We have another niece visiting us this week. Rachel and Monte went out to the lake and sailed for a few hours. Then Julie and I joined them about 4 o’clock. We sailed around for a couple more hours. Then got a great table at the Oasis. And surprisingly enjoyed the appies that we ordered. The view of sunset was awesome, as usual. Very, very nice!
Today is the last day of my vacation. Tomorrow it’s back to work for me.
My day started with a mimosa and ended with a glass of champagne — with this absolutely gorgeous sunset squeezed in between. I snapped this as we headed to BB Rover’s for a quick dinner.
Monte and I have discovered the Showtime series called The Tudors. We don’t have Showtime, but BBC America is broadcasting past seasons’ episodes via cable. Yesterday and today have been a marathon session of season’s 1 and 2. I found seasons 3 & 4 on Amazon Instant Video, so we can stream them for free at our leisure. Speaking of leisure… I can’t wait til Friday!
Just another B-dock sunset.
We raced the beer can today. This time Mark joined us on Nirvana. Wally & Joe sailed on Soul Healer, so we had another 320 to match up against. Lori & Doray sailed on Camelot, and Kurt & Kevin on Dancer. The winds were strong out of the south, which made for a fun sail. We didn’t come in last! Though, we very well could have if it weren’t for Camelot accidentally dropping the main on the last leg (argh!)
Afterwards, we dropped Mark off on E-dock and headed right back out to anchor up in Arky south for the night. We made it in time to admire another sunset in our favorite cove. Lovely.
Wally joined us after dinner on Zen, tying up to us for the night, and we chuckled our way through the evening.
We headed out from the marina after lunch, and anchored for the day in Arky South, and decided to stay overnight. This afternoon Lori stopped by on Camelot and tied up with us for an hour or so. Laura, Ann and Doray were with her – out for a ladies’ sail. Marty & Sue also stopped by and left ’round sunset. The cove was packed with boats during the day, but as the evening approached, we ended up being the only boat in the cove. We had a magnificant view of the sunset, and later the (just past) full moon.
The shot above is off the stern, looking over the park towards the west after the sun had set. I just love the colors.
On this last day of August, the Friday before a long Labor Day weekend, we packed up and headed to the boat after work. We’re staying the night tonight in the slip, and plan to raft up tomorrow night.
This was the lovely sunset that we were treated to. The shot above is from the bow of Nirvana, in our slip. The shot below is of the light from the setting sun lighting up the clouds from the stern. You know what they say… “Red skies at night, sailors’ delight….”
We went to the marina to take the 320 out for a sea trial. It was a nice day. Greg & Steve & Kurt came along. It sailed beautifully. Nice boat! We found some issues with the rigging that made lowering the main difficult. We’ve got some homework to do now to see if it is easily addressed or not.
After the sail we floated off b-dock with joe, kurt and barbara. Then dinner at Los Pinos.
This is a shot of the sunset, taken from the marina parking lot. Even with the power lines and lights in the foreground it’s a beauty.
Wow, the last day of the month already! March is a beautiful month, here in Austin. Everything pops to life. I’m always sad to see it go.
We had a very busy day today, on monte’s first day of retirement
We hit the backyard early…mowing and raking and de-thatching and weeding. Tomorrow we will hopefully get fertilizer down to help nurse the lawn along.
At the end of the day, we headed to a friend’s house for dinner. As we were driving down Mopac, a huge, shiny sunset was teasing me with glimpses of it between buildings as we passed. I took about 10 shots, and finally got a good one! Or, at least one without any buildings or cars in it. Not bad for going 65 miles an hour, through the car window.
Good-bye March! See you next year.
My Uncle Bill passed away this morning – 1 month since his brother died, and less than 2 months since he learned that he had cancer. My heart goes out to my aunt and my cousins who have had their world turned upside down so quickly. He is loved and missed terribly by his family.
It is startling to realize how quickly our lives can be taken out of our hands. And that as much as I fret about things day to day, I really don’t have any control at all. I guess what’s important is that we get the most out of each day we have.
The shot above is of the sun dropping low in the sky on a crisp winter day. The tree in the foreground has lost its leaves, but you can already see the buds along the branches getting ready to pop in a month or so. Life goes on….
This afternoon, though it was very chilly, we headed to the lake for some fishing. We picked up Joe, Kurt and Wally and motored over to the docks across the lake. Wally caught the first bass, and Monte caught 2 more.
We headed back to the marina as the sun was slipping away. I love the light at this time of day on the lake. It is the golden hour. The shot above is of monte’s 2nd fish, lit up by the golden sunset.
The shot below is of the sun as it was setting.
The shot below is from the cockpit of the catboat, after the sun has set. I love the colors of the sky at dusk.
And this last shot is of the crescent moon, with Venus to its left, as viewed from B-Dock, through the Christmas lights on Allegro’s rigging, as we were heading for home.
A good day, indeed.
We had a lazy Saturday morning, but ended up heading to the lake for a raft-up in Arky North cove with Joe and Marty & Sue. This is a shot of one of the awesome sunset views we have from the back of the boat. The sky was a beautiful golden color right after the sun set.
Technically, the moon will be full tomorrow night, but we were treated to an as-good-as-full moonrise across the cove, just as the sun was setting.
Ahhh, a 3-day weekend! This is the weekend of the Turnback Canyon Regatta, a 2-day race up the lake and back. We had talked about cruising along and spending the night up the river. But as it turned out this morning there was no wind.
By noon the racers had already motored by the marina, sails down. So, we decided to go to the South Arkansas Bend cove to raftup with Marty, Sue, Lori, Dave and Jake. Doray and Tom came out to float with us for several hours, too.
Even without the wind, today was as an absolutely great day. Temps in the 90s; water temp over 80; a full lake. A perfect combination for an afternoon of floating. We brought the kayak, so everyone got a chance to explore.
Arky south has great sunset views. This is a classic.