Great Lakes, here we come!

Today we boated in the rain through our last section of the Erie Canal, turned right at “Three Rivers”, and cruised the entire Oswego Canal north to the city of Oswego on the shores of Lake Ontario. Three Rivers Three Rivers: Erie Canal left, Oswego Canal right. Rhonda has become a pro using lines or … Continue reading Great Lakes, here we come!

Erie Canal – Yesterday and Today

The Erie Canal was built at a very high cost between 1817 and 1825. It crossed upstate New York between Albany and Buffalo, linking the Hudson River with Lake Erie. At the time it was the nation's largest artificial waterway and largest public works project. The Erie Canal connected New York City with the interior … Continue reading Erie Canal – Yesterday and Today

I’ve Got a Mule, Her Name is Sal

Rhonda here! Navigating on the Erie Canal has been an unexpected pleasure for this first mate! All I knew of this historic waterway was from a song I learned in elementary school about a guy and his mule named Sal who hauled barges along the Erie Canal back in the day. Maybe you know it … Continue reading I’ve Got a Mule, Her Name is Sal

New York, New York!!

R&R with Lady Liberty Excited to be entering New York City by water, we boated from Staten Island, under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, and into the New York harbor. We saw the Manhattan skyline grow minute by minute, met the Staten Island Ferry, and passed directly in front of the iconic Statue of Liberty. I … Continue reading New York, New York!!

Offshore to Atlantic City

This morning in Cape May was glorious! After helping other Loopers untie shortly dawn to head north, we left Utch's Marina around 0815, wound our way through the Cape May Canal, passed the Coast Guard station, and headed east out of the Cape May inlet into the Atlantic Ocean. We had not boated in the … Continue reading Offshore to Atlantic City

Delaware Bay to Cape May

Greetings! Today we and many other boats left Delaware City Marina shortly after 0800 at high tide, idled along the long dock down the narrow creek, and entered the Delaware River. Rhonda tending to lines and fenders at D City Entering the Delaware River A pair of Ospreys occupying an ATON I had all the … Continue reading Delaware Bay to Cape May

Crossing the Delaware

Passing under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge George Washington did it on December 25, 1776. We did it too. That is, crossing the Delaware River. Today we traveled 75 miles from Annapolis, Maryland to Delaware City, Delaware. We saw many ships and crabbers. We cruised through the north end of the Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake & … Continue reading Crossing the Delaware

Cheers to the Chesapeake Bay!

We were happy that my sister Eve drove from Michigan to join us for cruising and sightseeing on the Chesapeake Bay. Eve met us at Herrington Harbour North in Deale, MD. Her first day with us was cool and rainy, so instead of boating we drove with Eve to Alexandria for brunch at an excellent … Continue reading Cheers to the Chesapeake Bay!

Herrington Harbor North: a lot to like!

Our dock neighbors in Portsmouth Virginia had told us that Herrington Harbour North was their favorite marina anywhere, so we were interested to see for ourselves. Though rainy weather prevented us from enjoying the amenities, we were impressed! R&R on M Dock at HHN HHN is well designed and beautifully maintained, with new finishes and … Continue reading Herrington Harbor North: a lot to like!

It’s a Deale!

Today we dropped Dinghy #3 and enjoyed a dinghy ride around Solomons Island. Had to stay in the protected harbor area due to southeasterly wind/waves on the Chesapeake. We tied up for lunch at the dock of the local Tiki Bar/Restaurant, where I tasted my first Maryland crab cakes. They were excellent - hot, lots … Continue reading It’s a Deale!

Quick Trip up the Chesapeake

We left the dock in Portsmouth just before 0700 today (thanks to boat neighbor and Gold Looper Jim McFall for help with the lines!) and headed north up the Chespeake Bay to Solomons Island. In the first few miles of today’s trip we passed the massive Norfolk Naval Station, located in the deep and wide … Continue reading Quick Trip up the Chesapeake

…And Back on the Loop

After a couple of post-wedding days in Holland to organize, pack and prepare, we flew back to R&R in Norfolk. Thanks, Lauren, for driving us to the Grand Rapids Airport! Good friends Scott and Cathy, who we met in the Florida Keys, picked us up at the Norfolk airport, hosted us for a delicious dinner … Continue reading …And Back on the Loop

Wedding Bells!

We are thrilled to announce the marriage of our daughter Erika to her beloved Matthew Fleming. The last few weeks have been filled with checklists, planning, preparation, rehearsal, and good times with Erika, family and friends. The wedding was on May 22 at Post Family Farm, a charming outdoor venue in rural Allendale, Michigan. Matt's … Continue reading Wedding Bells!

Nat Geo’s Great Loop Article

National Geographic’s recent article on the Great Loop is a good introduction to the Loop as a not-well-known alternative to the Great American Road Trip for the 200 or so loopers who complete this epic waterway voyage each year. Check it out! (Unfortunately, you will need to give your email address to read it.) Read … Continue reading Nat Geo’s Great Loop Article

Slowing Down to Smell the Roses (or Tulips)

We are in Holland, Michigan for a few weeks to prepare for and celebrate our daughter Erika’s May 22 wedding to her fiancé Matt. Exciting times, with long to-do lists. This morning as I walked back home after driving our car for service at a nearby mechanic’s shop, I was struck by the brilliant colors … Continue reading Slowing Down to Smell the Roses (or Tulips)

Norfolk: Anchors Aweigh!

R&R is at Tidewater Yacht Marina in Portsmouth, just across the Elizabeth River from Norfolk. Other nearby waterfront cities include Virginia Beach, Hampton, and Newport News, all located on rivers that converge into a large body of water known as Hampton Roads, one of the world's largest natural deep water harbors (a roadstead, or "roads"). … Continue reading Norfolk: Anchors Aweigh!

Last 50 Miles of the ICW to Norfolk!

Today we traveled from rural Coinjock NC to urban Norfolk, VA, naval center of the USA. As we left Coinjock, an eagle led us, rising on thermals and floating free. Soon we entered the Currituck Sound and followed the channel through the sound for at least 10 miles before entering the Albemarle-Chesapeake Canal leading to … Continue reading Last 50 Miles of the ICW to Norfolk!

Crossing the Albemarle Sound / Coinjock Carnivore Delight

Alligator River Marina was deceptively calm as we left the dock this morning. We traveled only 37 miles today, but our route crossed the Albemarle Sound on our way to Coinjock Marina and Restaurant, our last stop on the ICW. 15-20 mph southwest winds with miles of fetch built up 3-4+ foot seas in the … Continue reading Crossing the Albemarle Sound / Coinjock Carnivore Delight

Baretrappin’ for Jimmies

Early this morning I walked across the highway from our gas station/marina to a dock on a small creek where pickup trucks were unloading and boats were moving. I met a husband and wife crabbing crew setting up their boat for the day. Both were wearing white rubber overalls and the well-organized boat was equipped … Continue reading Baretrappin’ for Jimmies