A fantastic weekend, so far.

And it’s only Saturday!

In my life, I’ve picked up and moved from one city to the next over a dozen times.  Each time saying goodbye to old friends, making new friends, and making a home and new memories in a brand new place.   My last move, to Austin, was different.  Not only did I stay, but when I moved here, so did over 700 of my colleagues.   One day we were all working together on one campus, in one state.   A few weeks later, we were all back together again, but everything else was different.

Many of us took root here, getting married, having kids, living out our passions, and spending a very big chunk of the time that we’ve been given here on Earth loving living in Central Texas.   We’ve scattered.  Some moved back home.  Some moved on.  Some have passed from this life.  But, this week marks the 20 year anniversary of our migration.  So, last night we held a reunion to celebrate.  A hundred and fifty or so people turned out.  And it was amazing!

I don’t know what the next 20 years holds for me, but I’ve enjoyed this last round.  🙂

TODAY, we headed to the lake, of course.  The winds were blowing 20-30 knots.  So Lori and Kurt jumped aboard Nirvana with us and we all headed out.  This is a shot of Lori at the helm.  Sunny.  Windy.  A tad chilly.  But a wonderful day.

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Breezy day.

Yesterday we went to the lake and Joel joined us with his out of town visitor, Chris.   We sailed up to the basin and back.  Winds gusting in the high 20’s & low 30’s made for a great day.

This is a shot of Kurt & Kevin on Dancer, who sailed along with us for the day.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A great day for a sail.

Yesterday was pleasantly windy – 15+ knots.   So we set out for the lake and met up with Lori & Joe on Camelot, and Kurt & Kevin on Dancer, for a long sail towards the dam.  We managed to weave our way through the Austin Yacht Club regattas, and made it to Mansfield Dam Park and turned around.   What a marvelous day!   We had a slip up and talked all night with Lori & Joe.  Just like old times.  I miss the rest of the gang! 🙂

Here’s a shot of Camelot on the way back.

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Sun sail.

We headed to the lake Saturday for a sail and to anchor out overnight with Camelot. It was a gorgeous day! Winds 10-15. High in the low 70s.

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After a lovely sail past Starnes Island and back, Camelot radioed that their engine would not start. Roh roh. Change of plans. We sailed back to the marina ahead of them. The winds were much lighter now and straight out of the cove, which made it possible for Camelot to sail slowly up to a side tie on the end of the far dock – where they could then just loose the sheets. We met them at the end of the dock to push them off and grab their dock lines. Exciting, but well planned and executed. Camelot will remain there to get worked on next week.
We ended up just spending the night in the slip. But a very lovely night it was.

Life lessons.

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We went for a sail today on Lake Travis.  It is almost the end of June and temps haven’t hit 100 yet (!*!*!)   Lori and Doray went out on Camelot, we sailed along on Nirvana.  We had a great day, with steady winds around 20 knots past Anderson Bend.   We coasted back and made it to our marina’s cove about 5 o’clock.   But at that point, Camelot radioed in that they couldn’t get the main down.

Ruh. Roh.

We sat a spell, and then talked them over to side tie on one of the far docks at the marina, which allowed them to come in pointed windward.   We tied them off and then hoisted Doray to the top of the mast to loose the main.  She wasn’t able to free the halyard, but we secured it below with a tether line that she attached and then got her and the mainsail safely back on deck.

Just another day on B-dock.  🙂

Fair winds, friends…