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February 29, 2012

Another day on the ICW

As we approached the Barefoot Landing swing bridge, Rich hailed the bridge tender as usual but before the bridge tender could answer the Captain from the tug Ponca responded. He advised us to stay where we were due to the fact he was proceeding through the Rockpile (a narrow section of the ICW about 2 miles past the bridge) with a tow... and OH BOY! what a tow.

He was towing a dredging rig and about 5 barges behind it. He had to have tow out riding barges to push the load around the curves of the ICW.

The dredge was so big that it looked like an old style riverboat as it went by.

Behind the first parade of barges came another tug pulling a huge barge and about 1000 feet of pipe that the dredge uses to pump sand around. Finally, We were able to go through the bridge and continue north.

 

February 28, 2012

Up the river

We waited until noon to start up the Waccamaw River so that we could "ride" the tide up stream. It worked too for we had an extra knot of speed provided free by the tide. at the junction of the Waccamaw and the ICW we pulled over into a small meander of the river and dropped anchor for the night.

Once we anchored in the creek, Edie and Rich went exploring while I prepared dinner. I baked a whole red snapper. It was real good.

This old "dead" tree is an old cypress tree that was about five feet in diameter only it was just a shell for you could see completely through it. The whole area is littered with stumps of the original forest that was cut down over 100 years ago. Many of them are over 6 feet in diam.

boy the Goose does look good.

February 26-27, 2012

Georgetown

It was after dark when we anchored in front of downtown Georgetown.

A fog covered the anchorage early next morning. Got to love the red dink, it says "row boat US".

Now this is a strange one, I wonder what the story is behind it?

We visited the Kaminski House Museum. It was very interesting. Our guide Cindy provided many knowledgeable facts about the house and it's early occupants.

Rich and I on the bouncing board rocking seat. Cindy said that mothers would sit on this and gently bounce their babies to sleep.

February 24, 2012

Beaufort, SC

We motored up to Beaufort to wait out the rain and decided to walk to Publix before the rain started.

The sign to the local pub, nice play on words.

At the nearby antique store I found this waffle iron.

It would have been a great addition to our cast iron collection, but it was pricey and where would we store it. By the way we did not make it back to the Goose before it started to rain :(

February 22-23, 2012

Sailing the Ocean blue

The captain was wrong... I said that it wasn't going to rain but it poured as we were sailing north

and I had to go out and reef the sail in the rain.

Edie and I hiding from the weather (notice the Captain has commandeered MY kindle)

At night we had to watch carefully to avoid the shrimp boats.

Even after 2 days of sailing Anna still found a way to provide a great meal.

Approaching SC and Port Royal Sound.

With the wind and the tide in our favor we were hitting 9 to 10 kts over the ground!

This is something new, Anna figured out how to put a video on the site. Just hit play and you can hear the sound of the entrance buoy at night.

February 22, 2012

Sailing Matanzas River

As we motored up the river, we could smell the fire. Then we noticed the column of smoke in the distance. It was a brush fire along the river.

February 19, 2012

Sunrise on the ICW

We never get tired of watching the sunrises and sunsets over the water.

February 18, 2012

On the move...



These pelicans were swimming at the end of the channel coming out of Manatee Pocket. They were kinda... hovering.

As we turned the corner out of the channel we realized why. This floating restaurant was open for business and the pelicans were hoping for handouts.

February 17, 2012

Heading North aaaagh!

We left Marathon around 10 am yesterday. We sailed Hawks Channel for the first 40 miles then it was out into the Gulf Stream for the ride north up Florida's east coast. Rich took the first watch at 9 pm and didn't wake me until 4 am. We made it to Stuart Fl. where the Wisker pole broke so we went in to try to get a replacement part. No luck.

February 15, 2012

In the Harbor

This year we've noticed a fair number of what we call pocket cruisers.

This one is planning to go to the Dry Tortugas. Take a good look at this boat. It is about 20 feet long, and 3 solar panels, a wind generator, fully enclosed cockpit, dinghy davits, two anchors, two engines and much more...

 and the dragon - it is too cute.

Another pocket cruiser. Being small is in!

I think this guy owns the docks. every day when we went ashore, he was striding along the docks looking for a fish to grab.

February 12, 2012

Dusk in the Harbor

As I was taking this picture on the way back to Snow Goose, we heard a clunk, clunk and just like that the prop shear pin was broke. My HERO fixed the prop as I rowed the dinghy to keep us from being blown into shore.

February 11, 2012

Art Fair

I really like the pink Flamingo in the middle, whereas Rich liked the giant blue jelly fish.

I thought the knife rose vases were darling but,,, well... what can I say about the dieter's fork! 

February 10, 2012

Back to Boot Key Harbor

An the way back to Boot Key Harbor we stopped at the old railroad bridge at the Bahia Honda State Park. Notice that the RR Bridge has something on top of it?? That is the old Florida Keys highway bridge. They took the old railroad steel truss bridge and since it was too narrow to run 2 lanes of cars on they simply built a car road on top of the RR bridge. Quite a feat of engineering for the 1930's

They took one span out to allow boat traffic to pass in to the lagoon area in front of the Bahia Honda State Park. In the background is the new hwy bridge that connects the Keys together.

On Russ's last night I insisted that he greet the end of the day in the traditional way by blowing the conch horn,,, Let's just say that I hope that he doesn't give up his day job.

February 9, 2012

Woman Key

If you look REALLY close you can see us on the beach of Woman's Key. Russ and I went exploring.

We found an art sculpture by some other beachcomber.

Someone tried to clean up a small part of the beach, I just wish that they had taken the trash with them instead of leaving it in the grass.

A nice looking purple something from the reef. (he should have brought home for my collection!)

The beach was littered with sponges washed ashore.

Anna's new shell. (a beauty)

The explorers return to the boat.

On to Key West

This boat was sailing nicely down wind whereas.....

We were bashing windward!!!!!

This is one good looking Brigantine, we found at anchor in Key West.

There's so many lines I don't know how they keep them all straight.

One of the many schooners that take people for day trips in Key west

Walking down the street we saw this mother hen escorting her chicks along the sidewalk.

He makes art out of used tin cans. Anna really likes the moon one.

Whereas this guy rides, juggles and tells jokes for tourist tips.

There were lots of craft vendors in Mallory square trying to make a buck from the throngs of tourists.

February 8, 2012

Fort Jefferson

We made it!

Notice that the bottom gun ports are small and finished whereas the second story are not? They found that the building was sinking and so they never finished the upper story of the fort.

Inside of the fort, the brick work was fantastic. This fort once housed over 1000 men.

This boat was make out of copper! It had an old Mercedes Benz motor in it.

The National park service does some reconstruction in the fort trying to preserve it. Here, they rebuilt the cannonball furnace. The iron balls went into the left at the top and when they came out the right they were glowing red hot ready to be fired into a wooden sailing ship.

Each of the 6 corners of the fort had a 2 story circular stone stairway that reached from the ground level up to the top wall of the fort.

Just one of the many views looking down the inside of the canon bays.

Right next to the small archways, were these larger archways where the canons were stored and aimed from.

Ah, now there's a good target. 

An top of the fort, there were additional gun emplacements.

The outside of the fort is beginning to fall apart and the Park Service is re-bricking it to prevent the fort from falling down. 

We had a great anchoring spot and enjoyed our stay. 

Just one of the 16,000,000 bricks that it took to build the fort. 

February 6-7, 2012

Dry Tortugas

Rich and I have wanted to visit the Dry Tortugas for some time. Our friend Russ came to visit, so we took off sailing west.

Russ relaxing on the fore deck. Monday we sailed to Key West; it was a good sail. After anchoring for the night we headed for Dry Tortugas.

We motor sailed to begin with, but the wind picked up and we were able to sail in the afternoon. The closer we got to Dry Tortugas the more it looked like a storm was on the way.

It was almost dark by the time we rounded the fort to anchor for the night. The anchorage was protected from the waves and the dreaded storm never arrived, so we slept well.

The next morning we heard this really loud engine, turns out it was the tourist plane dropping off people then taking off for another load.

This little visitor landed on our deck but didn't stay long.

As we dinghied in we got a shot of Snow Goose in front of the fort.

February 5, 2012

Superbowl Sunday

We went to the Hurricane for 25 cent wings and to watch the Superbowl.

February 4, 2012

Feeding time.

This guy was walking the dinghy dock as if he owned it.

Fantastic music at the Saturday night get together at the Tiki hut.

Captain Jack's 90th birthday.

February 1, 2012

Edie wearing our friend Walt's hat; anything to get a snack.

We invited our friends over for spaghetti dinner and we had a great time.

 

 

 

 

 




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