welcome to our blog!

This blog tells the story of our 22-month sailing journey from Oakland, California, to Bristol, Rhode Island, aboard our beloved Bristol 32 sailboat, Ute. Please feel free to browse through the archives (partway down the sidebar to your left) to see pics and read stories of our adventures in North America and Central America . (Sorry the first 3 months of the trip are missing - they vanished somewhere in an internet cafe in Mexico - but all you're missing is CA, Baja and Western Mex).

If you're trying to track us down now that we're landlubbers, try us at uteatlarge at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Dude, Where's My Boat?

Hi everyone....sorry we haven't posted for awhile.....we spent the last week enjoying my mother's wonderful company and tearing around the island on wild escapades and binging on incredibly rich food!! Thanks Mom! And she never complained once about the 60-pound duffel bag containing all the crap we asked her to shop for and bring us. We had quite a time of it. Funny though, that what was exotic to us was exactly opposite of what was exotic to her: she swooned over uninhabited palm-fringed isles and coral reefs while we fawned over the refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, square beds.......ice cubes....TV........!

Somewhere along the line, between fiestas and siestas, our computer managed to die a slow death while making hamsterlike noises, while back in Jonesville, the wi-fi connection went on vacation and hasn't come back. So. Would love to promise many fun-filled photos and pithy posts but we may be offline for quite awhile. Such is life here in the islands. Now we have no distractions from the work at hand, which is great since we already have a four-boat backlog of canvas projects!

Thanks to the kind folks that sent goodies with Marti - Christmas in January was never so good! We're reading fresh magazines, while listening to new music, while watching the best home video greetings ever. A blissful sort of multitasking indeed.

We'll be in the sweatshop if you need us. XOXO UTE


Anonymous said...

you are great - canvas work may not be fun but you are apparently meeting great people and it does add to the bottom line. All is well here - cold and wintry - about time- winter is suppose to be winter not some sort of Fall or Spring - confuses all of the animals including this one. Can't wait to talk with Marti when she returns. Hugs to you all. nmc

Anonymous said...

A bunch of our plants are kaput! We had frost five days in a row... argh! What happened to our nice mild sort of fall or spring type of central coast winters???

I think the X-mas stuff we sent to Marti's departure date. Oh well, I'm sure she'll be back visiting you again soon.
- Ben

JKB said...

I am sooo sorry about your computer! I will try and keep the updates coming via your email and would love to hear from you when I can (but won't be disappointed when I don't). I know it must suck without a computer. Love you guys!