April 28, 2014
One the neighbors near by has this little library
in front of the their home. I looked up the information on the
http://littlefreelibrary.org It is an interesting project.
April 27, 2014
Oriental Nautical Flea Market
We bought a Walker Bay 10' Breeze with sailing
kit including a front jib. This is a picture I found that looks
similar to ours. Can't wait to try it out.
April 24, 2014
New great granddaughter today - Emmalee Anna
Not as exciting as a new granddaughter, but I
learned to make stove top pizza today. It was good.
April 19, 2014
See what happens when you let a man shop for your
I told him at the least it should have been a
April 13, 2014
The last day to Lookout Bight
Is it a 2 bedroom ranch or a medieval tower?
We were passed again by this good looking motor
yacht and so I called him and he told me that it was a 'one
design' built of steel and designed for offshore travel,,, which
made me ask him why is he in the ICW?
When we got to Beaufort NC the harbor was
covered with fishing boats. This is just a few of the 50 or so
that we had to go through.
This big guy also had to navigate through the
crowds of fisherman.
He's a tanker and riding empty, I wonder what
type of products he's going to PU in Beaufort?
Before they could get him to the dock they had
to turn him 180 degrees. Then they gently pushed him up against
the dock. By the next day he was riding about 5 feet lower in the
water as they filled him up.
We headed down the harbor to the ocean and
passed the US Coast Guard station. They had several buoys sitting
As we reached the ocean we were passed by this
They were dredging the harbor entrance.
After a short jaunt to the outer banks, we
anchored for our last night in the Lookout Bight. I like this
picture and caught the light house just as the light came on! We
spent the day shelling on the outside of the island and Anna found
a bonanza of shells. She brought back a full bag of shells.
Just before sunset, we had a full moon rise
over the island and it was still daylight.
April 12, 2014
Back to the ICW
Really cool boat. This motor yacht is a one of
a kind steel hull that is built to go ocean voyaging.
Ugly three story house, Hey sis, does this kind
of look like home?
A big ocean tug passed us on the ICW
Kayak fishing looks like fun.
Low tide, this must be where the locals hang
I love this pink house. It looks so stately. If
you talk to other cruisers who have done the ICW all you have to
do is mention the "pink house in NC" and everyone knows which one
you are talking about.
April 11, 2014
Finally NC! In at Southport
What's wrong with this picture? Maybe this
means that we are really in the southern hemisphere. No, Captain,
it means we're outside the channel.
The new lighthouse and the old lighthouse at
Southport. I think that the old one had a lot more character, the
new one is nothing more than a tall tube.
This boat arrived behind us and the birds loved
it as they were looking for a
April 10, 2014
On the ocean again
Sunset on the ocean; a red rubber ball. We had
a good trip north from GA to NC a fast sail until the middle of
the night and then the wind died so we had to motor the rest of
Edie and I enjoyed the ride on the ocean.
(Edie's really saying "HELP!!! I'm being held captive on a
sailboat... call the police!!!"
A nice touring boat that went past us., as we
were heading to Port Royal Sound to go out on the ocean.
April 9, 2014
We passed this cruise ship on the ICW in
Georgia. We had just gone through a section that needs dredging
and at low tide there was only about 5 1/2 to 6 feet of water. I
wonder if they will make it?
Rich finally put a hole in the coconut so I
could use the coconut water.
First I drained the coconut water into a cup,
Then I put the lime in the coconut and drank it
With a little bit of sugar, it sure tasted
good, who knew that the song was true!
April 8, 2014
We were going to buy some fuel at Fernandina
Beach Marina but their price of $4.60+ was a bit to steep. So Anna
found fuel in Brunswick Ga. for $3.54/gal. It was worth going the
3 extra miles up to the city for a savings of over one dollar/gal.
I guess that this is why there is such a big Shrimper fleet on the
river at Brunswick GA.
Submarine ???? (JUNK!!!)
Old wooden shrimp boat in pieces
Ocean Petroleum, a good place to get fuel.
Another gorgeous sunset.
April 7, 2014
On the ICW
Old "Stinky". Fernandina Beach has two large
paper plants. You can see the huge pile of ground up trees in the
picture that they make paper out of.
In his dreams.... This ship was loading giant
rolls of paper. You can see them on the truck at the bottom right
of the screen.
Exactly where is Monrovia? They had four cranes
working to load the ship, it was interesting to watch as we went
This one is for the BIG ships!
April 6, 2014
Last day at sea
Fog in front of us and ...
haze behind us. We ran the radar.
Virtually no wind...
so the sea was calm around us it looked like a
We entered St. John's river virtually at slack
tide... We couldn't have done better if we had planned it.
The Coast guard has a large base at
Jacksonville and they have some strange looking ships!
This ferry cut right in front of us with...
this shrimper coming on the other side of the
Coastie guarding a naval ship in dry-dock just
before our turn north into the intercoastal waterway at Sister
Creek. We came in off from the ocean because in the last 3 hours
out the wind had turned north and a large rain/cold front was
heading our way.
April 5, 2014
Day at sea
Two oil tankers off from Freeport, Bahamas.
Sunset on the ocean; our second day at sea.
A few minutes of excitement at watch change. We
thought this might be a sailboat (with a light issue) until a huge
spotlight flashed our way. It was a tugboat pulling a barge about
1000 feet behind it. You couldn't see the barge so it's a good
idea that we talked on the radio to confirm what was going on.
April 4, 2014
The time has come again to head back to the
states and home. We left Fowl Cay at 7:15 this morning. This is
the light house at the top of Great Stirrup Cay. It was our turn
point back to the States.
Sunset on the ocean. We traveled for 3 days and
two nights through the gulf stream Getting back to the States and
finally entered at the Fl/GA boarder.
April 3, 2014
The Berry Islands
This morning we went exploring on Hoffman Cay.
First, we checked the ruins.
The spiky plant behind me is a sisal plant. It
is a member of the agave family and was grown on farms on
several of the islands. It is used to make rope.
Next we hiked to the blue hole on the island.
The Bahamas are filled with "blue holes" which are caves under the
island that have collapsed to form deep, holes that look,,, blue.
We are standing with our friend Tom on a rock ledge that overlooks
Rich hiked down under the ledge. It went over
30 feet back under the ledge! A cave in just waiting to happen!
The cave undercuts the area where we were
Captain Tom and Deb leading the way to a beach
on the north end of Hoffman Cay.
It seemed like we were motoring forever. There
is a path from this beach to the ocean side of Hoffman Cay.
On the ocean side Rich walked up to the
overlook above the beaches....
and took these pictures.
The view was spectacular.
Rich's beach art made from the debris on the
beach... a tribute to the Bahamian foot solver.
Last but not least, we stopped at Gilligan's
Isle aka Big Gaulding Cay to visit the island coconut bar.
April 2, 2014
Heading into Devil's Cay Cut in the Berrys. We
again chose a time that had the waves against the tide... What
This boat came in while we getting ready to go
A beautiful old wooden power yacht from England
that was in impeccable shape.
Interested in buying an island of your own? I
don't know how much it is going for but if it's not to much it
could be our next waterfront property.
It's not to often that you see an entire island
Thrasher shark sleeping in the sand.
Rich woke him up trying to touch his tail... I
believe that this will stand up in court that he's crazy!
Live sea biscuit
Live sand dollar buried in the sand... and out
of the sand.
Another beautiful sunset in paradise.
April 1, 2014
WOW... some one spray painted our name on the
side of a sand dune... damn graffiti artists!
First time for everything! Rich finally caught
an edible fish.
The Captain and his fish... Ralph, eat your
We crossed paths with this supply boat;
he was leaving Nassau and we were entering.
Lot of traffic in Nassau Harbor.
These wrecks were here three years ago when we
were in Nassau.
The Mail boat just getting under way in the
Dolphin encounter, one of many available
activities for those of you who come here on the cruise ships.
Glass bottom boat, I wonder what they see.
Five cruise ship were docked, the middle one
was a Disney cruise ship.
The artwork on the Disney ship.
Nice looking schooner
Bahamian Defense tied to a buoy. I wonder where
the driver was?? Do you hear snoring?