First I want to apologize for my delay in posting . . . seems time goes much faster on land than it does on water. We’ve been in a state of transition and when I looked at the calendar and realized how much time had actually passed since we arrived home I just could not believe it!
We arrived in Hendersonville, TN at the first of June. Making our way through the Tombigbee, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers was mostly uneventful. We saw some beautiful sites and met more great folks. We handled all of the 15 locks with little trouble and didn’t get caught too long at any lock which really helped in our timing. We did lock through the Pickwick lock while rafted to an 75ft Hatteras “Kaybird” . . . that was a first for both parties. Night Music felt so small against this yacht, especially in the large lock chamber! Turned out that the lock only had 1 working bay, with only 1 working bollard . . . We had left from the same location that morning as Kaybird, but they had waited over 3 hours to get through. Luckily for us our wait was just about 30 minutes. It was a great example of the Tortoise and the Hair.
At Green Turtle Bay we had to shift our plans somewhat. We had originally planned to step the mast and have the full rig assembled for the Cumberland River leg of the journey. Turns out that summer pool is actually 5+ feet higher that the river levels we had traveled the previous two times. This meant that there was at least one bridge that was now called into question. We decided to leave the rigging on deck and proceed up river – settling how to put the mast up at a later date. Our friend Myles joined us and we headed up the river in windy, rough conditions. We made it to Clarksville the next afternoon and enjoyed the hospitality of Myles and his family. Oh – and that bridge? Yeah it was a good call to leave the mast down. We would not have cleared and would have had to turn back to Green Turtle Bay!
From Clarksville Nick and I solo’d to West Nashville. Our friends Bob, Annie and Kevin met us on the river and went ahead to look at dock space in Rock Harbor Marina. We had a great early dinner (Thank you Bob!) and it was fun to hang out with friends again. Annie and Kevin traveled with us on the home stretch, through downtown Nashville and we made it to Hendersonville that afternoon. My mom and dad were there waiting with Ethan. We were so happy to see our little guy again!!
So now Night Music is safely at the Marina. She is empty of most belongings and I can’t fit through most of the doorways. Really . . . we arrived at a good time as I was touching belly and bum to get into the head. This baby has grown a lot since then! We’ve had some good interest in Night Music so she may soon be on with her next adventure. She was such a great boat for us!!
We are unpacked, and repacked – living with my folks again. It has been nice to be home, but when the feeling of ‘visiting’ wore off it was sad for me. Our adventure was awesome. We gained so much experience and knowledge, grew together as a family, and made memories that will last a lifetime. It’s just a bit sad to say that chapter is finished. I miss the simplicity of life on the boat. Sure, it could take all day to do laundry, or go the the grocery. Sure, we only traveled at 5.5 knots . . . but so did everything else it seemed. Our adventure feels a million miles away!
I do have a constantly moving and growing reminder that we have a new adventure directly in front of us and we can’t wait for her to make her appearance. The kids will share a room and most everything is ready. The crib is set up, art on the walls and the dresser is getting full. Ethan is ecstatic and saving all sorts of things for his baby sister. As I write this I have an estimated 3 weeks left before she arrives.
Nick is still looking for employment. He has been busy with many projects and he and Ethan are woodworking machines having already completed a workbench with shelf, two wooded swords, a shield, added a slide to the tree house and many other projects.
Ethan has been busy enjoying his new found land legs. He explores and wonders all around the farm, especially loving to help his dad on projects and his grandparents in the garden. He started kindergarten today and he is very excited. He gave me a quick kiss at the door to his room, wandered in placing his lunch on the counter and settling into his seat – never looking back. Time goes so quickly!!
I’ve been busy growing a baby, doing some freelance design work, and getting us back on the grid, doctor appointments, school registrations, activities, etc.
It will be fun to see what is ahead for us and how things pan out. We are trying to soak up as much of this time together as we can, before we adjust to Nick going back to work, Ethan in school and the addition of baby girl.
We miss our friends we’ve made along the way and try to keep up with them as best as possible. We live vicariously through those who are still traveling!