so don’t make assumptions.

For my own friends and family, I just want to say thanks.  My own father, uncle and father-in-law are veterans.   These three gentlemen served their country in Vietnam and although they don’t all follow this blog, it doesn’t matter, because they will always be heroes to me.

We know many other veterans who we call family and friends,,,,so I want to take the time to thank them too.  Way too many to name here, so here’s a few folks that I want to reach out to by name and thank for their service or their support of veterans:  Andy R, Ronnie B, Blake@objectivezero.org, Bob N, Mike S, Kane H, Rhonda H, Ali N and Rob K, Michelle L, Camille L, Marisol, Rob P, Sean P, Melissa and Morgan R, John V, David Young Stud and Dan L.  Most of the folks on this list have served in times of war and peace; but for the most part you would never know their heroics unless you actually sat down and got to know them well enough to know what they did counted at the right time.  From the Special Forces Helicopter Pilot away from his young family to the Navy Supply Officer to the Nurse serving her country in Guantanamo Bay; to the busy Marine XO who had Diet Coke stashed under his desk in Fallujah, to the young Marine Officer who had to leave his boat to deploy overseas to the more experienced Warrant Officer who loves his Marine Corps and always has a COLD beer for me at the docks and finally to the various pilots on the list,,,,and the rest who’ve served this country,,,all I can say is thanks.  The folks mentioned above and so many others have done what was needed when their country called and with few complaints.  They’re heroes to me.

I was also going to mention by name a number of bloggers who have military family or are veterans themselves, but refrained.  For those of you who have military family or are veterans, thank you.

Happy Memorial Day, we are running a charity 5k today and embracing the freedom bought so dearly for us.

PS: If I missed any veterans who follow and didn’t recognize you, I’m so sorry, please don’t take it as a slight.


A Huge Step Forward

You might be wondering why I’m re-blogging this story, but I think it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate forward progress and pure triumph.  By buying this boat,,,,this is a step into the future that he’s always dreamed about.  And, this boat is more of a commitment to that dream than he know’s, because he’s paying for it now and has to continue to push in that direction.  I’m excited and happy to be able to follow his blog and celebrate the boat with him.  Take a look at this post.  If you like this writing, why not follow his blog, he’s got great photos and now has a great boat!!

This is Upper Range Pond in Poland Maine. I took this picture this morning on my way down to Cumberland Center to look at a boat for sale. I wanted to sit in a 30 foot sailboat to see if it “Felt Right” and was big enough for me. You can look at pictures all […]

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Working on her Captain’s License w/Mariner’s Learning System-

First, Happy Friday-

I decided I wanted to re-blog this story about Annie working on her Captain’s License using Mariner’s Learning System.  I’ve heard lots of great things about Captain Figular and Mariner’s Learning System from someone I used to work with; who I respect very much, who also took the test after using the same study system.  He passed with flying colors and he highly recommended using the same system to study for the Coast Guard Test.  After thinking through the whole process and knowing how crazy my own life is sometimes, I thought I would have to go a different way.  In a past life I came literally within one class of finishing my Masters Degree while doing online night classes, but just didn’t finish in the 7 (YES, seven) year timeline required to finish a whole Masters Program.  There were interruptions that I couldn’t help during those years so I came within one class from finishing.  Yes, I regret not finishing but I’ve moved on.  So, knowing about my own study habits, I went to a two week actual classroom setting at the Maritime Institute in San Diego.  It was fantastic and I met some really great people in the class from all over the United States.  I didn’t think it would be a big class, but there were 20 other students,,,,most with more experience than me.  I actually learned the material.  It WAS NOT a giveaway test, it was hard. I nearly failed, but did pass all the modules of the test after all.  I’ve included Annie’s story below and the links to my past stories.

If you like her writing, give her blog a look and consider following her.  Her site is: Have Wind Will Travel.

Tow lights, fog horns, distress signals … OH MY! As many of you know, I am currently studying for my Captain’s License and *man* is some of this stuff mind-boggling. I chose to do the study-at-your-own-pace program through Mariner’s Learning System and have been very pleased with the decision. Captain Bob Figular who runs the […]





via Captain’s Quiz! — Have Wind Will Travel

The Pamlico sound and Ocracoke Island- Pressed

This story comes from one of my close personal friends who had a chance to get his boat out sailing on the ICW and surrounds with his wife recently.  I won’t go into it all, but it’s a triumph of spirit just in the fact they have a boat, they get a chance to take it out sailing and they can spend some time with just the two of them in one place without others around.  Brian was literally one of my first followers and is an actual close friend in real life,,,and has a small and upcoming blog you should check out, it’s: Brianb29. Check it out,,,you might like it,,,,if you do, please follow it-

Source: The Pamlico sound and Ocracoke Island

“Re-Blog and Pressed” Posts

A few quick comments about “Re-Blogging or Pressing” Posts to tell stories, illustrate points or just let you read stuff that’s done well and conveys great info.  YES, I totally do this and have no problems doing it, as it’s my own blog.  I hope you take the chance to read what I choose to re-blog or press, because in general it will be worth it.  This week, I’m going to feature one of these pressed or re-blogged stories each day for the next couple days.  They are stories of triumph over incredible odds,,,most of you don’t know if you have not followed or know the people personally,,,and that’s what it’s all about, the PEOPLE featured in each post who wrote the post and conveyed their stories.  I think that’s pretty freaking awesome and encourage you to read and heed the messages in each story I post.

To all of you from countries all over the world who choose to follow this tiny blog, thanks, keep it up.  I challenge you to get 1 (one) of each of your friends to take a look at this blog and see if they like it enough to follow it,,,,they might like it!

Projects to finish- Stay Tuned

Good Morning:

I will admit I’m feeling a bit unmoored or guilty about all the different blogging projects my little mind has put together, but mind and fingers have just not been coordinated enough to sit down and get them all into the blogosphere.  Not sure if any of you ever have this problem; it’s totally quite the opposite of writers block,,,,it’s just that there are too many story ideas and unless I take the time to properly think them through and write them,,,,they may not be explained as well as I would like.  And since I know they’re things I want to post, I feel a bit guilty about not having the time to sit down and just knock them out.  I read stories coming out of your blogs with delicate poetry, incredible photographs and total diversity,,,and I want to get there too, someday.  For now, I’m going to publicly fixate on planned projects coming to my blog and decided where to go, because I have story ideas and lots of pictures, just have to plan those things out.

  • I want to finish my series on the sinking of the RMS Rhone with the full color picture maps I have stored.  I purposely went the opposite direction from where most go with this project, cause I should have let people see these maps first to get a good orientation to the dive and wreck, but that was too easy.- I finished this series with Sunday’s post.
  • I have lots of good pictures-  and want to break the stories of the on-water and vendor fair during the Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show into two different posts, because they were really two different events on the same weekend.  But, this was back in early April and I have still not gotten around to writing these pieces,,,,but I will.  Soon.
  • During the same show mentioned above, we happened into the Rosie the Riverter Museum (which is now in the National Park System) and the Mountain Hardware Employee Store; and with lots of great pictures, this will need to turn into its own post.  I’m a HUGE Mountain Hardware Fan,,,so the visit to the store was one of the highlights of the weekend.
  • During the same weekend at the Pacific Sail and Powerboat Show,,(we love distractions) we went over to see the Victory Ship (built in the Richmond Ca, Shipyards), the SS Red Oak Victory.   (I’m a huge history fan). But, since it was closing time, all we got were some great photos,,,but while we were there we found an actual winery on the pier beside it,,,,and had to go explore and try the winery, Riggers Loft Wine Company.  This place was awesome.  It’s a cooperative of 4 different wine makers and their brands, is very kid friendly and had great wine.  We went back twice.  This will be a separate post and story because I have some great pics.
  • Lastly, we also went to the Newport Boat Show here in Southern California to check out the difference in boat shows, later in April.  Much different than San Francisco but worth it.

Ok, enough of my guilty ramblings, I’m going to work on these posts but since most of them will be longer and include multiple photos.

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Fan of the Sierras

This is a reblogged photo and story from the Exploratorius site, because Lord knows that I can’t take photographs that look this good. This is the same writer with a great looking sailboat for sale, take a look at this repost I did to get that story out, it’s below:


If you like his stuff, go explore his site and think about following him.  If you like our stuff,,,especially our photo taste,,,stay with us.  Not only do both him and I write about adventure travel and sailing,,,,we actually do it.


This. This is why I love black and white film. Last night I finally began souping all my monochrome images from our trip out to western Montana and southern California last fall, and this is the first shot that I scanned this morning. Except for cleaning up the usual little zits and pops that come […]

via Monochrome Sierras — Exploratorius

Last of the RMS Rhone Series

Very likely, this should have been the first post in the series, but since I’m a bit unmoored in my writing style and I wanted you to truly get the feel for what it would have been like; to have been on that ill-fated ship, then dive her.  I’m ending the series by showing you what the whole wreck looks like today,,,,from mapping pictures,,,,then giving you the links to the rest of the series if you want to go back and read them,,,,and see the photos.  Here we go:

The whole wreck, looking toward Salt Island (land).

Rhone Bow Sections, which allow you to enter the hull and dive through

Mid-Section and Stern, usually the second portion dived, in shallower water.

Stern Portion of the RMS Rhone

RMS Rhone, in the background.

Here’s the stories with dive photos I’ve published previously in this series:




Me and my wife have dove this wreck twice and our crack LF2SF reporter went out and dove the wreck in January.  All the times we’ve been on the wreck visibility was good, but the giant grouper you see in some of the videos on YouTube died some years back, a real bummer.  There are still large groupers and barracuda on the wreck, the lucky porthole is there and the Captain’s spoon is all still there for divers to see.  If you get the chance, this wreck is awesome and the BVI’s are a great place to go sail.  And, this post finally finishes my 3-part series on diving the RMS Rhone in the BVI

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Back to Tulum IV

I realized what it was as we descend the gangplank toward the docks behind the San Diego boatyard where Tulum IV is currently slipped.  The sight of stately spars, the smell of the salt air from the sea, the wafting smell of diesel engines and moving boats and the cries of the seagulls hanging near the fishing boats; I’ve been missing the sea.  The sea is a fickle mistress, often calling but not always listening.  We took the time this weekend to get back down to Tulum IV to take a quick look at some spaces on her, see if the work had been done on the Sealand Pumps and do a quick cleanup.

This was how I had to leave one of the pumps last time I was on the boat,,,,coming back this time, both the forward and stern pumps were fixed better than new and cycled perfectly as we tested them.  I’m happy about it.  We’re now waiting for the estimate on minor repairs to the dodger from our canvas guy, “Memo” and will get some those minor things fixed.  After that, we’ll basically have no more major issues on the boat,,,,and surprisingly the boat will be in better shape than when we bought it.  Some of these things go all the way back to when we bought the boat and we just lived with them the whole time we’ve owned her.  We’re pretty hardy people and can laugh off,,,or live with a lot of minor details that are not perfect.  But I learned a hard lesson the last time the boat was surveyed.  Even though we had a great price on the boat, the buyer walked away because of several issues that were important to the buyer, but may have not been so important to me.  You don’t always know or understand a buyers motivation, so fixing some of these relatively minor issues ahead of time may have saved that sale.  It’s my fault, but I’ve corrected those issues now and have written about several of the others.  See the link below for my thoughts about my A/C system,,,which always worked perfectly.


We’ve looking forward to the boat selling now that she’s in tip top shape,,,,as we probably won’t do much more to her,,,,there’s not a lot to do except maintain her in excellent condition.  But, we are going to move to a new slip eventually.

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