Tuesday, December 3, 2013
But for our littlest crew member everything has been a first. From her first time underway to her first dinghy ride to the first time she cruised into saltwater, she has been facing new experiences. Today Dee Dee had another very important first.
The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach, AL where Dylan and Dee Dee enjoyed daily walks to the large field for a run. While we enjoyed the restaurants and movie theater and a lovely Thanksgiving day at Marie and Bob Austin's. We then made the 11 nm trip to Orange Beach Marina where the crew met other boat dogs while out on the docks. One of the many appeals of Orange Beach Marina is that it is only minutes from the Perdido Pass Inlet.
So mid-afternoon today we threw off the lines and headed out the inlet into the Gulf of Mexico. Right away Dee Dee knew something was different. We had some heavy swells coming out of the inlet and things got only slightly better as we turned east. It wasn't a day we would have normally gone but we have a bit of a schedule, eww.
We bumped along for a couple of hours until we pulled into the Pensacola Inlet and onto our anchorage. Dee Dee was a champ. At first she clung to me, then curled into a ball on the settee. She drooled just a bit but finally settled down and fell asleep.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
When Dee Dee first joined our crew she had straight fur just like her great-great-grandmother Dyna. But just recently I've noticed that she's starting to get waves down her back. They're not as pronounced as Dylan's but there none the less.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Since leaving Midway Marina we have been moving down the last of the rivers. The crew enjoyed several days at Columbus Marina in Columbus, Mississippi, a beautiful town. Then on to Kingfisher Bay Marina in Demopolis, Alabama a very large and growing marina. Dylan and Dee Dee took daily walks on the docks at both places soaking up the attention.
Coffeeville, Alabama and approached Mobile Bay, we once again entered saltwater, something our hull hadn't felt since the Hudson River in New York. To Dee Dee saltwater is something new. Dylan immediately ran to the bow looking port and starboard for dolphins. I can only guess he knew the smell of the saltwater. Unfortunately, I think we need to venture a bit closer to the Gulf to find his buddies. But Dee Dee ran with great excitement sure that Dylan had something fun to show her. Patience, little girl.
Dog River Marina in Mobile, Alabama. It's a high end boatyard with lots of docks and places to wander. We even found a field beside the yacht club where the crew can romp.
Somehow with all of the planning and traveling and visiting Jeff was able to complete the new ActiveCaptain Companion and get it ready for release tomorrow. Of course, it probably helped that he had his cracker-jack crew at hand.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The crew has been enjoying the height of southern hospitality this week here at Midway Marina in Fulton, Mississippi. We had spent 10 days at anchor in Bay Springs Lake, which has made our time at the dock busier than normal. There's laundry to catch up on and shopping to do and boat cleaning. That's on top of the usual ActiveCaptain activities. Plus Jeff has been finishing the ActiveCaptain Companion and finally submitted the Apple version last night for approval.
Dylan and Dee Dee have been very busy too. They've kept track of hundreds of coots floating near the boat each day.
They get up early to take their mom and dad on a morning walk to the nearby field where they have to chase the stick or the Frisbee. Sometimes there's tasty treats on the ground. We usually do it again in the late afternoon or evening.
If Mom and Dad go out for the evening, Dylan and Dee Dee must stand watch for any dangers that may threaten the boat.
Don't forget there's breakfast and supper and naps and new toys to play with.
They've got to have a good tussle now and then.
No wonder they're exhausted by the end of the day.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Dylan and Dee Dee have certainly been enjoying the good life lately. We ended up staying 10 days at Green Turtle Bay Resort - it was hard to leave. There were a lot of walking places for the kids and plenty of the dinghy rides. We had three days of quick anchorages and then enjoyed a couple of days at Grand Harbor Marina, another resort style marina. It was definitely time to toughen this crew up a bit. You know, hoist those sails, swab those decks kinds of stuff.
We've been anchored in a beautiful cove on Bay Springs Lake in Mississippi. We planned to come for a couple of days. We're on our fifth day here and will probably stay for five more. The scenery is just spectacular and we've had beautiful sunsets each night. I think the whole crew could get used to this.
Dee Dee has been refining her dinghy skills with the help of Dylan. She happily leaps in after him and hangs over the sides now. There's a park about a mile across the lake with a small dock and lots of walking trails. She has learned that a dinghy ride can be much more than just a ride. It can mean that you get to go to other fun places.
Second Mate status. There have been more than 5 successful dinghies rides without a single Dee Dee overboard drill (knocking on wood). All stairs have successfully been mastered, the latest being the flybridge stairs which happened just this week. Now she's found a whole new level to find trouble on...
Of course, there are still a few issues to overcome. The "on command" requirement, while getting better, is still a bit hit or miss. She's still very fond of leaning out over the caprail. And while we have left her out of the crate for a few locking and docking maneuvers, it's only been when she was already sleeping. She definitely hasn't been trusted yet to be alone for anywhere near an hour.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Tucker loved all of it, the ride, the destinations, the interesting things floating in the water.
Dyna was our speed demon. She loved to go fast and would stick her nose out into the wind. She never had a bigger smile than when taking a dinghy ride.
Dylan likes the destinations best and wants to be the first off the boat and running to shore.
We plan on doing some anchoring out around the Bay Springs area in Mississippi once we leave the oasis that is Green Turtle Bay Resort. We realized that we hadn't taken the dinghy down since some time before we lost our precious Dyna. That meant Dee Dee had never even seen the dinghy.
So we decided it would be a good idea to bring the dinghy down, clean her up, make sure all was in working order, and start to teach the next generation about the joys of taking a dinghy ride.
Dylan knew right away what was up and ran up to the flybridge to help bring the dinghy down. That has been his job for years. Dyna's job was to run to the side door where the dinghy would land. Dee Dee knew something was up but still wasn't brave enough to brooch the flybridge steps, so she had to be content sitting at the bottom watching.
She was curious and watched as I put on Dylan's harness and made him sit to wait for his dad to get the dinghy ready. She watched him leap into the dinghy and then ran away with a small whimper. Cooing and coaxing had no effect, so I finally had to scoop her up - she is still scooping size but just barely - and put her into the dinghy. She immediately laid down on the floor.
Then before I knew it she was up on the pontoon stretching for a good sniff and I was glad we had her tethered with her harness.
We worked for a bit to teach her the safer way to peer over the side. She caught on quickly and loved watching the water pass by.
Today she ran to the side door and jumped in all by herself and thoroughly enjoyed leaning over the side to watch the water. She seems to have a bit of the speed demon too, as she didn't bat an eye when we opend up the throttle and sped off on Barkley Lake.
Dee Dee is fast ticking off the requirements towards her 2nd Mate status. Now she has learned the joys of a dinghy ride. Dyna would be proud.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
There were 4 solid days onboard, the longest Dee Dee has spent so far without getting off. She did well but was definitely beginning to reveal her need to run ashore as the nip marks on Dylan grew. Poor Dylan.
Dylan continues to try and teach Dee Dee the proper way to look overboard - with paws firmly on the step stool.
But Dee Dee still thinks it's more fun to lean out for a closer look with her paws on the caprail. Can you say man overboard?
We are very happy to be taking some time to relax at Green Turtle Bay Resort Marina. It is a beautiful facility with not only a lovely marina but a spa, a beach, and a charming town nearby. The kids are loving it at least as much as we are. There are lots of boaters to meet on the docks. They are getting multiple walks onshore every day including a morning walk to the beach. Dee Dee finally took the plunge this morning and swam in after Dylan. She's quite the pro already. Now Dylan has a swimming buddy to chase after him for sticks. There's nothing Dylan loves more than a good game of chase.
Her proud papa even took a video:
We've already taken in a show at the Badgett Playhouse in town. I'm off for some spa time this week and we definitely want to enjoy a meal at the yacht club. As for Dylan and Dee Dee, just give them the beach and a stick and that's all the resort they need.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Of course, there are other fascinating items she has discovered. Like the toilet paper roll. Fortunately, there were just a few sheets left.
And what could be more fun than chewing Mom's slippers? I keep them on the floor beside the dresser - well, I used to anyway.