Archive for: ‘December 2017’

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.