New States (in the Waccamaw River, South Carolina)

The very best part of this winter is that we haven’t had much of a schedule… we wanted to get to the Carolinas, we wanted to have a warm winter, and we wanted to spend as much time together as possible… and so far we’ve (mostly) achieved all three!

It *is* crazy how much energy and attention a baby takes… Zephyr adds fun and wonder to each day, but he’s also a freaking lot of work!

We returned to Brio with a very different baby than we left with… this one MOVES, constantly!

Jon wants to duct tape a pillow to his head and I’m just praying the Kruger genes gave him a hard enough head to survive the stand-up-fall-down stage.

…although all that activity does make the quiet moments even more treasured. A sleeping baby is my favorite anchoring companion 😉

Meanwhile, South Carolina is just as beautiful as we remember, if a little less green than it was in July 2014.

As we compared old pictures with today’s, we couldn’t help but wonder who was watching Zephyr when the old pics were taken. I guess maybe it does become hard to remember life before a baby!

We did touch bottom for the first time last night… poking into an anchorage on what turned out to be the wrong side of the channel marker. Oops!

My only excuse is that it’s too easy to do when you’ve got ICW markers mixed with inlet markers mixed with creek offshoot markers! At least it was soft mud, so we were able to just power through to deeper water.

Meanwhile, we’re enjoying the southern sense of humor and style! 😉

…And another friendly state in Zephyr’s book and a happy day for our little family 🙂

– LMK

Zephyr’s First Christmas (in Vancouver, BC)

We are blessed (and occasionally challenged) to have multiple places we call “home”, and this year Vancouver was the home I was excited to spend Zephyr’s first Christmas in.

We left Brio in North Carolina, where friends from my childhood cruising days (we met in the Marquesas when I was 11!) had arranged for us to tie up at their friends amazing dock for the duration of our stay! After visiting (and thoroughly enjoying their “penthouse in the sky” apartment for a few nights) we started our 3-flight trip home. I don’t recommend the route 😉

But Zephyr was a champ & spent the day crawling backwards, investigating every speck of dust, and charming strangers.

It had been 4 months since we’d seen my parents and sister, so Zephyr brought a few new tricks to the party too — most notably finally crawling forward (eek!) and 8 teeth (double-eek!).

I have always loved Christmas, but Christmas through the eyes of a tinsel-chasing, light-loving, magic-seeking baby makes it all even better…

(And yes, I have 1000 pics from Christmas alone!)

There were so many highlights to our visit, but I think snowmobiling in the BC mountains, visiting our great friends on Vancouver Island and spending time with family (including great-grandparents and extended cousins parties!) were at the top of my list.

Until next time, Vancouver!

– LMK

Atlantic Beaches and Mini-Anchorages (in Topsail Beach, NC)

Travel days ideally start at sunrise (easy enough with the built-in baby alarm who sleeps 6-6 almost no matter what).

Jolly jumping is nearly always part of the journey.

Please note the first photographic evidence of FOUR teeth (ouch!)

This stretch of the ICW includes Camp Lejeune (a military base) where there’s a firing range that crosses the water. They weren’t doing any live firings while we went through, but we still heard nearly constant explosions. Zephyr stayed down below, just in case.

There’s also been lots of evidence of Hurricane Florence’s wrath, like this sailboat in the forrest!

We found a little nook to anchor in for the night… it’s funny because it looks like there would be all sorts of spots to choose from, but we draw 5’6” so actually finding a nook with more than 6’ of water can be a challenge!

The fun part about this spot (8’ of water) was that Active Captain (the sailor review site) had mentioned that a couple roads dead-end at the shore, so you can land your dinghy and walk across to the Atlantic Ocean side of the beach.

Which was… AMAZING:

Zephyr obviously tried to eat the sand. I thought we should let him try a little (school of hard knocks over here) but Jon stepped in and saved him from the inevitable tummy ache 😉

These are the days we dreamed of!

– The Brio Trio 😉

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