We raced in Friday night’s beercan regatta with Kurt. We came in 2nd! And it was a 3 boat race, at that. Light winds but a lovely sunset.
Tonight we made it to the last concert in this year’s Blues on the Green free concert series at Austin’s lovely Zilker Park. Bright Light Social Hour was the headliner. We joined Lori and Doray, who have made it to every show this year. They’re professionals; they have the parking/tailgating/setup thing down. We got downtown early, went for a swim in Barton Springs Pool and then headed over to the Great Lawn to set up our chairs and share some nibblies before the show.
Here we are again – the last day of the year. 2015 brought lots of things: fun parties with friends, lots of visits from friends and family, more time spent in Washington State, a wonderful family reunion, the passing of my mom, happy moments on the lake, stargazing, beautiful spring flowers, roadtrips, the passing of a friend, cooking, sunsets, Seahawks (!), much more reading, breakups between good friends, exploring local breweries and wineries, El Niño rain, a nearly full lake, birthdays, more sunsets, amazing girlfriends and our trip to New Orleans, music, dancing, laughs, tears.
Tonight we are headed to a friend’s house to ring in the new year. Last year we hosted the New Year’s Eve party – here’s a shot from that night a year ago… how fast time flies:
When rafting up with friends on Lake Travis, we invented this game to amuse ourselves – everyone takes turns playing a song from their iPod that they think is awesome. We pass the plug from one person to the next. You strive for a song that others will agree is awesome. Some songs take people down their own memory lane, some are just funny, some songs everyone sings along to, some are songs other people never heard before. It’s a great way to pass the time, under the stars, on a boat, with friends, slightly impaired, at anchor, off the grid, into the wee hours of the morning. Here’s the typical scene.
Monte and I joined 2 of my sisters, brother-in-laws, and 3 nieces/nephews for a weekend of fun on Lake Cushman. It sits just east of the Olympic mountains in Washington State. The lake temps were in the 70s and clear, sunny and in the 90’s above. Just beautiful. We kayaked, tubed, ran up the lake by motorboat, tried the rope swing, tent camped, played games, and just had a really great time together.
We enjoyed a lovely night on the hook. We cooked up some grilled red peppers, chicken poblano sausages and rice.
We’re spoiled now…used our phone as a wireless hotspot and then streamed shows off of amazon prime on TV down below until we both fell asleep. Not exactly roughing it. 🙂
This morning I paddled for quite a while then went ashore to scrub 6 months of gunk from the bottom of the kayak. I also checked on some geocaches I’d hidden nearby. All good.
Tonight Kurt will join us for another night in the cove. An almost full moon should light things up.
After the Seahawks pulled out an ugly victory from the jaws of defeat, we headed out to a nearby farm’s corn maze. I’ve never seen one before. It was huge – a whole field of full grown corn with several miles of trails cut through, forming a maze. Big and small kids were walking in all directions inside, trying to make their way through, while finding all the checkpoints. Fun!
A view from inside:
A view from outside:
And the route we logged going through the maze, from my mapmyrun app: 🙂
My posts for the last few months have been a tad infrequent. And it’s been two weeks since I last posted. I think I have just been decompressing. I have had a great summer – spending time with family, and then coming back to Austin for a couple of downtime weeks to play with Monte. Somewhere, in there, the summer has nearly slipped by. That’s ok, though. Onward!
Yesterday Sue & Marty joined us on the boat for a windless day on the lake. We headed directly for our cove, set anchor, jumped in and floated until just before sunset. A great day! Here is a shot of the blinding sun on its way to the horizon.
Monte and I have just returned from Panama City Beach – a week-long celebration of Gene & Jo’s 50th wedding anniversary with their entire family. I am grateful to have been included in the celebration. It was simply awesome. The location. The beach. The silliness. The catching up. The family. The celebrating. Thank you Gene & Jo!
I’ll share just a few pictures of the beautiful setting:
One morning we were treated to a view from our back deck of an amazing double rainbow.
The sea was different every day. This was from one morning after overnight rainshowers.
A week of amazing sunsets.
Surf-side fireworks one night.
One of the few pelican shots I captured.
I went downtown tonight to celebrate Laura’s birthday. We ate at Perla’s, and strolled up and down South Congress til it was time to call it a night.
champers night cap at Hotel San Jose…
the (blurryish) soco view towards downtown… A reflection of the Frost Bank Tower on the building next door… Happy Birthday, Laura!
Summer arrived yesterday morning at 5AM central time (or thereabouts). Yesterday we set out for a raftup to mark the occassion. Marty & Sue joined us on Nirvana. We met up with Dancer, Kalliopi, Voodoo, Solace, Sapphire and Karma. It’s been a very long time since we enjoyed a raftup with that many other crazies. We had a fun evening, and a nice, relaxed day today. Fair winds and non-stifling temps. All is well.
Today was a pretty full day. The weather was supposed to be colder and drizzly, but it turned out to be another lovely day with blue skies. Keep ’em coming.
Mom and I went to the Armed Forces Day parade, one of the oldest and longest in the country.
I squeezed in a little geo-caching during the afternoon, and then headed over to Seattle to meet my sisters and spent a few hours on the waterfront. We ducked into this little corner o’heaven to watch the Sounders game (win!).
And then caught the ferry home. Pretty views from the stern.
Tuesday, April 8.
This morning we dinghied over to shore to tour the shops and artists’ wares at Trellis Bay.
On the sail back to Fat Hog’s Bay today, Susanne was at the helm and Laura worked the lines by herself. They’ve both done really well with learning the ins and out of the boat, and they’re bonifide sailors now!
We got to the marina in time to finish up the closing paperwork on the charter. We’ll spend the night on the dock, since our flight leaves at 7:30 AM tomorrow. It’s a bittersweet day. Sad that it’s almost over. But ecstatic to use the showers at the marina!
We walked over to Red Rock for an amazing dinner. A perfect last supper for a fantastic trip. So many great memories and experiences. As always, I already can’t wait to come back.