FROM SNOW TO SUN

14 January 2012

Happy New Year everyone!
We had a wonderful time with Scott and Heather at their property in Vermont. The whole area was covered in a thin layer of snow, making for postcard perfect views. On our first day with them we wrapped up warmly and went for a long walk through the surrounding forest, crunching through snow, seeing small animal tracks and finding ourselves beside a frozen lake. It was truly beautiful although so, so cold. As most of you know I HATE the cold but somehow it seems a bit more bearable when you are out walking and enjoying the scenery. Certainly makes the fire and evening cocktails even more special when you come back inside.

SCOTT & HEATHER’S HOME, VERMONT

THE HOT TUB BY THE FROZEN STREAM

HEATHER DOING A PUZZLE BY THE TREE

HEATHER WORKING ON A LARGE JIGSAW PUZZLE

KEEPING WARM!

COCKTAILS BEFORE DINNER

On Monday 2nd we loaded up the car, mainly with our five pieces of luggage, and headed to Sunday River Ski Resort, in Bethel, Maine. Scott and Heather have a timeshare at the resort and we were able to go with them for their regular week of skiing. The condo was on a golf course, which in the winter should be covered with snow and is used for cross country skiing. Sadly for us anyway, it was still green. Frozen solid so no golf, but no cross country either. Up on the mountain snow was being made frantically to keep the ski field operating. Heather and Scott had a day skiing but we decided not to. Instead we went for long walks (cold, long walks), and worked out in the gym for an hour each day. We would work out, swim in the outdoor heated pool, then have a sauna. All very relaxing.

SNOW ON THE DECK THE LAST DAY AT BETHEL, MAINE

ONE OF THE MANY FROZEN LAKES AROUND THE TOWN OF BETHEL

THE BAND ROTUNDA AT THE BETHEL INN

ONE OF THE BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED DINING ROOMS AT THE BETHEL INN

DINNER AT THE BETHEL INN, LAST NIGHT IN MAINE

The afternoon before our departure it started to snow. We all went down to the gym for a swim. Fun to be in warm water, outside, with snow landing all around you. Our hair looked as though it had turned white! The sauna was very welcome that afternoon as was the hot spiced wine.
Peter and I took a shuttle to Portland on Saturday 8th. It was a beautiful day and for most of the trip there was snow all around. Portland Airport is quite small, about the size of Brisbane and very modern. It was also very quiet and we met the most friendly helpful staff both at United and going through security. The security officer chatted for quite a while about Australia and New Zealand. I guess she was bored. However it made such a nice change from the usual morose people who seem to do these jobs. When we checked in United advised us that they were overbooked by five people on our flight to Washington DC and asked if we would stand down and take another flight. We agreed as the flight they offered us would only make us about 45 minutes late arriving in Tampa. To “sweeten” the deal they offered us $800 in travel vouchers – got to love the States! As it happened, we flew to New York with about a two hour layover, in a remarkably quiet La Guardia airport. It was lovely flying in over the outskirts of the city in crystal clear skies. I was sorry in a way that we could not stay over. New York looked very inviting. Our connecting flight to Tampa was only about 25% full, plus we had strong tail winds so in fact we arrived in Tampa at exactly the same time as we had originally intended. All good. We drove to St Petersburg to spend a couple of nights with Denise and Patsey, collect our mail and have our cruising permit renewed for another year.

ENJOYING A WINE OR TWO WITH DENISE – WARM AT LAST!

NICE TO BE BACK IN ST PETERSBURG

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE AT PATSEY & DENISE’S
We drove to St Augustine on Monday morning, arriving in time to pay “Anything Goes” a quick visit before checking into our hotel. She looked great considering her seven months on dry land. Very dirty outside but all was fine inside. Thank you Diane and Graham for all the hard work preparing her for storage!! Where are you now? Peter and I have spent the last few days scrubbing, waxing and polishing the hulls. I have no nails left, many of you would know how I feel about that! Still she looks fantastic, almost like new.

IN THE TRAVEL LIFT ABOUT TO BE LAUNCHED

ALMOST THERE!

VIEWS FROM THE OLD FORT, CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS, DOWNTOWN ST AUGUSTINE

TOUR GUIDES IN FULL COSTUME
We “splashed” on Friday 13th – an auspicious day but all went well. We didn’t sink, the engines started almost on cue, and we putterd over to the dock where we are now tied up with power and water which means lots of hot showers and heating. I might add that on arrival in Tampa the weather was gorgeous, and the first couple of days here we were in shorts and T shirts. However one of those awful winter fronts came though on Thursday and the temperature dropped from 25c degrees to 0 overnight. Not nice. It is scheduled to warm up again early next week thank goodness. At least the sun is shining.
Heather and Scott flew into Jacksonville, about 30 miles from here, on Thursday to find their boat had been stored in its cradle slightly on an angle. This resulted in the cockpit filling with water when it rained, and the drain holes were unable to drain the water away because of the angle. Their main cabin in the rear was flooded, all the bedding, curtains, cushions etc are ruined and all the beautiful woodwork is green with mould. It is so sad for them as they were hoping to be on their way south within a week. Heather called in to tell us the bad news on Friday. She had come down to St Augustine to a recommended canvas shop to try and have new cushions etc made as quickly as possible. We are driving up to their Marina this afternoon to see the damage and help where we can, even if it is just drowning their sorrows over dinner!
We plan to be here for a few more days. St Augustine is a lovely city and we enjoy being here. There are a few more jobs to do on the boat before we leave. Today we put the gib back on and tomorrow, wind permitting we will refit the main sail. Should be on our way south by Thursday. Hopefully we can meet up somewhere down the track with Scott and Heather. We would all like to spend a bit of time together in Marathon, where we met last February.

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2 Responses to “FROM SNOW TO SUN”

  1. Kathryn Says:

    Julie and Peter,

    What a gorgeous snowy start to your sailing holiday. You ar living the life! Great that Anything Goes had a good storage experience, bad luck for yoor friends!
    I’ve got your post via Patrice and was wondering if you could add me to your direct mailing list so I can live vicariously,

    love

    Kate

    • anythinggoes2009 Says:

      Hi Kathryn
      I have clicked on a few boxes, so I hope that means you will get to hear when the next bog is published? Who knows I am new at this blogging thing. I posted a new article last weekend. Hope you have found it.
      Julie & Peter

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