10/20/16 The sky is a steel gray. When the wind blows the ripples on the water’s surface seem angry. The air around is still, but not a calm still, it’s a weary still- a stillness I don’t quite trust. Then suddenly a gust of wind comes rushing around the corner bringing a swooshing sound as… Continue reading Zero Day Exploring and a New Route!
Terms explained for those who might not know them: Dagger board: A vertical foil protruding from the bottom of our sailboat in order to maintain directional stability when sailing against the wind. Without the dagger board instead of the boat moving forward in the direction we are going, it would move sideways. The dagger board… Continue reading Shipwrecked on a Deserted Island
10/14/16 We awoke to find ourselves encapsulated in a thick fog, so dense I felt I could grab a piece and put it in the pocket of my green cargo shorts. Walking to the river’s edge near Solvi I peered down river to where Memphis was the night before, but saw only a faded bridge-… Continue reading River Rats take on Memphis
10/11/16 Yesterday was another day of completing our miles under sail. We awoke on the boat on the sand bar, happy to find the water had not risen, and after breakfast took off around 10am. I was on first shift and was proud of myself for some tricky navigating caused by sailing into the wind… Continue reading Lots of Sailing and Hello Fall!
10/9/16 The black ink from my z-grip pen is a stark contrast to the crisp white pages of my new Mead 5-Star notebook. I love the possibilities all these blank pages of my new journal provide. I flip through them gently, imagining the unwritten words on the faded blue lines. What will fill the pages?… Continue reading Runaway Rollers and Flying Fish
10/4/2016 At this moment it is about 11:30am. Kyle is rowing while I rest for an hour. The sun is out full force in the sky, causing us both to sweat quite a bit while rowing. Music is playing out of our black speaker and there are tugs and barges traveling in all directions. The… Continue reading Zero Days and Cotton Fields
10/2/2016 Today, itself, has been an exiting day! We have officially finished what is called the Upper Mississippi and started the Lower Mississippi. Meaning the chart book which has been counting down since mile 811 for us, made it to zero! At mile zero of the Upper Mississippi we found ourselves at the confluence of… Continue reading Hello Lower Mississippi River and Sunshine!
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10/1/2016 Cape Giradeau turned out to be quite the adventure. We arrived on Thursday morning around 11am. Using Google Maps and our chart book we found a small slough off the main river to hide the boat. From the main river we spotted the slough through the binoculars and headed towards it. As soon as… Continue reading Cape Giradeau, Gray Skies, and Exploring Driftwood
9/27/2016 The night following our St. Louis passage was yet another filled with joy and good times. Kyle gave me a birthday gift which he and my dad co-conspired to have delivered in the package my parents sent. He got me a backpacking wine glass! It is really light and the bottom twists off and… Continue reading North Winds and Happy Sailors!