Monday, June 27, 2011

MMMMM Otherwise Known as V

15:12 AST

Sometime today at around this time, my blog will be visited for the 5000th time. Check your watch because it might be you. There is a little counter at the bottom of the main blog page where you may see the number. I was thinking of bringing home some Caribbean Rum for the lucky subscriber but he/she may be living in Hong Kong for all I know, or our sibblings will intentionally log on the last 9 times so they can win it. Nothing wrong with that. Regardless, I am astounded at the number, even though 1000 of the log-ons are probably our mothers. I enjoy writing it and really appreciate the interest in this crazy life we’ve chosen. 

It is fitting that this is the haul-out entry and last of the sailing season, at least on Alberta Crewed. She is now perched atop some blocks and stands in a dusty boatyard. All went well through the haul out process. These docks move several boats out of the water every day and are efficient and well organized all the way down the line. One boat is pulled away on a giant flatbed while a second sits in the sling for a wash and a third waits her turn just outside the chute. We were parked in our summer stall within an hour of leaving the marina.

We are staying on the boat until we leave and I already miss the rocking of the sea. These boatyards are odd looking places with hundreds of empty vessels leaning precariously on skinny, spider leg-like stands. Push one boat over and it looks like a nasty game of nautical dominoes would ensue. Although we have watched friends frantically prepare their boats for storage, we have had the luxury of time to get things ready. This is particularly helpful now because Mr. Social has been invited out to dinner three times this week. We are also blessed with a new boat so while our neighbours are hauling out transmissions and watermakers and repainting their entire hulls, we are doing minor work and cleaning. We have our eye on the Windward Islands of the Caribbean so are doing everything we can now to be ready to head north in the fall. In the meantime, it’s back to the apparent anarchy of the north and this time it’s the Calgary Stampede. This world-famous rodeo is our version of Carnival and the only difference I see is in the type of costumes. It is equally as raucous and excessive.

I no longer think of our trip to Canada as going home because Alberta Crewed is just as much our home and actually more luxurious than our cabin. I am however looking forward to spending time with family and friends, watching the sandhill cranes and white-tailed deer in our field, and enjoying the long Alberta evenings. In no time we will be back aboard and abroad. In the meantime, Alberta Crewed can enjoy a much deserved rest after taking good care of us. Ciao for now.

Unless it froze at 5000, you can drop that bottle of rum off at Kansas City, MO on your way back north! ;) Been following your blog for a while and I'm going to miss it as Alberta Crewed is out of the water. Hurry Back!

Patrick Roberts

PS. Here's a screen shot for you to mark the occasion.
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Monday, June 27, 2011 - 11:58 PM
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Looking forward to seeing you! Will save a few mosquitoes for you - Prairie tropical wildlife. Try not to yawn too hard! Safe travels back.
Marcy & Gerry
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 10:22 AM
Laurie, Craig,

Thanks for the entertainment!! Will miss reading you for some time, enjoy your ...what "holidays?"...not sure now which is which!! Cheers, Santiago
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 11:06 AM
Hello Craig and Laurie lCant wait to see you both. Ted is looking forward to a taste of the good stuff. anne and Ted
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 08:19 PM
Nice going, Patrick! Thanks for taking the photo. Got a great shot of #5000.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 11:10 PM
Laurie and Craig ,shall miss the blog and the wonderful stories and pictures of your adventures. I am off to the "Hill" to celebrate Canada Day here in Ottawa. Maybe see William and Kate !
Looking forward to seeing you in Alberta ( I arrive Aug.9th )
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 08:54 AM
Oliver - NH USA
We look forward to your return. Your blogs are a great inspiration and much enjoyed. Keep up the good work.
Friday, July 1, 2011 - 05:41 PM
Thanks for all your words...i was dreaming awake while i was reading your travel blog...
I'm a big fan of Antares 44i...i have no experience in sailing, but its a passion i'll intend to develop, and maybe..someday...i can share my own experience with those who love the sea.
If by chance in one of your's future destination you pass near Europe..please come to Portugal and visit will love it.
Best Regards.

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