Two Months of Winter Off Alembic

A day at Mt Abram
Bill and I flew home to Maine December 19 and enjoyed family, friends, skiing, Maine Adaptive, and a lot of reflection for two months. We are so deeply grateful for this life we are living. How did this happen? Less than two years ago, we were fully immersed in our busy work week, trying to squeeze family time, friends, adventure, and exercise into the wee hours that remained. While we loved our jobs, we longed to give more full attention to other aspects of our lives. Now that we live and cruise on Alembic, we again want to make sure we are attending to our other loves, so we arranged for an extended stay in Maine.

Living at our simple little ski camp at Mt Abram was perfect. Plenty of room for family and other guests, especially since Bill fixed up the shed out back as a sweet bunkhouse (the Love Shack as most of Mt Abram refers to it!)

Bill insulated and paneled our garden shed
Matt and Cathy made that sign almost twenty years ago

Mondays and Fridays we worked at Maine Adaptive, helping folks with disabilities enjoy the thrill of skiing down Sunday River’s gorgeous terrain.

Although this little girl can’t see or coordinate her body well, she had a terrific day on the hill!

Often I drove down to Connecticut mid week to spend time with my Mom and Dad. Dad is struggling with Parkinson’s Disease, leaving him so weak that some days he cannot even sit up unassisted. Moving to a skilled nursing facility was a personal struggle for all of us, but we now see that it was for the best. With the parade of trained personnel, Dad gets PT, OT, excellent nutrition, and a wide variety of activities that stimulate his body and brain to function at its peak.

Mom and Dad
1970
21 Grandkids!!
Two CNA’s struggling with Dad
Mom, Ann, and Sarah join me in bringing Dad to his doctor
Now Dad is walking much better
Dad preparing his Valentine card for Mom
Nephew John pulling off a nearly perfect dive

While I spent time in Connecticut, Bill usually stayed at camp to work at his consulting gig and to recover from a very minor hernia surgery.

Not having fun

On weekends, we tried to fit in as much family and friends time as possible.

Cribbage is never a very serious game with us
XC skiing in the setting sun with Mt Abram in the background
We certainly had plenty of snow this winter!
Brrrr
A weekend with the Sladers and Kendricks
I could never ask for a more fun and loving group of friends!
Casco Bay Women March

These two months in Maine confirmed to us how important it is to take breaks from cruising to reunite with our “land life”. Simultaneously, we made plans for our trip to the Western Caribbean again while also preparing for our return to Maine in the summer. We coordinated flights for Kenny and Jenna to visit in the Caymans, Erica and Wes to visit in Belize (Logan and Lindsay have a TBD plan!), Cay and George to come again for two weeks in Belize, and purchased a wind vane, which signifies further and extended sailing in our future. With the help of some charitable and creative acquaintances, we planted the seed (pun intended!) to start an aquaponic demonstration system at a farm in Augusta when we return next summer.

heading south

We arrived at the airport on Valentine’s Day feeling fulfilled with our full two months, and eager to return to Alembic for more adventuring.

Exuma Photo Gallery

We had a spectacular time in the Exumas.

Bill looks like a giant in the mini palm forest
Bill looks like a giant in the mini palm forest
Beautiful coral staircase
Beautiful coral staircase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lionfish are devouring the reef fish, so we will devour this tasty one!
Lionfish are devouring the reef fish, so we will devour this tasty one!
Bill is using a heat gun to strip the old Cetol
Bill uses a heat gun to strip the Cetol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anchoring up close to the reef at Long Cay
Anchoring up close to the reef at Long Cay
Our Canadian friends Mattieu and Chantal were expert kite surfers at Normans Cay
Our Canadian friends Mattieu and Chantal were expert kite surfers at Normans Cay
This freighter came ridiculously close to our stern at Normans.
This freighter came very close to our stern while anchored at Normans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russ is following us up the mangrove pass at Shroud Cay
Russ is following us up the mangrove pass at Shroud Cay
Spectacular beach at the end of the mangrove cut
Spectacular beach at the end of the mangrove cut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russ, Captain of Nauticuss, another Whitby 42, brought us to this old lookout
Russ, Captain of Nauticuss, another Whitby 42, brought us to this old lookout
Bill walks down the path at Warderick Wells
Bill walks down the path at Warderick Wells, retracing our steps from 1989
Deep in a pit on Warderick Wells
Deep in a pit on Warderick Wells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does this shell become so beautiful?
How does this shell become so beautiful?
Adding our Alembic sign at Warderick Wells
Adding our Alembic sign at Warderick Wells
Adding our Wings (Westsail 32) sign in 1989
Adding our Wings (Westsail 32) sign in 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting the plane between Pasture and O'Brien Cays
Visiting the plane between Pasture and O’Brien Cays
Coral Gardens near the plane
Coral Gardens near the plane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So many turtles!
So many turtles!
Bill, taking a moment to lounge
Bill, taking a moment to lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dramatic Cambridge Cay
Dramatic Cambridge Cay
Alembic is so small!
Alembic is so small!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlantic waves crashing on Cambridge Cay
Atlantic waves crashing on Cambridge Cay
Bell Rock off Cambridge Cay
Bell Rock off Cambridge Cay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky Dundas Caves
Rocky Dundas Caves

 

Another lobster from Fowl Cay
Another lobster from Fowl Cay.  Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the tranquil spot at Rat Cay
Enjoying the tranquil spot at Rat Cay
These swimming pigs at Big Majors Spot are such beggars!
These swimming pigs at Big Majors Spot are such beggars!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill loves his fitness swims
Bill loves his fitness swims

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, those are bats in Pool Cave
Yes, those are bats in Pool Cave
Pool Cave near Oven Rock at Farmers Cay
Pool Cave near Oven Rock at Farmers Cay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That lionfish's venomous spines are cut off
That lionfish’s venomous spines are cut off before it goes in the dinghy
Lionfish hanging out at David Copperfield's piano at Rudder Cay
Lionfish hanging out at David Copperfield’s piano at Rudder Cay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill visits the mermaid who sits at the piano
Bill visits the mermaid who sits at the piano
A German sympathizer built a mansion before WW2 with a UBoat dock
A German sympathizer built this mansion before WW2 with a UBoat dock
Bill and I pretend for a moment the mansion is ours
Bill and I pretend for a moment the mansion is ours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oopsie.  I guess we were not supposed to visit the mansion
Oopsie. I guess we were not supposed to visit the mansion
Caught another barracuda on our way from Rudder Cut to Adderly Cut.  We let it go.
Caught another barracuda on our way from Rudder Cut to Adderly Cut. We let it go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The defunct Caribbean Marine Research Center on Lee Stocking Island
The defunct Caribbean Marine Research Center on Lee Stocking Island
Coconut sprout
Coconut sprout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill prepares a CocoLoco
Bill prepares a CocoLoco
Our CocoLoco with Alembic and Barefoot (a Whitby 42 from Alaska) in the background
Our CocoLoco with Alembic and Barefoot (a Whitby 42 from Alaska) in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our very expensive bottom paint was supposed to last 2 years.  This is the growth after only 4 months!!
Our very expensive bottom paint was supposed to last 2 years. This is the growth after only 4 months!!
Georgetown Girls are preparing for their Christmas contest this night!
Georgetown Girls are preparing for their Christmas contest this night!
Poor Santa
Poor Santa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We frolicked with these three dolphins for almost an hour.  They seemed to enjoy swimming with us!
We frolicked with these three dolphins for almost an hour. They seemed to enjoy swimming with us!
These two kayakers have come all the way from Greneda in their little kayak
These two kayakers have come all the way from Greneda in their little kayak
Off they go to cross the Gulf Stream to Florida!
Off they go to cross the Gulf Stream to Florida!  Adventurous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing up to the Monument on Lee Stocking Island
Climbing up to the Monument on Lee Stocking Island
Had to hold on.  Very windy!
Had to hold on. Very windy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The many cats get plenty of attention at Chat N Chill
The many cats get plenty of attention at Chat N Chill
Silly girls making sand cones
Silly girls making sand cones