Monday, February 20, 2017

Catching up!

Yup, I am way behind, but I don't want to skip sharing any of our family fun!

Catherine and Ryan
The Warren Clan gathered this year in Texas to celebrate a wedding.

Ryan and Catherine wearing their Salusalu's

Becky and Dave's son, Ryan, marrying sweet Catherine.

Having a laugh

We had such a great time - celebrating, telling stories, laughing, eating - and just spending time with the family - new and old.

Mom and Dad -- first dance

The wedding (and the bride and groom) were beautiful and everything went perfectly.

Eric and Gavin working it

Not because of the Warren's tho.

Catherine's family and friends did an excellent job.

We were having way too much fun!
Crazy family stories - love this picture

We did throw the night-before party.
Beautiful Sisters

We went for food and fun.

A Mexican Fiesta with all of the fixins.

Love my family
It was yummy and we all had a great time.
Danette and Phil enjoying the sun

Besides the wedding celebration, we had lots of Christmas's as family flew in to join us.
More presents?

We love opening presents and cooking and eating, so no complaints from us!
Gavin enjoying 2nd Christmas

There was lots of time to catch up, work on puzzles, and play 42 - a family favorite.
Mom and Dad all dressed up

It was wonderful spending time with the family - as always.
Ness and Eric cheesing it!

But, time goes way too fast when you are having this much fun (as always).
Riding thru New Mexico

We hated to say goodbye to the family in Texas, but it was time to get moving again.

Love those New Mexico blue skies

So, we motored thru six states (New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and finally Washington).

It would have been nice to stop and visit along the way, but we were surrounded by big storms with lots of snow and ice (harrowing).

We just wanted to get the trip over with.
Surviving cold cold winter

Now, we are safe and sound in Tri-Cities, Washington, where it has been very cold and we have had lots of that white stuff (not sand).

But, we have had a great time catching up with friends and family (plus wearing all our warm clothes) and helping at our family's winery - Tucannon Cellars.  Come see us if you are in the neighborhood.

Now, it is time to go shopping for our next boat.  Seattle - here we come!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Road trip to Florida!

Well, so far, our life without a boat is going well.  A much faster pace plus we are spending lots more money, but we are hanging in there.

Beautiful white beaches along the gulf
We received a sweet invite to meet my brother and sister-in-law (Ken and Lisa) in Orlando to celebrate an early Christmas with some of the family, plus meet some of our Canadian relatives.  

Guess that means it is time for a road trip!
Great pub in Vicksburg
We took off from Texas and went thru Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida - with a little bit of Georgia on the way back.

It was a great trip thru the pecan,  peanut, and cotton fields where we learned about Boudin, cracklins, and pickled pig lips.  Oh my.
My Sweetie!

And, the old antebellum homes were gorgeous - would love a tour.

Beautiful Duff Green Mansion
Our favorite stops:  Panama City, Florida, and historic Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Great towns with great pubs.  Plus, the Bon Temps Grill in Lafayette, Louisiana, for Cajun - yum!

The Duff Green Mansion in Vicksburg was my favorite place to stay - even I think it is haunted!

So happy to see Ed and Karen!
Once we arrived in Florida, we had a chance to do some boat shopping, plus meet up with our wonderful friends - Ed and Karen.

Pool time!
We haven't seen them since our Hawaii days, where we had the best dock parties ever!

They are just as wonderful as we remembered. Just wish we could have stayed longer - as always...

Breakfast is served
We really enjoyed meeting the Canadian side of the family too.

They were so excited about the warm weather, Universal Studios, Harry Potter, and all the inexpensive shopping.
Resting after Mini-Golf
It was a whirlwind week.

Filled with lots of laughter, games, gators, and plenty of pool time!
Attack birds at Gatorland

And visiting local hangouts, of course.

We loved the burgers and beers and Shula Burgers (Don Shula's place).  Excellent and cheap.
And lots of Gators

You know you can't go to Orlando without a trip to Gatorland!
Goofy Family Christmas

They put on several exhibitions. Some are pretty hokey, but entertaining.
Island Christmas Tree

You just have to worry about the "Attack" birds if you have any food - they will get it!











We had a great time celebrating an early Christmas with the family.  Lots of sunshine, great food and company, and lots of games.

The Family!
And decorating our fake palm tree, of course.

We were very creative!
Don't feed!


Sorry to see the family and fun time come to an end, but it was time to head back to Texas.
Wild Christmas Trees


We had to get ready for another Christmas (or two), plus help plan a Wedding.

More fun!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ni Sa Moce, Fiji!

We hope to see you again, Fiji.  One of these days...

Gorgeous beaches

After 16 years, we sold our wonderful boat Moondance... To our good friends, Sue and Andrew, so we know that she will be well taken care of.
Last time on Moondance...

We were ready for the "next thing".  To move closer to the family in the USA and buy a trawler and motor our way around Mexico and the Sea of Cortez - one of our favorite places.
Hanging with our Besties!

Sad/Happy times for sure!

We spent a wild, crazy week getting all of our stuff off of Moondance, cleaning, organizing, and watching the Chicago Cubs - of course.




But, most important, spending time with all of our friends that we have made in the 3 years we have been living in Fiji.


Going to miss our mates, Jude and Grant

Porking out and laughing all the time!









Amazing people that we will always be in our lives - promise.

Besides our mates, there are so many things we are going to miss about Fiji...
And that beautiful water
  • Relaxing in our cockpit - looking at the beautiful water, the fish, the stars, and everything else that went by
  • Meeting so many wonderful people from all over the world - especially the Fijians that are so very special
  • Walking white sand beaches, hiking lush green hills, and swimming in crystal clear water, plus the funny blue starfish
  • Experiencing new cultures and eating exotic foods
  • And hanging out at our favorite bars catching up with all of the Yachties - like Cardo's, the Island Bar, the Sunset Bar, etc.

Lovely carvings
But, we will always have those memories (and the pictures) that will keep us smiling until we buy our next boat - hopefully very soon.
Touring the Capital

For now, we will enjoy the holidays with the Family in Texas, with a side trip to Florida to see the rest of the gang.

We also have a Big Wedding coming up.  Our nephew, Ryan, is marrying his sweetie, Catherine.  So happy we could be here to celebrate with them.

It is going to be wild and crazy fun and we are so looking forward to it.

Then, we head west to start searching for our Trawler - yeah!

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving and enjoy all the time you spend with your friends and family!

PS:  Below is a video of the staff at Cardo's singing the Fijian farewell song.  It brought lots of tears!

video

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fun times with our Besties!

A Lady usually doesn't like to talk about "age", but sometimes you have to.
Our Besties!

Our Best Friends, Wanda and Steve, from Washington State came to spend some time with us aboard Moondance.
Wanda enjoying the view!

It amazing to think that I have known Wanda longer than I have know Doug. Over 49 years!

We met in 8th Grade - how cool is that?
Steve - Balloon Boy!

Steve came into the picture right after High School - we are glad that he did.
Our trip!

So, we gave them the whirlwind trip of Fiji - from Nadi all of the way to the end of the Yasawa Island chain (almost).
Love that clear water

And the weather was perfect. Which never happens when you have company in town!
Happy Birthday, Doug

We fished and did some catching, plus some catching and releasing (mystery fish).

Dolphins came to play around Moondance for awhile.

Never long enough, but such a treat.
Fish on!

Our first stop was off of Nanuyabalava Island - near the Manta Ray Island Resort - hoping to swim with the Manta Rays.

Enjoying the gorgeous water


The big rays were not around, but we did enjoy two days of playing in the water, Happy Hour on s/v Blinder, and touring the island.
View from the top of Blue Lagoon

We spent the next two days enjoying the beautiful scenery and water around the famous Blue Lagoon.

Lounge Lizards
And Happy Hour at the Nanuya Island Resort (of course) and catching up with the Yachties.
Birthday Boy getting his floaty on!

We celebrated Doug's birthday by lounging on the beach, playing in the crystal clear water, and meeting the locals.

We traded cookies and candy for drinking coconuts.

Good trade!
Gang at Malakati Village

Next, on to the Malakati Village on the island of Nacula.

Luki and son
One of the most beautiful white sandy beaches we have seen - amazing.

We negotiated for papaya, drinking coconuts and lobster - yum.
Off to the caves

Plus, we paid for Luki and his son, Ape, to take us to the Sawi-I-Lau limestone caves in his long boat.

A much faster trip than on Moondance.
Sawi-I-Lau Cave entrance

Luki got us to the caves early - before the tour boats arrived - perfect.

We had the caves all to ourselves for awhile - so quiet and peaceful and beautiful.
Going down into the cave...

Wanda and I decided not to go to the inner cave.

Steve exploring the cave
It required holding our breath and coming up on the other side and it was dark - not for us.

But, we highly recommend the cave experience!
Love those smiles

Time to get moving again - to Navadra Island for quick overnight stop.
Sunset at Navadra Island

We enjoyed the beautiful sunset along with a lot of other boats - the busiest we have ever seen it.
The Sand Cay

Next, a short stop for lunch and a snorkel at Sand Cay - just a small island covered with beautiful white sand.
Beautiful!

If the weather is calm, you have to stop here. It is amazing!
Some beach time

We spent two nights at Musket Cove exploring the island, BBQ'ing and hanging out with the Yachties at the Island Bar, and relaxing.
Going to be a party

And, much too soon, it was time for Wanda and Steve to fly back to the States.

But, we made so many wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Laughing, playing games, snorkeling, exploring, and eating and drinking of course.

Miss you Wanda and Steve, but promise to see you again soon!