September 09, October 09, November
09, December 09, January 10, February 10,
March 31, 2010
We motored around Boca Grande exploring; we were looking for an
inlet large enough for our dinghy so we could make our way into the
pond in the center of the mangroves. No luck!
We watched as Captain Victoria, a local guide picked up this
Portuguese Man-of-War and placed it back in the water without
getting stung. There will be more pictures of our exploration on
March 30, 2010
Leaving Key West heading for Boca Grande.
Edie keeping watch as we sail.
Turning into the channel at Boca Grande.
Sandbar/shell island known locally as Wilma's Key. We've put our
pictures from Boca Grande in Picasa web album.
March 29, 2010
The wind howled and the boat pitched. We stayed on board watching
the waves and the other boats.
March 28, 2010
While sailing to Key West, it was partly cloudy. Twice a small rain
cloud appeared over head to rain on us with the sun still shining.
Both times the rain was light and only lasted a few minutes.
There was another sailboat under our rain cloud. See our photo album
for the rest of the pictures from our sail to Key West.
Good Morning Boot Key Harbor and Good-bye, until we meet again.
We're off to new adventure, hopefully Dry Tortugas, but we'll be
back. Rich and Anna
March 27, 2010
Rich is getting ready to replace the zinc on the propeller shaft.
While cleaning the bottom of the boat he found our since had
Over the edge and into the water.
Swimming to the rudder.
Checking the boat.
Rich getting the zinc collar ready for installation.
Rich installing the zinc.
March 26, 2010
March 25, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAITLIN !!!!!!!!!!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAITLIN !!!!!!!!!!!
So you're in double digits now; hope you have a great day. Hope
you have a great skating party on Saturday.
March 24, 2010
March 23, 2010
After watching Edie scratching for several days and a trip to the
vet for an $85 allergy shot (Benadryl didn't work), Rich decided
Edie needed a hair cut. We had looked for fleas and ticks to no
avail. Once her hair was short; we found two ticks and six fleas as
well as numerous flea eggs on Edie. This is in spite of the
Revolution we put on her each month and numerous flea baths
with pyrethin. Just goes to show you that sometimes the old fashion
methods work the best. Edie hair will be kept short, she'll get
combed everyday and covered with natural repellant when we have to
take her to shore.
Edie after her cut.
March 22, 2010
After a great breakfast at the Stuffed Pig; we showed our
friends Keys Fisheries so they could stock up on seafood.
A collection of crab claws that they sell, they look strange but
do they ever taste good!
Some of the products they offered
After they took this picture Anna informed me that I was
standing in the wrong cutout. (I tried to get him to switch sides,
but he said no)
Thanks for staying with us Terry and Archie!
March 21, 2010
Our friends Archie and Terry visited for the weekend. Although we
went for a sail today, I missed most of it. I became seasick and
ended up sleeping it away, so sad since it was a great day, just
March 20, 2010
I've always wanted to take dance classes, so when it was announced
that we could take an hour of Salsa dance lessons, I jumped at
The lady in red is our instructor Ganine.
Ganine and a volunteer demonstrating one of the dance steps.
Linda and Larry
Rich and Priscilla dancing away.
Sharon and Richard joined us at our table or did we join them at
their table.... Sharon and I had a good game of Scrabble earlier in
the afternoon; she beat me soundly.
Our friends Gail and Larry working on a Bimini enclosure in the
workshop area at the marina. Who says sailors play all day????
March 19, 2010
Happy Birthday, Erica
The big 30!!!! Have a great day Erica.
May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long.
Finally, I was able to visit the Turtle Hospital.
Meg from Firefly and I rode our bikes down to the hospital. It was very interesting and very informative
about sea turtles.
There are seven types of sea turtles in the world and five are found
in the Florida Keys. We were able to see four of the five at the
hospital. For more pictures, please visit our Picasa photo
These turtle shells are on display in the gift shop.
March 17, 2010
Happy St. Patrick's Day
On Wednesdays at 1:00 a sewing group meets in the community
room. Anyone can come. Quite often different people bring samples of
their work to show others. Sometimes volunteers demonstrate how to
make something. Today we had a lesson in Peyote beading.
Debra handing out instructions.
Debra showing one of her wall hanging quilts. It is a
beautifully appliquéd and quilted piece.
Another example of her beautiful quilting work.
March 16, 2010
Rich snapped this photo of me sewing a pillow cover for our boat.
Notice the antique sewing machine that I am using. It is a Singer
Featherweight 221 and it runs beautifully. It was loaned to me by
Sally on the boat "Great Old Broad".
March 15, 2010
Notice, I don't look too happy. I love pecans but cracking them by
hand gets tedious fast.
March 14, 2010
I sewed up a duvet cover for "Great Old Broad" using this
March 13, 2010
Pretty fancy dragon at the Marathon Seafood Festival. We visited the
festival this afternoon with our friends Bill and Diane from
Homebrew a steel 'spray'. They finally made it to Marathon
yesterday. The food a the festival was good especially the conch
fritters. The music was interesting. Check out the rest of our
pictures on Picasa.
March 12, 2010
This is an interesting steel hulled boat.
If you look close you can see a line that runs all the way from
the front of the boat to the back of the boat. The hull is
constructed of over lapping steel plates that are welded together.
The line is the overlap.
It also has what I wish we had, a wind vane on the back end.
She also has a pretty bow.
March 11, 2010
This tug is huge even though it is only 37 ft. It's a steel hull and
she's a beauty.
It's a Great Harbor 37 and from the outside it looks a bit top
heavy to me.
March 10, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES!!!! Hope you have a great day! Love, Dad and
March 9, 2010
Richard and Kimiko visited us before they left for the west side
of Florida. We shared Key Lime pie, tea and lots of stories.
March 8, 2010
Tugaloo coming to pick us up to go for lunch at Burdines. There
are a couple of restaurants on the waterfront where boaters can
dinghy to their docks for lunch.
We've heard Mr. Longlegs is a regular at Burdines.
Here we are waiting for our lunch. Lovely view from the
As we were leaving Emily and I noticed these doors???????
Emily and I enjoying the back deck on Tugaloo.
We passed this boat on the way back to Snow Goose. Neat small sailboat,
but look at the size of his oars.
March 7, 2010
beach is located in Marathon. Our friends Bob and Emily like to walk
along the beach and in the park. I have joined them a few times and
it was very nice. I like to hunt for shells along the beach.
informational signs are right as you walk into the beach park.
This sign provides a lot of information about sea turtles.
There is a nice walkway that runs through the park area.
Small turtles and crabs are stamped in to the walkway.
This is one view of the beach.
This is another view of the beach from the east end of the park.
March 6, 2010
This is a view of the shallow area at almost high tide.
This is a picture of the shallow area this week at low tide. Due
to the full moon this week large areas of sea grass were exposed.
March 5, 2010
Last night we went to dinner and dancing at Skip's Piano Bar on
Islamorada. The food was great and the place was hopping.
The band Sunshine was playing. Carol and Ken are two person band and
they were great. Everyone got to dance to Unchained Melody.
Happy Birthday Robin
Hope you have a wonderful day. Love Gramma and Grampa Rich
March 3, 2010
On Wednesday nights the marina has a potluck meet and greet.
Anyone in the harbor can attend and everyone brings a dish to pass.
We all sit around eating and talking.
The meet and greet is usually well attended with a fair amount
of food for everyone.
All the tables along the wall are filled with boaters.
More boaters at the meet and greet.
We motored past this sailboat anchored in Sister Creek on our way
to the beach early in this morning. Rich kindly offered to take me to
the beach; early before the city workers had a chance to drag the
beach. Currently, I am looking for small shells and Sombrero Beach
has quite a few. I will post pictures once they are cleaned up.
We saw this creature on the beach. We have no idea what it is, but
it was moving and alive.
Any ideas out there?
There were numerous sailboats anchored in Sister Creek and Whiskey
I thought this boat was interesting. Although the boats were
anchored, each one was also tied to the mangroves to keep them from
swinging to anchor.
I like the look of this tugboat.
Back at the Goose, it's lunchtime and ...
Just as we were thinking about eating lunch, our friends called to
ask if we wanted to go to lunch at Lazy Days. Emily and I had
the Greek salad, made the good way with potato salad under the salad
bed. Both Bob and Rich had sandwiches with the Lazy Day sauce, very
The shell display in the restaurant was awesome.
Rich was really studying the design of this canoe. Maybe his next
building project??? although I told him it will not replace the
kayak I want.
March 1, 2010
There was a beautiful full moon last night. A large
orange glow as it rose over the horizon to a shimmering silver
across the anchorage. The view was a great
finish to a wonderful evening.
We went out looking for Key Deer with our friends from Tugaloo.
I will put our pictures in a photo album later today. We had a great
time followed by an excellent dinner at "The Wharf Bar and Grill" on
Summerland Key. This deer is full grown and is about 36 inches high
at the shoulders!
We passed this penguin sticking close to the fisherman on the
bridge to No Name Key. We asked the fisherman if it was a pet, but
he said no. We guessed the penguin was looking for a free meal.(Anna
often calls pelicans, "penguins"...I think that she's been south too