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April 30, 2010
We have added several more photos to this month to acount for the
days that we missed, hope that you like them.
The past few days we've been having issues with ATT our internet
provider. We received a message that we had exceeded our monthly
usage and should not use our air card. This was at the end of the
first day of this cycle. I think we have it straightened out, but
will be monitoring our usage closely, which may reduce the frequency
of our entries until we're sure it is resolved.
We first saw this boat at Boca Chita; they were leaving as we
pulled in. Today we both left North Lake Worth together. We followed
them through bridge after bridge until we parted ways in Indian
River. An unusual steel schooner named Melodeon from Halifax,
While walking along the beach on the Atlantic side of the ICW;
we found this crab who had a nasty habit.
April 29, 2010
On the sail from Ft. Lauderdale to Lake Worth, we kept sailing
through schools of flying fish.
They would use their tails get enough speed to be able to leap
from the water into the air and then glide up to 50 feet away.
Here's one in mid flight. The picture that we missed was of a bird
that swooped down just as the flying fish burst from the water and
it snatched one up in mid air! The poor fish aren't safe in the
water or out of the water.
April 28, 2010
It was a beautiful day so Rich and I decided to dinghy around
looking at boats. We're starting a Picasa album for boat pictures.
This sail boat caught my eye. What a fabulous schoo
Gloria's back end is as preaty as as can be.
These pictures just can't do justice to the quality of the
workmanship that this yacht displays.
April 25, 2010
Sailing by Miami... notic the wave? There were 4 to 6 footers out
in the ocean that day.
We passed several container ships heading for Miami.
More of the Miami coast line. An endless parade of big buildings
We passed through group of Portoguese Man of War and I was able to
snap this picture.
The wind and the waves picked up throughout the day but we had the
wind from behind and the sailing was fast although just a bit rolly.
Cruise ships as we approach Ft. Lauderdale
April 24, 2010
This morning we headed over to South Beach to stock up on
groceries and run a few errands.
The high rises along the waterfront were colorful.
Some of the boats along the Miami river were interesting too.
This is something new, a floating gas station!
This sailboat was just fabulous. There must be 10 gal. of varnish
Talk about old versus new...what a difference in these two
Prime real-estate for a newspaper building.
April 23, 2010
This three-masted schooner was leaving No Name Harbor as we were
entering the harbor.
We walked along the path to the Cape Florida Lighthouse. It was
built in 1825. It has been restored and is lovely to look at. We
were unable to see the inside, perhaps another trip.
The door on the lighthouse dates from 1855 as shown.
An interesting bit of history.
The lighthouse keeper's home
You guessed it - the outhouse.
A survey marker recovered from the bay.
Information regarding the marker.
See the two little beggars, eventually one of the women gave the
squirrel a whole French fry and he scurried away.
Edie wasn't fond of her new perch.
On the way to No Name Harbor; we went by Stiltsville. At one
time there was a thriving community of 27 houses built on stilts in
the flats off of Biscayne Key. If you are curious about the history
of Stiltsville, you can read about it's origins at
Currently there are only seven houses left in the community;
prior to 1993 and Hurricane Andrew there were 20 houses still on the
flats. Stiltsville has been part of the history of Miami and
Biscayne Bay since the 1920s.
Another view of the pink house.
Many of these houses started as fishing shacks for fisherman who
came out from Miami.
Another view of the house.
Stiltsville is part of the Biscayne National Park and there are is
an organization that is working to preserve the seven remaining
houses. You can read more about the preservation effort at
www.stiltsville.org or at
April 22, 2010
We sailed to Boca Chita this afternoon. A beautiful sunset to
end a lovely day. More pictures to follow on Picasa.
April 21, 2010
We decided to visit Elliot Key which is part of Biscayne
National Park which includes several keys and the surrounding waters
including parts of Biscayne Bay.
We visited the Elliot Key Ranger Station, but it was not open,
so we walked the short trail and waded in the water in the swimming
I love dragonflies. There were a lot of these dragonflies
These shells were attached to the trunk of a tree on the Hawks
Channel side of the Elliot Key. At first we thought they were dead,
because when touched they dropped of the trunk and the insides
looked all dried up, but within a few minutes the creature inside
began to move around. So, I placed them in the water.
This collection of shells was on the path quite a ways from the
water. Looking closer we noticed they all contained hermit crabs.
We're not sure how the crabs ended up on the path, perhaps someone was
collecting them until they noticed the crabs and dropped them there.
A closer view of one the shells; you can see the crabs legs.
They were several informational boards along the path, but we were
unable to read them. The mosquitoes and noseeums were quite active,
so we kept walking quickly.
April 20, 2010
Along with Larry and Gail from Tropical Gale Winds, we took our
dinghy for a ride through the mangroves around Tarpon Basin. There
is a small pool near the center of the mangroves; where we
encountered a manatee family. There were at least four manatees
swimming in the mangroves; three adults and a juvenile. The juvenile
was very curious and came up to our dinghy after we turned the motor
The juvenile manatee allowed Rich to touch and pet him/her. The rest
of our pictures from manatee encounter are on Picasa.
April 19, 2010
Once we anchored in Tarpon Basin, Rich started fishing.
He caught this pinfish, but we threw it back because we didn't
think it was large enough to keep. It was the only fish he caught!
April 18, 2010
Another Wharram. This one is at a little marina on Lower Matecumbe
Key in Islamorada. Next month there is going to a meeting of Wharram
A view of the side.
This one doesn't have the rudder tied on as others we've seen; it
is fastened on with bolts.
The aft view of the boat.
Our other photos from our visit to Islamorada are on Picasa.
April 17, 2010
Several boats left Boot Key Harbor this morning; many heading
north up the west coast of Florida and others, like us, heading east
Tecumseh, beat us out of the harbor as they headed out to go
east up the Hawk's Channel. We were still getting ready. Because of
their boat's depth, they had to go out the west channel of the harbor
while we will go out the south channel, Sister Creek, (the short cut
to the ocean).
20 miles of BAD wind & waves later, (it was really rough!) we
cut back to the Bay side of the Keys by going under the channel 5
bridge. The tall uprights are the "new" bridge and the roman arches
are the old train bridge built in the 1910's. It was converted to a
car bridge in the 1930's.
Going under the channel 5 bridge.
A great view of old and new. As a young adult, I drove to Key
West in the early 1970's and I remember driving on some of the "old"
bridges. They were known as the "bridges of mirrors" because the
lanes were so narrow that every day people's car mirrors would hit!
Were anchored with friends of ours on "Tropical Gale Winds" at
our new anchorage just off from Loralei's restaurant in Islamorada.
Later we joined Larry and Gail for snacks and 'sundowners' on
Tropical Gale Winds.
April 14, 2010
Our friends Ed and Sally from Great Old Broad invited us to join
them for a drink at Sunset Grille on the beach by Seven Mile Bridge.
The heated pool looked inviting, but alas we did not have our
Sally and I both enjoyed our brandies; mine was blackberry. Can you
tell the wind has been blowing hard?
The singer's name is Tommy and he was good.
Ed and Rich deep in conversation as the night falls around us.
Tommy playing "Dueling Banjos" with the guitar up side down and behind
his head. He didn't miss a chord. We had a good time, even though we
didn't win a door prize and the coffee was great.
Disc jockey from the local radio station giving away hats, but his
helper didn't draw our number. I really wanted the fishing reel
they gave away.
April 10, 2010
Back out to Sombrero Reef this afternoon for another round of
snorkeling. Again the water was fairly calm and the visibility
almost as good as yesterday. We swam closer to the tower today, but
the inner reefs were not as good as the outer circles. Again there
were numerous fish large and small; schools of yellowtail grouper
were every where. We saw two sting rays swimming close to the bottom
near our boat.
Getting ready to jump in. The water was nice and refreshing.
April 9, 2010
We followed this boat out of the Key West anchorage, both of us
We passed Bob Harris and Brian on Blue Max. They're heading to
Key West and hopefully the Dry Tortugas. We know Bob from the
Muskegon Conservation Club, where we kept our boat.
The water was brilliantly blue today as we motor sailed to
Marathon. We had a great time in Key West, but it is time to head
north, so off we go.
We made it to Sombrero Reef around 3:30, so we were able to
snorkel for a while in fairly calm water with good visibility. It
was beautiful. There were lots of colorful fish and I loved the
purple sea fans. We also saw a small shark. After I had climbed on
Snow Goose, the girls from the next hollered out they say a sea
turtle; Rich swam over and was able to see the turtle swimming in
the water. Wish we had an underwater camera.
April 8, 2010
Our last day in paradise, the wind is changing so we leaving
tomorrow morning heading back to Marathon and beyond.
I'd been wanting to see the Ernest Hemingway house, so today we
walked down to the house and took the tour. Our guide was very
informative and the tour was interesting. Neither Rich nor I have
ever read Hemingway's books, but he is on the list and now we both
This is the master bedroom with two of the forty some cats that
live on the premises. Each cat is named; the gray cat is Frances and
the tabby is Archie. Many of the cats living on the property are
six-toed and all are descendents of Hemingway's cat Snowball. The
house was purchased by the uncle of Hemingway's second wife Pauline.
When they divorced she kept the house; then left it to him when she
died in 1951.
The study where Hemingway wrote when he lived in the house.
Rich took this picture from the top of the mast while he was
chasing the main halyard. It got away from us when we were trying to
bring the dinghy on board to prepare for leaving tomorrow morning.
Farewell to paradise!
April 6, 2010
Yesterday, while looking for the community swimming pool, we ran
across Manny the Coconut man. We stopped to watch him work and I had
a refreshing drink of coconut water, which I really like.
Manny and his machete.
Cutting through the husk.
Manny taking the husk off the coconut.
Peeling the husk from the coconut
Manny and the coconut with the face exposed. We will be posting
pictures of the behind the scene Key West on Picasa.
April 4, 2010
Happy Easter to all of our family and friends.
It is a beautiful day here at Key West. Sunny, warm and cool breeze.
We're expecting Annie and Scott from SV Carpe Diem to visit and have
Easter dinner with us.
April 3, 2010
Another beautiful sunset.
I spent the afternoon cleaning and sorting shells.
April 2, 2010
This armed Coast Guard ship crossed in front of us on our way into
the dinghy dock. Look at the guns on deck.
April 1, 2010
When we arrived at Key West, we motored in; the dinghy dock was
There are chickens all over Key West; this one was sleeping in
front of the post office.
This motorcycle keeps crossing our path. We first saw it in
Marathon at the grocery store, then on the side of the road for
sale, and then at the marina being worked on. It has a cool side
car. I wonder if it would fit on the Goose.....
This tree is interesting and huge!!
Information on the Kapok tree.
Sunrise at Boca Grande; it took a couple of minutes for the sun to
peek over the clouds. We're heading back to Key West this morning,
motoring into a east wind.