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February 28, 2010

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.

The marina flea market.

We started in the morning at the marina flea market looking for bargains. The sun was shining, but the weatherman said rain was on the way.

A small booth to benefit Haiti.

This booth made $32 dollars for relief in Haiti. Two young girls made the jewelry with a little help.

Amish rugs from Michigan.

It sure is a small world. These rugs are made in Fremont, Michigan.

Another booth to benefit Haiti.

Jessica and her daughter made the artwork.

Some very beautiful 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.

The Dance

Our friends and us at our table.

At the table with our friends, Bob and Emily.

Bob and Emily dancing.

Bob and Emily dancing.

The community room was fixed up very nice.

Rich and Edie dancing.

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

Tecumseh in the middle of the aisle.

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 different drummer.

Other boats beginning to change directions.

In fact, here are 4 boats (including the goose) and all 4 point in each different directions!

Another beautiful sunset.

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

Rich in the dinghy with the old batteries.

We loaded the old batteries in the dinghy, then motored in to meet the delivery guy at the dock.

Rich loading the new batteries in to the dinghy.

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.

Anna in the kayak.

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!)

Sue in her kayak.

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

Pigeon Key

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.

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.

The Captain looking for electrical wire.

Rich is looking for electrical wire to install the new solar panels when they arrive.

Sone treasure at the fleamarket.

Some nice brass pieces at the flea market.

Our friend Emily at the restaurant.

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.

Getting ready for yoga class.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays usually there is yoga practice at the Community Park. One of the marina residents leads the session.

Getting into position.

We begin with a series of stretches before starting the yoga poses. Here we are listening to our leader.

yoga pose

Here we are in child's pose, which is a resting position.

February 15-17, 2010

The kitchen filled with tools.

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.

Eating breakfast amid the chaos.

Tools on the floor.

Tools on the floor.

Tools and equipment on the dining room table.

To0ls and equipment on the dining room table.

Tools by the stove.

Tools by the stove.

Tools and stuff on the settee.

Tools and stuff on the settee. For three days we danced around the clutter; but it was worth it because we now have refrigeration! Yeah!!!!!!

February 13, 2010

Our friends from Michigan.

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 albums.

The sunset at Key West.

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 infection.

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 around.

February 9, 2010

Tecumseh a Friendship Sloop

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.

Key Limes

First key limes are small and when they are ripe they are yellow not green.

Key lime juice

It took 18 limes to get 2/3 cup of juice and notice the juice is yellow not green.

The Key Lime Pie

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.

Piece of Key Lime Pie

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 real.

February 6, 2010

Nordic Tug next row over.

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

Our new dinghy.

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 it works.

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.

Post behind Snow Goose.

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.

A view showing how close the Goose is to the buoy marker and the bridge.

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.

A view of Snow Goose from the mizzen mast while attached to the mooring ball.

A view of the mooring field from the mizzen mast.

A view of the mooring field from the mizzen mast.

And pretty maids all in a row.

February 2, 2010

Rich scrubbing marine growth off the boat.

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.

Another view

February 1, 2010

Bridge to Boot Key

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.

Bridge to Boot Key is no longer used.

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.















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