AMARA’s Land yacht or is that land locked adventures

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The Land Yacht, aka Jaggar, our Dodge Ram, with Lance camper parked by Kathy’s cottage.

When we are not on AMARA, we can be found driving all around North America.  This year that meant making almost two full laps of around the mid section of North America seeing our friends and family, attending concerts, baseball games, birthday parties, graduations, hiking, biking and more.

Rick Langille, Morgan Gerig, Brenda Langille, Eleanor Ohlwine, Joshua Gerig, Jordie Langille (very front), Homer Ohlwine, Susan & Tim Gerig, Kristen and Alex Brenneke
Rick Langille, Morgan Gerig, Brenda Langille, Eleanor Ohlwine, Joshua Gerig, Jordie Langille (very front), Homer Ohlwine, Susan & Tim Gerig, Kristen and Alex Brenneke

This trip was originally planned around attending nephew, Joshua’s, high school graduation, June 3rd, but when Rick’s Mum, Dale, fell and broke her arm in early March, we moved our trip up a couple of months.  This meant we were able to surprise Mum with our arrival and be there to celebrate her 85th birthday May 1st, and spend time getting her home ready to go on the market (which is still available as of this writing if you are interested).

Next we surprised Rick’s sister Kathy for her 60’th birthday (did I mention she really doesn’t look a day over 40!).  We invited her to join us for the musical show, Stomp, (which was wonderful, I highly recommend it). After she accepted our invitation, we went to work making arrangements for Jo-Anne, her best bud from BC, to meet her at the show.  What fun to see the surprise on her face.  Her kids then joined us after the show for dinner.

Surprise, you best Buddy, Jo-Ann is here to celebrate your 60th Birthday...
Surprise, your best buddy, Jo-Anne is here to celebrate your 60th Birthday…
JoAnn and Kathy after Stomp
Jo-Anne and Kathy after Stomp

On our way to Fort Wayne, I dropped Rick off at the airport in Chicago to catch a plane to Annapolis, Maryland. He wanted to help our friend, Steve Dyer, move his boat, “Willow”, up to Newport, Rhode Island.  Have I mentioned Rick can not get enough sailing?  He did a Facebook live feed as he sailed past the Statue of Liberty, a bucket list item for him.

There it is the statue of liberty from willow.
There it is the Statue of Liberty from Willow.
Rick and Will in Gruhn Guitars, Nashville, TN
Rick and Will in Gruhn Guitars, Nashville, TN

Rick arrived in Indiana in plenty of time to make it to Joshua’s graduation.  We are so proud of the young man Josh has become.  After the graduation,  we headed to Tennessee for the week to help Will and Rebecca from AniBeaTru on their remodeling project.  They are always helping others on the island of Mayreau, when they are in the Caribbean, so it was especially fun to help them for a change.  You can check out more about them at http://catchthewindsailingministries.org/home.html.  We got to celebrate Will’s 70th birthday while we were there which involved a trip to Gruhn Guitars in Nashville. Rick was in seventh heaven checking out the guitars there.

On the way back up we made stops at Mammoth Cave and the Kentucky Derby.  We enjoyed both tours.  Rick grew up following horse racing so he really loved the Derby back lot tour.  I grew up seeing my parent’s honeymoon pictures of Mammoth Cave.  So it was fun to see a bit of it for myself.

First time to Wrigley Field for a game thanks to my ride from brother, Don.
First time to Wrigley Field for a game thanks to my ride from brother, Don.

We returned to Fort Wayne, in time for Susan’s (Brenda’s sister) surgery.  Rick took off in the camper with Jordie the day after the surgery to spend time with his kids and friends in Denver.   I stayed with Susan for the next 8 days to keep her from overdoing it. I had a great time on the way back.  Brother, Don, drove me to Chicago for my flight to Denver.  It turned out the Cubs were playing so I made it to my first ever Cubs game in Wrigley Field!

Jordie being watched by Haven & Emma to be sure he wanted to eat his whole meal.
Jordie being watched by Haven & Emma to be sure he wanted to eat his whole meal.

After I flew to Denver,  we were able to house sit for Glen and Linda who run an AirBnB from their home.  They are such great friends.  We got to stay in their beautiful home and take care of the sweetest dogs in the world.  I got to play in some dirt and Rick got to play with power tools.  We also were able to celebrate our precious friend Libby Butler’s birthday there.

Arranging the plumbing for Glen and Linda's bathroom addition.
Arranging the plumbing for Glen and Linda’s bathroom addition.
Bonnie Cole and Dusya
Bonnie Cole and Dusya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We greatly enjoyed our time in Colorado, getting in lots of visits with many of the wonderful people in our lives and spending time in nature which we love so much.

It only took 25 years of hiking in Colorado to find a moose in the wild. Then there was a fire in the same area a few hours later. I hope Mr. Moose is OK.
It only took 25 years of hiking in Colorado to find a moose in the wild. Then there was a fire in the same area a few hours after getting this photo. I hope Mr. Moose is OK.

 

Colorado's state flower, the Columbine, bloom in the mountains usually in July. So delicate.
Colorado’s state flower, the Columbine. So delicate.

We got to go camping with Caleb, who was also in Colorado to attend a wedding in which his girlfriend, Susan, was participating as a bridesmaid.  We were able to get most all our kids together in one place on the Saturday night before we left,  which meant Connor was in the same restaurant but, unfortunately, he was working.

Lindsay and bow, Andrew, Susan and Caleb, Brenda and Rick in Cherry Creek.
Lindsay and beau Andrew, Susan and Caleb, Brenda and Rick in Cherry Creek.
Our tradition is to stop at the A&W at the edge of the Perimeter Highway on the way to Lake of the Woods.
Our tradition is to stop at the A&W at the edge of the Perimeter Highway on the way to Lake of the Woods.

Our next trip north took us straight to Lake of the Woods, being sure not to miss our annual stop at the A&W on the way.  We got in a few days at Uncle Tom’s cabin and with Tom himself, which was wonderful as always.  Rick even downloaded a loon ring tone for his phone.  Tom thought it was a poor representation of the real call of a loon, but I get to hear it any time anyone texts him now.

Jordie on the dock in front of "Legal Ez" at Lake of the Woods.
Jordie on the dock in front of “Legal Ez” at Lake of the Woods.

It was good and a little sad to return to Winnipeg to say good-bye to everyone there.  Rick is sure we will not be back for at least 18 months if not more.  So they all need to join us where we are!  On our drive south, for the second time of our North American tour, we made a stop in Minneapolis, to meet with potential new crew, John and Cathy, and for Jordie to make a new friend.

Family Dinner at Charles and Kathy's cabin. Clock wise from front Alan, Delonna, Brenda, Rick Mirelia, Charles, Dale, Daniel, Sophie, and Gwen.
Family Dinner at Charles and Kathy’s cabin. Clock wise from front Allan Aitken, Delonna Aitken, Brenda, Rick, Mirela Aitken, Charles Walton, Dale Langille, Daniel Aitken, Sophie Zhang, William Aitken and Gwen Aitken.

We enjoyed a short stay in Indiana to see everyone there and set up Jordie for his next season.  It is very hard say good-bye to our Baby, but was made easier knowing he is in good hands with Kristen and Alex.

Is is just me or does he look sad too?
Is is just me or does he look sad too?
Jordie's new buddy, Kingsley from Minnesota
Jordie’s new buddy, Kingsley from Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was drive to Chicago and fly back to AMARA in Grenada.  We got to enjoy many visits in our nearly four months “State side” and “Great White North side”.  We got our doctors visits completed and did many preparations for our up coming voyage to Australia.  Now, to go get all those boat projects done!

Packing up to sail all the way to Australia.
Packing up to sail all the way to Australia.

2 thoughts on “AMARA’s Land yacht or is that land locked adventures”

  1. We miss you!!!!! Love reading your post regarding your stateside adventures. My heart sank as I read about your stay at our house. We just returned home again from a two week trip. NOBODY can take care of our flowers/plants (aka my “therapy”) like you. Our return this time was met with a ton of dead sad flowers and very sad doggies. But I miss you for TONS more that that! Can’t wait to see you again soon!
    Linda (and Glen)

    1. Miss you to, sad to hear about the beautiful doggies and flowers not being well cared for :’-(. Let me know when you get this, I still don’t know exactly how that works. I don’t remember to check this often. Love to you! Thanks again for having us. It was wonderful to be there.

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