john h hanzl (author)


AND ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY, WE RESTED Down day. How nice! Day 13 – Annapolis, MD to Annapolis, MD, 0.0 miles, 0 blissful hours We’re sitting on the bow at our mooring, drinking a glass of wine and watching the dazzling array of watercraft motor, steam, paddle, sail, everything – pass. Again. It’s fantastic. Amy’s reading up on the next leg of the trip (and the one beyond that), and obviously I’m working on the blog. The… Read More

I PRESENT – A QUOTE FROM OUR BROKER… (yawn) Day 12 – Deltaville, VA to Annapolis, MD, 90.5 miles, 6.5 (looong) hours This one is going to be short but sweet. As no doubt you already know, we left Deltaville late – around 11:00am – in order to find a better weather window for our 95 mile push north to Annapolis. Everything was looking good as we left the protected harbor of Deltaville… Read More

MOURNING THE LOSS OF THE MAGENTA LINE This one is a little late – for two reasons – the first is because we are always battling the loss of cellular service, and the second is because we were on the lookout for our friends on Sandpiper, who were also nourthbound in the Chesapeake, but were a few hours behind us. Day 11 – Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, NC to Deltaville, VA, 96 miles, 8 hours Leaving… Read More

STILL LIFE ON GLASS Today was a nice day – as in, no stress, no long runs, just a dismal swamp. I usually like to come up with a catchy title for each post, but I think I’ll just go with the name of the place we’re at… Day 10 – Newport, NC to Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, NC, 56 miles, 5 hours Yep – it was a nice causal day – after we… Read More

LIVING THE SUBURBAN LIFE AQUATIC I feel like Steve Zissou, suburban version. Sorry for no post yesterday. It was actually going to be Amy’s day to write one, but we ended up in a part of the world that has no cell service. Who knew that even existed? (And stay tuned – Amy’s post is coming at you tomorrow, provided we get service in the great Dismal Swamp… foreshadowing). But before that, here’s… Read More

IT’S GOING TO BE A SHORT ONE As they say (well, I do anyway), salient points first… Day 7 – McClellanville, SC to Carolina Beach (off Cape Fear River), NC, 135 miles, 10 hours It’s going to be a short one today – since it’s been a rather long one today. Ten hours running the boat, much of it through small rivers, inlets, and canals lined with docks. Although you’d never know it by all the… Read More

MUD DON’T STOP ME NOW! Salient points first… Day 5 – Hilton Head Island, SC to Hilton Head Island, SC, 0 miles, zero hours (down day) Day 6 – Hilton Head Island, SC to McClellanville, SC, 128.5 miles, 8 hours (and ten minutes, but who’s counting?) Record distance day – it was a big push because this part of the ICW is rather thin in the fuel / marina front. Fortunately Amy found us a one-stop-shopping deal – Leland… Read More

WHEN RENTS ARE OKAY… …When they are your paRents! But wait! First off, the stats for our journey (and to tell the truth, these stats are for yesterday, as today we did not move ONE INCH!) Travel Day 4 – St Simons Island, GA to Hilton Head Island, SC, 116.5 miles, 7.5 hours So we are sitting here, at slip A7 in Windmill Harbor Marina, drinking margaritas on the helm deck. Amy’s sorta planning… Read More

TO QUOTE THE GREAT RAY CHARLES… As the song goes, I’ve got Georgia on my mind… — AUTHOR’S NOTE: Before writing – actually finishing this post, as it was started two days ago – I have to apologize for my tardiness. I had a bit of an IT issue with the mobile office two nights ago. It all started out fine – Amy got her personal hot spot working (it’s not what it sounds… Read More

WHEN TWO DAYS BECOME ONE… So did you miss us? We wanted to write last night, we really did, but it was a loooong day (like that word). I don’t want to get too wordy with this post, which if you know me is really tough, but I’ll try. In short, we had a good day (okay two days). The slightly longer version is we got up at 6:00AM, prepped the boat for… Read More