Busting Ice and Bothering Geese!

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With age does not always wisdom come. But, fun it was! We had a crazy-cold week that froze the river, and now a crazy-warm day to test out the water.  Nice.


Mogli leads the way.

The mic on my phone was broken, but just imaging the sound of crunching ice.


Time for a break.

Here, imagine geese honking their displeasure! and ice popping as it melts. Hit ‘play’ and it is not upside down.

Sweet Mogli has captured a hunk of ice to take home! (Video is correct when plays)


Dirty hand is happy hand.



Exactly how i feel!  :)  

A landed boat becomes a “Hell-Raising” challenge!

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Lovely fishing boat nestled against a tree on a cold winter day…


But wait! There’s a car on that boat.


That matchbox dude challenges the leaf to a demolition derby!


The leaf ponders…



-Next episode – the leaf decides.

Walkin’ On Water!

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Yes, no holy man, but pretty damn cute. And risky!  Shenandoah is frozen fun.  No human i know would head out that far, naked!DSCF0887.jpgDSCF0886.jpg


Cautious, she is.


Dude!  Come on back.




He’s a Beauty.

Not everyone has that…Je ne sais quoi!


Sweet Sycamore Cradles Both Eagles and the Moon.

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On this day I knew the shot, the reason I brought my camera on the expedition. The day before there was a magnificent scene of the moon high over an eagles nest along the river. I wanted to capture it on “film.” This next day, I got that shot, but did not. Over the 24 hours the moon had moved more than I knew, and was beyond the nest when I arrived at the spot shown in the last photo here. That was good luck! I took photos of this and more, and as I headed home an eagle soared over me, and as I turned to watch, did 3 large 360’s over the *other* nest mounted along the river nearby. The eagle drew me back to a high perch above the nest and tree to take the first 2 photos here. It’s in there!

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moon moving to super, eagle nest 90′ high



Team Tartan 2017: The Cup is (Virtually) Yours!

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Woo hoo! Team Tartan Sails (Kinda)

Today Team Tartan sailed a virtual Leukemia Cup one week early since we’ll be scattered to the winds during the actual race next week. The good news is that we won the race! Sadly, we also came in last.

We’ve been raising money for the Leukemia Cup for nine years. This year, with your help, we set a new Team Tartan record. So far we’ve raised $101,635.01! But we’re not done yet. Donations are still being accepted on our webpage http://bit.ly/team-tartan-2017 through Saturday 9/9 at 12:00am. Every dollar goes to fight blood cancer. Our donations are making a BIG tangible difference in leukemia research.

Team Tartan’s Best Burgee

Special huge Team Tartan thanks are due to Phil Venables who started things off this year with a massive $75,000 donation and then topped us up another $8000 when we were just shy of $100,000. Phil, Team Tartan couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you again!

This year since our race was virtual, Faith and Anna joined the seasoned crew on the water.

Headed out to win and also lose.

Brothers from the very same mother

Our canine crew was the most helpful since they were not all that interested in the champagne we popped as we approached our first buoy.

I got the jib, guys

Champagne? Nah

In an exclusive video, we now let you aboard the Team Tartan vessel as it executes an exceptionally outstanding turn round buoy one. Watch this action.

Just like last year, we were hampered by sea grass fouling our rudders, keel, and engines. We would have definitely placed exactly the same if not for the grass.

Our Nemesis is Nature

Burgees and an Airplane

Seasoned Crew of Team Tartan

Thanks from Team Tartan!

Thanks to all of our supporters! Fortitudine!

Sailing in New York City

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Sailing was just what the doctor ordered on a sweltering day in the city (90 degrees in mid May!). Gorgeous and fun. Amy captained the boat under sail as we cruised up the Hudson.


Jack took the helm at the top of the ride.











Captain Barley at the helm.





No fun was had!  No fun at all.





Eilean, Eilean, Eilean, Please Don’t Take My Man.

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As only Nancy could see – our “bungalow” IMG_9946.JPGIMG_9947.JPGIMG_9948.JPGIMG_9949.JPG

Drunk dude in Kilt explains history of McRae/McGraw ClanIMG_20170506_101800.jpg

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Out through the In Door.


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