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Road Trip: AGLCA 2018 Spring RendezVous

Road Trip!

We just got back from an awesome road trip to participate in the America's Great Loop Cruisers Association (AGLCA) - 2018 Spring RendezVous held in Norfolk, Virginia. We are so glad we decided to drive down and see what it was all about.

Looper boats in the marina
The amount of work and organisation that went on prior to the event taking place, must have been colossal! I have to congratulate the staff of AGLCA, everything was great, the subjects/topics covered, the activities (looper crawls), the sponsors, the meals... and I could go on.  Even though this is an annual event, they succeeded in meeting "to be", "in progress" and "completed" loopers objectives of learning, sharing and making new friends. The energy of the participants (loopers) is something to experience - reuniting that many people who have the same dream and are working towards the same objective - it was a pleasure to be part of it all!

One of the things we love about boating is the people we meet, and we met so many interesting couples from all over the United States and even a few fellow Canadians (we were the minority - only 4 Canadian couples in attendance, lol). Regardless of our status of planning, in progress or completed, I was amazed at how easy it was to connect and relate to others (within minutes, it felt as if we had known some for years). The boating community and specifically the AGLCA community is remarkable. Where else can you find such a diverse group mingling together? At the marina? 😃

I won't go on too much about the RendezVous, but I will add that I honestly hope to meet many of the couples again on the Loop and that those that come up to the Canadian canals (Rideau or Trent Severn) will reach out to us. We highly recommend attending a RendezVous if you intend to do the Loop, you will not be disappointed.

Before we left to go to Norfolk, our boat was still in storage (due to strange and extremely cold weather), however a friend texted us while we were there to let us know that it was being worked on and that we can have access to start working on our projects anytime now!!! We are so excited to start working on our boat! Seeing and visiting other boats during the Looper Crawl has given us a few ideas and the motivation to get them all done (or most of them!) We can't wait to be back on the water in our boat.

Here are a few pictures of our last week in the States.
In progress Looper boats

Looper Bar Crawl

Part of Group 2 - Bar Crawl
We had to take a detour to Virginia Beach
Walking along Virginia Beach

Heading back

Another little stop on our way back - NY visitor Center
I added a few more photos on Migrating Loons Facebook page:

We are back from our road trip, our boat is ready for us to start projects on and the weather seems to be allowing spring to arrive - we are ready!

Tina & Papi

"In life, it's not where you go, it's who you travel with" 

– Charles Schultz