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 a Wharram :(
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
The newbie's just starting out; the group that I
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
One of the vendors selling all kinds of neat
This is Mark creating another of his wonderful
This booth was my favorite. It was full of
nautical things, compasses, bells, sextants, and fifteen minute sand
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
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
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
Morgan giving Bev a kiss.
January 19, 2012
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
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.
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.
The entrance to the channel in the mangroves
looks like something out of a movie scene.
The mangrove trees arched over the channel and
now roots dropped down from their limbs as they slowly choke off the
We came around a corner and met a kayaker , there
was just enough room for us both to squeeze by.
Edie loved the excursion.
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.
There were many of these sponges on the bottom.
This a crab trap and line on the bottom.
January 9, 2012
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
Their boat looks narrow, but it is the same beam
as Snow Goose, 12.5 ft.
January 8, 2012
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
We noticed this beautiful old tug waiting for the
bridge to open then...
just around the corner we saw this tug! What a
difference, beauty and the cutie.
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.
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
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.
This is what we found when we got to Fort
Someone made a mistake in their navigation and
ran into the red channel marker knocking off the sign boards and
Behind us came many other cruisers heading in for
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.
All told we counted more than 20 of them racing
around the boat and riding in our bow wave.
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.
beside of the road were a couple of banditos!
Notice their masks?
This bougainvillea bush was absolutely gorgeous.
We picked up some fresh veggies and fruit at a
roadside market before heading home.
They just finished dredging the Manatee pocket
and were in the process of removing the dredging pipes from the
When they were dredging they pumped the sand and
water through these pipes about 2 miles inland. Quite an engineering
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.
We saw these storks trying to fish by a drainage
ditch! They weren't having much luck.
Here's a real look of the past and the future...
I bet most young kids have never seen these fly
windows on a car.
We stopped at Mack Sails and got a quote for a
new genoa maybe after tax time.
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."