January - March 2003
In January, we decided to visit our families before we set
off on our voyage. Although we usually try not to travel to cold climates
in the winter time, there was a very special reason for doing so - Mary (Rich's
mom) was celebrating her 80th birthday (in Maryland).
|On the way to Mary's party, Jan stopped in to see her
family in Cincinnati and escorted her cat Ali to her new home with Aunt Judy,
Uncle Fred and Grandma, and cousins Oscar and Felix (also of the feline
variety). There was a bit of hissing the first few days, but everyone's
settled in quite nicely now. While in Cincy, Jan's friend Anna (Masur)
Gryce threw a bon voyage party for Jan. It was a "hen" party of
girlfriends from school - both grade school and high school. This is a
quite a group of girls - we've been friends for many, many years!
Jan and her girlfriends
The 80th birthday celebration for Rich's Mom was a
surprise party - and, was she ever surprised to see her whole family together in
one place. That doesn't happen very often since they are
scattered around the country. It was so much fun!
The guest of honor, "Mother Mary" arriving at
party with Rich's sister Kathleen
The Crowell cousins - The two big ones in the
Rich's sons Erik (left) and Andrew (right)
Upon our return, we had a few projects to finish up before
we could take off. While we were out of town, we had the interior wood on
our boat stripped, so we had a lot of sanding and varnishing to do. We
also needed to tie up a few loose ends in the engine room and have some work
done on the electrical systems.
|Finally, it was time to get
serious about our departure from Marina del Rey. Our friends Sara (Masur)
and James Williams hosted a bon voyage party for us. What nice
friends we have!!
The Party Gang!