Time To Go Explore!

More hiking, less swimming this winter.

Days are getting shorter, temperatures are more refreshing. As good CommuterCruisers, it’s time to switch from slalom skiing at the lake to hiking in the mountains.

Navy Airshow From the Dinghy

F18 Landing on Boca Chica Key, Naval Air Station Key West

Our own personal US Navy Airshow … from our dinghy at the end of the runway.

To Yeti, or Not to Yeti ?

Close up of the same 24 hour test.

Are the new onslaught of “premium” coolers worth their cost? An unofficial test with a friend’s YETI Roadie 20 shows how long ice really lasts.

We’re Not In Kansas Anymore!

A cotton "combine"?  Cotton Picker?  Whatever the name, they're busy mining the cotton fields in southern Georgia!  Not a sight this Midwestern corn belt gal has ever seen!

Meandering back to s/v Winterlude … Hailing from the central Illinois … black dirt, acres of corn and soybeans … but we’re not in Illinois (or Kansas). HELLO southern Georgia and cotton fields forever!

Time Flies ….

Boat dock in Ocracoke Village

Time flies when you’re having fun, whether it’s on the boat or in the travel trailer. We’re enroute back to the boat, but in the meantime, enjoy some photos from our time on the Outer Banks….

The Last Shower….

The last shower ... at our lake cottage before leaving for months on the boat & travel trailer.

You don’t think about a good hot shower until you leave a land-base to go cruising or camping. We have a new 12 star rating system for marina (and campground) showers. Check it out & help us compile 12 star shower facilities.

Transitions & Reflections…..

The frenzel lenses on lighthouses of the Outer Banks, lighting the way, keeping sailboats off the shoals.

“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” ― John Muir It’s time for transitions and reflections … see what we’re up to day to day on our way back to the boat.

Blue Highways … A Journey into America


It’s rare to read a book and wish it was longer …

Checklist to Leave the House

Sunrise over the Lake House

Fall is fast approaching meaning we’ll be leaving the house for several months. Need a starter checklist for leaving the house?

15 Don’t Miss Ideas for 4 Days in Denver


4 days in Denver? Highlights and suggestions on things you may want to do!