Our Alaska Wedding

Trinh & Richard’s Alaska Wedding tells the story of our meeting in Vietnam and Trinh’s (aka Tee) and Thien’s arrival in the USA and Alaska With some still shots of us in Vietnam, the videos are of on Dauntless cruising between Ketchikan and Tenakee Warm Springs, Alaska, where we got married on 17 August 2019.

Alaska, The Last Frontier

It was 50 years ago for me and still is today. This is my first time living in the Southeast; my last three periods of Alaska habitation having occurred in or around Fairbanks, the heart of the interior. And the difference between the Interior (of Alaska) and the Southeast is pretty much night and day.Continue reading “Alaska, The Last Frontier”

Getting Ocean Ready

I’ve been ready to leave Vallejo for a month now. This is getting old. But I have vowed not to let myself be beat up any ore than usual. I spent much of last week organizing parts. I thought I had only two types of hose clamps, stainless and non stainless, which I separated lastContinue reading “Getting Ocean Ready”

Slowly, But Surely, Things Are Getting Done

But does it have to be so slow! I’ve noticed, not for the first time, I may add, that I never start and finish anything in a direct line. Project A starts, but at some point, I’ll start Project B and maybe even C, while A limps along. Why, I wondered? It certainly seems inefficientContinue reading “Slowly, But Surely, Things Are Getting Done”

Two Steps Forward, a Couple Back

Why couldn’t I just say Two Forward and Two Back? The words: a couple, a few, came in handy back in 2004 when I had to teach significant digits to my high school physics class. While I’m pretty good in physics, meteorology really just being mostly math and physics, with a few fluid dynamics classesContinue reading “Two Steps Forward, a Couple Back”

First World Problems

Was just finishing washing the dishes after another scrumptious dinner produced by yours truly, when I noticed that the galley sink faucet produces much hotter water at full volume versus reduced volume.  So, my next thought was I better add that to the list of things I need to brief Ti and Thien about. Then,Continue reading “First World Problems”

Chess, The Boat and Southeast Alaska

The last months, Ti got to calling me “mister chess”, which replaced “mister com’on” as her main moniker for me. I earned mister com’on, by being ready to leave the house sooner than she and saying com’on, let’s go a bit too much. She learned to give me a 10-minute delay, “Don’t come down toContinue reading “Chess, The Boat and Southeast Alaska”

Back in the Saddle Again

Or more literally, I’m back on Dauntless. Last week I returned to Dauntless, but then took a 5-day trip to Anchorage to attend a teaching job fair. I figure as long as I will be in the USA for the foreseeable future, I may as well work again and put my winter time to constructiveContinue reading “Back in the Saddle Again”

The Interlude in Pictures

MY 10 day trip to Fairbanks, Alaska, Salt Lake City & Snowbird, via Seattle, returning to LAX A couple comments: I’m fascinated with green trees against a deep blue sky Mid-June in Fairbanks is probably the pettiest time of summer, with fresh greening on the trees and the midnight sun. Texas is also very prettyContinue reading “The Interlude in Pictures”

Costa Rica Days 5 thru 7 – Isla Cedros & Jesusita to Bahia Guacamaya

I stayed two nights in the wonderful, quiet, still anchorage of Cedros & Jesusita.  It gave me time to catch up on my sleep and to complete the chores, cleaning and re-organization I should have done before I left the dock in Golfito. Not the first time I have managed to stress myself by notContinue reading “Costa Rica Days 5 thru 7 – Isla Cedros & Jesusita to Bahia Guacamaya”

W’ere Finally on the Way to Mexico

After taking three days to Check-out of Costa Rica. And you think Vietnam is bureaucratic! Stay Tuned Track our progress at the link above that says, “Where is D Now?”    

Oh, How I Miss My Navionics’s Charts

Costa Rica Day 3 As soon as my eyes opened due to the light thru my porthole.  I got up; it was time to get out of here. My night was not as restful as it should have been.  I was eager to get to the next stop which as I had read about onContinue reading “Oh, How I Miss My Navionics’s Charts”