Next?

8 Sep

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Bushranger is patiently sitting at the Ess-Kay Marina in Brewerton, New York. She has done a noble job of getting us here; faithfully transporting us more than 3900 miles since her rebirth in Iuka, Mississippi.

She has raced dolphins,

dolphin escort

played with manatees,

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sweltered through temperatures above 100 degrees (f),

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and awakened to ice dripping off her handrails.

She has labored through five foot seas,

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fields of crab pots,

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and narrow channels bordered with mud,

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stone

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and dense forests.

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She has dutifully carried us to where our dreams nudged…and now, she gets a bit of a rest.

Boyd and I are preparing Bushranger for her winter sojourn. We’re touching up her varnish, emptying the fridge and tanks (water and holding), preparing the engine, and catching up on a few maintenance issues that have been niggling. Bushranger will be placed in a large heated shed (that’s located about a mile from where she currently sits), surrounded by like-minded boats, dreaming of next year’s adventures.

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Unfortunately, poor Boyd will be doing the majority of this work – of course, it IS called “ship’s husbandry”, so I guess that’s appropriate. I, on the other hand, will be taking this opportunity to visit family in New Jersey and Pennsylvania (party time! – ahhhh, life is good!).

 

21 Responses to “Next?”

  1. Martha and Jim September 8, 2015 at 09:37 #

    We have followed your journey with envy, enjoyment and well wishes. Publish your blog it would be a great log for future “loopers.”

    • MrsBushranger September 8, 2015 at 10:01 #

      Thank you Martha! This past 18 months have been amazing. Thanks for the positive words on my blog!

  2. marianne September 8, 2015 at 10:00 #

    I just KNEW that you’d be varnishing again!

    • MrsBushranger September 8, 2015 at 10:08 #

      But of course !… 😉

    • MrsBushranger September 8, 2015 at 10:30 #

      …and, boy does she need a touch-up! …sort of like doing her roots after haircoloring.

  3. Alex Ertz September 8, 2015 at 10:03 #

    Congratulations on all your progress to-date on the Great Loop. I recognize some of those places in your photos: Gulfport Municipal Marina entrance, the white cliffs of Epes, and Cooper Hollow waterfall. Andre and I crossed our wake last Thursday upon arrival at Green Turtle Bay–but we’ve now got a journey of 1,200 miles to return to the St Pete area from KY. Ciao!

    • MrsBushranger September 8, 2015 at 10:09 #

      Well congrats on crossing your wake! Well done!

    • MrsBushranger September 8, 2015 at 10:28 #

      …and I believe that you took that photo of Bushranger battling the waves!

  4. Anne Reidy September 8, 2015 at 16:45 #

    What a truly wonderful experience you guys have enjoyed, Bushranger has served you well & deserves a rest!!!

  5. acresinfo September 8, 2015 at 20:33 #

    She has had an amazing adventure thus far! She deserves a rest. Thanks for the fantastic update. Bushranger feels like she is one of our family for sure!!!

    • MrsBushranger September 9, 2015 at 07:48 #

      ….she’s sort of like a combination needy-teenager and tired-cranky-old-aunt…

  6. rodcrobinson September 9, 2015 at 19:10 #

    Fantastic!! What a journey. Well done Bushranger old girl. The real credit goes to Master and Crew for the mountains of work done to refurbish her from the bilges up.
    See you in Oz in the not too distant future.

    • MrsBushranger September 9, 2015 at 20:35 #

      Looking forward to catching up in a few weeks

  7. Dan September 13, 2015 at 16:10 #

    So many awesome pictures! Great to see you this weekend!!!

  8. carolyn depodwin September 13, 2015 at 16:10 #

    Carolyn

    Sent from my iPad

    • MrsBushranger September 13, 2015 at 16:58 #

      Lovely to know that you’re in our conner.

  9. jan halter October 26, 2015 at 08:59 #

    I haven’t been following along every since changed email address but finally a chance to catch up. We left on the loop August 8th. Yahoo. Our blog is mile840.wordpress.com
    We are on the Tennessee heading back to Pickwik to get on the TennTom. I somehow thought we might run into each other and I could get a chance to see the Bushranger.
    Have a great winter.
    Jan Halter

    • jan halter October 26, 2015 at 09:01 #

      Oh they typos…sorry

      • MrsBushranger October 26, 2015 at 19:38 #

        That’s okay, Jan. I bet we’ll meet up when we get back in May/Jun. We were on the Tenn-Tom last winter and it was FREEZING! …ice on the teak! You stay warm!

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