Sunday, June 16, 2019

In the Groove

Any time the Red Head crew stays at a spot for more than a few days they develop a routine. Their Baltimore routine is a bit different than ones of the past.

The first day here, Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora walked to the Canton dog park. It’s a bit less than a mile each way. Dylan sat in the shade and then dragged most of the way back to the boat. Dee Dee was not behaving so her dad took her out for a walk.

The new morning routine is as follows. Up (early) for breakfast, a bit of play time, and a snooze. Around 8 am, Mom takes Dylan for a walk on the waterfront promenade, before it gets hot. He loves sitting in the air conditioning when he returns.

At 9 am, Dad takes Dora for a walk to the dog park. He returns with one throughly exhausted pup.

About 9:15 am, Mom takes Dee Dee for a walk on the promenade, using the one-on-one time to work on leash and other dog manners. She has never liked small dogs and while she won’t approach one, if she is approached it can be ugly. This has now spread to pretty much any unfamiliar dog. Hence, her dog park restrictions. Mom wonders if Dee Dee is feeling her dominance challenged by Dora. It’s hard to know what is going on in those little brains. Fortunately, she is improving and seems to like the special attention.

For the next few weeks we have a routine that seems to work for everyone.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Dora’s Window

Dylan and Dee Dee discovered the small “window” outside the port galley door soon after moving onto Red Head. That pic was from October 2016 while at New Bern, NC.

Dora loves her little window. Every time she steps out the door, she stops to take a peek. You never know what you might see...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Dylan is 12, Oh My!

Our sweet Dylan turns 12 today.

He’s just as cute as the day we brought him home.

Dad is lobbying for birthday cupcakes. Mom just wants to cuddle her handsome boy.

Thank you, Dylan, for 12 wonderful years. There’s still many adventures to come.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Baltimore, What?

What could keep the Red Head crew from putting up a blog entry for over a week? Start with some engine problems, add in ridiculously hot weather, throw in a haul out and 3 days living on the hard (in said hot weather), and top it off with poor WiFi.

On the bright side, they did find two dog parks.

Three days on the hard meant getting the crew off and on the boat. We used a series of ramps, much like Stuart a couple years ago. Tried airplane stairs but Dylan would have none of that. On the final day, we used a lift to take them off one at a time prior to Red Head going back in the water.

It’s been a rough week, culminating in a sad change of summer plans. Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora are now off to Baltimore for a month. More on the Red Head saga later.

For now the crew needs a couple days to relax.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Brother and Sisters

It’s been a hectic time for Mom and Dad. There was the anchorage with the million tiny bugs followed by hours of cleaning them up. The engine troubles as we headed up the Chesapeake Bay that ended in one engine going down. Dad’s first docking with a single engine. He did great. The gale warnings that occurred in the midst of said engine troubles. And even an infestation of frogs (OK, one frog) hiding onboard, most likely to eat the remains of the bugs. 

Through it all the crew remained focused on their tasks. Sleeping and having fun. Sisters Dee Dee and Dora cuddled for a nap.

Dora helped brother Dylan keep watch. 

Dylan and Dora found time to play.

The Red Head crew is now settled into Georgetown Yacht Basin. A Caterpillar mechanic was onboard yesterday to not only fix the engine problem but to show Dad how to do it himself should it happen again underway. Today Mom picks up a rental car. Tomorrow we head to a nearby dog park. Next week a Red Head will be hauled for maintenance work but today life is good.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Dee Dee and Mom arrived home yesterday afternoon. Mom called when about 20 minutes out so Dad could setup the ramp. Then he told Dylan and Dora we were coming. Soon after was the happy reunion.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Feathered Friends

We arrived at grandma’s house to find a momma robin sitting on her nest in the corner of the front porch. Dee Dee has been through the front door for a walk numerous times but she has never suspected a thing. On the other hand, the momma robin has kept a keen eye on us, flying away each time we exited and return to the house. Finally captured a picture of her.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Going Solo

This morning Mom and Dee Dee headed out to Tennessee for a visit with Grandma. Dad and Dylan and Dora will be staying on Red Head to finish up some projects. It’ll be 5 days with Dee Dee the sole crew member. She’s never been without the others for more than an hour or so. Will she bask in having the attention all to herself? She is a little diva. Or will she miss the rest of the crew and decide Dora isn’t so bad after all?

How are the other two crew members doing? We’re sure Dylan is fine. But we could hear Dora crying all the way out in the parking lot. Dad will have his hands full.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Land Ho!

After 4 days and 3 nights, not to mention several days moving across the Bahama Banks to setup for Red Head’s crossing, the crew finally touched paws to land on Wednesday. They were pretty happy.

Mom picked up the rental car and Dad arranged for a playdate with Cally, a fellow yellow Lab. The crew was excited to be going on a toot, even if they didn’t know where.

Cally’s people have a lovely house right on the ICW. Dee Dee immediately figured out how to get into the river and spent most of her time swimming. Dylan joined her for a bit.

Dora wasn’t so sure...

But she quickly figured out how to watch from the dock.

Everyone was having a great time.

Cally even showed off her favorite toy.

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora were ready to move in. But we did eventually have to go back to the boat. The Red Head crew will be here for a spell. Dora thinks she’s gonna like it.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Day 3?

Dora successfully completed her first double overnight. She was quite the little trooper. Now the Red Head crew is looking to do a third night. With conditions this good it’s hard not to. Dylan and Dee Dee think it looks perfect.

Dora concurs. Of course, if conditions change we can abort but the predictions are great. This would be the first triple overnight for the entire crew. Them’s some salty dogs!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Good Morning!

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora had an uneventful overnight passage to the US. They were greeted this morning by a pod of dolphins. It’s unusual for dolphins to swim in Red Head’s bow wake, something that happen with aCappella on a regular basis.

Dylan was ecstatic to see his old friends again.

Dee Dee wanted to share her delight with her dad.

Dora was a little harder to impress. The crew spent much of the morning hoping to see their buddies again. Alas, they seem to have found a better playground.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Heading Home

The Red Head crew pulled anchored and headed across the Bahamas Banks at first light.

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora are hoping for a smooth passage.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

When It’s Right...

The perfect weather window has been forming for a crossing back to the US for early next week. The Red Head crew left Man-O-War Cay this morning to head through Whale Cut Passage in perfectly calm waters. Tonight they’re anchored off Green Turtle Cay. If all goes as planned, the crew will anchor off Foxtown tomorrow night, Great Sale Cay Saturday, and then head across the Gulf Stream Sunday.

It’s always good to be underway again. Dee Dee and Dora loved getting a snoot full of ocean air.

While Dylan stayed vigilant on duty as First Mate. The crew has enjoyed their time here in the Bahamas but the weather is telling us it’s time to go.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

It’s Her Birthday!

Today is Dee Dee’s 6th birthday. In celebration, good friends Kristin and Wayne offered to help us bring the Red Head crew ashore. They met us by dinghy on the small beach and assisted with getting Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora to the beach without causing an international incident with the dozen or so tourists there.

The crew had a long walk and lounged at the beach before heading back to Red Head.

It was a pretty good birthday for our pretty girl. We love you Dee Dee!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Terra Firma

The Red Head crew made another attempt this morning to reach terra firma. We spied a pretty little beach yesterday that looked like it had shore access. Unfortunately, it was small and populated with too many people and young children, and a small dog. Not optimal for a rambunctious crew who’d been confined to quarters for several days.

So Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora had a nice long dinghy ride all around Man-O-War Cay. Looks like they had a good time.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Such a Bummer

The Red Head crew has been forced to endure days onboard without a trip to shore. Mom and Dad were able to make a reconnaissance dinghy ride to the islands and found a beach that looked promising at low tide. Unfortunately, the winds haven’t died enough to make safe passage with a dinghy filled with the crew.

This morning saw a menacing front come through with only a slim chance for an afternoon trip.

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora have done fine. The advantage of a seasoned crew. Dora tries to start a play session, mainly by biting her playmate. First with Dee Dee on the well deck.

Then with Dylan in the salon. Each joins in for a bit. We’re hoping to move to Man-O-War tomorrow. The Abacos are proving not to be ideal for Red Head’s rather rambunctious crew members.

Wanted: One large, isolated beach with safe approach for a fun loving canine crew!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Water Cay

The Red Head crew left Hope Town this morning to head 16 miles to Water Cay, a small, uninhabited (we hope) cay off of Archers Cay.

The plan is to take Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora ashore tomorrow for a beach romp. Dad chose Water Cay because...

“someone” could be left off leash as there is really no where to go. We’ll see if the plan works tomorrow - fingers crossed.