Our floating home isn’t floating any more. After her 6,200-mile journey through 19 states followed by 2+ leisurely months in her home waters, Mainship Many Moons has been lifted from the water at tiny Pequaming Marina on Keweenaw Bay. She still flies the gold burgee that identifies her as a “finisher” of The Great Loop. … Continue reading Many Moons Goes To Bed
Our first construction project at Camp Many Moons stretches over 90′, rises about 10′, and is made of local hemlock. Our fabulous new fence! And we put it up all by ourselves. So satisfying. Why a fence when we live remotely, you ask? Because it isn’t that remote. Yes, we have 300 feet of waterfront, … Continue reading The Fence
Mainship Many Moons left Camp Many Moons over a week ago and sits in a marina about 8 miles’ drive away, awaiting her lift-out date. We miss seeing it anchored off-shore and spending the night on board. But we aren’t mourning. So much to do — and fun to have — at the camp which … Continue reading Happy Land Lubbers
Mainship Many Moons has completed the last 32-mile leg of her 6,200-mile journey which I call “The Great Loop-Plus,” as she returns to the marina where it all began. Captain/Skipper Jeff and Navy Captain/First Mate Mary feel rather sad by this “last leg of the journey.” The boat doesn’t seem to care. Funny how that … Continue reading Many Moons’ Last “Loop” Leg
Mainship Many Moons finished The Great Loop two months ago. Even among boaters and adventurers, it’s an unusual accomplishment. Fewer than 200 boats achieve this milestone each year, which is fewer than climb Mount Everest. That may be why so few know about it. (The National Geographic called it “the epic adventure you’ve never heard … Continue reading By The Numbers: Many Moons On “The Loop”
Have you ever noticed how two trajectories can meet unexpectedly in your life? That’s how it was when we joined Looping Sid on a visit to my hometown this week. We met Sid in North Carolina in late March just before entering The Great Dismal Swamp. We were more than 4,000 miles into The Great … Continue reading Hometown Visit With Sid
The chainsaws are busy again at Camp Many Moons. It got me thinking. How do you know when to trim back and when to lop off? The question applies not just to trees but also to outmoded habits. Or stuff you don’t use any more. Or relationships. When it comes to trees, the answer is … Continue reading A Time to Trim, A Time To Cut
Where is “home?” Where your heart is, they say. For boats doing The Great Loop, it’s the home port. For Mainship Many Moons, that’s Huron Bay, a narrow 12-mile-long bay (some call it a fjord) on the southern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Many Moons has been at anchor here for over … Continue reading Many Moons at “Home”
WhiIe traveling The Great Loop by boat, I sought out the history of the places we visited. But on the road last week, while driving from my primary home (near Washington D.C.) to my 2nd home and Many Moons’ homeport (in far-north Michigan), I filled in some history closer to home. It’s about time I … Continue reading Attack: Fort Michilimackinac
Tangier Island is disappearing. We’ve been hearing this for decades. I can confirm that it’s true. I was there. The small, still-inhabited island in the Chesapeake Bay is now 2.5 miles long by 1.5 miles wide. That’s apparently half its size several years ago, based on local written accounts. I went there to fill in … Continue reading The Disappearing Island
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