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December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve

Happy New Years to all family and friends.

Today we motored from Tarpin Basin to bay by Tavernier on Key Largo. The we went in to watch a movie. We watched "Parental Guidance" with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. It was cute chick flick.

December 29, 2012

Coconut Grove Farmer's Market

Laurie (on Moonshadow) told about this farmer's market on Grand Avenue, so we decided to go for a walk and investigate the market. There were all kinds of organic vegetables and fruits. Also they had organic dried beans, grains, rice, seeds to sprout, hand mixed teas and a deli bar. Rich and I tried the avocado salad/salsa and a stuffed tomatoes. Both were very tasty.

The Empanada Lady Booth had delicious looking empanadas. We tried one with ham, cheese and palm hearts as well as the apple walnut one. They were delicious!

Don't they look fabulous.

Next was Lamoy's Living Foods. Her food is prepared with organic raw foods. She had some wonderful salads and a great raw lasagna. If she prepared my food, I would everything raw.

From Acme breads we bought a baguette and a sticky bun and tried their samples.

On the walk to and from the market we passed these interesting art pieces.

This has to be the most unique park bench we have ran into. The  gentleman sitting there said it was in the Miami art show and afterwards it was given to the city for this park. I like how the color is washed out of this picture so that it looks like an old time black and white photo.

December 27, 2012

South!!!

One of the cruise ships docked in Port Everglades as we left. The port is a minor hub for the cruise ship trade. There were 3 cruise ships in port today when we left.

This was interesting, I believe that this is a frigate bird. Notice the forked tail.

The water where we were sailing was only about 20 to 40 feet deep and very clear. These guys came and swam in our bow wake for about 5 minutes.

You can really tell just how clear the water is.

We finally made it to the tip Key Biscayne, the southern most island connected to Miami by bridge. Miami's ocean side has lots of condos and a great light house.

Just off shore from the island in the entrance to Biscayne Bay are the remains of "Stiltsville". It is amazing that any of the houses are still standing. There used to be lots of houses built on stilts about a mile off the island on the flats in the entrance to the bay. Now there are less than a dozen and if they are damaged in a storm you are no longer  allowed to build or to rebuild.

Here's the lighthouse on the southern tip of Key Biscayne.

Our next boat???? (yea, right, in our dreams)

A full moon tonight rising over our anchorage, No Name Harbor.

Sunset at tonight just before our potluck with some other cruisers.

The "potluck cruisers" of No Name Harbor.

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to all!!!

As many of you know our plans often change. When we arrived at the Fort Worth Inlet we decided to go out in the ocean. We were going to be motoring either way, so we opted to not mess with the bridges.

For the 1st time we are going to run the ICW between Fort Worth and Miami. There are 23 bridges in this stretch of the ICW and we've been told on Christmas Day they open on demand. It should be an interesting run and I'll be cooking our dinner while we are traveling.

The Light at Hillsboro Inlet.

We passed these kayakers on the ocean about a mile from shore. It was the first time we have passed a kayak on the Atlantic Ocean. The next day we got an email from them telling us how gorgeous the Snow Goose is and wishing us good luck in our travels.

As we approached Port Everglades, there were several ships anchored waiting to enter the harbor.

The Bahamas Ferry... I say that it looks like it has a sharks mouth... all they need to do is paint teeth in it!

Later, once the anchor was down, we were rewarded with a nice Christmas sunset.

December 21, 2012

Project Completed

Finally, at long last I completed the blanket for my grandson Jackson. His first blanket has been dragged around behind him for so long that it is wearing out so, when I asked him what he would like for his next blanket he said like 'Legos'. That is why the blanket is make of bright lego colors with a raised block pattern that looks like a lego block. The picture shows most of the blanket.

The blocks are supposed to represent Lego blocks. This is the first pattern that I designed myself and I learned a lot and I am glad that it's done.

December 19, 2012

The Weaver

Each time we visit Manatee Pocket we visit the Fish House Art Center. Elizabeth Ester Kelley has a shop there. She is a talented weaver and oil painter. She makes lovely chenille scarves and wraps.

She also makes the flattest cotton potholders. Her weaving skills definitely come in handy with this bygone craft. Does anyone remember making potholders as a child?

There be Monsters! 

Although, I'd been warned about the Fire Ants I didn't pay close enough attention and while walking out into the grass to take a picture of some flowers I stepped onto an ant hill and was rewarded with biting ants crawling up my foot! Here's what they look like when not disturbed.

When disturbed thousands of ants swarm to defend the nest. This one is a little one on a cold day, the big ones (when disturbed) become a red swarm of ants, eggs and pain.

December 18, 2012

Flowers Everywhere

It's December, but here in Florida there are flowers in bloom all around. I took pictures of a few. Unfortunately I don't know the names, but they sure are beautiful.

December 17, 2012

The Hair Cut

Every so often Dad gives Edie a haircut. She's not happy, but it does keep her cool in the warmer climate.

Almost bald!!!

The Pastry Shop

So many choices.... my favorite is the pecan roll and Rich like the Chocolate Éclairs. Yummmmmmmm!

Our new friends Bruce and Jeanine from Windswwept II walked down to the bakery with us. We were all satisfied customers.

Even Edie got a treat. I think dad was trying to make up for her haircut.

December 16, 2012

You would think we have arrived in Florida during the rainy season. It's has been raining everyday. Sometimes only in the evening and the night. Maybe this rainbow Rich captured means it will stop for awhile. 

December 15, 2012

Christmas Party

Our friends Ray and Judy invited us to the annual Christmas Party at their community. The homes that sponsored the party were decorated to the hilt.

There were lights everywhere ...

and the bar was well stocked.

The guys and ....

the gals. Afterwards we went to Ron and Norma's and played "Bones" (we call it greed) until 10 pm. Way past cruisers midnight. We really had fun.

December 10, 2012

We noticed this bird on the shore near the dock where we leave our dinghy. Neither of us recognize it. Does anyone?

December 11, 2012

Looking at trawlers

 While at our friends Ray and Judy's, we met Gary and Gloria who have been living on boats for more than 20 years and presently they live on this Marine Trader 34. We went over to see them and found that they are selling the trawler. What do you think... the next Snow Goose? (sorry for the blurry picture: Editor)

It has both an inside steering station and one on top of the boat.

Nice queen size bed in the main stateroom with,

lots of storage.

A comfortable living area.

Nice forward cabin for guests and,

and a cute (if a bit small) galley. If we move down from a sail boat this wouldn't be too bad of a boat to live on.

December 7, 2012

Vero Beach Christmas Parade

This was my favorite boat. (sorry for the poor pictures) This picture was taken as the boats were lining up in the river.

This was Rich's favorite. Again this picture was taken while the boat were lining up in the river. This boat's generator quit during the parade and their lights went out.

There was a judging review stand and some of the boats stood little chance in the competition while others...

were quite a sight to see. this one had a great sound system and the anchorage rang to various Christmas tunes.

The 7 people lined up on the side had a choreographed dance which done to a Christmas tune.

Still my favorite boat, too bad the picture is blurry, but you get the idea.

There were about 17 boats in the parade and we watched it from our dinghy by the big bridge rafted up to another dinghy from the anchorage. It was a great night.

December 4, 2012

At first I thought this boat had two biminis; turns out it was two boats on the same mooring buoy. 

Now this one was just freaky. It's all aluminum with the 'ramming points' up front and massively built. It's a powered catamaran and almost intimidating to go by in our little dinghy.

December 3, 2012

Traveling the ICW


We left the Titusville anchorage and headed south for Vero Beach. With no wind to tilt the boat, I was able to bake some cookies. Oatmeal chocolate chip - yummy!!

Just before reaching the channel for the Vero Beach we came upon these two yachts. The closest boat was trying to tow the other boat. Tow-Boat US came to the rescue as we were passing. It was comical to see that little tow boat coming to the rescue of the large yacht.
















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