The rain has returned to Juneau with a vengeance, and naturally, just in time for our family reunion that starts today. I’ve really been looking forward to this reunion for a number of reasons. I’m looking forward to seeing so many family members, of course. This is for the Dvorak side of the family, which is Joe’s mom’s dad’s family. (Did you catch all that?)
Monday, July 18, 2016
Kyrie lost a member of her crew a few days ago. Some time early Saturday morning, Desi, our beloved boat kitty, died in her sleep. She was about eighteen and while it wasn’t unexpected—she started going downhill about a week ago—it was still incredibly sad.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Joe is still out working on the tender. It's keeping him really busy and it's pretty decent money. We see him occasionally--he got home around 2:30 Saturday morning and then had to be back on the boat late Sunday morning. Even for that short amount of time, it was REALLY good to see him. I, for one, am very much looking forward to him being done with this fishing gig.
Monday, June 27, 2016
It's been over a month since we arrived back here in Juneau and I've been struggling to come up with something to write about. We've taken Kyrie out several times since--Taku Harbor with the sailing club for Memorial Day weekend (which I really ought to write about since a scary yet amazing thing happened on that trip), another trip down there just with our family, and an overnight getaway with just one kid along while the big two spent the night with friends--and while they have all been fun, for some reason, with the exception of Memorial Day weekend, nothing seemed really blog-worthy.
And then I stopped and kicked myself for even thinking something so silly! My family lives on a boat--an amazing, beautiful, nearly-everything-we've-wanted-in-a-boat catamaran! How on earth can I not think this worth writing about? Even if no one else reads this, it's still worth mentioning. So, having given myself the swift kick I needed, and will need again from time to time, I can move on.
I have Kyrie nearly all to myself as I type this. Joe is currently working with/for a friend on a packer, which for any who may not know, is a big boat that goes around, buying fish from the fishing fleet, and delivering them to the cold storage facility, where the fish are processed, packaged, and sent to various locales around the world. He will be doing this for the next month and we'll see him from time to time. For example, he called around noon today, saying he would be at the harbor (on the other end of town!) for about two hours. The girls and I dropped the little bit we were doing and drove to see him!
Levi left this morning to go to camp for the next four days. It's his last year at Colt Camp, which is for the 7-9 year-olds. I know he's excited about being with older kids next year, but I don't know if I'm ready! This was his third year going to Echo Ranch so leaving Mom for a few days is no big deal anymore. I think Rachael will miss him more than he misses her!
So, it's just me and the girls until I pick Levi up Thursday evening, unless Joe gets to come home for a little while. Rachael is off at the pavilion across the street, playing with the boys off Midnight Sun (should I be worried? 😉), which is another family boat here in Douglas. Megan is taking a nap, so currently, it's just me and Desi, hanging out in the cockpit, savoring this warm Southeast Alaska day.
At some point, we'll be ready to cast off lines and get started our next big adventure, but until then? I'm living a dream right now. It may not be everyone's dream, but I'm enjoying it, and every day, something happens that someone, somewhere, just might enjoy reading about.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Well after having a couple weeks to think about it, I am finally ready to post on lessons learned from our passage north, also some items that worked and some that did not work so well.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
It took a while to get it all together, but here is the second half of our big adventure north. I'm really bummed to realize I didn't take as many photos as I thought I did, but there are still some good ones. Enjoy reading about the rest of our adventure!
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
It's taken way too long, but I'm finally getting all my notes typed up and pictures off the camera, so at long last, I can post about our great journey back to Alaska! It's going to take a few posts to share everything, so hopefully you enjoy reading it and seeing in photos some of what we got to experience during our first major trip in Kyrie. Cruising the San Juans was a lot of fun, but this was so much more. Despite giving up hope it would happen, Kyrie is actually in Juneau!
Without further ado, here it is--Kyrie's Big Adventure North.