Pictures From the Trip

October 3, 2001
Last Cruising Update - Summary

October 1, 2001
Cruising Update - From Annapolis

September 26, 2001
Home Strech

September 19, 2001
Last Of The Erie Canal

September 15, 2001
Back on the Eastern Erie Canal

September 12, 2001
Finishing the Western Erie Canal

September 10, 2001
Lockport to Fairport

September 7, 2001
Western Frontier of the Erie Canal

September 6, 2001
Back in the Canal System

September 4, 2001
Leaving The Great Lakes

September 1, 2001
In our 7th State

August 29, 2001
Ohio Has Libraries

August 27, 2001
Vermilion, Ohio

August 26, 2001
Fox Haven Marina

August 22, 2001
In Put-in-Bay

August 17, 2001
The End Of Lake Huron

August 15, 2001
Down Lake Huron

August 13, 2001
North Channel and Lake Huron

August 3, 2001
Gore Bay

August 1, 2001
Keel-Haulings

July 31, 2001
Rocks Everywhere

July 28, 2001
On To The North Channel

July 17, 2001
Wouldn't Change A Thing

July 13, 2001
Speed Limit

July 9, 2001
Thousands of Islands

July 5, 2001
Out Of New York

July 3, 2001
Typical Day

July 2, 2001
Cold Mornings

July 1, 2001
Phoenix NY And Beyond

June 26, 2001
Through The First Lock

June 25, 2001
Up Around Manhattan

June 15, 2001
Daily Routine

June 12, 2001
Strolling The Vineyards

June 11, 2001
Sag Harbor

June 9, 2001
Block Island & Beer Can Music

June 5, 2001
Lessons Learned

June 1, 2001
The Tides Increasing

May 25, 2001
Up The Coast Of New Jersy

May 21, 2001
Getting To Know The Cruisers

May 17, 2001
And So It Begins!

Typical Day -

 July 3, 2001 

We have had more than just a few inquiries about our "normal" routine on the boat. This is just a quick e-mail in response to those questions.

It might be easier to describe a typical day by distinguishing between a day when we are underway vs. a day when we are staying in one location.

Cruising day: We always start with coffee! We usually take the time to have a cup and recap the cruising plan for the day before we get underway. But if we need to leave early to catch a tide or get to a location at a certain time (this is rare), we will make coffee once we get underway.

When cruising, Brian and I do one hour shifts at the helm. Brian does an 'engine check' every hour, just to make sure everything sounds and looks OK. When not at the helm, we are both typically still on the fly bridge helping to navigate, watching the scenery, etc. But it is understood that the time you are off, you can do whatever you want (e.g. nap, read, etc.).

We try to keep our cruising days to 5 hours or less. Although longer days aren't a problem, it is usually about that time when we are ready to anchor or dock and do something else. We try to get to our new destination as early as possible. This gives us time to dinghy and/or walk into town (to get groceries, visit the libraries to e-mail, check out the hardware stores, etc.). If the weather is nice, we usually also do some sort of chore or maintenance project. Examples of chores include: caulking, cleaning, waxing, repairing items, improving something, etc. There is always SOMETHING to do on a boat.

By late afternoon, we try to call it quits. We often take either a sun shower or use the shower in the boat, and then settle down for a beer, wine, or drink (see below). At this time, we write in the log and update our budget/planning sheets. During and after dinner, we look at the charts and cruising guides, talk about the next day, and look in general at the upcoming week or so.

We are typically in bed by 9:30 and up by 6:30 in the morning.

Non-cruising days: On those days when we decide to stay wherever we are for another night, the day is basically the same, minus the cruising. The only difference is that we either walk more on shore to explore the area or do more chores. And every once in awhile, we spend a rainy day just reading and napping.

By the way, weekend days are now our LEAST favorite days. The reason is because there are more boats on the water and we have to plan more around where we will anchor or whether we need to call ahead to a marina to reserve a transient slip. Since we tend to avoid crowds any way, Friday and Saturday nights are probably our most 'stressful' ( realizing that everything is relative ).

The routine is working great and has become quite natural. We are becoming more and more flexible and are definitely relaxed.

EATING/MEALS:

We are probably eating more, but healthier, than we did prior to this trip! And, even better, we have both lost a few pounds and have toned up a bit! For those of you who haven't seen the boat, we do have a four burner stove, an oven, a microwave, a toaster oven, and a grill, i.e. we are not lacking methods of cooking!

Breakfast: Brian has never been much of a breakfast eater so he normally just has coffee in the morning. If we don't leave the dock/anchorage right away, I typically have a packet of instant oatmeal. Otherwise, I'll grab a bagel to eat underway.

Lunch: I rotate four basic lunches:

1. Tuna wraps, chips, fruit (e.g. apple, pear, grapes)
2. Crackers, cheese, fruit
3. Peanut butter crackers, fruit
4. Lunchmeat and cheese rollups, chips, fruit
Since we typically eat lunch underway, these meals work well - - they are easy to prepare and easy to eat. And they are much bigger than we used to eat - - Brian normally ate a few crackers and an apple for lunch and I had a yogurt, bagel, and fruit.

Dinner: Dinners are more varied. When we get to a town that has a decent grocery store, we stock up on meats (steaks, chicken, pork, fish - - usually whatever is on sale!) for 3 - 4 dinners and the fresh items (veggies, potatoes, atypical ingredients I don't normally keep on board) that I need to prepare meals with those meats. For example, last week we bought two good sized steaks and four boneless/skinless chicken breasts. The first night Brian grilled the steaks we marinated in fahita spices and we had one of them with baked potatoes and fresh steamed veggies. The second night, Brian grilled the chicken in BBQ sauce and we had two of the breasts with rice and canned peas. The third night, I made steak nachos. And the fourth night I reheated the remaining to chicken breasts, made Stove Top, and we ate the remaining green pepper from the nachos. And we have yet to be without cookies for dessert!

In keeping with our normal routine, we have pizza about every Sunday. Either we make it on board with Bobolis or we go out. And every once in a while, when we don't know what we want, we have cereal for dinner!

For those odd times when we don't have fresh meat, we have lots of canned/boxed things on board - - soups, canned hams, salmon, Spam, pastas, rices, canned fruits & veggies, etc. And we are looking forward to getting lots of fresh fish in the Great Lakes!

We planned to eat out approximately four meals a week. Although this has varied based on where we are and what options are available, we are averaging out to about that number of meals off the boat.

I hope this helps answer some of your questions. Jeri and Brian