The first month of 2018 has been interesting, I flew to New Jersey to pick up our new Mercedes Sprinter van and drove it out to Colorado. Our plan is to turn the van into a “land yacht”, I’ll be posting on the entire process. On the skiing side of things we had a great powder day at Wolf Creek with close to 3 feet of snow which also made the skate skiing fun. The unseasonably warm and dry weather for the first weeks of Jan. made for good road biking in New Mexico. And to bring in the new year I got a brand new Pizza Stone as a Christmas gift from Katie!
The warm and sunny forecast provided the perfect opportunity to visit the desert for 3 days of cycling. Needles Overlook is 210 miles from our Pagosa Springs condo and was a great place to spend the night followed by morning coffee on the canyon rim.
I’ll jump back to last spring when we returned to the states from spending the winter in the Bahamas, we felt we were at a crossroad, continue our 11+ years of living aboard Makana or sell the boat to “do something different”. After much deliberations we decided to sell our floating home, so by the end of April we were “homeless”. I should mention that we had made a commitment to be in Alaska by May 12th to spend 4 months living aboard the Aquanator a commercial salmon fishing tender in Prince William Sound. Me the captain, Katie the first mate and Hoku one of three additional crew.
The summer aboard the Aquanator was amazing, I posted pictures on my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rick.caroselli.3
Long story short over a 90 day period the 79 foot long Aquanator transported over 2.7 million pounds of Wild Alaskan Salmon from the fishermen and fisherwomen to processors in Whittier and Valdez. After departing Alaska we spent a week hiking in the deserts of Nevada and Utah followed by time in Maine. The end of October we spent camping at Walt Disney World with the first week of November taking us from Maine to Pagosa Springs Colorado which is where I’m writing this from and where we’ll be spending the winter, OK enough for now.
World’s best Coca’ Cola Chicken Wings. Last week we were treated to rarity from Mother Nature with the forecast calling for several days of “light and variable” winds. Most of the islands in the tropical seas of the western Atlantic are located in the trade wind belt. The historical naming of the “trade winds” comes from the fact that the wind blows from an easterly component pretty darn close to 24-7-365. This is primarily due to the massive North Atlantic high pressure system which typically remains anchored over the central Atlantic with its clockwise flow of air….
Chinese 5 Spice Wings, I’m always looking for creative ways to cook chicken wings. So when I discovered an unopened jar of Chinese 5 Spice powder the other day I decided to experiment. As with most of my chicken wing recipes I bake the wings in the oven verse frying them in oil, creating healthy good for your soul wings. If you follow this recipe you’ll get the world’s best crispy wings that you’ll swear were cooked in oil….
Pizza, Pizza and Pizza, this post is all things Pizza. I’ve compiled my 7 most unique and interesting Pizza recipes in one mouth watering post; 1) Cheese Fondue, 2) Crab Rangoon, 3) Reuben, 4) Peking Duck, 5) Chicken, Leeks & Dijon Mustard, 6) BBQ Chicken, and 7) Anchovies, Jalapenos & Sun Dried Tomatoes. When these pizzas are made using my World’s Best Pizza Dough recipe along with a Pizza Stone and you’ll have a winning combination, enjoy.
It’s been an interesting week in the Bahamas, great fishing with a Mahi and tuna landed on the sail down from Staniel Cay to George Town. Mother Nature started today quietly however a cold front came thru and ushered in rain squalls followed by 35+ knots of wind with the forecast indicating 20 to 25 knots all week! …
OK, I know that I’ve been verrrry lax at posting for the past three weeks, my excuse; we’ve visited some fantastic areas however most of them were far removed from cell towers and internet access. So this post is not going to contain a recipe or mouth watering pictures of food, just photos from the past three weeks, enjoy!…
Snapper Francaise. We don’t visit marinas very often so when we do tie up to a dock we typically find ourselves trying to do things we can’t do when anchored. Laundry, fixing the leak in the dinghy, equalization charge (it has to do with the batteries and requires a good supply of uninterrupted electricity), washing the boat and a bike ride all took priority over sightseeing or relaxing in the cabana at the marina. We did manage to squeeze in the sunset BBQ dinner the locals made for us on Saturday evening….
We departed Ft Lauderdale at 5pm Thursday evening, thru the power of diesel fuel and 22 hours later we stopped for a swim in the warm clear Bahamian water off Great Harbour Cay. We’ll be spending the next 4 to 5 months exploring the islands and will be posting about our adventures and creating some great recipes with the food we catch, spear or find interesting….