|Adagio on the long guest dock at Newport Or. Yaquina river bridge (hiway 101)|
|A tiger shark at the Aquarium|
|Both kids thought this was one of the best playgrounds ever. They said it had|
some challenging items. The slide was very fast and long too.
|View of the bar entrance from the bridge.|
|The Rogue brewery dominates our marina's waterfront.|
|Walking our bikes through the sand on the jetty. Newport OR.|
|The large sand beach makes for good mountain biking.|
|Riding one of the many great bike trails in Newport. Improvised boogie board &|
skimboard backback. It works, but not very well.
|47' Coast Guard motor lifeboat refueling at 1:30AM. The fuel dock is right|
across from us.
So far marina costs on the coast are not eating us alive, as they would back in the San Juan's. If we tell the marina we are a 48' boat (a true statement) the cost is a mere $20/night. If they ask our overall length (54') we jump to a still extremely affordable $32/night. Heck, that's cheaper than any hotel in any town, for a family of four. So far marina expenses have been considerably cheaper than we planned. Fuel consumption is about what we expected, at 1.5 - 1.75 nmpg (nautical miles per gallon). We have consumed quite a few fuel filters (at $6.00 each) so far, but the two tanks we are using are now completely cleaned out and are no longer clogging filters every few hours. In fact the current set of filters have 20+ hours on them and are still doing fine, according to the vacuum gauges I installed a few years ago. We have two other fuel tanks that have not been "polished" yet, so I expect to burn through another case of filters before the crud has been removed from those tanks. The boat has performed flawlessly so far. The stabilizers are working hard to keep our ride smooth. The engines are purring away under our salon hour after hour, ticking off the miles. All of the other systems are performing their duties without hiccup. I (Steve) continue to work on projects that I didn't have time to complete back home, but all of the critical stuff is already up and running. Now we are adding niceties, like our cell and wifi amplifiers/routers, and our wireless printer so any device can print from anywhere. These things make life better, but we could certainly live without them.
Home school is a new experience for all of us. It is certainly different for Cindy and Kevin to be in this environment compared to a classroom. But Kathy and I are also experiencing radical changes as we become teachers for the first time in our lives. Steve is tackling science and sometimes math. Kathy is handling social studies, language arts, history, art, and more. We have decided that the kids need to be separated to effectively home school. So, one child is at the pilothouse settee while the other is at the salon settee. This layout on the boat is proving to be invaluable for us! Homeschool is now taking about 4 hours per day. A routine is starting to develop, and I think with more time, it will become very "natural" for all of us. Right now though, we are all stumbling through it at times trying to figure what needs to be done. I can say that the time spent with our kids during homeschool is great. Most kids are gone for school all day and don't see their parents. This cruising lifestyle is going to allow us all to spend a great deal of time together, far more than your average parent/child. We will be very close to our children as a result of this adventure.
|The historic Yaquina Head lighthouse|
|Kevin boogie boarding|
|Kevin sizing up the waves|
|A large grey whale near shore, Yaquina lighthouse.|
The weather is giving us some anxiety. We are consulting several weather sources in order to try to determine when to motor. But, sometimes we are getting conflicting information. On a boat, weather is everything and rules your life. A bad decision to leave port could result in a dangerous situation for all of us. Playing it safe us our motto. If there is doubt we will just stay put until we can eliminate the doubt. We are not in a hurry to get down the coast, so spending another day or two, or three, somewhere is not really a bad thing. It gives us more time to explore the town we are visiting. Still I lose sleep every night thinking about what can go awry out there on the ocean. We are doing everything we can to minimize the risks.
We were going to leave Newport this morning and motor 6-7 hours to Florence, OR. Conditions look great this morning, but strong winds are coming this afternoon and will last through Friday. If the winds develop earlier than forecast we could end up out on the ocean, with a closed river bar and no-place to go. We don't want to get stuck on the ocean for the next 2-3 days riding out 25-30 knot winds until things subside and the river bars open up again. There are gale warnings further south in Oregon which means motoring further down the coast rather than riding it out around Florence is not an option. So, despite the great conditions this morning, we are staying put.
Our next stop is Florence OR. Not many cruiser's stop there. Those that do rave about it as a stop. There is a bridge that needs to be opened for boats over 17' tall (we are more like 35'). I have talked to the bridge tender a few times now and he has told me that they only have to open the bridge (hiway 101) a handful of times per year. When it's opened, highway 101 will be closed until we get through! We can't wait to explore Florence!