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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.

 

 

 

Champagne!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Barley at the helm.

 

 

 

 

No fun was had!  No fun at all.

 

 

 

 

Best Graduation Present Evah

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The Graduate

The Graduate

Uncle Al and Aunt Laura of the GIFT

Uncle Al and Aunt Laura of the GIFT

AWESOME (and only three dollah)

AWESOME (and only three dollah)

St Croix Underwater

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Thanks to Haley Hendrickson of N2 the Blue Dive Shop on St Croix for the instruction and the incredible pictures.

Eli and friend

Eli and friend

Newly certified

Newly certified

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Dad and son

Dad and son

The family expert

The family expert

Be the turtle one

Be the turtle one

Be the turtle two

Be the turtle two

The boys

The boys

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Amy

Amy

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Going up

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OK with Eli

OK with Eli

Night crew

Night crew

Diving St Croix

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Thanks to N2 the Blue Dive Shop for some personal, friendly, and impeccable diving. Of our massive two shop sample of St Croix, N2 the Blue is superior in all ways. (Our experience with Cane Bay Dive Shop was much looser, chaotic, and more random with a small chance of accidental death.)

Eli emerging from the depths

Eli emerging from the depths

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The diving in St Croix is great (and relentless when you are with Eli). Our dives:
The Pier – excellent life and a great dive
Sprat Hole – turtle
Swirling Reef of Death – coral farm working on stag’s horn coral
Shallow Wrecks – three big boats
The Pier
The Jungle (north side) – a nice deep wall with Cane River
Pavilions (north side) – wall and coral garden with Cane River
The Pier at Night – wild in the dark
Armageddon – nice pile of debris with associated wildlife
Little Mill Point – shallow wall with much coral (turtle)

Haley Hendrickson

Haley Hendrickson

Captain K and Haley

Captain K and Haley

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We’ve seen all sorts of everything: turtles, sharks (eating lion fish we killed), eels of all kinds, two kinds of lobster, many angel fish, crabs, seahorses, an octopus and more.

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More about St Croix here.

The Cottages by Sea

The Cottages by Sea

Team Tartan Breaks Fundraising Record (More to Go Tho)

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We’re sailing the Leukemia Cup in kilts for sure again this year since we trounced our $30,000 fundraising goal. So far we’ve raised just over $43,000 and our NEW GOAL is $45,000!

Sailing our way to $45K! You can help…

GIVE TO TEAM TARTAN!

We have one week to go before the race. In fact, we were sailing this morning getting ready for the big race. Now we’re wiped out.

Some boat instrument maintenance was in order today.

Chris adjusts the windicator

Chris adjusts the windicator

Hoist that Chris!

Hoist that Chris!

Meet Team Tartan’s sailing squad.

Commodore Chris: Our fearless captain

Commodore Chris: Our fearless captain

Eli: Our 18 year old Ace in the Hole (grinder)

Eli: Our 18 year old Ace in the Hole (grinder)

Captain Esther: Our second captain (our trick is to have two)

Captain Esther: Our second captain (our trick is to have two)

Team Tartan Sails Again: 2015 Leukemia Cup

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We’ve had some stellar years sailing the Leukemia Cup, and we’re at it again. Please consider supporting Team Tartan again as we raise money to fight blood cancer!

When we hit our goal, we sail in KILTS!

Team Tartan sails the Leukemia Cup in Kilts!

Team Tartan sails the Leukemia Cup in Kilts!

Last year we were #3 in the nation fundraising. We’re shooting to beat that this year.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

College and the Arts 2015 Reprise

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It’s really nice to be home after ten days on the road, but the College and the Arts trip with Eli was fantastic. Here are some highlights and pointers from the trip.

Laguna and Los Angeles
school: UC Irvine
hotels: 14 West and Palomar Los Angeles
arts: LACMA
highlight: visiting Bob and Espie in Topanga
special thanks to: Louise Schlegel and Carter Jones

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Kandinsky

Santa Cruz
school: UC Santa Cruz
hotel: The Paradox
arts: Driving up the California coast on CA-1
highlight: getting sunburned on CA-1
we missed: Brian Chess (who got sick)

Sequoia Trees at UC Santa Cruz

Sequoia Trees at UC Santa Cruz

San Francisco
school: UC Berkeley (Cal)
hotel: Palomar San Francisco
arts: The Elias String Quartet
highlight: the berkeley tour with Jonathan
special thanks to: Jacob and Jonathan

The Elias Quartet

The Elias Quartet

Fossils and Bells at Berkeley

Fossils and Bells at Berkeley

Colorado
school: Colorado College (Eli’s favorite by far)
hotel: Garden of the Gods
arts: um, well, grappa?!
highlight: hanging out with Pier and Debra
special thanks to: Pier and Debra for the hospitality

Now THIS is art.

Now THIS is art.

Colorado College and Pike's Peak

Colorado College and Pike’s Peak

Maine
schools: Bates and Colby
hotel: Maple Hill Farm Inn
arts: Colby College Art Museum
highlight: who knew there could be snow in April?!

View from Maple Hill Farm Inn

View from Maple Hill Farm Inn

The World

The World

North Carolina
schools: Duke and UNC
hotel: the umstead
arts: North Carolina Museum of Art
highlight: Our docent Francesca’s incredible tour

UNC: Football stadium or prison?  Hmm.

UNC: Football stadium or prison? Hmm.

Francesca

Francesca

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