Category: ‘Neytiri on Land’

Thirteen Flights – Three Months

January 16, 2018 Posted by Deb

We sold the boat to spend more time traveling by jet … probably should have been careful what we wished for. The plan was to go to Iowa for Christmas and Deb’s family, Mexico on Christmas Day through New Year’s for Chuck’s family, a breather is AZ for a few days followed by a trip to Destin, Florida, for Chuck’s 70th with the Borchert clan. A bit challenging, and we both ended up with airplane flu but at least it waited until after the birthday party.

Last Hike 2017 – The Petroglyphs

These desert hike shots all look the same but the petroglyphs are unique. We stayed with the slow group for the petroglyph portion of the trail and liked their pace and the frequent breaks. May be a clue in there somewhere.

Petroglyphs Hugh Norris Trail

Petroglyphs Hugh Norris Trail

How Many Engineers/Computer Guys Does It Take to Find the Trail?

How Many Engineers/Computer Guys Does It Take to Find the Trail?

Christmas in Iowa

This is a can’t miss for Deb and its quite an event. The focus is now about two generations down from us and sometimes we’re the oldest in the room. But that’s OK. We had our time when we covered the nighttime living room in her family farm home with sleeping pads and cousins in every direction.

Gingerbread Houses are Being Engineered

Gingerbread Houses are Being Engineered

Some of Those Guys Can Really Jump

Some of Those Guys Can Really Jump

Haven't Had to Scrape Windows Like This for a Long, Long Time

Haven’t Had to Scrape Windows Like This for a Long, Long Time

Christmas and New Years in Mexico

Chuck’s sister Barb and Michael have lived in Ajijic (pronounced Ah-hee-hee’) about 40 minutes from Guadalajara for a half year now and brother Bill started the ball rolling for a group visit. He flew in from Anchorage and we flew in from Des Moines. The town was a hit, the weather was perfect, the food was excellent and everywhere. Ajijic is on 50-mile long Lake Chapala and is surrounded by mountains. Its altitude is about like Denver and the year around temperature bounces around 77F. There are around 30,000 ex pats living in the area.

Barb & MIchael's Back Yard Garden

Barb & Michael’s Back Yard Garden

Male Pole Dancers on the Malecon

Male Pole Dancer Ritual on the Malecon

Negotiating for a Boat Ride

Negotiating for a Boat Ride

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Folk Dancers at the Restaurant

Folk Dancers at the Restaurant

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Hiking on Mezcala Island

Hiking on Mezcala Island

Cat Attack When We Brought Out the Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Cat Attack When We Brought Out the Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Hiking on the Mountain Over Ajijic

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This Guy is Everywhere on His Horse, Even Takes It Into the Bars

This Guy is Everywhere on His Horse, Even Rides It Into the Bars

An Afternoon in the Hot Thermal Baths

An Afternoon in the Hot Thermal Baths

The Traditional Hot Dog BBQ Wherever We Are

The Traditional Hot Dog BBQ Wherever We Are

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Annual Arizona Relative Reunion – Phoenix

It’s been going on for awhile but we’re in Arizona now so we get to attend. Pizza, pickleball, bocci ball, and beer at Kerry and Cathy’s complex in Mesa. Deb saw relatives she hadn’t seen in 30+ years.GolfCartCathys

Sailing Reunion in Arizona - Gayle Suhich and Todd Duff Stopped By on Their Way to New Zealand to Buy a New Boat

Sailing Reunion in Arizona – Gayle Suhich and Todd Duff Stopped By on Their Way to New Zealand to Buy a New Boat

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A Big Number

We have vacationed with Deb’s cousins for decades so we accepted an invitation to join the group in Destin, FL for the big birthday event. We flew in did a fair job of eating our way down the coast. We loved the 30A stretch and would have biked it if we had had good weather. We got in on a real break in the cold weather but the cold did catch us on the last day.

Birthday Celebration at LuLu's (owned by Jimmy Buffet's Sister)

Birthday Celebration at LuLu’s (owned by Jimmy Buffet’s Sister)

A Project Boat?

A Project Boat?

The Emerald Coast View from Ron & Barb's Balcony

The Emerald Coast View from Ron & Barb’s Balcony

Picked Up a Pickleball Game in Destin

Picked Up a Pickleball Game in Destin

About Us

December 20, 2017 Posted by Deb

Neytiri will sail on with the same name and great new owners. We hung up our cruising life style for a variety of reasons.

For me (Chuck), it got increasingly difficult to keep the body parts working during the five- to eight-month period we were on the boat. The cruising life style is great for balance, mobility, keeping your brain active, and muscle tone; but it is a cardio disaster unless you’re more disciplined than we were. Another reason (for both of us) was that we have “been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt” for most of the islands in the Bahamas, Windwards, and Leewards , the countries in northern South America, Central America, Cuba, and the eastern coast of the U.S. For one more reason, we tried the RV lifestyle, it was a positive surprise; and we discovered a new, fast growing sport, Pickleball. Finally, we believe we need to cover more of the planet by jet.

For Deb, she wanted to sail on and still wants to sail on. The only way I got her to agree to quit is by translating maintenance/improvement costs on Neytiri into plane ticket equivalents.

Going forward we intend to bike, barge, hike, and charter sailboats all over the planet and we need to get busy because the clock is ticking. So, we’ve decided to keep the blog active during the “boat challenged” period. Will we ever return to the ocean? That is unknown at this time. We do intend to charter sailboats in Croatia, the Greek Islands, and the South Pacific to name a few; and we do intend to do bareboat barging in Europe.

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We Don’t Take Tests

December 11, 2017 Posted by Deb

Sunset at Palm Creek

Sunset at Palm Creek

Well, actually, we do. The Palm Creek Pickleball Club determined there were too many people in the 3.5 skill group and some of the ladies complained that there were too many that were not good enough to be in 3.5. So, all the 3.5 folks are getting tested and the failure rate is around 40%. This, of course, caused a bit of an uproar in the club. One argument is that “I paid lots of money to come here for the winter, and I want to play with my friends and not be dictated to.” The other argument is that “We’re going from 900 to 1,400 members and they are correct about the wide range of skills competing in the 3.5 group. The skill requirements for 3.5 have been posted for years.”PalmCreekPickleball

So … we tested. They test 16 at a time with eight judges with clipboards. The drills are ten forehand, backhand, serves, serve returns, third shot drops, and dink followed by an observed game. The shots have to be in a certain place on the court and usually deep. We’re talking about people being tested who haven’t had a test of any kind in decades and there were a lot of deer-in-the-headlights facial expressions.

Hiking AZ

We hiked the Sabino Canyon Phone Line trail and The Wild Mustang Trail in the Tortalita Mountains with the Hiking Club. On the Sabino they advertised a tram ride, and we were anxious to get into a Colorado ski resort gondola and go up a mountain. A “tram” in AZ is a bit different. We also hiked the Superstitions with Ron and Barb when they came to Phoenix for a month.

Palm Creek Hiking Club

Palm Creek Hiking Club

Sabino Canyon Tram

Sabino Canyon Tram

Sun Peeking Over the Sabino Canyon

Sun Peeking Over the Sabino Canyon

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Edging Along the Phone Line Trail

Edging Along the Phone Line Trail

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Saguaros on the Wild Mustang Trail

Saguaros on the Wild Mustang Trail

Crested Saguaro: Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of a lightning strike.

Rare Crested Saguaro: Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of a lightning strike.

Visiting Relatives

Deb has relatives in the area and more all the time. We did food events, hiking, and pickleball with Megan, Meredith, Ron, Barb, Bobby, Cathy, Kerry, Eva, and more are coming.

Hiking the Superstitions with Ron & Barb

Hiking the Superstitions with Ron & Barb

Sailing News

Neytiri is being fitted with a hard bimini, new bottom job, and a few other nice upgrades. Panache is splashing any minute, and Jacques and Annet are possibly headed to NanaJuana Marina. Dale, Kathryn and Blake on MokaKat have moved from the Bahamas to Miami and are living aboard off Dinner Key.

Heading South: Iowa to Arizona

October 15, 2017 Posted by Deb

Melcher-Dallas and Lake Red Rock

Happy Birthday, Gena - Raleigh Grill in Lucas, IA

Happy Birthday, Gena!

Raleigh's Country Bar & Grill out in the Woods

Raleigh’s Country Bar & Grill out in the Woods

After-Supper Hike to Whitebreast Creek on the Farm

After-Supper Hike to Whitebreast Creek on the Farm

We revisited the site of our first date. In the early 1970’s, a purple ski boat. Now, a Hobie trimaran.

Lake Red Rock

Lake Red Rock

Under the Mile-Long Bridge

Under the Mile-Long Bridge

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Tiki Hut Complete with Toilet

Tiki Hut Complete with Toilet

Our stop at Cindy & Bill’s included staging and organizing the mail we had built up with boat parts for Guatemala.PackingGuatemala

 

Off to Arizona

We made it to Casa Grande in four easy days after our stop in Melcher-Dallas, IA. We pitted in Wichita, KS, Amarillo, TX and Lake Caballo, NM. It has been close to 100° for a number of days and pickleball starts before 7:30 a.m. That is way too early for me and just fine for Deb. Palm Creek is undergoing major construction and they are adding what looks like 500 to 1,000 units to the north. Unfortunately, they gobbled up the RC flying field so we will have to commute with our toys.

Amarillo was once the largest producer of Helium in the world. Dead factory now.

Amarillo was once the largest producer of Helium in the world. Dead factory now.

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U.S. Open Racquetball Tournament

October 6, 2017 Posted by Deb

After a month and a half of being selfish with my time, not connecting with as many friends and relatives as normal, and being hurt, sore, and tired most of the time, I thought I was ready for the tournament. I entered the 65+ division. About 900 entrants descend on Minneapolis from all over the world for the largest racquetball tournament in the world.

I had been practicing with the number one ranked player at 70 plus and my old doubles partner along with various other bangers. It turned out you really can’t come back after an eight year layoff and I lost early to a guy from Illinois.

I then had to ref a match between the U.S. doubles team and the Ecuador or Mexican (I couldn’t read their shirts) doubles team, and that was barn burner. Both teams were angry at me after it was over. I was a great match but not pleasant to ref.InjuredRballPlayerUSOpenAction

Sakatah Singing Hills Trail

October 3, 2017 Posted by Deb

We have mixed feelings about this trail. Our base in Dakotah Meadows had us a short drive from Mankato and the west end of the Sakatah Singing Hills Trail. The trail was good from Mankato to Madison Lake but we came to a sign that said “Rough trail for the next 13.5 miles.” It was not only rough, it would have been far better to rip up the asphalt and have packed aggregate. Deb turned around before it got rough and I bailed after five or six miles of trying. I stopped by a bar at Madison Lake that advertised on the trail and asked how they did on getting the bicycle crowd in. He said it has tapered off dramatically as that 13.5 mile section got worse. Too bad, it was a nice run between Faribault and Mankato in the old days.

PrimeTime Saloon Breakfast - Calorie Positive Biking

PrimeTime Saloon Breakfast – Calorie Positive Biking

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Experimenting with Minnesota RV Campgrounds

October 1, 2017 Posted by Deb

Our home for two summers was getting plowed under and we had to be gone by the morning of September 12th when the heavy equipment was moving into St. Paul East RV Park. It was a nice home with great people and there will be nothing close to replace it for future years. Guess we’ll have to buy a home.

We moved about a mile north to Lake Elmo County Park. It’s a great place to stay but they don’t let RVs stay for any length of time. It was staging area number one as we prepared to head south and tried to get in shape for the U.S. Open Racquetball Tournament.LakeElmoCampsite

Final ride on Brown’s Creek and the Gateway

Hot dog, lemonade, and the Gateway Trailside

Hot dog, Lemonade, and the Gateway Trailside

Dakota Meadows

Since I was commuting every day to Edina to train with my old racquetball buddies it made sense to move the RV as close to Edina as we could. That was the RV park associated with Mystic Lake Casino. It was nice but it did not feel like much of a home. We experimented with all the restaurants we could fit in during our brief stay. Our stay was abbreviated by and early exit from the US. Open but that is another story.DakotaMeadowsRVPark

Kinnickinnic River Kayaking

September 15, 2017 Posted by Deb

Kayaking the Kinnickinnic River in River Falls is becoming an annual event, and this year we had mostly Cast Iron canoe members in the group. We were pretty much all late entries because Deb had a broken wrist and others were decision challenged for various reasons, but it was a good group and great weather. Only one sunk kayak as Deb got hung up in rocks while we watched from downstream. Fortunately, Steve Kotilinek was behind her and saved her from having to use her wrist to get unstuck and emptied out. She had given me her Pixel smartphone for safe keeping just minutes before.

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End of Summer

September 9, 2017 Posted by Deb

Hauling the Toys Out of the Water

We spent Labor Day weekend with the Cast Iron Canoe Club on Silver Lake in Siren, WI, at Jeff and JoAnn Buse’s cabin. Everyone brought plenty of food and we had to power eat all the hot dogs for the final meal after doing haulout chores. Sad to report that we failed to eat them all.

Chuck & Jeff Solving Problems

Chuck & Jeff Solving Problems

Lakeshore Chores

Lakeshore Chores

Who's Putting in the Most Effort Here?

Who’s Putting in the Most Effort Here?

Down to Hiking

With Deb’s broken wrist and my recent round of racquetball injuries, we’re down to hiking. We’ve knocked down Afton State Park and the Woodbury lakes for many miles while Deb waits to get the word on her wrist. In anticipation of good news, she took her bike in for all new shifters and a new derailer so she doesn’t have to twist too hard with her right hand. We’ve had Minnesota perfect hiking weather.

Hot dogs, Busch, and Ice

Hot dogs, Busch, and Ice

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Afton State Park

Afton State Park

Spending Some Family Time

Deb snuck away with a broken arm to visit family in Iowa.

The Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs

Alison Comes to Minnesota for the Granite Games

Alison Comes to Minnesota for the Granite Games

One Strong Team

One Strong Team

Madeline Island: Lake Superior

August 30, 2017 Posted by Deb

Bayfield to Madeline Island Ferry

Bayfield-to-Madeline Island Ferry

We got our Lake Superior fix again, this time with Mike and Carol at their 12th year of renting a cabin on the back side of Madeline Island. We concentrated on hiking, biking, gourmet dining, and chilling. Oh…we celebrated our 42nd anniversary at the famous Angry Minnow on the trip back.

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Mandatory Stop at Tom's Burned Down Cafe

Mandatory Stop at Tom’s Burned Down Cafe

Beachfront Accommodations with Towel Service

Beachfront Accommodations with Towel Service

Brother Bill Got Me Started on Hop Stoopid

Brother Bill Got Me Started on Hop Stoopid

Hiking on Big Bay

Hiking on Big Bay

View From the Deck

View From the Deck