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January 31, 2012

On Mondays I go with Sally from "Great Old Broad" to the Episcopalian church to work on rug hooking. this is a rug being hooked by one of the members. 

January 30, 2012

Off to the Vets

Edie had a couple of days of bad coughing, so we decided to take her to the vet.

The vet is about 3 miles away and so I had to strap Edie into the basket behind the seat. All ready to go.

Edie doesn't want to be here she knows where that cold thermometer is going to go.

After we had been waiting a while, Rich put his feet up to rest on the table and Edie saw her chance to escape.

She climbed right into his lap.

Finally, the vet showed up and she had to go with the doctor for a test.

January 28, 2012

Boats in the harbor.

Rich and I like to ride the dinghy around looking at boats. We thought we had spotted another Wharram, but alas it was not.

Not a Wharram :(

Another view

I love the orange. 

January 24, 2012

Pine Needle Baskets

I've been wanting to learn how to make pine needle baskets for some time. While in Oriental I tried to find a class on basket making, but no one was teaching pine needle baskets. So, I gathered pine needles, looked online and bought supplies to teach myself. After we arrived in Marathon to my surprise, it was announced there was a pine needle basket-making group meeting on Mondays.

The newbie's just starting out; the group that I belong to.

The advanced group.

One of the advanced groups hard at work.

A completed basket.

January 23, 2012

Dinner with friends.

This evening we had dinner with friends on board Waves of Grace.

January 21, 2012

Big Pine Island Nautical Flea Market

We took a bus early in the morning to the flea market.

One of the vendors selling all kinds of neat signs.

This is Mark creating another of his wonderful coconut fish.

This booth was my favorite. It was full of nautical things, compasses, bells, sextants, and fifteen minute sand timers.

My favorite piece was the compass made in London for the Royal Navy, but sadly it was out of my price range.

While waiting for the bus, we saw several boats being hauled out of the keys. They had been to Key West for race week.

By 9:00 a.m. we were boarding the bus, some with treasures that they had found, to return to Marathon.

Next, it was off to the free health fair at Fisherman's Hospital.

In the evening we visited our new friends on Queequeg, Bev and Mike. There parrot, Morgan, lives on board with them.

Morgan is only 2 years old and is just starting to talk.

Morgan giving Bev a kiss.

January 19, 2012

St. Petersburg

I drove to St. Petersburg to visit with a friend. We had breakfast at Ted's Luncheonette. Now, you may ask ... "What's special about this place"...

Do you recognize the building?

John Travolta filmed scenes from "Pulp Fiction at this diner; but I read online the scenes didn't make it into the film. Does anyone know for sure?

January 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Rich!!!!!!!!

We took Edie for a walk around the park and she met her match.

A Mexican standoff at O.K. Corral. (my moneys on the little one)

January 15, 2012

Flagler Celebration

We heard there was a Centennial Celebration at Pigeon Key of the Flagler Oversea Railway that started from Miami to Key West on January 22, 1912. Admission was free to the island and there were planned activities along with music.

This is one of the only remaining railcars that were used on the overseas railway and is now used as the information center and gift shop. You purchase tickets for the ferry out to Pigeon Key here. Pigeon Key was the main work camp during the construction of the railway.

We biked out to the island on the old railroad bridge that was converted to car traffic in the 1940's and closed when the new bridge was constructed.

Here's Mr. Flagler himself... pretty good shape for a man over 150 years old!

It was a big celebration on the island, the various museums were open, docents on hand and many craft, food, and animal exhibits to look at.

Baby alligator... glad they had plenty of tape.

Baby crocodile..

I am holding a red tailed boa constrictor.

We watched as they wove these palm frond items.

We also met this traveling salesman selling "Pigeon Key Panacea" cures everything including halitosis.

We resisted buying any.

Even the kids had a good time building boats.

If you ever get down to the keys this small island had a lot of history on it and I'd recommend stopping by.

January 13, 2012

Traveling to Boot Key

We dropped anchor in the bay, so that Rich could check our speed meter. It hasn't worked since we left Oriental. We didn't put the ladder out so he had to climb aboard the hard way.

Climb up the chain,,,

chin up on the bow pulpit,,,

finally up and over the side.

Better him that me, I would have never made it!

This house is on East Sister rock just before Sister Creek. I'm not sure that I would want to live on a rock facing the ocean.

January 12, 2012

We anchored in Tarpin Basin a couple of years ago and we saw a family of manatees in the mangroves. We decided to go looking for the manatees again.

Entrance to channel in the mangroves.

The entrance to the channel in the mangroves looks like something out of a movie scene.

Mangrove trees arching over the channel.

The mangrove trees arched over the channel and now roots dropped down from their limbs as they slowly choke off the channel.

Kayaker that met in the channel.

We came around a corner and met a kayaker , there was just enough room for us both to squeeze by.

Anna and Edie along for the ride.

Edie loved the excursion.

The sun filtering through the mangroves.

A good shot of the roots reaching out into the channel and the sun coming through the leaves. Sadly, there were no manatees to be found.

January 10, 2012


As we left our anchorage in Biscayne Bay, there was beautiful sunrise.


The water was so clear in the bay you could see the bottom clearly. With no wind the water surface was calm, so I attempted to take pictures of things on the bottom. Here is a jellyfish; the upper circle on the right. Rich and I never figured out what the other round object was.

A sponge.

There were many of these sponges on the bottom.

Crab trap.

This a crab trap and line on the bottom. 

January 9, 2012

Diesel Duck side view.

This gorgeous Troller Yacht came into Lake Sylvia. It is a Diesel Duck and it has been around Cape Horn. Rich and I were able to speak with the owners Marlene and Ben, who shared a lot of information. They even made me want to visit the Caribbean by boat. You can read more about their boat and their adventures at

Diesel Duck front view

Their boat looks narrow, but it is the same beam as Snow Goose, 12.5 ft.

January 8, 2012

Fisherman cleaning his catch.

On the way to grocery store we passed a dock where a fisherman was cleaning his catch. There were a bunch of beggars waiting a free hand out.

January 7, 2012

Sights in Fort Lauderdale

Beautiful pilor house working boat.

We noticed this beautiful old tug waiting for the bridge to open then...

Cute little tug.

just around the corner we saw this tug! What a difference, beauty and the cutie.

New giant sized West Marine Store.

This new West Marine store opened in November. It is right across from Sailorman's and it is huge. I think there is a subliminal message...mine's  bigger than yours.

Five Guys and a Burger restaurant.

We finally visited Five Guys Burger and had a Burger. I have to say the burgers were quite tasty and HUGE! There was plenty to eat. Next time Rich and I will split one.

January 6, 2012

We left Lake Worth around 7:30 heading  for Ft. Lauderdale and Lake Sylvia. The water traffic was terrible. We spent the day watching for small fishing boats and being rocked by the mega-yachts.

Power boat that went flying back.

This 'futuristic James Bond' cruiser roared by us and left about a 3 Foot wake behind it, we took water over the bow after it went by.

Cargo ship and fishing boats just before Ft. Lauderdale.

This is what we found when we got to Fort Lauderdale.

Missing marker light.

Someone made a mistake in their navigation and ran into the red channel marker knocking off the sign boards and light.

Boats coming in and going out of the channel.

Behind us came many other cruisers heading in for the night.

Cruise ships docked in Ft. Lauderdale.

Just inside of the channel were 7 cruise ships getting ready to leave. Think of it, about 10,000 people heading off for a holiday and this happens every single day! You'd think that they'd run out of people who want to go.

January 5, 2012

Today while sailing down the coast; we ran into a pod of dolphins.

Dolphins swimming along side of Snow Goose.

All told we counted more than 20 of them racing around the boat and riding in our bow wave.

Dolphins swimming near the Snow Goose.

I've never seen so many dolphins in one place before and with the water so clear it looked like they were floating before us in a blue sky.

January 4, 2012

Rich and I rode our bikes in to town again today.

Raccoons in the drainage ditch.

beside of the road were a couple of banditos! Notice their masks?

Bouganvias in bloom.

This bougainvillea bush was absolutely gorgeous.

Tausha at her market.

We picked up some fresh veggies and fruit at a roadside market before heading home.

Barge removing dredging pipes.

They just finished dredging the Manatee pocket and were in the process of removing the dredging pipes from the harbor.

Pipes carrying sand from dredging.

When they were dredging they pumped the sand and water through these pipes about 2 miles inland. Quite an engineering feat.

January 2, 2012

Rich and I decided to take a bike ride today. We visited several hardware stores, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Subway and back to the Fish House Art Center.

Storks on the side of the road.

We saw these storks trying to fish by a drainage ditch! They weren't having much luck.

Honda Civic next to a Dodge Polara.

Here's a real look of the past and the future... very interesting.

Side vent window.

I bet most young kids have never seen these fly windows on a car.

Inside MACK Sails.

We stopped at Mack Sails and got a quote for a new genoa maybe after tax time.

Painting of a banyan tree.

Back at the Fish House, this painting by Billy Selesnick caught my eye while I sipped my ice tea. It was on the wall outside of his shop at the Art Center. The sun light in the tree is produced by applying gold leaf to the painting.

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year to all our friends and family. May this year be filled with blessings and peace.

"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears or the sea."

                                                                                      Isak Dinesen 

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