Off the Shores of Miami FL

Off the shore of Miami Florida, in a Bay called Stadium Marine, we sit and wait for the winds to settle down to make our journey further North. I can’t believe the boat traffic in this bay.  Seems like every evening nearing 4 p.m. jet skis start appearing and other boats arrive. The tiny little island that is here between us and Miami gets packed with people still. I tell ya they are still having fun.  It seems that the groups are smaller though; perhaps limiting sizes to 10 people as was requested.  Bryce and I love to dinghy over and meet other boaters. However we are complying with the order of social distancing. We have been away from most any people now for about 10 days. We would like to start visiting again; because that is what we do. This is really hard; not just for us, but for all of us. We just need to comply so we can get back to enjoying life once again. 

Here we are in the bay. Bryce likes us getting off the boat and going for a dinghy ride so we don’t go cuckoo..  I think this is a good replacement for yard work. I am sure if we were home I’d be out working in the yard or on Boatnik’s (power boat).

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This Pelican has the right idea.. I didn’t know they were so heavy that it could bend this poor buoy! LOL just kidding Smile

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Incase you are interested; this is the stadium Built in 1963. It use to shine with the shadow of Miami in her back ground. This Miami Marine Stadium is on Virginia Key Miami Florida. It once provided a view of passing speed boats. She was the first stadium built for power boat racing in the United States. Now it is abandoned and is full of colorful confetti. Sailors and power boat come to anchor to hide from winds in this bay.  Some just come here to party.

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This shows the art up close. I am sure some chairs are missing due to hurricanes and storms. 

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A few boats are sunk or beached probably due to a previous storm.  This happens periodically in Florida.

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A little bit of excitement in the bay. When the police and the Fire & Rescue showed up.  They talked a bit then went over to the sunken fly bridge boat. We thought they were going to lift it; but they just circled it and drove off.  It probably was not an emergency.  

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Bryce found an isolated place without any people so we could go to shore and look across the bay and relax off the boat.  We noticed a dinghy rowing across the bay. It was the owners of one of the beached boats. We watched as they bailed out buckets after buckets of water.  Before we knew it they were crossing the bay with their little sail boat.

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It’s not a beach but it did the job. We like our new umbrella it screws into the ground and we can tilt the umbrella too.  No one on this isolated beach.

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This shot has a view of the bay. we could see the stadium a boats anchored.  The water is warm (80) and clear.

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Later that evening, I looked out; what a great view of Miami.  Always nice to see the night lights.

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We have left Miami and are now anchored at Port Pierce.  It was a 124 mile run in the Atlantic.  This is our map you can also follow our anchorages here, http://trackmytour.com/7krz1 

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This shows how we get to our anchorage from the Atlantic Ocean. The City Marina is closed for fuel. With the Coronavirus, many businesses are closed.  In the Florida Keys everyone who does not live there has to leave by tonight.  Resorts are closing, Stores are closed, Restaurants are closed.   With that said, we are planning on an early pull out.  But if Florida goes on a lock down, it may take longer to get hauled out.   On the bright side, boaters are still out enjoying the warm weather.  Looks like families getting out of the house.

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In spite of the Coronavirus, we are enjoying ourselves by relaxing on the bow and taking in the warm breeze.  Take a bit of time yourselves and breath.

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In Light of All the Craziness Miami FL

Well, in light of all the craziness, I will not let it engulf me. We are isolating ourselves as expected, but I refuse to make our lives the darkness of days! So with that said I put a smile on my face.  As I look at the shore line anchored here off Miami my heart and prayers goes to all who are infected with the Coronavirus all around the world.  But it doesn’t hurt to smile.  I like to dress up and look pretty. It always makes me feel better when I get the blues. My dishes and vacuum appreciates it as I dance around the boat. LOL George looks at me as if I am crazy. Bryce doesn’t notice me; his face is in a computer working…lol

Well, After a long day of work Bryce and I loaded up the cooler and took a dinghy ride. We can’t go to the beach. We want to stay way from crowds of people as we are told to by the local news. So I hope you all can find things to keep you busy. I wonder if quarantine means you can’t work in your yard? Lord knowns we have lots of yard work to do when we get home.

Okay with all that said….are you smiling? Smile  I forgot to share with you that before we left Marathon we participated in a “RumBrella” dinghy race. I don”t think the idea is to win but just have fun. It was a hoot!  This was long before the coronavirus scare.

A “Rumbrella” race is a dingy race where you use an umbrella to power the dingy to the finish line.  the “Rum” comes in at the end where the winners are given a “Rum Ball” bottle of rum.

Two of the kayakers teamed up with one another and came up with the Sex Witch contraption. 4 lawn chairs it was awesome.  

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Dinghy’s headed to the starting line….

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Okay so you might know; this is the starting line. We all had to have one hand on the line when they blew the conk shell.

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This is the group behind us. I could not take pictures because I was In control of the rudder. 

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Our new beach umbrella came in just before the race.  What a way to initiate her.   You can see Bryce holding the umbrella and me controlling the rudder (oar).

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Well, with all said I hope you liked this. I was downloading my camera and had forgotten about the race. Have I made you smile yet?

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After Three Months In Boot Key Harbor, Florida Keys

After three months in Boot Key Harbor we untied our lines from the mooring ball C-14 and headed up Hawk channel the coastal side of the Atlantic Ocean. We stayed our first night on the South side of Rodriguez Key. It seemed so free from the hustle & bustle.  While we were in Boot Key Bryce did so much maintenance on the boat. She looks awesome.   This was our fourth season in the Keys.  If we make it back in December we will celebrate 5 years. I think it’s time for some photos.

For my birthday we had a visit from Mike & Miranda It was so…Much fun..

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They drove down from St. Petersburg to see us for the weekend so we crammed so much fun in just two days, We visited Bahia Honda and enjoyed an ice cream and a walk along the boardwalk. It was a rainy day. We made an appointment to take a tour of the turtle hospital.

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Finally it was time to head back to Marathon for our visit to the Turtle Hospital. Okay remember; I shared that this was our 4th season here. That’s how long it has taken us to visit some awesome places. This place is amazing it was so worth the 27 dollars person (Adult) to visit.

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When a turtle is found injured; the hospital is called to the location just like for us humans. The person who found the injured mammal gets to name it. As you can see by the photo, this one is named Crush. When they release it back into the water they take it back to the same location it was found. I can’t say it enough. This was so educational for me.   

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Here is an iguana getting a shower from the rain.

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Isn’t this the cuties thing; they even have an ambulance.

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Well, 4 years into our travels the time has come to where we needed to replace our dinghy. We figured we would wait till we got back up to Michigan. But while Bryce searched the web  one night, he came across a rigid dinghy that is exactly what we have been looking for. We called about and it had been sold! Darn it; the price was right and everything. We were both kind of disappointed. However a few days later it was still listed. What the heck. I called them again I spoke with the owner of the place. He said the person who wants it keeps saying he will come get it but never shows up. If we want it, come and get it. Hum.. Buy the time we rent a truck and get there, will it still be there. Now it’s first come first gets it with cash in hand. We took the gamble and went after it. As you can see we are the new owners of an amazing hard dinghy. I love it. She fit in the back of the truck as if it was made for her.

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Now that we have her where are we going to launch her. We no of no launch ramp near Boot Key Harbor. Bryce told me not to worry about it that we will find a place. By the time arrived back to Boot Key it was nearing 2 a.m We ended up using a wheel barrel and putting it in at the seawall off the dock in Boot key. It was easier then I thought it would be.

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Okay the following morning Bryce woke up and had to get a good look at her.  I know it doesn’t look like it but there is the same amount of room in the new one. Man you can literally stand on her side without tipping her. I love not having tubes and a soft bottom. LOL Now when we zoom; the bottom no longer flexes.

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Even George likes our new dinghy.  Ok.. he was not enthused about getting on it, but soon got used to it.

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Well, we are in Miami now staying away from shore. This coronavirus is keeping us on our boat. We get off on to the dinghy just to sight see from the dinghy. It hard not to visit with other boaters but we are staying distances. Stay healthy our Family and friends. 

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January is Here 2020

Lets make It the BEST Year Yet 2020

Well, with the new year at hand I sit here wondering what lies ahead for 2020. I came to the conclusion anything is really possible no matter your age. Nothing should hold us back. So with that said I’m sure there will be some setbacks. Lol, but that is just part of life. Soon we will be letting go of our lines again and head back towards the Bahamas. Marathon Boot Key Harbor once again has been good to us. The meeting of new and old friends is always the best things along our travels.

The saddest is when the heaven calls for yet another angel.  It was just a year – ago we celebrated Marks birthday here in boot key harbor from sailing vessel ALA.  Mark you will be greatly missed. 

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January 2020 was brought in with some awesome new friends, Left, Dennis, Brit, Randy, Sue, Sherry and Selene. It was a great night. Thanks for celebrating with us.  It was a noisy, happy New Years Eve on Beauty.

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We took the jet ski out and explored the milky looking waters in the mangroves.

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It’s a shame to see all the rubbish and broken down vessels that lie hidden in the mangroves.  People seem to just walk away without even a second thought.  I am sure some people live among these dilapidated vessels. It is a hidden community out here.

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This crab pot boat is actually among the living in the mangroves.  We waved to the young men as they were removing the catch of the day.  

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This vessel has found itself a home tied into the mangroves. I sure would hate to be them on a non-windy day.  Although this might look beautiful to some of you! Lurking among those Mangroves are monsters you can’t see!! When the breeze stops  they come out and attack you. You see people swatting themselves but there is nothing to see only little red bumps. They are called No-See-Ums.  They are itsy-bitsy bugs with big teeth.

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I think this was a nice area at one time.  I am sure this building was attacked by several hurricanes.

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Did you know if you want to find a Hermit crab, look at low tide near a rocky area. Hermit crabs have a hard exoskeleton body, their head, legs and pincers can extend out of his conch like shell. Their body coloration can range from grayish green to red, however the tail section is usually a grayish pink hue.  They inhabit other creature’s shell.

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This is a Portuguese man o war. They are also know as a Man-of-War in the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean. The Portuguese man o’ war is (Physalia Physalis) People relate them to a jelly fish when actually it is a species of the Saphonophore. They are a group of animals that are closely related to the jelly fish.  A Saphonophore has various forms and functions. Did you know that the Man O’ War is like a balloon floating on the water? Lurking beneath the Man o’ War are long  tentacles strands and polyps that often grow to 30 feet get this the could extend to a 100 feet.  These powerful tentacles contains stinging nematocysts, microscopic capsules full of coiled barbed tubes that can deliver a heck of a punch paralyzing and killing small fish and crustaceans. However, the Man o” War sting is rarely deadly to humans. It does however contain a painful punch along with welts on exposed skin. If you are walking along the beach and see a Man o’ War dead on the shore be warned that the man o; war can sting you weeks after it has been washed ashore.

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Sand boarding instead of snow boarding. LOL On Sombrero Beach. LOL

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The biplane cruises over our heads as we hide beneath our umbrellas from the sun. They take people on plane rides showing them some of the most beautiful areas of the Keys. 

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Merry Christmas From Boot Key Harbor, Florida

Merry Christmas, From our boat to your home. We are still in Marathon celebrating the holidays. 


On Christmas day. I stood on shore waiting for the food line to shorten before standing in a long to get food. I saw this couple come in on their sailing dinghy. I think I would like to try a sailing dinghy.

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The line for the great feast was even longer than this photo.  The sad thing is much of the food was gone by the time the line ended and we got there!! They announced 180 people showed up for Christmas dinner.

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This is a close up view of the new (outer) docks after Erma took out the older docks.  They really are nice dinghy docks.  There is much more dingy dock space than before.

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Here are some acquaintance we have met from S/V Purdy Suite they are unfortunately being towed back to their boat. It’s sad they have a small Mercury like us.  Those small four strokes aren’t worth a dime!  We are also having periodic issues with ours.  Carburetors are a big issue.  You would think in this day and age, we could get a reliable gas engine.

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We headed back to Beauty to turn on the Christmas lights and watch the dinghy parade from our deck.

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Okay here is a view of Beauty with her lights all lit up. We didn’t have any lights when we arrived here but Bryce asked what I thought about ordering some. I really didn’t think we would be able to put the lights up with the high winds. But Mr. Engineer figured out how to outwit the wind.  As you can see.  They are quite cool.. Even has a star at the top!!  A total of 800 LEDs on our 60 foot Christmas tree.   

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Sombrero Beach Florida; now heavy winds

Happy Holidays to you all. We are enjoying our time here in Boot Key Harbor. We took advantage of the one perfect day and spent it on Sombrero Beach.  My toes hit the sand; I’m so happy.  After the beach, at night we got a bit tipsy on the bow of the boat singing Christmas songs.  Not sure our neighbors appreciated our singing.

The next day after the beach, we have battened down all hatches and moved anything that could flyaway. We are having a week of heavy winds.  This is wind alert. The little blue dot is us. The wind is non stop.

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This is George. He is a lazy cat during the day.  He has an open door at night and loves exploring the deck.  It is so funny watching him hang his head over the side staring into the water. You just know he is seeing sea critters. 

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This is a small portion of Boot Key Harbor. We are on the East side this year; on mooring ball C-14.  Last year we were on Q-3 near where this photo shows.

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This is Book Key Harbor Marina. It’s not like our marinas back up in Michigan. This Marina has dinghy docks for us to dock at. These really tall poles are new. They just rebuilt this area after hurricane Erma. The two smaller boats you see are pump-out boats. Everyone is assigned one day a week that the poop-butt boat comes out and cleans out your poop tank. (IT’S FREE) We do tip them. 

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This is the channel East of the harbor. We are headed over to Sombrero Beach

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I like watching the Pelicans. Bryce says they have a face only a mother could love. 

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We had to turn into the channel that leads us though the anchorage of Sisters Creek

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Not really sure if you can see the boats in this photo I had to take it into the sun. but anyways. When I talk about getting on the wait list for a mooring ball this is where we love to anchor. 

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It seems like this dinghy as taken up residency I know I saw it in the mangroves last year. lol

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These are the US Government propaganda towers sending radio to Cuba.  Best not to anchor in line of these, because they cause all kinds of electrical anomalies on the boat due to their high power and focused beam.

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As we continued on to the beach we noticed kayakers coming in. I can’t believe we left our kayaks at home. 

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Sombrero Beach this is the West side. We pull our dinghy up on shore.

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Look… my toes are loving the sand and for all my Fitbit pals my fit bit is on.

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Bryce and I play musical chairs in the shade of the palm tree. I like the sun kissing my skin he likes the shade cooling him down. lol  It was too windy for our umbrella.

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This is still such a pretty area to walk and explore the coral. Just remember you need something on your feet.

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We think they are adding more sand to build up the beach. It’s funny to watch everyone play on the small mound of dirt.

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This little guy is going to need a good bath. He was making sand angels because as you know not everyone can make snow angels. Merry Christmas little man. 

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Sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Marathon Florida Keys

I must say, I was very apprehensive about going out in to the ocean on Saturday; day after the Friday the 13 and a Friday that was windy. The weather map called for perfect winds to sail down to Marathon on. WSW 12-15 MPH. However, at first glance or first approach to the open waters I was ready to head back into Fort Lauderdale. It was a mixing bowl and I was in it. Bryce said lets just get the sails up and see what happens. Well, of course he was right. She grabbed the wind and off we went they were gusting up to 26 mph. The weather wasn’t as nice as they said it would be but it ended up a great day/night sail over a 130 miles without engine noise…(PERFECT).

Heading down the ICW we had 4 more bridges to pass under before the inlet at Port Everglades. Why they call it an inlet I don’t know LOL it’s also an outlet Be right back

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This was a funny looking building to me. I think it is a marina.

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Okay sails are up; we are out of the Fort Lauderdale inlet. Don’t you just love how hard it is to capture the eyes view with a camera.  The winds are brisk at 15-23 mph, but the waves are not large because the winds are from the shore.  Waves are typically 1-2 feet, with an occasional  3-4 footer.  We are zipping along at 7-10 mph.

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North Miami is in view. Bryce said we could go into Mimi if I want to and wait for a bit smoother window.   I said Heck no I am loving this now..  He said it will settle a bit when we get in the protection of the Hawk Channel in the Keys.

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Yep.. I am getting brave that is what a few beers due to me..LOL

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I just love the wind in my hair. Maybe it will help it grow…

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We made it into Hawk Channel just before dusk. We were glad we had wind because this is one channel we don’t like to motor at night due to the crab pots.  For those that don’t know, crab pots are small cages on the sea floor that capture crabs. The cages are connected by lines to small round floats on the surface.  The lines can get tangled in your propeller if you snag one.  These floats are nearly impossible to see at night.  So we only sale at night near the Florida coast.

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Day break.. Good morning from Beauty.  Red sky in morning sailor be warned? Marathon here we come. I pray they will have an open mooring ball for us.

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As daylight approached it was getting time to pull down our sails to head into Boot Key Harbor (Vaca Key, Florida). What a surprise to fine a dead fish on deck. Bryce tried to give it to George but he only sniffed it. I think he thought we would fillet it for him…lol Bryce put it back into the ocean. 

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OMG!!!! We were so blessed; they had a mooring ball for us: C-14. I was so happy I couldn’t get the smile off my face all day. It has been 12 days since my feet has felt shore. I know that isn’t a long time for some of you.  We have been rushing down the Florida coast to get to the warmth of the Keys.  We did what we had to do;  getting trash off the boat and going in to pay. Then we came back and took a five hour nap. lol

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After our 5 hour nap and a warm shower it was dinner time. Bryce wants to have dinner with the octopus & friends at the Overseas restaurant. 

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He also visited the mermaid too we will call her busty.. Smile

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Careful, Bryce you are wasting a good beer..LOL Shirley & Jim we thought of you two.

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Well, we made it to Home Depot after a great dinner with 5 minutes before closing. It was a nice walk.  We will be here for a month or so. We are hoping to second coat the top deck paint with non slip again. I still loving the gray. Marathon is our place to repair simple things like leaky window seals. I want to remove the skylights and replace them with tinted skylights and of course a few other things to do on our list. We are still trying to decide where to go next.

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Sunrise Bay, Fort Lauderdale, Fl

We are sitting here in Fort Lauderdale Florida waiting for the right winds to come in.  Hopefully that will be today.  We are planning on going out into the ocean and heading to the keys to celebrate the holidays.  I am sure most of you have had a night where you just could not sleep. Tonight was my night, I just went to sleep way to early; now I am up typing talking to you and listening to the manatees swim around the boat.  George is loves watching them swim in the dark. 

I lost count on all the bridges we went through Thursday.  We made excellent timing, but we had to deal with a crabby bridge operator on one bridge.  One thing we learned you better say and pronounce the correct name of the bridge or you will get scolded.   

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As we approached the bridge the photo above I was trying to figure out what it said. Look it says Welcome to Fort Lauderdale. Oh you might not know this, but when I was packing up things to bring; I must have removed something that we needed. I removed the binoculars and forgot to repack them.  They are sitting on the foyer table at home. I will have to order a new pair soon. lol 

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More homes are decorating for the holidays along the ICW.

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This is Tin Lizzy an aluminum boat. The owners are from Germany or at least they fly the German flag. We are in Sunrise Bay not far from the next bridge.  We will only have two bridges today as we head out the inlet toward the ocean.

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As we sat on the bow as we normally do drinking our coffee we noticed several big boats go by; decorated for the season.

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Okay see the smile on Bryce’s face?  Well let me tell you; when we left Green Cove Springs we thought we were good to go.  We did not realize the dinghy motor was not running and we have a leak in one of our hydraulic hoses on the lift.  We were trapped on the boat with no way off.  Bryce took the engine apart and boy was the carburetor a mess!!!  A bit of cleaning; engine is running and Bryce is smiling. Me too Smile

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Across from Sunrise Bay is Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. It is a really nice park.  You can dinghy over to the dock and enjoy the day. We did this in the Spring and we walked over to the ocean side.

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Cruising The ICW Between West Palm Beach Boca Raton, Florida

While we wait for the wind to change we are cruising the Intra Coastal Waterway, other wise known  as the ICW.  One thing about this part of the ICW:  there sure are a lot of bridges.  The trick in transiting the bridges without having to idle and fight the wind and current is to carefully time the bridge openings.  We set the route from one bridge to the next on the GPS.  The GPS gives us the arrival time to the center span of the bridge based on our speed.  We  do this according to the time of when the bridge opens. It works well for us, we rarely wait.

This is the SR 80/Southern Blvd Bridge. This bridge spans over the intracoastal Waterway between Lake Worth Lagoon and West Palm Beach. The new bridge over the water way here will be a drawbridge.  We were hoping for 65 foot bridges.  lol The top photo shows the bridge starting to open and the bottom shows it full open. This is the temporary bridge till the new ones are built.

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This is the Delray Beach Bridge. One of the prettiest bridges.

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coming upon the Delray Bridge from the North heading South, you will notice on your Starboard side a place to fuel up.  And if you are hungry, the Two George’s restaurant and the Banana Boat restaurant.  George perked up when we mentioned this restaurant.  

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George is just enjoying his ride. It’s hard to believe he is 14 years old.  In this picture, he is safe in his blanket.

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This is by far the pretties decorated Christmas house on the ICW so far.  Cool gingerbread house.

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After traveling on the ICW and passing under 12 bridges we finally made an anchorage in Lake Boca Raton. This was our view as we were sipping our evening coffee watching the clouds and full moon.  Enjoying the warm 77 degree light breeze. 

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Green Cove Springs to West Palm Beach 2019

Wahoo.. We are back!  Well with the new iPhone XR  my photos are not JPG. I finally had download a file converter to convert HEIC to JPG.  We have already left Green Cove Springs. When we approached the area in Jacksonville Fl where we could motor the ICW, we decided to Sail the Atlantic from Jacksonville to Cape Canaveral Fl. It was an all night sail and a good one at that. The further South we went the warmer the air temp and water got. It was just an amazing night.

Anyways, I now have photos I can post! So here is a little bit to the start of our journey.

After we said hello to the birds, Bryce radioed ahead to the train East Coast Railroad Bridge for an opening.  The railroad bridge operator said it would be a few minutes.  They had to move an engine.  This is the engine. Pretty cool

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Normally this railroad bridge stays open. but they had an engine sitting on it and they had to move it before it could be opened for us.

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Did you know that Maxwell house Coffee is produced in three states and that it’s a Kraft Brand? The three locations are Houston,Texas, Jacksonville, Florida, and San Leandro California. The original Jacksonville plant was built in 1910. This is a cool fact: did you also know that the coffee bean comes in by ship and sent to a facility on the Westside of Jacksonville for cleaning and blending then move to the plant here for roasting and grinding and packing then it gets shipped back to  Westside warehouse for distribution just a cool fun facts. lol We drink a lot of Maxwell house coffee. Smile

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Look how awesome these murals are. Apparently an international artist painted these murals in hope they would send a message of unity.   They tower 150 feet over the shipyard on the St. John River.

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I like watching the birds flying around the fishing boats looking for food.

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These tug boats are so cool. they can hit you with a huge wake.

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I don’t think I have ever seen such a fancy gravel storage  area. 

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As we cruised the St.John River still near Jacksonville we saw this huge freighter loading or unloading boat to other states or country’s.  

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As we made it out of the inlet we put Beauty in to the wind and raised her sails wing on wing.   We were catching the North wide to go south.

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We are so much enjoying this awesome weather.

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George is very happy to be back on his winter journey.  He has a new George Towel..

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Well, After a great sail out on the ocean, we came in and are traveling the ICW till we get the right winds to go back out. We just anchored back in at West Palm Beach. From here we will travel South till we can get out into the Atlantic to sail to Marathon Keys. 

Hey, want to see what Bryce did? I know you do. LOL

We have our first flag flying Smile

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Every night after work he came home and worked on the new cushions for Beauty.

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This one wasn’t finished but jus wanted to show it.

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This is how she looks inside now; so much nicer than the blue.

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