Rich spent all day working on the engine performing maintenance.
Changed the oil, the transmission fluid, checked the gas tanks,
changed the closures on the engine box.
I worked on the web site. You will find a change in the "Where we
are" link. It is now connected to our "findmespot" page. Hopefully I
will have that page up and running soon. I have added a visitors map
at the bottom of the page above our daily counter, which should tell
us where our visitors are located
February 27, 2010
Today was an extremely busy day with the promise of nasty weather.
We started in the morning at the marina flea market looking for
bargains. The sun was shining, but the weatherman said rain was on
This booth made $32 dollars for relief in Haiti. Two young girls
made the jewelry with a little help.
It sure is a small world. These rugs are made in Fremont,
Jessica and her daughter made the artwork.
Very colorful pictures. I loved the miniatures.
At 2:00 we attended a seminar given by Kim Hess, who wrote the
book "Yoga Aboard". Then we went to Dockside Bar and Grill for a
quick dinner before the dance.
At the table with our friends, Bob and Emily.
Bob and Emily dancing.
The community room was fixed up very nice.
Rich and Edie dancing at the end of the dance.
February 26, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTOPHER!!!!! 19 YEARS AND COUNTING. We love
you. Grandma and Grandpa Rich.
Today has been another busy day, laundry, showers, library, book
store, and walk the dog
After all the wind the past couple days, tonight it was calm in the
mooring field and as you can see, without anything to direct them
the boats float off in different directions. Tecumseh, dances to a
In fact, here are 4 boats (including the goose) and all 4 point in
each different directions!
I don't think I will ever tire of beautiful sunsets. There's
something very satisfying to watching the sun go down and seeing the
brilliant colors parade across the sky.
February 25, 2010
I stayed on the boat all day today. Just didn't want to go any
where. I cleaned house, worked on projects and cooked a simple
dinner for our guests, Bob and Emily. We spent the evening talking
boats and the Bahamas.
February 24, 2010
Emily (from Tugaloo) and I went shopping this morning. Lunch was
at Frank's Grill
February 23, 2010
We loaded the old batteries in the dinghy, then motored in to meet
the delivery guy at the dock.
We purchased new Trojan batteries in our effort to provide for our
daily energy addiction. The old batteries were about 7 years old.
February 22, 2010
Today has been a lazy rainy day. Last night I was exhausted after
visiting Pigeon Key in the morning and kayaking with Sue in the
afternoon. I went to bed at 6:30 pm and didn't get up until 6:00 am.
Well, I can check another item off my list because I finally got to
go kayaking. I really enjoyed it and look forward to other trips in
the future. (PS...she didn't even fall in!)
Thanks to Sue (from the catamaran Kitty Wake), I spent an enjoyable
afternoon learning to kayak and exploring the mangroves. Well, until
it started to rain then it was an enjoyable wet afternoon!
February 21, 2010
We visited Pigeon Key today with our friends Bob and Emily. The
history of the island is very interesting. It was used as the
staging work camp for the men who built the over seas rail road
that went to Key West. We'll have more pictures and information
about our day on the island soon on the photo album .
February 20, 2010
Today was the Nautical flea market in Islamorada.
Rich with his find of the day. He bought this rope, block and tackle
for $20 to hang our dinghy from the davits. When he looked up the
cost of the equipment in the West Marine catalog we found out it
would have cost us approximately $500 brand new.
Rich is looking for electrical wire to install the new solar panels
when they arrive.
Some nice brass pieces at the flea market.
We stopped at the Islamorada Fish Company for lunch. Our friend
Emily was exuberant about the beautiful day. There are more pictures
on the photo album from the flea market.
February 18, 2010
One good thing about being here - there is no lack of activities.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays usually there is yoga
practice at the Community Park. One of the marina residents leads
We begin with a series of stretches before starting the yoga
poses. Here we are listening to our leader.
Here we are in child's pose, which is a resting position.
February 15-17, 2010
The boat is under siege. For three days various tools and pieces
of equipment were laying around our kitchen and salon. One could
hardly do anything without moving something.
Eating breakfast amid the chaos.
Tools on the floor.
To0ls and equipment on the dining room table.
Tools by the stove.
Tools and stuff on the settee. For three days we danced around the
clutter; but it was worth it because we now have refrigeration!
February 13, 2010
We're off to look at a boat with our friends from Michigan. The
boat is in Key West. You'll find pictures from our trip in photo
It was a magnificent sunset at the end of the day out on the pier
at Key West.
February 12, 2010
Off to the Miami Boat Show but we had so much to see that we
forgot to take any pictures! Oops.
February 10, 2010
Today I spent the morning at the local Walk-in clinic seeking
treatment for my vertigo. Turns out I was suffering from an ear
In our travels, I have needed medical attention three times. In
each location we've been there has been local walk-in clinics. These
clinics will treat your illness just as if you were going to your
local doctor's office. I didn't have use an emergency service for
treatment, therefore my cost is lower. This appears to be common in
tourist areas and is very convenient for those who are traveling
February 9, 2010
This is Tecumseh, a 102 year old Friendship Sloop from Canada.
It was built by Charles A. Morse and launched in 1902. We are hoping
to get a closer look at her.
February 8, 2010
Since I've been battling vertigo for about a week and it has
limited my activities, today I decided to bake. At the farmer's
market we picked up some Key Limes, they were giving them away free.
So, I decided to try my hand at Key Lime pie.
First key limes are small and when they are ripe they are yellow
It took 18 limes to get 2/3 cup of juice and notice the juice is
yellow not green.
This is my pie fresh from the oven. Once it cools, you put in the
refrigerator to chill and make up some whipped cream to go on top.
Rich says it tastes great, but I not sure. It definitely has that
sweet sour thing going on. I over beat the whipped cream so it's a
little droopy, but it tastes great. And note the pie is yellow, so
if any one tries to sell you Key Lime pie that is green, it's not
February 6, 2010
This Nordic Tug is the next row over from us. I really like the
shape of these tugs - perhaps our next boat.
February 5, 2010
This is our new (used) family car aka dinghy. Hopefully we will
find a new motor to go with our new dinghy. We'll let you know how
February 4, 2010
Today is Moving Day, we pulled up our anchor and moved into the
mooring field on M10. We managed to get to the dock to fill our
water tanks and to get the mooring without grounding. During
the course of our travel we were advised twice we were about to
ground. It's a good thing the Goose only draws about 4.6. In
retrospect we were on the wrong side of the shallow water buoys.
At the west anchorage (next to the bridge), the wind had
been strong out of the east all night and the anchors must have
dragged a bit for we were very close to this post in the morning.
Another view of how close the Snow Goose was to the bridge post
and the buoy marking the anchorage.
A view of Snow Goose from the mizzen mast while attached to the
A view of the mooring field from the mizzen mast.
And pretty maids all in a row.
February 2, 2010
Rich is scrubbing away at the gunk growing on our hull. He's
cleaning as far down as he can without getting into the water.
February 1, 2010
This picture was taken from the back of our boat. When the wind
is coming from the east the back of our boat is only about 40 ft
from the bridge and at low tide it is only 5 1/2 feet deep.
As you can see this bascule bridge is locked opened. The
bridge is unsafe, so it is no longer used. I am sure glad that our
anchor held last night during the rain storms. Hopefully tomorrow we
will get to move to a mooring ball.