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
It was after dark when we anchored in front of
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
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
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
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
Edie and I hiding from the weather (notice the
Captain has commandeered MY kindle)
At night we had to watch carefully to avoid the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Anna's new shell. (a beauty)
The explorers return to the boat.
On to Key West
This boat was sailing nicely down wind
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
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
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
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
Just one of the 16,000,000 bricks that it took to
build the fort.
February 6-7, 2012
Rich and I have wanted to visit the Dry Tortugas
for some time. Our friend Russ came to visit, so we took off sailing
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
As we dinghied in we got a shot of Snow Goose in
front of the fort.
February 5, 2012
We went to the Hurricane for 25 cent wings and to
watch the Superbowl.
February 4, 2012
This guy was walking the dinghy dock as if he
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.