Sunday, May 1, 2016

Long Haulin'

Crew Hangin' Out Offshore

Dylan and Dee Dee sadly left Great Harbour Cay Marina, Berry Islands, Bahamas last Sunday. They pulled into River Dunes Marina in Oriental, NC, USA on Saturday. To say we were makin' track is an understatement. That was approximately 1,000 nautical miles in 7 days.

St Johns River Sunrise

We did an overnight passage from Great Harbour to Port Canaveral, FL, a run to Halifax Harbor, FL, then anchored off the St Johns River to take-off for Brunswick Landing, GA. The conditions were good so we changed our plans to go overnight to Charleston, SC.

Sunset Offshore

The next morning remained nice so we pushed on for another overnight to River Dunes Marina. Making that passage a total of 55 hours. That was the longest one ever for this crew. Dylan and Dee Dee even got a military escort into the Beaufort Inlet.

Dylan and Dee Dee watch the warship in the Beaufort Inlet

Dylan and Dee Dee have shown once again what a first class crew we have. They handled it all with aplomb. And even managed to have some fun along the way.

Looking for Dolphins

So today we rested here at River Dunes Marina - visited our first US grocery store, took the kids for walks - we all deserved the break. Tomorrow we once again head north looking for dolphins and the next adventure.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Crew Again

This morning we threw off the lines at Great Harbour Cay Marina and reluctantly pointed the bow back towards the States. We've all had a great time here and know we will be back. Mom and Dad will miss friends, the terrific staff, Hans, fun events, and much else about this special island.

Dylan and Dee Dee... they'll miss the beach!

So long until next time!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!

Today our girl turns 3 years old. 3 years old! That should be all grown up in dog years. So we were sure we would wake up to a mature, well behaved young lady. Instead, we woke up to Dee Dee...

And we were relieved. Where would the spice in our day go without a little Dee Dee attitude? Just last night a friend commented, "She has a lot of personality."

We love our birthday girl and told her she could do anything she wanted on her special day. So what do you think she chose?

A trip to the beach with Dylan!!! (If you really couldn't guess that, then this is your first time on Dylan and Dee Dee's blog. Just scroll down...)

We indulged her and had a wonderful romp a the beach. Most likely Dylan and Dee Dee's last one of the season. Tomorrow looks good for our crossing back to the US where all new adventures await our birthday girl and her best buddy, Dylan.

Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Short Timers

If the weather predictions hold, today was the second to the last beach day for Dylan and Dee Dee. At least for a while...

While better than yesterday, it was till pretty rough but not enough to stop this crew.

The crew on aCappella plans to leave Sunday to head back to the states. But not before we have a special celebration. Make sure you check out tomorrow's blog posting to find out what it is!

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Wow, the waves were bigger this morning than we ever remember seeing them. So we decide to simply throw the bumper down the beach and not out into the surf. Dylan and Dee Dee still had a great time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Treasure!

Today, Dee Dee found a coral fan washed up on the beach. She was most pleased with herself.

Dylan joined the investigation and they both pretty much forgot about the bumper.

Then Dylan did what any self respecting Lab would do. Destroyed it...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Where'd It Go!?!?

Sometimes their enthusiasm overtakes their abilities...

(Look closely at the bottom.)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Something Different

The winds blew last night and into today. Friends confirmed that the beach was too rough for swimming. So we decided to do something different.

We walked into town in search of fresh fruit. As we get away from the water, it turned hot and we decided the heat plus the hot asphalt was too much for our delicate crew members.

So Mommy waited in a shady spot while Daddy walked the rest of the way in to snag four grapefruit. Maybe not the most impressive haul but we were all happy to see him.

While Dylan and Dee Dee certainly missed a day at the beach, they didn't miss the bath and ear treatments they always get afterwards.

Hoping for a better day tomorrow.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Opportunist

Dylan is usually content to wait onshore and weigh-lay Dee Dee as she brings in the bumper. But Dee Dee, despite all of her bravado, is a bit of a chicken and shirks from the big waves. That is when Dylan will take advantage of the opportunity to retrieve the bumper on his own.

Of course, that just means that Dee Dee does the weigh-laying...

Friday, April 15, 2016

It's Friday!

Dylan and Dee Dee woke up this morning and wondered what was on their calendar. A quick look showed it was Friday which means...'s bumper chasing on the beach day! Yeah!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Air Dee Dee!!

Who knew she could walk on water?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Next Best Thing...

For Dee Dee the next best thing to retrieving the bumper is playing keep away with the bumper.

She does her best to tempt Dylan.

Often succeeding.

 She even tries it with Mommy.

Who isn't thrilled with this "bad girl" behavior...

Mom wins in the end.

And bumper chasing is resumed. All is well with the universe again!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bumper Day!

Today the winds finally died down enough that Dylan and Dee Dee could get back to the critical task of bumper chasing.

Most days the beach is pristine.

But after days of crashing waves it looked like this. Filled with all sorts of sea grass and other life from the ocean.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Another Walk

We waited until the afternoon for our trip to the beach as the predictions were for the winds to die down. They didn't.

So the crew enjoyed another walk down the beach. Fingers crossed that tomorrow will be another bumper chasing day.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Beach Walk...

Today was a very windy day at the beach with waves crashing and rolling onto the shore. We decided to simply take a walk along the beach.

Dylan and Dee Dee still managed to have a good time. With all the sea grass, sea life, and other debris that had washed ashore there was plenty of good smells to be found.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Cause and Effect

Lots of this...

...leads to this...

Friday, April 8, 2016

Fierce Competition

Bumper chasing on the beach at Great Harbour Cay is not for the faint of heart. The competition is fierce!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

So Beautiful!

Most every day Dylan and Dee Dee take the 3/4 mile walk to the beach. It is one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere. I have never seen one nicer. The path goes up over a sand dune depositing the kids in the approximate middle of the miles long crescent beach.

A look to the left and we see this.

A look to the right and we see this.

But the crew... they only see the bumper. It must be retrieved!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Day of Rest

We awoke to high winds so decided it was a good day to take a break from the beach. Dylan and Dee Dee did, however, enjoy a special Drink N Drift last night. I think Dee Dee wants some Rum Punch...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Dogs, Bumpers, Beach... Repeat

I sometimes wonder if the followers of Dylan and Dee Dee's blog ever tire of seeing dogs on the beach chasing bumpers. But then I realize, who cares! If the crew never tires of it, then why should you?