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March 31, 2010

Mangroves on Boca Grande.

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!

Portoguese Man-of-War

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 Picasa, soon.

March 30, 2010

Leaving Key West heading for Boca Grande

Leaving Key West heading for Boca Grande.

Edie keeping watch.

Edie keeping watch as we sail.

Tuning into the channel at Boca Grande.

Turning into the channel at Boca Grande.

Shell island known locally as Wilma's Key.

Sandbar/shell island known locally as Wilma's Key. We've put our pictures from Boca Grande in Picasa web album.

March 29, 2010

Waves in the harbor

The wind howled and the boat pitched. We stayed on board watching the waves and the other boats.

March 28, 2010

Small storm cloud

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.

Another sailboat under the rain cloud.

There was another sailboat under our rain cloud. See our photo album for the rest of the pictures from our sail to Key West.

Sunrise leaving Boot Key Harbor

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 adjusting his snorkel mask.

Rich is getting ready to replace the zinc on the propeller shaft. While cleaning the bottom of the boat he found our since had dissolved significantly.

Rich slipping into the water off the dinghy.

Over the edge and into the water.

Rich swimming toward the rudder.

Swimming to the rudder.

Rich checking the boat.

Checking the boat.

Rich getting the zinc collar ready for installation.

Rich getting the zinc collar ready for installation.

Rich installing the zinc.

Rich installing the zinc.

March 26, 2010

March 25, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAITLIN !!!!!!!!!!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAITLIN !!!!!!!!!!!

Rich, Anna and 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

HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY BOB

Bob and Emily

March 23, 2010

Rich cutting Edie's hair.

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 hair cut.

Edie after her cut.

March 22, 2010

Our friends and us at Keys Fisheries.

After a great breakfast at the Stuffed Pig; we showed our friends Keys Fisheries so they could stock up on seafood.

Stone Crab

A collection of crab claws that they sell, they look strange but do they ever taste good!

More goodies

Some of the products they offered

Fooling around playing the tourist.

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)

Archie and Terri playing the tourist.

Thanks for staying with us Terry and Archie!

March 21, 2010

Our friends Archie and Terri

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 rough.

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 chance.

Ganine the instructor in red.

The lady in red is our instructor Ganine.

Ganine and a volunteer demonstrating one of the dance steps.

Ganine and a volunteer demonstrating one of the dance steps.

Linda and Larry

Linda and Larry

Rich and Priscilla dancing away.

Rich and Priscilla dancing away.

Sharon and her Richard

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 at work.

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

Rich, Erica and Anna

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.

 

The Turtle Hospital

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 album.

Two turlte shells.

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.

Working on beading.

Debra handing out instructions.

Wall hanging made by Debra.

Debra showing one of her wall hanging quilts. It is  a beautifully appliquéd and quilted piece. 

Another wall hanging made by Debra.

Another example of her beautiful quilting work.

March 16, 2010

Picture of me sewing a pillow cover for our boat.

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

Anna cracking pecans.

Notice, I don't look too happy. I love pecans but cracking them by hand gets tedious fast.

Close up view of cracking pecans.

March 14, 2010

Sewing on "Old Broads" new duvet.

I sewed up a duvet cover for "Great Old Broad" using this beautiful print.

March 13, 2010

Anna and dragon at the Seafood Festival.

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

Wild Mathilde

This is an interesting steel hulled boat.

Side view of Wild Mathilde

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.

Aft view of Wild Mathilde

It also has what I wish we had, a wind vane on the back end.

View of the bow of Wild Mathilde

She also has a pretty bow.

March 11, 2010

Interesting tug.

This tug is huge even though it is only 37 ft. It's a steel hull and she's a beauty.

View of the bow.

It's a Great Harbor 37 and from the outside it looks a bit top heavy to me.

 March 10, 2010

James and Jackson

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES!!!! Hope you have a great day! Love, Dad and Anna

March 9, 2010

Richard and Kimiko

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

Rich waiting for Tugaloo to come aside.

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.

Mr. Longlegs greeted us as we entered the restaurant on the upper level.

We've heard Mr. Longlegs is a regular at Burdines.

Bob, Emily, Rich andd I.

Here we are waiting for our lunch. Lovely view from the restaurant.

Under stairway bathrooms???

As we were leaving Emily and I noticed these doors???????

Emily and I on the ride back to our boat.

Emily and I enjoying the back deck on Tugaloo.

Interesting boat we passed.

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

Sombrero Beach Park

Sombrero 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 at the beach.

These informational signs are right as you walk into the beach park.

Signage about sea turtles.

This sign provides a lot of information about sea turtles.

Walkway through the park area.

There is a nice walkway that runs through the park area.

Turtles stamped into the walkway.

Small turtles and crabs are stamped in to the walkway.

A view of the beach.

This is one view of the beach.

View of the beach on the east end of the park.

This is another view of the beach from the east end of the park. 

March 6, 2010

The harbor at almost high tide.

This is a view of the shallow area at almost high tide.

The harbor at low 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

Bob and Emily dancing at Skip's Piano Bar

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.

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

Robin at the Bon Voyage Party.

Hope you have a wonderful day. Love Gramma and Grampa Rich

March 3, 2010

Meet and greet in the community room.

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.

Group of boaters at the meet and greet.

The meet and greet is usually well attended with a fair amount of food for everyone.

More meet and greet attendees.

All the tables along the wall are filled with boaters.

More attendees.

More boaters at the meet and greet.

Sailboat in Sister Creek.

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.

Creature from the sea.

We saw this creature on the beach. We have no idea what it is, but it was moving and alive.

Another view of the creature from the sea.

Any ideas out there?

Sailboats anchored in Sister Creek.

There were numerous sailboats anchored in Sister Creek and Whiskey Creek.

Another view of the black sailboat.

 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.

Red tugboat anchored in Sister Creek.

I like the look of this tugboat.

Back at the Goose, it's lunchtime and ...

Lazy Day Restaurant

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 good.

Shell display inside the restaurant.

The shell display in the restaurant was awesome.

Dugout canoe in front of the restauant.

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

A beautiful moon.

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.

A Key Deer

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 long!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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