At Sea

Posted by: on Apr 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

The waves lap the hull then fall back on themselves
disapating into sea foam.
Lap, fold, hiss.
The schooner rocks gently, cradled
on a deep royal blue blanket spread past the horizon.
My body, cross legged and rocking on my sitz bones,
mirrors the movement, shifts
with each rise and fall, a slight lean.
Lines creak, straining against the breeze
that billows the sails floating through the air like clouds.
The sun hits my shoulder blades and falls against
the nape of my neck as I close my eyes
to just listen, to just feel.
Out in the silence, it is incredibly loud.
Lap, fold, hiss.

Planes, Autos, and Boats P. 3

Planes, Autos, and Boats P. 3

Posted by: on Apr 5, 2014 | 4 Comments

On Sunday, we set sail for the open ocean. We could see the water color change as we left harbor. Close in to Isla Providencia, the water changed between bright turquoise where it covered white sand to a deeper more green turquoise. But the ocean is a deep and endless royal blue. It’s absolutely nothing like our slice of the Atlantic or the Chesapeake Bay. The color is vibrant and unsullied.

Planes, Autos, and Boats P. 2: Isla Providencia

Planes, Autos, and Boats P. 2: Isla Providencia

Posted by: on Apr 2, 2014 | 3 Comments

Unlike in San Andres, the catamaran docked in the town center on Providencia. We disembarked, passed through yet another document check and found ourselves in the midst of town. Providencia is tiny. There are a few groceries and a town park, which has WiFi. The town center has a big compass rose painted on the concrete that you pass over to access the dingy dock. There were a few people milling around asking if we needed a taxi. We politely refused.

Planes, Autos, and Boats Pt. 1

Posted by: on Apr 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

Before traveling to Isla Providencia and Guanaja, I had never been offshore on a boat with no land in sight, I had never been to the Caribbean, and I hadn’t left the United States in almost ten years. I talk travel. I feel envious of friends recounting their foreign adventures. But I continuously talked myself out of travel. So, when my husband’s family friends, Greg and Laura, who own Yorktown Sailing Charters, headed south to Panama for the winter on their schooner, we got on board. Also, to keep my sanity through this cold, wet, dark winter, I needed sunshine and warmth.

Going home: Blacksburg, VA

Going home: Blacksburg, VA

Posted by: on Mar 4, 2014 | No Comments

In his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again the writer, Thomas Wolfe, said:

Shore Brewery Tour

Shore Brewery Tour

Posted by: on Dec 20, 2013 | No Comments

Last Friday, my husband and I went on a craft brewery tour with his co-workers. Every year, these sounding rocket engineers take a Friday off from work and visit a whopping six breweries in Maryland and Delaware.

Summer, Ice Cream, & Responsibility

Summer, Ice Cream, & Responsibility

Posted by: on Sep 10, 2013 | 4 Comments

August marks the slow decline of summer. While we still have a few weeks of summer left, I’ll be sad to see it go. The Eastern Shore is at it’s best in the summer (although, I could do without the ticks). Taking advantage of living on the water makes the February doldrums seem far far away. The sun, sand, and mild waters are nearly free therapy. So, I’ll blame the lovely weather and summer activities for not writing, even though it’s all just an excuse.

On the Road: WV, VA, NC

On the Road: WV, VA, NC

Posted by: on Feb 28, 2013 | 4 Comments

I’ve spent the last two weekends away from home, which means I’ve done a good amount of eating at restaurants lately. President’s Day weekend my husband and I used a bed and breakfast gift certificate my friends gave us for our wedding to go skiing at Snowshoe in West Virginia. And last weekend I went first to Norfolk to see Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the Norva and then to Raleigh, NC to visit with my girlfriends.

Chile adventures in New Mexico

Chile adventures in New Mexico

Posted by: on Jan 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

I spent the past week in southern New Mexico enjoying time with family and green chilies. My husband had work outside Las Cruces near White Sands and my family lives just 2 hours northwest of there in Silver City.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Posted by: on Jan 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

I may be a few days late, but HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!