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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 waterfront.

Glass blower working.

We stopped to watch Rick working on a glass bowl.

Glass swizzle sticks.

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...

Captain Carl.

I asked Captain Carl if I could buy a Spanish Mackerel from him.

Anna with her Spanish Mackerel.

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 filet knife.

Rich sharpening his fillet knife.

Rich clowning with the fish.

Gave the fish a goodbye kiss and filleted him up for dinner.

Pelicans racing to get the fish scraps.

The pelicans enjoyed what was left.

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After getting back to Snow Goose we were invited to raft up with three dinghies from the other boats in the harbor.

Alchemy, Suncast, and Rachel rafted together.

We were the last to arrive, but had a great time passing snacks and talking.

Edie visiting Alchemy.

Edie made new friends of Chris and Gretchen from SV Alchemy.

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Later that night, we went to a New Years Eve affair at the senior community where Ray and Judy Joppe live.

Our table at the New Year's Eve get together.

Lot's of good food and...

Ray and Judy dancing

dancing with our friends Ray and Judy. It was a great way to welcome in another year of cruising. 

December 30, 2011

Pelican with lump on his neck.

On the way to the dock, we passed this pelican sitting on the dredging pipe. At first we thought he had a growth on his neck.

Pelican with fish stuck in his throat.

Turned out that he had a whole fish stuck in his throat.

December 28, 2011

Sailboat being towed in.

We passed this sailboat being brought in by TowBoatUS. They were really moving along.

Lovely sunset.

While at anchor, Rich took this picture of our lovely sunset.

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.

Kevin and his daugter Katie.

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

Katie's sandals.

After they had left, I found Katie's sandals in the corner of the cockpit so,

The bowsprit of Bear Island.

The next morning we motored over to their boat and I tossed her sandals on board.

Kevin's boat Bear Island.

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 special. 

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.

Vintage dress.

Really neat looking dress. 

December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays to all of our friends and family.

Snow Goose sitting in the harbor.

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

Volkswagen van. 

Rich's new car. NOT! He has a lot of nostalgia for old Volkswagens, especially the vans. 

December 23, 2011 

Sights along the ICW.

Liveaboards along the way.

Live aboards along the way.

Dolphins swimming along the boat. 

Lots of dolphins would appear along side of the boat as we were motoring along.

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse.

The lighthouse at Ponce de Leon.

House that caught Rich's eye.

This is one interesting house!

December 22, 2011

Statue along the waterway.

Fish tales.

Birds sitting under a bridge.

King and Queen of the roost.

Sunset

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.

Coast guard ship that approached us.

These boys required our destination before we could "proceed".

Submarine complex at river's edge.

Here's the reason why, a Navy submarine base. How do we know that???

Submarine preparing to leave.

Here's just one of many subs that we saw.

Naval escort ship on the right of the submarine base.

Needless to say, the military was VERY protective of their toys.

Coast Guard heliocopter patrolling the area.

They even had a chopper that must have buzzed us a half dozen times.

Coast Guard escort ship.

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.

Deaton's Marina

Goodbye Deaton's until the spring.

Boat wrecked by Hurricane Irene.

Our next boat! Rich wanted to stop and claim salvage rights but with a summer house to repair I wouldn't let him.

The Dashew's boat Wind Horse.

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.

Anna sleeping in the cockpit.

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.

Edie keeping warm in my blanket even her eyes match. 

Pelican landing near our boat.

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.

Shrimp boat trawling by.

Now, here's a fishing boat!

St. Simons Island

St. Simon's Island coming in off from the ocean after 2 1/2 days.

Lighthouse on St. Simons Island.

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.

Coal mine in Kentucky.

Clean coal doesn't look that clean when you see where they are removing it from the earth.

Another view of the coal mine.

Wind turbines used in the mines.

Just some of the used mine equipment that sits by the road.

More equipment used in the mines.

These looked like old jet engines.

Luminaries along one of the main streets in Oriental.

When we arrived in Oriental on Saturday night, many of the streets were lit with candles placed in paper bags.

Boats in the harbor decorated for Christmas.

The boats in the harbor were also decorated for Christmas.

Boat decorated at the marina.

At Deaton's marina, Santa was greeting us in his sailboat when we arrived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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