IMG_7420Where the heck are they now?  Back home!

Here’s an abbreviated ship’s log that Shirley’s Mom and all others keen to keep track of our whereabouts from October 2016 to July 2017  on our voyage from Ontario to the Bahamas and back.

Scroll down to follow our route.

<Oct 25:  North Bay, ON   

-Dreaming & preparation.  See Archives for our March to Sept posts

Oct 25: North Bay > Kingston, ON via land

-We’re off! Check out our Southward post.

Map 1

Nov 2: Kingston > Main Duck Island, Lake Ontario

-Lake Ontario, here we come. Launching & Grounding part 1 starts to tell the tale.

Nov 3: Return to Kingston 

-Ouch! Launching & Grounding part 2 reveals the sordid details.

Nov 8: Kingston > Bath, ON (near Kingston) via land

-Repairs. For reflections on the silver lining of being grounded, you might want to check out On the hard

Nov 17: Bath > Oswego, New York [Lock E1]

-Let’s try this again. Ariose Note Take 2.

map 2

Lake Ontario crossing

Nov 18:  Oswego > locks O8 to O1  > Phoenix 

-That’s Phoenix NY, most definitely not Arizona!

Nov 19:  Phoenix > lock E23 , Lake Oneida, locks E22, E21  > New London

-Brrr! : Frozen Flakes shares some of our cold weather cruising experiences.

Oswego Canal

Oswego Canal

Nov 20: New London (near Utica) > locks E20, E19 > Frankfort

-An Ariose Note slideshow of our experience transiting the New York Canals is in progress.

Nov 21:  Frankfort > locks E18 to E14  > Canajoharie 

Nov 22: Canajoharie > locks E13 to E7 > Niskayuna

Oswego Canal

Erie Canal

Nov 23: Niskayuna > locks E6 to E1, Hudson river Federal lock > Shady Harbour

Nov 24: Shady harbour > Catskill

-Happy American Thanksgiving. This Ariose Note shares our journey down the Hudson.

Nov 26-28: Catskill

-Work on mast and rigging.

Hudson River

Hudson River

Nov 29:  Catskill > Stony Point

Nov 30: Stony Point > Poughkeepsie

Dec 1: Poughkeepsie > Haverstraw

-Corrective work to new sail & rigging (nice change to be dealing with others’ mistakes!)

Dec 3: Haverstraw > New York City, past the Manhattan skyline & Statue of Liberty > Atlantic Highlands, Sandy Hook, New Jersey


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Mid-Winter Musings

IMG_8541It’s been 6 months since we returned from our adventure, and land life is well underway. How are we doing? Hmm. Generally just fine. At times, though, it is like we’ve secured our docklines a little too loosely, but haven’t noticed until we are stepping ashore. One foot on the dock and one remaining on Ariose’s deck with legs in an ever-widening stretch … READ MORE


Post Script from Home

DSC_0876This roadside photo taken yesterday along the edge of our property, shows that autumn’s on full display. This time last year, we were down to our final 10 days of pre-departure preparation. The forest around us was broadcasting its brilliant palette, but we only noted it in passing. Our attention was fully fixed on the tasks at hand. We weren’t sure that we would be able to finish up the essential boat work on time. The final date for craning Ariose into Lake Ontario and launching our adventure loomed, and we were giving it our all. In a frenzied rush to the finish line, we made it.READ MORE


Hudson to home

IMG_6952We’ve grounded. Not a rudder-shattering grounding like our first night out last November. That one threatened to also shatter dreams of our sailing adventure. And not one of our many soft-bottom ICW and Bahamian groundings that caused us to frantically set to work to free Ariose, and if not successful, to resign ourselves to wait for the tide to do the work for us. Those ones caused no harm. Not even our unfortunately apt, emotionally explosive book-end to our adventure grounding on the last day of our journey. The painfully familiar sound and feel of keel on rock mid-Lake Ontario… but I’m getting ahead of myself on that one. Yes we’ve grounded, and it’s a momentous one, but this time, READ MORE