Another adventure begins!

After a hectic 3 weeks on Lake Macquarie, catching up with family and friends we departed the Lake with excess cargo!! Mum and Dad were on board for the 6hr trip to Port Stephens and after going through the Swansea Bridge on a 0800 hr opening we cruise…

The Weather is Here……

I just don’t even know where to start on this blog as we’ve had so much fun the past week or so….OK let’s start with the weather which has finally turned a magnificent corner. After a fairly regrettable winter of northers and cold, we’ve had pretty …

Departing for Points North

Vero Beach Municipal Marina, as always, is a very comfortable and convenient place to stay. With free bus transportation and a community that offers just about anything anyone could need, it’s easy to get comfortable and stay for a while. We schedule…

Exumas, Nassau and the Berry Islands

We are sitting in a lovely marina on Paradise Island across from New Providence Island and the city of Nassau. We had hoped to have time to explore Nassau on our way back to the States ….. and we have had more time than we expected. We arrived here o…

Captain’s Log Update March 20 -26, 2010

3/20- 26/2010
Bound for California
We left Cabo San Lucas about 7 pm and headed for San Diego.  Saturday night and Sunday were gorgeous.  The sun was brilliant, the winds were fair and warm, and the seas had only a low swell.   Mon…

Captain’s Log Update March 20 -26, 2010

3/20- 26/2010
Bound for California
We left Cabo San Lucas about 7 pm and headed for San Diego.  Saturday night and Sunday were gorgeous.  The sun was brilliant, the winds were fair and warm, and the seas had only a low swell.   Mon…

Doug & Kathy’s Boatlog 2010-03-26 15:44:00

The boat’s in the barn now for the hurricane season. We’re back home in Illinois to enjoy the Spring and Summer seasons here.The end of another nice cruising winter.

Sea Lions

The ‘unofficial welcoming committee’ of the Galapagos Islands is the sea lion. Their playful inquisitive nature, speed, agility on land, and bark quickly make them an island favorite. Sea lions live in large colonies. Adult males known as bulls are the…

Bender’s Cruising Chronicles February 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010 Beaufort – Jacksonville – Palm Coast – New Smyrna – Merritt Island – Vero Beach
This is the month for hearts and flowers, the Super Bowl, President’s Day, Winter Olympics, American Heart Month, Black History Month…

The Story of Lonesome George

The small island of Pinta is located in the North of the Galapagos archipelago.  One of the 11 remaining races of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise (Geochelone elephantopus abingdoni) so important for the formation of Charles Darwin’s theory of …