God Bless America

4th of July4th of July

We had a wonderful 4th of July!  We  got out of bed and during our coffee time, we both read the Declaration of Independence. What an awesome country we live in and how blessed we are to live here!  There was a lot of hardships, suffering, and loss of life that made this country what it is today.   The King of England was definitely not in our favor so thankfully we had wonderful men and women who fought for our rights to freedom.  I want us to protect this great land, our rights and borders!

We watched our fireworks at Sunnyside Marina at our favorite Pier Two with a lot of our wonderful friends.  Stillwater, MN set off some awesome fireworks, the picture above does not do it justice.

This morning it was off for breakfast with Dave, Donna, Dave, & Colleen.  We went to the Oasis Cafe in Stillwater, really great friends and food!   Then it was on to do the laundry!  I have a book to start researching marina’s with laundry machines…Skip changed fuel filters then off for 9 holes of golf and I went shopping for dinner and paper goods for the trip.

WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!  We have accomplished most everything on my previous post and as I said another list has begun!

Our looks are changing….Our eyes are getting rounder & bigger when we look at each other with  amazement that  WE ARE REALLY GOING TO DO THIS!!!!!  We are so blessed!

God bless America and You and Yours!!!



Soon Underway!


It is official, we have both resigned from work!   My last day was June 15th and Skip’s was just Friday June 29th!   I am sure in the future we will pick up an opportunity or two but right now we have a major adventure to pursue, BOAT TRIP!

Once we finally decided a date to leave, Skip put an app on his phone with the number of days of when corporate America work would end and I think his app started out with 189 days, as of Friday it was in the hours. When he left for his final day to go to work he was wearing shorts, flip flops, and a casual shirt…totally breaking the dress code rules.  When he got back to the boat, he was all smiles!!!   Now all that is left to do on the work agenda is pack up the work clothes and ship them home to Florida.

We have been living on the boat now since the beginning of June and although it’s small living, we are very comfortable and we are very happy!

Here is the checklist and status before we leave:

  1. Change all belts on the boat – (Complete)
  2. Ship no longer needed work clothes – (In Progress)
  3. Change oil & transmission fluids – (To Do)
  4. Checklist of basic needs for food, drinking, & cleaning then shop –  (To Do)
  5. Get new antenna for the one that we broke going under a bridge in Prescott – (In Progress)
  6. Check out communications radio’s after new antenna is replaced – (To Do)
  7. Buy new communications radio if #6 above doesn’t work out – (To Do)
  8. Buy new Impellar Kit – (To Do)
  9. Buy Hose Clamps , Screws, nuts & bolts – (To Do)
  10. Most importantly, get my hair done before we leave – (To Do)
  11. Obtain a Trust Fund – (To Do – will need some research)
  12. Create more lists – (Always in progress)

Friday evening we went to see John Fogerty and ZZ Top in concert.  One of Fogertys closing songs was Proud Mary and soon we will be like in the song “Rolling on the River’.

I promise to blog more often!!!

Trudi 7/1/18



The Execution Phase

Boat TrailerI have been a Project Manager for many years and will be one for one more week!  In project planning there first is the Vision Phase and we have dreamed of the Loop trip ever since we bought our 38 ft Chris Craft about 12 years ago.  Then there is the Planning Phase which has included: making lists/plans, talking to others, joining the America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA), saving money, and turning in “I Quit” notices at work!

We are now totally in the Execution Phase.  On Friday May 26th we began packing out of our tiny, temporary apartment and moving our belongings either to the boat or the 40 foot boat trailer to take to our home in Florida.  By Sunday morning we left our new temporary boat home at Sunnyside Marina in Stillwater for our drive home to Florida.   We looked just like the Beverly Hillbillies with our belongings all tarped, taped, and strapped up on the trailer.  It took us three days to get home to Fernandina Beach due to the size of the trailer and gas consumption, we were bigger than some of the semi’s we traveled with, plus we didn’t want to drive at night. We usually do the trip in two days.   Along the way, it struck us that we were now committed to taking the Mississippi River home.

We visited a lot of truck stops along the way because of the trailer size.  At one of the truck stops I lost my phone.  Not realizing my phone was not in my purse, we took off down the highway, luckily before the next exit I realized that I did not have my phone then panic set in because I do not have anybodies phone memorized and I was not very smart because I could not google, know the weather, follow maps and all my entertainment was gone!   We got off on the next exit, went back to the truck stop and my pink phone was in the ditch right where I slid out the truck and it slid right out of my lap and in to the ditch!!!  I was once again brilliant and entertained…It is amazing how much we now depend on our phones for everything!

We flew back to Minneapolis on Sunday because we have to work just a little bit more.  My last day is June 15th and Skip’s last day is June 29th.  We have enjoyed our careers and all the great people we have worked with.

I personally will miss program and project management but will have a new project to manage, The Great Loop Adventure!  I have made myself the Admiral which should have afforded me some clout…I found out quickly that the title means nothing!   The first marina I wanted to stay at is in Lake City, MN which was quickly over ruled by Captain Skipper!  Looks like it is going to be Red Wing, MN.

More to follow, July 9th is the planned departure date!


Provision Shopping

We took a trip home by air from Minneapolis to Fernandina along with two wonderful frozen couples (Art & Heidi/Lynette & Patrick) to all thaw out from the Winter here.  When we got home we got the Garmin thru hull transducer that I had ordered from Amazon and we picked up our new canvas from Top Stitch in Fernandina!  Amazingly enough it all fit in our suitcases that we flew back with to Minneapolis this week.

We have a 1999 31′ Camano Troll and over the Summer & Winter,  we have acquired new sonar equipment, inflatable life vests with whistles, rain jackets, radio & speakers,  head set walkie talkies, and the list goes on and on!  We still have a list that we need but we will get all that is needed by mid-July or we will have to get whatever we need along the way!

I have charted about the first 500 miles of where I think we are going and marina’s we will be staying but I am sure our course on the trip will be altered just as the events in our life have.  In the end it has all worked out and will work out, a change in course is not necessarily bad, sinking would be BAD!!  :  )!

We are so anxious to get on our trip and see the beautiful sights and people along the way!

More to follow!