We took a boatload of people out on the lake yesterday. We enjoyed a nice long sail down the lake and back, then anchored for a couple hours. We even had a few floaters, though I’m waiting a couple more weeks for the lake to warm up a tad. The sun was out, wind was up. Another great day on the lake!
We’ve come to the coast to help Lori with some boat projects. After tackling a bunch of them, we popped over to the other side of the bay to watch the Wednesday night regatta.
A good day.
This weekend I headed to the coast again. This time it was to join Lori and a group of girlfriends to stay on her boat, the one we sailed to Texas from Florida a little over two months ago. We planned to go out for a ladies’ sail, and to help her with the renaming ceremony for the boat.
Lots of wine, dancing and laughing took place. The sail was nice – in Galveston Bay with 15-ish knot winds. The renaming ceremony was fun. I even squeezed in a quick birding trip back to High Island.
There were good winds today, pretty steady at 20 knots, so we headed to the lake. We washed a thick layer of pollen off the boat and then we were good to go. We sailed for a couple hours and then picked up Michael and Amber for more sailing and then enjoyed sunset back in the slip.
A good day…
A friend of mine from high school, Pilar, was in town for business this week. She stayed over an extra night and we got to have dinner together and catch each other up on several decades of our lives.
I loved it. Reconnecting with an old friend was a great way to start off the new year.
I also loved the flan that Monte made for dessert. Mmmmmmm delicious!
Girls night out! It’s been months since all of us were able to make it. It was…. lovely!
We enjoyed a lovely Sunday and Monday on the lake. We met up with Marty & Sue and floated in the marina, then set anchor in the cove. It was a perfect holiday weekend.
We made it home with plenty of time to clean up, eat dinner, visit with birdies, and participate in my fantasy football league’s draft for this season. It’s ON!
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.
I enjoyed the night very much. Temps were in the 80s!! How lucky was that?!
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.