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Hauling Out…Jilly’s Nightmare

I woke up this morning with butterflies in my stomach. I always hate it when the time comes for us to haul out. There’s just something so unnerving about watching your 32,000 lb boat swinging above the ground. And then there’s the getting on it while it’s up there close to eleven feet off the ground when it doesn’t move at all. It’s just not normal and it’s freaks me out a bit. And….it’s raining! So I said, “Well I guess we won’t be hauling out today.” Dan asked, “Why?” I said, “It’s raining!” He just laughed!

I guess I was hoping beyond hope that it would be delayed but alas I’ve got to face my fears. I swear this is worse than traveling across the ocean for me. And this time we will be living on it while she’s on the hard. That’s a whole new adventure for me. For those of you who don’t know or hadn’t thought of what that means, let me tell you.

Aside from the fact that I HATE being on a boat that doesn’t move, we will not be able to use the water or head. Yep. That means we have to get on and off the boat each and every time Nature calls. The yard has facilities with showers, laundry etc, but who wants to climb down a ladder and walk across a yard every time? Well, I guess we’re going to see how good of a sailor chick Jilly really is throughout out this.

The good news is we will be gone most of the time Dazzler is hauled out. We’re taking a three week trip around the South Island with friends coming in from Los Angeles and then we’ll also be taking month to go back to the states and visit our families. At least I’ve got all that to look forward and it means we’ll only be living on Dazzler in this condition for a couple of weeks…three at the outside. I guess I can do anything for a few weeks.

Here’s a quick video of our haul out. All went well and I’m working on getting used to living this way! CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO


Rainy Days Can Be Fun Days

What do you do when you wake up to a rainy, cold day in the land of the Kiwis? Well, you don your warm clothes, grab your raincoat and head out to explore the land. At least that’s what we did on a rainy day in December. After all if we let the cold and rain keep us inside we may never get a chance to explore this wonderful country. We know it’s supposed to be summer here but it feels more like winter.

We really had no idea where we were going to head but Dan pointed the car south and off we went. Highway 1 is the road that leads to Auckland so we’d seen a good stretch of it already. We stopped at a little café about an hour into our ride. We’d seen it before on the way to and from Auckland. To be honest, the food was less than tasty and there were two women in there with a couple of young boys who were completely out of control. One of the women kept yelling at her son across the restaurant.  I can tell you if that had been my kid he’d have gotten a lot more than cross looks and talking to but as I always say, “Not my circus, not my monkey.”

Thought I’d try my hand at preaching. Looks like at least Grape Ape was feeling the Holy Spirit!

After a less than stellar meal we headed out again. When we saw a sign that pointed west toward the coast we decided to take that road and see where it led. We hopped on State Highway 12 and off we headed toward Paparoa and Ruawai from there we headed north along the coast until we reached Dargaville which put us on State Highway 14 back towards Whangarei.

Along the way we stopped at a couple of overlooks, parks, churches and even a couple of museums. (Dargaville Museum, Kauri Museum in Matakohe) We certainly enjoyed our rainy day and it actually turned out that halfway through the day the sun came out and made it absolutely beautiful.

Until next time,

Jilly & Dan

Click Here To See More Pictures From Our Rainy Day Outing