Friday, July 29, 2011


Portsmouth, VA 36º50.137N | 76º17.78W

Coinjock Marina.
We sailed into our home port four weeks ago, rested, relaxed and excited to see our kids and friends.

Three weeks later, we leave exhausted and stressed, anxious to get the boat north for an appointment with the tailor who will be outfitting Cara Mia in all new canvas.

We're headed, ultimately, for a hurricane hole up in Mobjack Bay on a tip from our friends Maxwell and Jen on Anastasia, whom we met in Long Island (Bahamas) last spring. With hurricane season approaching, we're anxious to hole up and get started on our extremely long to-do list -- and plan some trips to see our parents in New Mexico and Delaware.

Hurricane season may be creeping up, but summer is not. It's hot as frickin' hell -- and humid to boot.

After an overnight in Coinjock, we're tied up at the free docks in Portsmouth for a few nights to have a look around.

Those faithful readers who have been with us since the beginning might remember that sweet photo op on our first stop on our new boat, then called "Good Company." It has happened again. Cara Mia has been the setting for several more photo ops in downtown Portsmouth.

Cleades (right) wanted a picture of his wife Cheneek on our boat.
Her name shares the same meaning as Cara Mia: My Beloved.
Eastern Europe, represent!
On our return to the boat from the Apple Store in MacArthur Center, I discovered that my Mac is completely dead. :-|

Are all my beautiful Bahamas photos gone?

Unfortunately -- for all of us -- I won't know soon. We have to get the boat north, so we can then rent a car to meet our kids back here in Norfolk for a road trip to Delaware to see Chip's parents.

That will be the first of many trips we have planned during our "down time."

One of the beautiful railroad lift bridge still
operational between Great Bridge and Virginia Beach.
Background: Railroad bridge. Foreground: Threadbare canvas, soon to be replaced!

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