Welcome to Sixhaven

Excitement built on a dreary afternoon as we approached the Oranjesluizen.  This was one of the larger lock systems we’ve traversed; four locks, side by side, that are primarily utilized for commercial traffic.  Following the directional signs indicating ‘SPORT’ we tied to a waiting platform for a lift bridge that would raise on schedule to allow safe…

Volendam

“It’s all Japanese,” we were told twice, by two different Dutch friends.  Japanese?  “Tourists,” they had continued, “taking photos,” they motioned ‘click!’ ‘click!’ with their index fingers taking a snapshot of both me and Brian using their pretend cameras while we listened to these descriptions of Volendam.  Hmmm, tourists.  Usually we avoided these locations.  “But nice to…

Let’s Stay

At Enkhuizen, a ray of sunshine shone through the forward cabin’s porthole just at the break of day.  Already awake, I rose from our bunk to peek out the hatch, my usual morning routine. It was roughly 7:15AM and the harbor was ablaze with the sunrise; days were becoming incredibly short.  Although we were rafted two…

Reindeer

We never know what we will stumble upon during random, walking tours but having a few reindeer in our path was a subtle reminder that winter was fast approaching…the llamas and emu only added to our confusion as to what to do next! Natuurhaven de Kreupel had been our first stop after departing Seabell at…

Yard Time

October slipped away from us and we hardly noticed as we spent the entire month on the hard.  A friend had recently told me, “Oh you know you love boat projects,” which I of course wholeheartedly denied.  However, when the opportunity presents itself there is no avoiding the need to maintain a boat no matter…