Monthly Archives January 2018

We traveled to Bermuda to see the America's Cup and to dual celebrate our anniversary but mainly because we (well, mainly me) wanted to see the AC boats and races.  The fact it was a Bermuda was secondary.  I always knew of Bermuda, it's where my Grandparents went when I was younger, but knowing about a place and having it on your radar as a location to visit are two different things. Let's just say Bermuda was not on my radar. But after going to Bermuda for the America's Cup, I have to say that I just fell in love with the place and will be back.  I tried to make sure I told all the locals I ran into…

Recently got back from the America's Cup in Bermuda.  What a great place to hold this event.  In case you've been away for a spell, here's a spoiler alert... Oracle didn't win.  Actually they lost soundly.  No fault of their own, they really busted their butts but Emirates just proved to be sailing far too perfectly to lose.  After a very rough start during the preliminaries for Emirates, they got the boat, the water, the crew, everything fine tuned.  So much so they hit the once thought nearly impossible goal of reaching 100% fly time. Yes, 100% fly time during one of their races.  With that kind of perfection there is no catching them. It will be interesting to see…

There are actually videos on the video page right now... Imagine that! Click the link on the top bar or head over to: http://carterbrown.com/videos/ and you'll currently see a bunch of videos of my iceboating adventures. Iceboating is a huge passion of mine, which is currently not being met this year as of yet. Lots of snow and a busy schedule have made it difficult. I also sold one of my extra boats last year and sold my custom shrouds with it (I'm too nice), so I'm going to need to scramble soon here and set up a new mast. I had another one that's been out on loan for a few years now. I know where it is, but…

I'm getting ready for the latest maple tapping and boiling season.  Last year was the first time I have ever taken on this venture by myself.  I used to assist with a hobby sap house in the past (family and friends) and we'd make 100+ gallons of finished product every year.  I think that ended due to the lack in volunteers to keep that type of production going, and too many cooks in the kitchen so-to-speak, on how it should be done;  Make maple syrup properly that is. So last year I tapped about 15 trees and made roughly over a gallon of Maple syrup. So this year is going to be different.  Still going to do it low-tech-ish, as…

One of my enjoyments is heading out and having a cigar in my cigar shack out back. I'll bring out a beer, a cigar - back up cigar - turn on the heater in winter, turn on the air filter and sit back and watch Vimeo while enjoying (usually) a cigar. Tonight we gave the Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust Umbagog cigar a try. It's a small boutique tobacco company run by the former head of Drew Estate cigars Steve Saka. The cigar itself is well built and very dark. Smells of hay and a sweetness I just couldn't place. I was excited to light this up. To my dismay the draw was more than tough. Almost too much. I cleared…

Oh no, he's at it again... One too many blogs, trying to keep my hobbies and passions in different places so those interested in one wouldn't be burdened by the boredom of another.  Or so I had hoped.  Instead, it just made for more work and maintenance than I preferred. Time for it all to change and bring all my hobbies into one place.  Here.  CarterBrown.com So all the ice boating, beer, cigars, guns, motorcycles and even financial stuff are coming here.  I will forever keep my paintball related information at mcarterbrown.com - don't forget the m!  But don't be scared if a few trips get cross-posted here also. It's going to take me a minute to port some of…

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