March 9th, 2012 browsing by day


Friday March 9 Road Trip

Friday, March 9th, 2012

It was clear and cold the first two days of the road trip. But yesterday and today in Florida and Georgia the temperature climbed to 84 degrees Fahrenheit (30 C).

Monday night I stayed with John and Maureen in Washington N.C.. We met in the Waterland Marina in Monnickendam in June 2010. You might remember that I visited them almost exactly a year ago in N.C. They are re-born sailors, after a short stint on their Dutch power boat.

The short blooming period of the Gum trees was just starting last week in Virginia but is now in full bloom further south. I am writing this from Savannah and the Azeleas are breathtaking. Purple, Pink and White. Dogwood, Cherry blossoms, Magnolias. Tuesday I stayed with Norm and Betsy Riviere, friends since 1967, from the period we lived in Belgium. Jay Newbern was my host Wednesday and Thursday. Last night he had invited 6 couples to see some of my sailing slide shows. We watched the full moon rise from his back yard, about 200 yards from the Atlantic beach. I met him in Green Cove Springs on the Porch and caught up with several of the friends I met when I worked on “Fleetwood” in 2008 and 2009.

This evening I will be with Arjan van Buul and his young family at a campground on Tybee Island, near Savannah. We met a few blocks from where I am writing this in early February 2008. Tomorrow I drive back to Chesapeake, Virginia.