Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year!

First walk on the beach for the new year

We took our first walk on the beach of the new year here at Fort Macon State Park on Atlantic Beach in North Carolina.  It was a wonderful day with temperature in the 70's.  Of course the weather then changed and it has been below freezing at night and in the 40's during the day for the last several days!

The boat yard was closed for the holidays and then they decided to dredge the launch area. We have not put the boat in the water. As most family and friends know all too well- "cruising is more about intentions than schedules".

We intend on putting Layla in the water next week and move her to a slip for a few days while we make our final arrangements to leave. Yep. The big jump.  We will keep you posted.

Related to the issue of staying in touch, we have discovered a locator device (by InReach) we hope will keep us in touch. We will be able to send short messages (60 characters or less) to email addresses via satellite. Also, those interested will be able to see our location on a map to follow our travel. We will provide some more information shortly. If you think you want to be included in the list of contacts, let us know by sending an email or send a comment here. 

Wish you all the best for 2016.

Remember the words of Mark Twain,

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”


  1. Thanks for letting us know you want to be on the list to follow us via the satellite locator.

  2. Hey Tracy and Richard,
    We are just now catching up on your 2015 travels! We were downtown Saturday and surprised to see Layla at the dock- then remembered to check your blog for an update. If you have time before casting off it would be great to see you and share a drink!! Let us know if you have time, if not, fair winds!
    Scott and Michelle


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