UPDATE#20 06/24 thru 06/30/07
period 01/19/07 thru 06/23/07 has been covered in Updates 1 through 19.
We continue with UPDATE 2007 # 20.
2007 #20 06/24/07 through 06/30/07.
Welcome back to the new
Adventures of the trawler AMARSE. At
last update, we were visiting with Fred’s kids and grandkids at the Lake of
the Ozarks, Missouri.
SUNDAY LAKE OF THE
visit to the Lake of the Ozarks has been wonderful so far.
The chance to visit with Fred’s son, Doug, his wife, Lisa, and
grandkids, Austin and Ashley, has been full of proud moments and fun times.
Today will be no different in that respect.
jet skis were beckoning Judy to test their agility.
She was eager to demonstrate her skills on the powerful, little PWCs.
jet ski ramps and hydro-lift mechanisms work perfectly.
Doug crafted them from basic materials and just finished installing the
units this weekend. The lad is such
a talented guy. He makes a Dad very
proud, not only for what he does, but for who he is. If you haven’t guessed, I love him so very much!
was quick to jump on the red Jet ski and accompany Judy for the morning ride.
The kid loves the water.
terrific grandson, Austin, follows in his Dad’s footstep with the love of
water and water sports.
view of the lake house from the water is lovely.
This is definitely a prime location on this huge lake.
fired up the fast boat to add to the thrills of the day.
Austin is a natural when it comes to these things.
The harder you bounce him, the faster you zip him in the turns, and the
quicker you throttle up, the better he likes it.
the tube into the turn forcing it to jump the wake and Austin is in his glory.
Just look at that smile.
if he gets flipped out of the bouncing tube, he’s ready to jump back in and go
for it again. Let me remind those
of you that may have forgotten, young kids are completely tireless.
They seem to have even more energy and stamina than we can imagine.
smile clearly shows me that Judy is having a great time too.
She must have been a water baby too.
Fred and Austin had a great time swimming and splashing near the dock.
was time to bring out “The Gladiator”.
This three-person water sled is a great way to enjoy the tubing sport in
a bit more comfort than the single unit. Austin
agreed to keep his grandpaw from getting too scared.
having a ball while Austin is signaling for more speed and to whip us outside
was Doug and Austin, father and son, in the “Gladiator” this time.
Yep, that put Fred at the controls of the rocket boat, “Check This”,
while Judy kept a sharp eye out as safety spotter.
was no way that Judy was going to miss out on this kind of fun and good time.
the tubes up on the dock, the Jet skis back on the ramps, we all jumped into
“Check This” for an afternoon cruise on the lake.
Ashley has taken to the boat and the water with a natural flair.
It is so great that the whole family enjoys things together.
are numerous bars and restaurants around the lake.
This place is relatively new and Doug was anxious to try it. The “Jolly Roger” dockside
restaurant had a couple of open slips for us to land at.
They even had some cute gals to take our lines.
we climbed the stairs to the open patio, Judy just had to have her picture taken
with the infamous, Captain Morgan. Of
course, he is the rascal pirate associated with the rum producer so famous in
tropical drink circles. Perhaps you
have seen their huge billboards depicting the mischievous pirate that draws red
mustaches and beards on the people. It
always bears the slogan, “The Captain was Here”.
I find the ads quite humorous.
daughter-in-law is absolutely gorgeous. Her
inner beauty is even more awesome.
guess it’s obvious, “The Captain was Here”.
I never would have guessed that a pirate girl could be so cute.
This one has captured me and taken me slave.
Doug’s boat is really sharp.
“Check This” is a Checkmate boat and its thunderous power will pull
your hair straight back.
all had the grouper sandwiches. Although
they were pretty good, they don’t even come close to our favorite place on the
lake, “Outback Jack’s”. We
had lots of fun and our boating time on the lake was super.
was stuffed to the gills so we just snacked during the evening.
It was a quiet and relaxing evening, just the kind that makes family
togetherness so great.
MONDAY LAKE OF THE
was another fabulous morning. The
weekender crowds had returned to the cities and their jobs leaving tranquility
and peacefulness behind. I was the
first one awake and looked out over the placid lake with inner solitude. I enjoyed the chance to think how wonderful life is and how
much love I have for all these people still resting in their beds.
long, the others began to join me downstairs for another fun-filled day.
After a nice, light breakfast, it was my turn to disrupt the stillness of
and Austin can easily maneuver circles around me on these powerful PWCs. I may not be as fearless as those two, but, I bet I had just
as much fun.
this, Paw-paw Fred”. His back
flip was fantastic. He has
developed a lot grace, agility, and skill through his extensive training in Tae
about this one, Paw-paw Fred and Judy?”
this water sports can make a family mighty hungry.
The grill master had the answer, what could be better than hotdogs hot
off the grill.
energy to jump and play continuously empowers this kid to be constantly on the
move. Who said that a hot tub is
only for relaxing?
my energy levels severely depleted, my only chance for revitalization was an
afternoon nap. Thank goodness, they
awakened me in time to go out for a late afternoon boat ride on “Check
This”. The weather was absolutely
perfect and waters were as smooth as only a weekday afternoon could be.
was Judy’s turn to demonstrate her culinary skills.
She prepared my favorite dish of Chicken Breast in Mushroom sauce, mashed
red potatoes, and stuffing. Wow!
She deserves a Gold Medal for that meal.
was a delightful evening on the patio. With
the Tiki torches burning brightly, we yakked, family style, until well after
TUESDAY LAKE OF THE
OZARKS to O’FALLON, MISSOURI
again, we were greeted to a class A morning here at the lake.
Doug busied himself with the putting away of all the toys.
By early afternoon, we were on the road headed for O’Fallon, Missouri.
It is their family tradition to stop mid way for ice cream. We joined right in too.
and Lisa have moved into a new house since we were here in September. It is much larger and very nice.
Although it looked great to us, Doug explained some of the changes that
he was anxious to make. The kid is
mighty ambitious, however, he has the talent and ability to tackle any
remodeling task or project.
Jen, Lisa’s sister, volunteered to watch the kids so that the adults could go
out to dinner tonight in celebration of Doug’s birthday (tomorrow).
We chose Maggiano’s Little Italy.
We had introduced the restaurant to them last fall and they loved it.
We had to wait about an hour but everything was well worth it.
We all shared a large Caesar Salad.
Doug wanted the Lasagna for himself.
Lisa had a half order of Chicken in Farfelle pasta while Judy and I
shared an order of Veal and Mushroom Ravioli in a Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce.
How about some Tiramisu for dessert?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOUG!
day was occupied with doing errands and some shopping.
My daughter, Sharyn, and my son-in-law, Jeff, had planned a get-together
around their poolside patio. It was
to be an outdoor party of grilled steaks and birthday cakes. Ever heard of the term, “Best laid plans….”?
The afternoon skies filled with threatening cumulonimbus clouds that soon
delivered their promise of thunder, lightning, and high winds.
Wouldn’t you know it, they lost power for several hours thus crushing
the plan. Sharyn and Jeff quickly
came up with the idea of the Longhorn Steakhouse as a substitute. We all met for a delightful birthday dinner and Doug not only
had cake but also had his favorite apple dessert.
My Filet Mignon and Judy’s Baby Back Ribs were absolutely fabulous.
We are both looking forward to our next visit to the Longhorn.
Thanks, Thanks, Sharyn and Jeff! We
love you! This would be our last
night together for a long time, much too long a time.
MO to BRUNSWICK,
was only 4:45am when the brutal blaring of the alarm signaled our get-up time. This is the same time that Doug has to start his workday,
everyday. My Grandson, Austin, had
made the request that we be sure to wake him before we left.
His loving way made us feel very special.
We exchanged hugs and kisses and reluctant farewells, then headed out on
the highway at 5:30am for the trip back to Georgia. Fortunately, we still had
lots of the Stuart Woods' audiotape left to listen to. The trip took longer than
expected and we finally arrived back in the Brunswick Landing Marina parking lot
just before we would have turned back into a pumpkin at midnight.
It was great to be back home again.
BRUNSWICK LANDING MARINA, BRUNSWICK, GA
of our late arrival last night, we were in no rush to get started today. Our email had indicated that Paul and Sue Graham of
“ODYSSEY”, a Great Harbour 37 trawler, would be here in the marina today.
We were excited to see the beautiful, teal colored hull of “Odyssey”
tied up on Dock 14. With big
smiles, they invited us aboard to chat like long lost friends.
Our last visit together was in the Bahamas at Boat Harbour in April.
Although they had only planned on staying a day or two, we hoped that we
help them change their minds to stay a month.
and I had lunch at Michael’s Deli in Brunswick.
The meatball parmesan sandwich was good and Judy enjoyed the Chicken
our agreement, we picked up Paul and Sue for a tour of St. Simon’s Island.
We drove out to the historic Coast Guard Station and the
fabulous lighthouse that dates back to the 1800’s.
trip to St. Simon’s Island would be incomplete without a visit to Barbara
Jean’s Restaurant. Now, I’ve
previously proclaimed the accolades for this fabulous restaurant, however, it
bears repeating, “This place is really goooood!”
BRUNSWICK LANDING MARINA, BRUNSWICK, GA
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, a farmer’s market displays fresh, local
produce. We filled our canvas bag
with tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumbers, corn on the cob, and, of course, Georgia
guidebook highly recommends Jim’s Corner Café in downtown Brunswick.
Of course, we had to try it for breakfast.
We can happily add our recommendation too.
To say that Sue Graham is just an avid NASCAR fan would
be an unconscionable understatement. She
was glued to the TV in the boater’s lounge for the Busch circuit match-up at
Louden, NH. Although her favorite
driver, Carl Edwards, didn’t win the checkered flag, no one could say it was
because she didn’t lend her vocal support on every lap.
One of the nice things is that we could get our laundry chores
accomplished during the televised event.
For our dinner, Judy and I had a plate of Jambalaya
and sides of cob corn, sliced tomatoes, and crisp cucumbers.
In the historic section of downtown Brunswick
resides the lovely, old Ritz theatre.
the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association presented the Eugene O’Neill
play of “Ah, Wilderness”. The
selection was particularly apropos as the author was a one-time resident of this
area and the setting occured over a 4th of July period.
it was O’Neill’s only comedy. We
found the production to be very enjoyable and well casted.
look forward to more theatre experiences this summer.
As this month of June comes to a close, we look back on our fun-filled
times and travels. It is great to
be home on AMARSE and we are looking forward to lots more fun and adventure in
the coming, summer months.
I apologize for letting myself get so far behind on these updates.
If I had a good reason, I would probably us it as an excuse, however, I
think that I’ve allowed some laziness to settle in. I will attempt to bring everything up to date as soon as time
permits. As I publish this edition,
it is 07/19/07 and we are back aboard AMARSE in Brunswick, Georgia. Thanks for
your patience. Please let us know
if you have any special suggestions and thoughts.
thank those of you who have contacted us recently and we are looking forward to
hearing from each of you in the near future.
Thanks for allowing us to share our life and adventures with you.
The website is now fully active and you can visit it at any time.
You can review any of the 2006 or 2007 logs and learn more about the crew
and our plans. Enjoy.
would like to hear more about what is happening in your lives.
Let us know as we very interested in what’s going on with our friends
and family. Please call or email us with your thoughts and comments and
ideas too. Thanks
Lot of Love,
Fred Reed and Judy Law
Fred H. Reed
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