Update/ Easter Weekend-Moody Gardens

Update-
We have several projects that have just about finished and are
getting us much closer to our goal of cruising. We have a new windshield, as
well as a new beautiful table top with compass rose inlay, that should be
finished and installed any day now. We have dinghy davits installed and should
be all reinforced and ready to go this weekend. Solar panels are ordered and on
their way. All new LED lights put in the interior to save battery and power
usage. The dream of cruising is starting to get more and more visible. (Pics to
come)

Easter Weekend
This past weekend we decided to get a  slip and stay at Moody Gardens docks with our TMCA friends for the weekend. We left about 11:30am on Friday to head out, the winds were pretty bad about 15 to 25 knots and on our nose almost the whole way there. We were fighting the waves and current the whole way there so it took us much longer than normal. We managed to get there about 4:30pm and docked up in the slip next to our friends Fern and Roz (S/V Alter Ego). We got to hang out for just a bit than we had to get ready
to go. TMCA had set up for a shuttle from Moody Gardens to the strand in
Galveston so everyone could eat at the Strand. I got to use the Moody hotel
facilities to get ready, which was nice for a change. We took the shuttle when I
got back and ate dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf, with Fern and Roz. We had a
wonderful table with a view of the Elissa, a tall ship that is docked behind the
restaurant.

Cory and I in front of the
Elissa
The
Elissa

Dinner was great, we had a lot of food, and went back to relax and hangout on the docks. Saturday morning there was a breakfast potluck with tons of food. We had Bloody Mary’s and sat and chat, then everyone went back to there boats to relax for a bit and get ready to go to the pool. The Pool at Moody Gardens is really nice has a bridge that goes over
it, little fountains, waterfalls and a swim up bar. We had some drinks and hung
out at the pool, then ordered lunch which they brought right to our seats for us.
After we had enough sun we went back to the boat to do our own thing for
awhile and relax. We took a little nap then, I got some appetizers ready for our
dinner potluck. We had appetizers and drinks and we got to take a tour of a
beautiful huge motor boat that was gorgeous. Then we had dinner, drank, and hung
out as usual for the rest of the night.Sun morning we got up pretty early
and had breakfast and went to help people get out of their slips to leave, the
wind was still crazy. After helping out several people, it was our turn and we
took off on our way home. We were surfing the waves the whole way home, with the
wind right behind us. We made it back to our home slip in record time. It was a
really fun and relaxing weekend!

1st Trip-2011 Spring Season

Well we finally got the boat out of the slip, after a long rest. We took our
first trip of Spring 2011. Wasn’t really a “trip”, we just went and anchored out
at Baycliff, but we still had some fun. We took off with our friends Rick and
Steph (m/v Phat Bottom Girl), fellow Portofino residents. Left about 4:30
Saturday evening and got over pretty quick. There were boats all over the bay
enjoying the nice spring weather.

Phat Bottom Girl behind us in
the Kemah Channel

Once we anchored we screwed around in the dinghy and went over to chat with Rick and Steph a bit. We all decided to get together and grill on our boat at 7. Cory and I went back to Menestheus and hung out, and I got some stuff ready for dinner. They came over at 7 and Steph’s son Nathan immediately went down in the salon to watch TV, while the grown ups sat and talked in the cockpit. I probably should have checked the propane for
the grill, because it went out in the middle of cooking. The meal took longer
than I expected to cook, but turned out great anyway. According to Cory I nailed
the potatoes. We sat and chat for a while after dinner, then Rick, Steph, and
Nathan went back to their boat for the night.

Captain Cory at the
helm

The winds picked up a lot over night and the boat was being very noisy, that kept me awake all night. Something we decided to check into when we got home. We got up pretty early in the morning, Cory vacuumed out the anchor locker and cleaned up the seals on some portals. I had breakfast, and Rick and Steph had decided to head back home, so we did too. It was a fun little over night stay and great to finally get the boat out of the
slip.