So…I’m posting this from a rather sweet lenova touchscreen computer in Humble, Texas. Why, might you ask, am I in Texas? Very good question.
Back to the summer. I spent the heatwave back on Alliance, plugging away and day sailing on the York River once again. As was the case last year, we didn’t really have the business to justify going south, so things were looking shaky on the islands. I briefly considered jumping on another boat…perhaps an OCF trip or some such funnery in an effort to boost my ocean miles. Day sailing results in sea service that is lopsidedly inland. Ultimately, I decided that I would be more interested in some land miles and working on my own boat, so the plan was to jump in the car and drive to Canada for a month. I’ve never been and, having missed the winter last year, I wanted to log time with some serious snowboarding. I would then return to VA and finish out the winter plugging away on the refit of Nautilus. The drop dead date was set for 1 Oct for the decision to go south, a decision that I fully expected to result in me going to Canada, and the rest of the Alliance crew (Alex) heading for another hitch. 1 Oct rolled on around, and no real decision was made. My bosses were still mulling over what to do…as to be expected. It is NOT cheap to get a 105′ schooner all the way to central America. It was the very next day that I received a surprise text from Laura. It read “We talked about it, and we really want to go back to Panama. Are you still interested in going?”
San Blas Islands, Panama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Le derr. Of course I’m still interested! So the plan now…Alliance will leave 20 Dec with a crew of TBD. We are at least 7 strong at this point. Hopefully we pick up some more, because that watch on/watch off stuff is brutal. Being close to the holidays is a problem for those with familial commitments/significant others/etc. October saw a bout of bronchitis coinciding with the DM swim test, which I still managed to pass despite losing a lung. I’ve been concentrating on completing things since then. I’ve finally finished the PADI divemaster rating, and can now add “Professional Diver” to my list of occupations. I also knocked out the 100 Ton Captain’s Class at CMTI, and am waiting on the paperwork to finish submitting to the Coast Guard. At some point this year, I also became an ordained minister, because Why not?
Ruins and Bay at Portobelo, Panama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You’re probably still wondering why I’m in Texas. My sister got a new job. She was tired of life in D.C., and her company has a division in Houston that was looking for a project manager. It was short notice for her, requiring a quick decision. Luckily, we’re off from Alliance until the first, so she met me in Williamsburg, we strapped her kayak on the roof, and off we went. Williamsburg to Atlanta to Baton Rouge to Galveston, and now I’m in Humble, Texas. I board a plane tomorrow bound for Virginia, where it will be a mad rush for me to finish up with the contractor, finish out my college semester, pack my bags and prep Nautilus for the long winter, all while readying Alliance for the trip south. We’ll leave the Chesapeake Bay on the 20th, and sail for the San Blas Islands of Panama. We’ll be there for a month, before sailing to Portobelo, Panama. Next is Isla Providencia, Colombia, and then we’re off to Guanaja, Honduras. Lastly, we’ll check back in the states in Key West, before heading back up the gulf stream and returning to the bay. We’re shooting for 5 April to be back daysailing in Yorktown….my 30th birthday. As a side note, the seats in the Honda Element slowly transform into granite over the course of long road trips.
Schooner Alliance (Photo credit: Stephen Little)
That’s it. You’re updated! I’m making the commitment to weekly posting as long as the internet is able. This should mean some awesome trips inland down south in order to find internet, although I’m trying for other means. I need to get the Skymate running on Alliance! Schedule/rates below. Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving!
Alliance (Photo credit: marcovdz)