S/V Hello World's Travel Log

the new truck

After a bee-line across the country, we made it to CT to visit my parents for a few days this week. The logistical plan of this trip has gotten complicated and is as follows:

- ride the motorcycle around for a few weeks and drop it off in Coeur d'Alene, ID
- pick up my parents' car in ID that they left after the wedding and drive it to CT
- pick up my parents' old truck in CT and drive that back to Seattle

My parents were nice enough to give us their old Ford Ranger. They did mention that they weren't doing us any favors. When the windsheild spray and wipers come on randomly as we're driving down the highway, we laugh it off. But 2 hours after picking up the truck, when the clutch stopped working in traffic, we didn't find it quite as funny.

We're currently in NJ at Mohini's house, an unscheduled overnight on our way to DC. But the truck seems to have fixed itself, so that's always a good sign.


Someday, we'll catch up on blogposts, but for now, off to DC!

Our favorite signs so far...

1) Weeds are a pain in the grass!
(apparently BC hay farmers don't mess around with their weeds)

2) Badger crossing
(forget about the moose and bear. Those badgers are sneaky)

3) Hours: mon-sat 9-6, sun 9-6
(New Denver grocery store. Beware those tricky Sunday hours)

We're in hopping Eureka, MT...heading towards Fernie, BC for our 4th border crossing into Canada. Taking bets on whether we'll get cavity searched at the border...

old denver? no, new denver

We love the Kootenay Rockies. I had never even heard of the Kootenay Rockies before this trip, but I love them after only a day.

We camped last night at Mirror Lake, a cute little private campground (we've given up on Provincial Parks who charge in the neighborhood of $28. To camp. In a tent. Um, no).

From there we took THE most gorgeous motorcycle ride to New Denver. I neglected to take pictures on this ride, but picture this:

30 miles of a 2 lane road, flanked by miles of evergreens in either side, winding alongside a glacial colored creek, wildflowers blooming along the shoulder and once in a while getting a glimpse of snow-capped mountains in the breaks of the trees. Oh, and nearly no other traffic. Heaven on earth.

We arrived in New Denver and were greeted by Dome Quixote.

We couldn't pass that up, so we got a room and hit the great hiking trail, culminating in a cable car ride across the river.

A cable car with a bike rack of course.

We saw not 1 spec of trash on our entire 6 mile hike. Except this. Identified as a VW Bug.

Back to the Dome Hotel in time for a nap and some hot tub rummy (thanks for the waterproof cards Dad!).

49°59'30"N 117°22'17"W

And we're off!

After much delay, we finally took off from Seattle yesterday for our cross country trip. The one we meant to start in, oh, mid-June. A few things got in our way (Dockwise estimate, friends dragging us to Poulsbo for the 4th, and good ol' boat projects).

We're currently in Nelson, BC - about 430 miles in 2 pretty easy days - the miles are WAY faster than on the boat, but my butt is still getting used to this riding thing.

Headed over rt 20 in WA

Campsite #1 in Methow Valley (Okanogan National Forest)

49°30'N 117°17'W

Caliber for sale

Don't worry, we're not selling Hello World!

Our dear friends on PamDemonium are selling their 1991 Caliber 38. It's pretty much exactly like a Caliber 40, but without the 2 foot swim step (kudos to the Caliber marketing team - no one would see through that upgrade!).

We thought we'd post it on our blog since lots of people looking at Calibers wander through here. For $165,000, you can get an amazingly well outfitted, blue water cruising boat that's ready to go! Email the owner, Dennis, at ddemers46 (at) yahoo.ca. Here's the all the info:

Just add the groceries and set sail for Mexico, the South Pacific or points beyond. This Michael McCreary designed blue water sailing vessel is known as one of the strongest and most comfortable ocean cruisers ever built, and she’s ready to go. She’s made three trips to Mexico and Hawaii, as well as a trip down the inside passage from Alaska, and spent a winter exploring the Pacific Northwest. She was built in 1991, but to see her, you’d think she was 15 years younger. With an impressive equipment list* and numerous upgrades (some are listed below), you can make long offshore passages safely, confidently and in relative comfort.

Rig: Cutter
Displacement: 21,600 lbs. (dry)
Height: 59’ 8”
Ballast: 9,600 lbs.
LOA: 40’ 11”
Sail Area: 739 sq. ft.
LOD: 38’ 1”
Water Capacity: 180 gal.
LOW: 32’ 6”
Fuel Capacity: 47 gal.
Beam: 12’ 8”
Aux. Power: 50 hp. Yanmar diesel
Draft: 5’ 1”
Headroom: 6’ 4”
Profile: Modified full keel, Skeg-hung rudder

• Raymarine ST60001 Autopilot (larger than necessary) with tri-data, GPS, wind displays and wireless remote (all new in 2007)
• Two independent chartplotters with electronic charts for the U.S. west coast, Hawaii and Alaska (2008), British Columbia (2008), Mexico -West and East Baja, and mainland coast (2009)
• Raymarine C-80 Radar System with gimbaled mount (2004)
• Three separate and independent GPS systems plus one computer-powered GPS receiver
• iCom Single Side Band Ham radio (2004)
• USB Pactor radio modem (2004)
• 10’ Avon Dinghy (2006) and 9.9 hp outboard
• 4 person Zodiac liferaft (inspected and certified 2009)
• Monitor self-steering windvane
• Wabasco hydronic heating with 4 forced air ports (2007)
• Hull insulation (2006)
• 3-way (AC, engine, diesel heater) 10 gal. hot water tank
• 2 heads with hot & cold showers, extra shower in cockpit
• 70 gal. holding tank with new Y-valve (2009) and macerator (2009)
• Pullman berth
• High output Balmar alternator – 110 amp. (2005)
• Balmar fridge and freezer (2005)
• Microwave Oven
• Galley Chef 2-burner stove/oven**
• Spectra watermaker - 8 gal./hr. (2007)
• Bow thruster – 5 hp.
• 3 anchors (44 lb., 50 lb., 15 lb.) with 300’ 5/16 G-4 chain, 450’ rode
• Max-prop – feathering; dripless shaft seal (both 2005)
• Hasse, Hood and North sails (main and 130% genoa, storm tri-sail, staysail, genniker drifter)
• Solar panels - 300 watts (2004, 2007)
• Fireboy automatic engine room extinguisher (2004)
• Fireboy propane system with auto. safety shutdowns (2008)
• Heart inverter/charger with Link 2000 interface (2005)
• New bottom paint, Zincs (2010)
• Complete set of manuals - hardcopy binders and DVD.
• Spares too numerous to list, but includes complete field repair kits for watermaker,
• Max-prop., alternator, etc., spare prop., spare autopilot, injectors, impellers, zincs, tiller, bimini, fittings, ss fasteners, charts, cruising guides, etc.

The best way to appreciate this boat is to do a two or three day passage in heavy weather with a few other popular boats (Catalina, Hunter, Beneteau). It’s a pretty sweet feeling at the end, when everyone else is complaining about how uncomfortable the trip was and how tired they all are, while you and your crew are relaxed and ready to explore your new surroundings!

* This is an abbreviated list. A complete 3-page list of all equipment on board is available from the owner.
**This stove needs to be replaced.