December 31, 2011
New Years Eve Day
Some days are busier than others; today was
one of those days. We started off by walking down to the marine
consignment store and then to the Fish House Art Center by the
We stopped to watch Rick working on a glass
I asked him to make me some swizzle
sticks for stirring mixed drinks and ice tea. They turned out
real cute. On the way back...
I asked Captain Carl if I could buy a Spanish
Mackerel from him.
He picked out this one and gave it to me
saying Happy New Year! I thanked him and took the fish home for
our New Year's Day dinner. It tasted real good.
Rich sharpening his fillet knife.
Gave the fish a goodbye kiss and filleted him
up for dinner.
The pelicans enjoyed what was left.
After getting back to Snow Goose we were
invited to raft up with three dinghies from the other boats in
We were the last to arrive, but had a great
time passing snacks and talking.
Edie made new friends of Chris and Gretchen
from SV Alchemy.
Later that night, we went to a New Years Eve
affair at the senior community where Ray and Judy Joppe live.
Lot's of good food and...
dancing with our friends Ray and Judy. It was
a great way to welcome in another year of cruising.
December 30, 2011
On the way to the dock, we passed this pelican
sitting on the dredging pipe. At first we thought he had a growth on
Turned out that he had a whole fish stuck in his
December 28, 2011
We passed this sailboat being brought in by
TowBoatUS. They were really moving along.
While at anchor, Rich took this picture of our
December 27, 2011
We decided to travel from Titusville to Cocoa
this afternoon. Even though we had a head wind with spray over the
bow, the ride was okay.
We stopped in Cocoa harbor to wait out the coming
thunderstorm when I head a "Hello" from the side of the boat. Kevin
and Katie had rowed out to say hello. After a short stay they headed
back to shore but by then the rain had started and they got soaked
After they had left, I found Katie's sandals in
the corner of the cockpit so,
The next morning we motored over to their boat
and I tossed her sandals on board.
Kevin built this beautiful schooner out of steel
and their family has sailed her over to the Bahamas. This is what
cruising is all about, meeting new people and making new friends
even if you only see them for 1/2 of an hour or for weeks on end,
it's the relationships that you make which make the cruising life so
December 26, 2011
We rode our bike downtown today to visit our
favorite places, the Book Rack and Kloiber's Restaurant. After a
nice lunch we visited a couple of antique stores.
Really neat looking dress.
December 25, 2011
Happy Holidays to all of our friends and family.
Rich took this picture today on his way back from
looking at sunken boats. I love the new paint color, but it looks
really dark unless the sun is shining on it.
December 24, 2011
Rich's new car. NOT! He has a lot of nostalgia for old Volkswagens,
especially the vans.
December 23, 2011
Sights along the ICW.
Live aboards along the way.
Lots of dolphins would appear along side of the boat as we were
The lighthouse at Ponce de Leon.
This is one interesting house!
December 22, 2011
King and Queen of the roost.
We have missed the sunsets over the water.
Last night's sunset was a spectacular display of colors.
December 21, 2011
Yesterday we headed down the ICW, as we
approached the St. Mary's Inlet we noticed what looked like a "road
block". There were numerous military ships in the area.
These boys required our destination before we
Here's the reason why, a Navy submarine base. How
do we know that???
Here's just one of many subs that we saw.
Needless to say, the military was VERY protective
of their toys.
They even had a chopper that must have buzzed us
a half dozen times.
Our final escort as we left the area. It's nice
to see our tax dollars at work!
December 20, 2011
Time flies, it's been a week since I posted on
the website. We finished up the boat, stocked up and left Deaton's
on a cold Saturday morning. We sailed outside on the ocean until St.
Simon's Inlet before turning back in. We anchored near Lanier's
Island for the night. Tomorrow we head down the ICW.
Goodbye Deaton's until the spring.
Our next boat! Rich wanted to stop and claim
salvage rights but with a summer house to repair I wouldn't let him.
Just before Beaufort Harbor, we motored past Wind
Horse, which is the Dashew's boat which we ran into on the way north
in the Dismal Swamp. The funny thing is that 2 days later (after we
had been sailing south for those 2 days Wind Horse passed us in the
dead of the night under a quarter moon... of course there cruising
speed is 11 kts and ours is about 5.5 kts.
Rich took this picture while I sleeping in the
cockpit. Note the sleeping bag under my blanket; it was really cold.
My daughter Laurie and her girls made the blanket and two small
pillows for my birthday. (Don't worry though, the intrepid captain
stayed awake and on watch!)
Edie keeping warm in my blanket even her eyes
This pelican stayed with us for a long time
hoping for fish... dumb bird, can't tell the difference between a
sailboat and a fishing boat.
Now, here's a fishing boat!
St. Simon's Island coming in off from the ocean
after 2 1/2 days.
It's always nice to see a lighthouse on the way
into a harbor.
December 12, 2011
It's been almost a month since I have been on the
website. In that month we have traveled to Kentucky, Michigan and
back to the boat again. On our return trip we passed several coal
mines in Kentucky and Virginia.
Clean coal doesn't look that clean when you see
where they are removing it from the earth.
Just some of the used mine equipment that sits by
These looked like old jet engines.
When we arrived in Oriental on Saturday night,
many of the streets were lit with candles placed in paper bags.
The boats in the harbor were also decorated for
At Deaton's marina, Santa was greeting us in his
sailboat when we arrived.