April 21, 2011
Now this is one great looking bridge,,,(I know,
seen one bridge seen em all).
We docked (for free) in down town Jacksonville
right in front of Hooters, needless to say the "seenery" was GREAT!
On Thur, Friday and Sat night they have groups
come in to play on the stage that was just behind the boat. By 11:00
at night they were really cranked up and it was too noisy to sleep
so on the 3rd day we moved the boat down the dock to get a quieter
spot to sleep.
They had a fountain that the kids would run
through and this little one was having the time of her life.
Once the main group got cranked up the drunk
chicks came out and shook their boobies (per Rich).
April 21, 2011
We aren't really sure what this is. It looks like
a floating parking lot.
Pilot boats off to the side of the river.
S/V Artemis waiting with us for the Main Street
Bridge to lift.
April 20, 2011
We anchored just off from the light house in
Saint Augustine before we completed the trip up to Jacksonville.
On the way out of the anchorage the next morning
I did a little diving to clean off the propeller.
Anna always takes the best shots of me.
The water wasn't as clear as I'd hoped it would be.
Hard at work.
Went by lots of fishermen and the fish were
Just some of the large shipping traffic coming
out of the inlet.
The flow of the St. Johns river caused a distinct
wave in the ocean and a color line where the dark river water met
the clear Atlantic.
Just up the river is a large naval installation
Oh, and we had helicopters flying over us almost
all of the time.
April 19, 2011
Coming in at St. Augustine.
There was a lot of traffic in the St. Augustine
inlet. Boats everywhere. the boat being towed is the "target" boat
that the US Coast Guard uses for gun practice.
We'd stayed the night in Salt Run. A Roseate Spoonbill flew in to
feed in the mud. At first, we thought that it was a flamingo because
of it's pink feathers. This is the first one I've seen and I wished
we were closer.
Ken came over to greet us, his boat was on the
mooring nearby. He has a great attitude about life, take it one day
at a time and do things that you enjoy, and by his smile, he's a
living example of this philosophy.
Here are some shots heading out the Ponce de Leon
inlet at 7 am this morning.
The morning was hazy and we could see the lighthouse beacon easily.
Someone walking the beach...
What beautiful sunrise.
A fairly calm sea.
April 18, 2011
We left Titusville this morning and found this
barge working in the Haulover Canal. At first it appeared we would
not be able to pass, but there was enough room. They are rebuilding
the retaining wall on the side of the canal near the bridge.
Edie loves to sit on the deck, when we are motoring on the ICW.
We passed this person harvesting oysters at low tide on the ICW.
April 16, 2011
We're in Titusville anchored outside of the
marina. We rode our bikes into town hoping to spend a couple of
hours at the local used book store, but it was hit by a car and was
closed to our disappointment. So we settled for berry cobbler at
Kloibers Cobbler Eatery.
April 14, 2011
The owner of this ferro-cement boat came out on
deck as we motored through the mooring field looking for a spot to
anchor. He definitely was sending out SAA (Society of the Already
Anchored) vibes. "Don't anchor by me" he seemed to be saying. He has
painted a brick facade on side of his boat. At first glance it looks
like the boat is built of brick... an interesting look.
Varnish, varnish, it never ends. Up the
mast yet again to keep the nasty UV rays at bay.
April 12, 2011
Rich has been working on boat projects as we
travel along. This is one of his latest.
He installed a connector from the dodger to the
bimini. It keeps the rain out and it protects us from the sun. It
will also be part of the eventual screen room that we're sewing up
against the terrible bugs in Georgia and S. Carolina.
He did a great job and it looks nice.
I've also been busy (for the last 2+ years) and
have finished my long term project. I knitted this lap afghan for
This the first time I have knitted a cable
pattern and it turned out real nice.
April 10, 2011
Rich and I decided to walk to a park near by.
This hedge was full of fragrant flowers and their
sweet essence filled the air.
We watched the drummer's circle for while. The
beat of their music made me want to dance.
April 09, 2011
Rich and I were getting ready to watch a movie
when we heard a motor coming into the anchorage. It was late in the
day, so Rich went up find out what was going on. As he watched the
motor vessel on the left got himself caught on the anchor line of
the small boat to the right. The Captain managed to snag the boat's
anchor line and run over a crab pot. Needless to say the motor
vessel wasn't going any where quickly.
The Captain of the small boat happened to have a
hookah for diving. He loaned it to the Captain of the motor vessel,
so that he could try to free up the anchor fouled in his propeller.
Everyone is waiting for the Captain to surface.
Mission accomplished, the anchor rope was freed
and the motor vessel was able to leave, as for us, well there is
nothing we enjoy more than free entertainment!
April 6, 2011
We've been anchored in Peck Lake the past couple
of days. Today a number of motor boats came into the anchorage
loaded with people and began to raft up. It looked like they were
going to have one big party. Then the house boat arrived.
The house boat was a bar and grill! What a fun
way to have a party... bring the restaurant with you.
April 3, 2011
We're back to the states, the computer set up is nearly
completed, our phones and internet service have been restored; we're
almost back to normal. We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale around 7 am on
Wednesday morning and we're anchored in Lake Sylvia. There's
nothing but million dollar + houses and yachts surrounding us. Rich has been
doing maintenance on the boat and I have been working on the
computer. We left the boat for the first time yesterday. Let's
see - five days on the boat without setting foot on shore, a new record
for us. Rich had to repair the dinghy, yet again, then engine
maintenance and battery maintenance, etc. etc...(it's endless) were among the items on his
Yesterday we were more than ready for shore leave, so we dinghied to
this bar/restaurant and headed into town.
After we secured the dinghy we walked to Radio Shack, Office Depot,
Batteries etc, Dollar Tree, Ace Hardware, and Publix. Ah yes, we also
included stops at West Marine and Sailorman. By the time we returned
to Southport, we were ready for lunch.
On the way back to the Goose we passed this pilot boat. It is larger
than others we've seen. It looks almost like a small military
vessel. Ft. Lauderdale is a major port for cruise ships and also a
large shipping terminal, so the harbor pilots are keep busy.
This power boat passed us, it sure is pretty and
When we got back to Lake Sylvia, we were met with
this sight. At least nine powerboats rafted together for one large
party. There sure was a lot of bare flesh floating around! The boats left around
dusk and the anchorage was quiet once more.
March 25, 2011
Our son-in-law Will is publishing this to the website, thanks
Will. We have a new computer, but as yet are unable to publish
to the website. Rich is able to blog, so he will be updating the
blog as we move along, when we have internet connection.
Rich keeps trying to catch a fish. He faithfully puts up the
rod and reel, when we are out on the ocean.
A fish got on the line and it was putting up a really good
fight, so good that eventually the line broke. We lost yet
March 19, 2011
YEA! we have a new computer and in a day or so (when we can figure
how to move our programs over to this one) we will be back on line.
March 9, 2011
Well, we have a computer coming down to us and so,,, in a few weeks
we might be back on line and showing you all of the great weather
and activities that are going on down here in George Town. Check
beck in a couple of weeks!