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#567926 - 05/30/17 12:24 PM Memorial Day Weekend  
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The firstmate completed 3rd grade on Friday, A parent in my neighborhood invited a few of us 4 years ago for ice cream and it has grown since. His best friend, Dylan moved to Virginia last December and both of the boys miss each other. Dylan was able to come up for the end of year ice cream. It was a surprise for both of the boys and they loved seeing each other.



Saturday morning we headed to the lake with boat in tow. Sunday we went for an early morning ride as the weather was suppose to turn ugly. The water is chilly still however I did jump in each day (but not for long). The mountains in the background.



Dave R had a thread on using trim tabs in rough water and the water isn't rough. I am using my trim tabs so I can stay on plane at reduced speeds. As you can see we had the lake pretty much to ourselves.






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#567928 - 05/30/17 12:32 PM Re: Memorial Day Weekend [Re: On Holiday]  
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Unfortunately Monday we needed to head back for home however not before going on a side trip. We drove through Bedford, VA where the D Day Memorial is located. It is on my bucket list to visit as it is about 20 minutes away from the lake house. There were lots of people attending the Memorial Day festivities.

We drove to Peaks of Otter and hiked Sharp Top Mountain. A former high school teacher hiked this mountain and gave me the idea to do it myself. My wife met this women a few years ago and was not very impressed with her selection of retirement activities.

The trail started off pretty easy


The view from the top


The view from the bottom, there were lots of motorcycles enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway.





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#567929 - 05/30/17 12:36 PM Re: Memorial Day Weekend [Re: On Holiday]  
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We saw a bear in the woods and I still can't answer the question if a bear actually does go to the bathroom in the woods.




The total hike was 3 miles round trip. After the hike we got some ice cream and then continued our trek home. The boys slept for about 3 hours on the way home which was very nice.


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#567930 - 05/30/17 12:44 PM Re: Memorial Day Weekend [Re: On Holiday]  
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We will be back down in a two weeks and I will look for another hike for us to trek.


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#567933 - 05/30/17 02:29 PM Re: Memorial Day Weekend [Re: On Holiday]  
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Very nice. I tried to get out on Monday but the weather didn't cooperate. Maybe next weekend.


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#567940 - 05/30/17 07:30 PM Re: Memorial Day Weekend [Re: On Holiday]  
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We had a pretty decent weekend. Perfect weather. We drove up to the small town (CLE ELUM) in the mountains of central WA to put flowers on graves where her ancestors are buried. ~350 miles round trip then had lunch and a nice drive home. We did it on Sunday so we wouldn't hit all the heavy traffic.

After we got home we hooked up the Whaler and loaded up supplies for the next 24 hours. We drove it to the slip, loaded the stuff on Beachcomber then took off to one of our favorite spots to overnight. Friends came and went on their boats throughout much of the day and on Monday.

Sunday afternoon we took the Whaler for a spin and spotted several deer on the islands. We were just idling along, being quiet and hadn't spooked them until my Galley Wench yelled out "Look Mike, there are some deer." Well, with the deer walked into the thick woods and disappeared. So much for a quiet sneak!

It hit 100* on Monday so about 4:00 we headed for home. A great 24 hours on the boat, time with friends to chat, time to relax and a great time spooking the deer.


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#567941 - 05/30/17 08:55 PM Re: Memorial Day Weekend [Re: On Holiday]  
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Nice trip OH.
No boating for us. The weekend weather was predicted to be a mixed bag and it was raining when we headed for the lake on Friday so the boat stayed in the garage. We got to spend some quality time with the kids and grandkids. Still a great weekend.


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#568223 - 06/20/17 11:15 AM June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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We are back from spending 10 days at the lake, looking back through pictures we did stuff early in the week that I forgot we even did.

My week basically consisted of waking up at 6:00 AM to go for a 3-4 mile run, come back and jump in the lake to cool off and enjoy the morning. Late morning consisted of going to the pool followed by taking the boat out. Came back to eat lunch and then head back to the pool followed by a nap. The evening involved heading back to the pool.

Early in the week there was an airshow/open house at the local general aviation air strip. There were real planes as well as remote control planes.





An R/C plane landing on the runway


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#568224 - 06/20/17 11:20 AM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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Saw this flying over our house and doing aerobatics


Had a family reunion (my father-in-law cousins and way up the tree). Just restored Ford 640 tractor. There was also a JD B and M tractor in the other bay.


The first mate was tubing until I ended his ride early because I wanted to get some skiing in before the water got rough.

I got up on the first try for my first ski of the year.


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#568225 - 06/20/17 11:22 AM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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It did get hot outside and unfortunately southern Virginia doesn't know what a dry heat is.


Love boating mid-week as no one is on the water and allows for some seat time for the FM. I operated the throttle and was very hands on when we were close to another boater.


For comparison, this was from 2008


We are actually in the main channel and you can barely see a boat in front of us. My wife's uncle on port, my sister-in-law and second mate on starboard.


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#568226 - 06/20/17 11:24 AM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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The second mate's nap was longer than the boat ride so we left him on the seat. Being a great hands on father, I decided to sleep next to him for close to an hour.


I wasn't very good at taking many pictures so my admiral took a selfie.





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#568227 - 06/20/17 11:37 AM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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Very nice! I still haven't gotten the boat wet, except for washing it.


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#568228 - 06/20/17 11:41 AM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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Tomorrow will be a good day since it is the first day of summer.

We are heading back down over July 4th week. This means I have 2 weeks of work and then another week off. I wanted to push it back at least another week however we have some renters then and it will also mean a short period between July 4th vacation and our annual Raystown vacation.

July is when we take the boat back to PA to finish off the last half of the summer.


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#568229 - 06/20/17 11:54 AM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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My son loves anything that spins i.e. propellers, fans so he placed lawn darts on the outdoor units so when the fan turns on the fins on the lawn darts would also spin. He could watch this for hours. He is very smart when it comes to making things spin.



Both of the units are for my house, one serves the top floor while the other serves the main level and the basement. I have two units at home as well and is great in keeping the house conditioned evenly.


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#568230 - 06/20/17 01:55 PM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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OH, those are great pictures. What a great family, too. And I don't want to forget how fortunate you are to have that setup at the lake. Your kids are cute, too. Love that photo of your son driving the boat--that look on his face and the thoughts going through his head. Reminds me of me, and I've been doing it for for over 50 years. (:-)


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#568250 - 06/22/17 12:09 PM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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Thanks Jack, owning a place on the lake has always been my dream and soon became my wife's. The boys don't like to leave the lake when our vacation is over. As far as driving the boat, I only let him since there was no one on the water. He wants to take the boater safety course.


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#568261 - 06/23/17 01:30 AM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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Great pics, and thanks for sharing them. The kids will get a kick out of seeing them 20 years from now. So will you two.


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#568275 - 06/24/17 12:01 AM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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Looks like you had a great time!



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#568281 - 06/24/17 04:43 PM Re: June Week [Re: On Holiday]  
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Great pics


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