blinked! It is now May of 2016! For the sake of posterity, I will bring the blog up to date on the balance
of the cruise to St. Pete, where we have again ‘wintered’. Actually, from 2011-2015, our southern winter stop has been in St.
Petersburg, on the west coast of Florida.
And we have pretty much parked here.
Doing what you are doing—living life, enjoying each day, and taking what comes. But we had to get here….
the Neuss River. Tied up in Oriental Marina where we made plans to visit Joe
and Punk Pica. They’ve parked CAROLYNN
ANN and purchased a home in New Bern.
Had a fine lunch and house tour and enjoyed very much the time spent
with old friends! No photos, darn it.
|New backup nav system for us–iPad along with the pelican on the paper chart…|
Sound at 9 mph!) we stopped in Swansboro
at Dudley’s Marina, and were treated to a lovely dinner at the home of Tom and
Melissa, cruising buddies aboard JOURNEY.
Next day was Bridge Day—Onslow Beach, Surf City, Figure 8, and the
Wrightsville Bascule—before we took a slip a the Mona Black Marina in Carolina Beach. First time there—Randy, the Harbormaster, was a hoot! And he
was up and out at 6:45 to toss our lines.
This time of year an early start is imperative, as the sun goes down by
4 or so! Our ‘new normal…’
daughter Kris was there to meet us! She
and John are settled into their beautiful new home in Surfside Beach, and for 2
days we enjoyed dining on fresh fish, watching the critters in their
backyard canal, and the generally excellent hospitality! On Wednesday Nov. 18, John and Kris left a
car at Murrels Inlet (Wacca Wacca Marina) and drove back to Grande Dunes. Once they boarded the boat we all cruised down
the river—again the current gave us a nice push—water is really high! So high in fact, that Kris had to move their car
up the hill as the parking lot was submerged!
Did I mention the outstanding fajitas Kris prepared for lunch? I’m a proud mama!
our grandson JT at Coker College in Huntsville, SC. She took him to the Myrtle Beach airport so he could fly home for his
uncle’s funeral. It’s never dull!
through Elliott’s Cut at 7.2 mph with the engines at 1400 rpm—idle speed. Anchored in Tom’s
Creek, and then stopped in Beaufort at the Port Royal Landing—That is the
marina you see in the background at the end of
“The Prince of Tides” when Nick Nolte is driving across the
bridge thinking “Lowenstein, Lowenstein….” Love that movie! Klauss from MOON BEAM joined us for dinner—Beaufort is his home town!
Island (new shopping mall there, and a golf cart to travel to and from it!) and
soon we were tied up at Fernandina Beach
in Sunny Florida!
boat we first met in Canada while on the Great Loop. One of the best parts of
cruising is meeting great folks, and then meeting again in a different time and
place. Maurice was on his way home from
what had been a fairly harrowing trip. He single handed to and AROUND Maine, so he
could see the white whales—blue ones too!
His boat is under 30 feet, and I’d say it was no match for the North
Atlantic, but he was here to tell us about it! Brave Man!
|Must’ve been construction waste. It was really hard to unwrap the stuff!|
the starboard propeller stopped turning.
We made it to St. Augustine—Camachee Island Marina had a nice long face
dock to tie up to. Thursday was Thanksgiving
Day, and we were most thankful that Joe the Diver came around at 8 am. He unwrapped a huge chunk of black plastic
from the prop—heavy, unbending black plastic. Uffda!
We kept a piece for a souvenir (threw it out recently…) and were off to
Halifax Harbor in Daytona, with small craft warning type winds howling outside!
Smyrna Beach that Henry and Debbie on SEVEN TENTHS had saved for us. Fun evening as the town had a parade and
turned on the Holiday lights!
Marina in Ft. Pierce where SHINGABISS has been living for some time. Steve and Liz, our hosts in Minneapolis, who
now live on the boat, will head for the Bahamas soon. We had a great shrimp dinner on their boat!
night at Indiantown Marina, a beautiful free dock at Port LaBelle, and next thing
you know we’ve come down the Caloosahatchee River and finally I got to go to the
Edison/Ford homes in Ft. Myers! Bucket List: Check!
The marina at Edison-Ford was great and we were comped tickets to the
Light Show at the 2 homes. Extra special
was the huge Banyan tree. It covers acres, and is second largest in the world–the really big one is in Oahu, Hawaii. Shades of the Little Prince! No wait, his tree was a baobob tree, which looked like a rose in it’s earliest days, but grew to become something huge and destructive if not uprooted early. Hmmmmm.
IntraCoastal Waterway. There was an
issue with a bridge ahead, so we tied up at the Gasparilla Marina for 3 days
before moseying up to the Crow’s Nest Marina in Venice. There we docked behind NEVER SAY NEVER, an 86′
Monte Carlo Yacht built by Benetau (who knew).
We weren’t invited to the cocktail party for 35 prospective buyers. Just as well….
|Ho Ho Ho!|
we got re-acclimated (even though we now were tied up on the North Dock). We put up our little ‘mast tree’, and it was about the only decoration on the dock. Thence to New York—Allegiant Airlines is
our new best friend. 2.5 hours non-stop
from Clearwater (20 minutes away) to Stewart Airport—10 minutes from our
we each came away with a clean bill of health!
Amy’s in Carlisle, PA, Kris and John’s in SC, and JAX—a quick stop at LAZY
DOLPHIN (Barb and Randy) and then a Holiday Inn with a free upgrade to a hot
tub in the room! What better place to
watch the Super Bowl? (Obviously the photo is backwards—should be from the tub, looking at the TV!)
many days. The wind is cold! It was too cold for the heated pool at Jerry
and Janet Guyer’s (AT LAST) home near Sarasota when they hosted about 24 Great
Harbour family members, but it was an excellent event!
meeting. Fred was re-elected Chair of
the National Educational Fund, and I continued to play in the Ship’s
too were in Orlando! Met at Universal
Studios for lunch and quality time with Ada, Jimmy, Katie Rae and Jim’s sister,
Dawn! Lovely! Not
so lovely to drive back to Orlando that night to get the items we forgot at the
hotel, but all in all it was a great week!
favorite! We happily moved there, and
now live at 101 Bayshore Drive NE again!
Our mailbox (#19) is still here and we are happy to be back, enjoying
the closeness of downtown, of Frescoe’s Restaurant, and the open view of the
out the fire in the condo next door. A
bit of excitement in the wee small hours!
We are sooo grateful for firemen who come out in the dark on a
holiday. (Hmm, very familiar
that—Thanksgiving 1984, only it was our very own home on Sunset Drive that
was afire! Uffda!) The rest of the day was indeed a lovely day
at Ada and Jim’s! Lots of good food (sit
down dinner for 29) and lots of kids, large and small, hunting for eggs in the
Luncheon—with 3 inches of snow atop the car!
We helped Ada put Salon Lucere back together after having the floors
re-done, we watched granddaughter Laurel tap beautifully in 42nd
Street at Arlington High School, attended the D2 Change of Watch and had a
successful ‘virtual Ship’s Store’.
Sadly, my high school buddy Paula lost her fight with Lung Cancer. She is already missed. Although we didn’t see her often, she was
always just there, ready to pop in at a moment’s notice! Sigh.
taxes. Unfortunately, we left the bundle
of 2015 papers on the boat, so the process was extended until yesterday, the 11
of May. THAT won’t happen again, she
to Kris and John. He had very successful
back surgery in Rockland County, and was able to recoup at 68 HPC. That same week, in Virginia, Christopher bade
his gall bladder adieu. Happily, he, too, is enjoying a speedy recovery!
Our summer plans don’t involve moving YOUNG AMERICA, just moving
us. Will update the blog when we are
‘back on boat’ in September.
wherever you are!
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