Monday, April 25, 2016

A day in the life of a liveaboard, part 4

It has been said that the happiest day of your life is buying a boat, and the second happiest day of your life is selling your boat. Over the last dozen years, we saw several friends celebrating the latter and getting out of boating totally while others swapped for a different boat. This weekend, we helped our friends Mark and Judy usher in their new yacht Windarra to their old slip. We shared a nice dinner afterwards but forgot the champagne. Sorry!
Windarra was in Hula Girl's slip back in 2007
one last picture of the proud owners before departing Goose Pond Marina
The head of the welcoming committee waiting patiently
Here she comes!
Our Facebook friends might recall that six weeks ago, we were fascinated by a pair of ducks that hung out on the dock next to ours. They had scouted around and found a safe haven. They worked hard to make a comfortable nest. After they settled, they came and laid an egg every day, and we posted those pictures on Facebook. Turned out the location wasn't such a safe place afterall. One morning, the tub with 15 eggs were (poof!) all gone. Just like that. The 12 eggs in the other tub were intact, but sadly, the ducks never returned. Soon the crows came and ate all of them eggs.

Had that not happened, we would have ducklings right about now! This is the video I took when the ducklings did hatch that one year, way back in 2009. Such is life at the marina.


Congratulations again, Mark and Judy! We look forward to some fun times on the river.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hiking at Lula Lake and Falls

NOAA hit the nail on the head when it forecast a warmer winter due to a “strong El Niño." When we were in Calgary, Canada in mid February, we encountered a week of unseasonably warm weather, much to our delight. Back in Chattanooga, Tennessee later that month, we had temperatures colder than western Canada, but March came and quickly dispelled the cold. With the nice spring weather, it was time to lace our hiking boots and get back on the trails again.

So when it was not raining and when we were not sick, we ventured outdoors as often as we could. Two weeks ago, we discovered yet another new place to hike - Lula Lake and Falls on Lookout Mountain on the Georgia side. Why we never visited before is beyond me, as it is such a lovely scenic place! And so close to home.
Lula Falls, at 110 feet
Upper Lula Falls and Lula Lake
Dogwood flowers
Cherry blossoms

Panoramic vista of Chattanooga Valley

Lula Lake and Falls is opened the first and last Saturday of the month. It has several trails, many of which are pretty easy. It is dog friendly and there are various places to relax, grill and have a picnic. Check their link for more information.

Where's your favorite hiking trail to see spring flowers and waterfalls?

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