Smooth sailing…

Ok, not really sailing, but you get the point. What a smooth ride from His Honor’s dock to Portsmouth. In 12 trips this is probably the smoothest I have ever seen the water all the way down the river. And so we are tied up, feed and watered at Tidewater Yacht. However, just because the water was smooth doesn’t mean the trip was uneventfull. Just around the ghost fleet we noticed a bunch of small boat activity. And as we were watching the action two…

A great day on the river and His Honor comes to dinner…

So, where were we? Oh yes. We topped off the fuel at Jordan Point yesterday and made it out and down the river unscathed. It was a beautiful day to be on the water and the Synovia trawled down the James like a champ. Cap’t Rehab said he knew a guy with a dock and power so our goal was to make it to His Honor’s place in time to cook dinner. And that is just what we did. We tied up at the dock,…

Why a Hudson Bay start you ask?

And such a good question it is too. We left out of the Richmond Yacht Basin more or less on schedule. First stop about two hours down river for fuel. Everything is going fine until we leave Jordan Point and then, well, kind of boom. The engine temp gauge goes sky high. So we drop the hook on the edge of the channel and pull up floor boards. As it turns out a clamp broke on the fresh water side of the hear exchanger. Not…

Day 1 starts slow…

To be fair, this is the 12th annual boat trip. Ok, so 12-ish. We can’t actually remember. (But it has been at least 12 years since Cap’t Rehab bought the boat and Bilge Boy and I were on the first trip when the throttle cable broke about 100 yards off the dock and we went to Norfolk with a brick on the throttle. True story. And that is how the whole string of trips started off.) Anyway there has been a somewhat revolving crew list,…

When in Richmond…

So the annual boys boat trip starts today. Well tomorrow really but the boys are gathering today in Richmond. Tomorrow the Synovia sets out for Beaufort, NC. (There may be a pool on whether we make it or not. History says it is iffy.) At any rate I figured that lunch at Mekong would be a good start. And it was. And you know what? Mekong is like 5 minutes from Strangeways Brewery. So a great lunch and a growler of Gose and I am…

Dehydrated snap beans and other experiments…

And the drying experiment continues.  I stopped by a local farm stand and picked up some snap beans to see how that would work for. I used a basic recipe from Pickle Me Too. I did cut my beans into bite sized pieces. And as for the spicy salt? I just mixed up equal portions of the ingredients and mashed them up. Worked great. So far I have used the beans for a snack and a addition for a grilled chicken and pesto dish I…

Fun with food…

So I have been playing around in the kitchen a bit and thought I would share. First off, I like my dehydrator. I feel like everyone should get one. I have been making beef jerky for a while, especially to take on camping trips.  I like it and the raccoons like it 🙂  But I haven’t done much else with it. So I have set out to remedy that. So far this week I have dried grapes and blueberries. Now I know I get odd…

The quiet of the evening…

And so another wonderful camping trip comes to a close. Tonight in Watkins Glen SP and then tomorrow off to the family reunion via the Saranac Brewery. But for now the evening is cooling, dinner is done, I have decided to put off the dishes till morning and the fire is just starting. So after lunch at the Crooked Rooster I headed off to hike the gorge. What a great walk. The path climbs back along the gorge for a mile and a half. At…