|Dates:||23 Oct 2016 - 28 Mar 2017|
Lunch on the fly bridge while cruising. Not too shabby. Life is good. Next stop Delray Beach to spend a couple of days with family.
Now this is what I call a Yacht Club! Ft Lauderdale
Beautiful square rigger. Fort Lauderdale.
Sunrise over South Beach in Miami! It doesn't get better than this. And I get to do it with Sandy. That's what I'm talking about.
Miami 27 miles to go! Traveling in the Biscayne Bay
Barnes Sound north bound.
I wanna go to Miami!😎 Goodbye Islamorada
Bay jam in Islamorada. Kevin dancing with Sylvie and I'm dancing with her brother Roland from France and lives in Germany.
Sylvie and her brother Roland great times!
Jeff and Priscilla at the Founders Park music festival
Leaving Marathon on our way home no worries mate.
Dancing to awesome band at the Hurricane our last night in Marathon. Heading to Islamorada early tomorrow morning. Staying at Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina in Founders Park for the huge festival Bay Jam.
Rib-Off at Blackfin leaving early in the morning time to head home! There's no place like home!
Brunch with the Blackfin group at the sandy point. Great food and fun. Great Marina.
Good new friends Judi and Jerry were very kind to drive us to Key West a few times. Thank you very much.
Sunset cruise in Key West. You'd think we get enough boating.
OYC the Key West group sunset cruise
Barry, best ever dockmaster kept Blackfin Resort and Marina in top notch shape. We loved the sandy point for sunset and swimming, the 87 degree heated pool, nice picnic areas with grills. Perfectly located between the grocery stores and the Community Park where we had free yoga 3 days a week, tai chi, bocce ball, concerts and free movies. We'll be back!
Awesome dinner at Havana Jacks with Dr John and Susan.
Dan aka Biddy and the Beast - our amazing Blackfin Marina host. He takes great care of us!
Mireille and Maggie Baugh's mom. They do a lot of traveling with the kids band.
Mireille and her son (also 16 years old) playing in an amazing band with Maggie Baugh. At 16 years old just turned 17. She has a publishing deal and is a Nashville recording artist guitarist and dynamic fiddle player she fiddled "Devil went down to Georgia" with the Charlie Daniels band. MaggieBaugh.com
The girls at Gators party in Key Largo.
Great night for the fire pit at Gators house. Full house - Kevin and I slept in the pop up.
Sunset at Gators beautiful home in key Largo. Great party. Great group of people. Lots of fun and great food.
Brunch after yoga at the Stuffed Pig with Bill Annamarie Jess and Cheryl. Very good food and beautiful backyard garden.
This brought back some fun memories of being in Key West with my sister Jean my niece Shelly and her friend Richard and my daughter Jamie who was at the time pre drinking age. Shelly's friend Richard spent the evening buying drinks for under aged Jamie behind my back. We had planned on going back to Key Largo that night but ended up getting a hotel room. The kids hung out at the pool until about 4 AM. My sister made a lot of money for the street drummers filling in and drumming for them for a while. She drew huge crowds while Shelly was breakdancing in the street. Way too much fun!!
Memories of spending a e evening at The smallest bar in Key West with family. They did not sell wine which is the only thing I drink. The bartender was nice enough to allow me to walk around the corner and buy a bottle of wine which he poured for me during the night.
Small world. We hung out with Kevin's brother Stephen and wife Jody celebrating her birthday on a Carnival cruise and our cousin Judy also celebrating her birthday in Key West.
Crazy roosters and chickens all over Key West - mostly roosters and they have beautiful colors and look really healthy. They were always serenading me at my early morning yoga on the boat.
Cheryl and Libby my yoga buddies.
Ron and Libby Cheryl and Rich. They are the Ranger Tug yachters. At the Hurricane.
Hal the owner of the Hurricane Restaurant in our marina. My Marathon Froggies for music.
This manatee hangs out at out boat and drinks the water coming out of the boat when we are washing dishes. He lies on his back and drinks. So cute!
Emily Hughes, my awesome yoga instructor in Marathon. We have yoga by donation three days a week. Kevin even attends with me.
The Ranger Tug yachters traveling together on the Loop. Cheryl and Ron, Jess and Mike, Ginny and Dave, Libby and Ron.
This gazebo washed to Blackfin Resort and Marina from neighboring Marina Banana Bay during a hurricane. Blackfin put it up on the sandy beach and is used for weddings. By the way i said "yes" again.
Linda and Aussie Paul fellow tai chi'ers in Marathon.
Deana from Lady Triana enjoying Mardi Gras at Marathon city marina.
Evelyn and Clark previous fellow Mainship Cruisers are selling the Mainship and have bought this 55' Krogen Express.
Back to Black Fin!
7 mile bridge leaving lake Atlantic
Calm seas, blue skies, dolphins - trolling on our way from Key West to Marathon. Key West was lots of fun but Marathon is my fav. Life is good........ We are truly blessed.
Leaving Key West on to Marathon for 3 weeks or so and then home
Awesome sunset off our boat in Key West.
Docktails on the Koastal Karma with friends Ann and Wayne Barnes also from Virginia Beach.
Now that's catching some fish!!!!!
Delicious duck at Louie's Backyard in Key West
Sipping wine at the Simonton Street Beach watching the parade of boats going out.
Good band playing at the Simonton Beach Bar.
Hot hot hot. Felt great swimming in the Simonton Beach in Key West.
We saw the cat man perform at Mallory Square last night. Craziest white man I've ever seen. Guess you have to experience this one at least once. Not sure why........
Really good spicy grilled grouper with fresh green beans and salad - very reasonable. You order inside and they bring it out to you. Nice and cool with bamboo waterfall.
Beautiful Koi Pond Garden at Kermit's Kitchen cafe.
Key West has above ground cemeteries like New Orleans. This is the memorial for the Battle Ship Maine.
Very nice Farmers Market across the street from our boat every Thursday. Good music entertainment with a drag Queen.
Great sunset view from our boat.
Lattitudes island restaurant off Key West - a must visit. Delicious and very reasonable. We shared the yellow tail snapper for lunch and they split it up for us. Great presentation and delicious. Our friends loved the benets for desert.Enjoyed today with our friends, Susan and John cruising on Nuclear Fishing.
Amazing yellow tail snapper lunch at Latitudes, an island off of Key West. The boat ride over is included with your reservation. This is a half order divided by the restaurant. Awesome.
Music dancing and fun at our favorite Key West bar, Schooners Wharf.
This is the kind of calm seas I love boating in. Mark Rheinhart who is a good friend and a Key West Charter Fisherman came out with us on our boat, set up the outriggers for fishing. Kevin an Mark did some scuba diving. Gorgeous day!
Fishing on the Koastal Karma! Doesn't get better than this.
Beautiful view from our boat for my early morning yoga.
Ft Zachary beach. Gorgeous day!
Fort Taylor and a couple of cruise ships in the background
St Louis friends at Schooners Wharf.
Reading by the warm pool at 0 Duvall.
Conch Republic for lunch and a mojito. Awesome view.
These manatees hang out at our marina next to this boat waiting for them to run their water in the boat that runs out and into the water.
Mallory Square scene. Always fun.
Schooners wharf. Awesome band. We're having lots of grateful days.
Higgs beach - another really nice beach in Key West - has a very nice restaurant there.
our 1st sunset at our new home for the month of February in Key West 9 hour day but loving life!
Mooring field in Key West
Key West coming up
Leaving the shallow water on to Key West
Big Spanish Channel
Cruising again! Inside to Key West. Sandy getting everything ship shape.
Tom Lauttenbach and a very cool CHINESE junk in the background
Me and Sylvie Turner taking belly dance lessons in Big Pine Key.
Tons of people at the Key West Women's walk.
Sylvie and I ran into our Key Largo Tai Chi friends LeAnn and Laurie in Key West.
Rode to Key West with Linda, Anna from Marathon Tai Chi, Sylvie from Key Largo Tai Chi and Mia, Anna's friend for the Women's walk. Fun group. I'm not much of a protester but went along to be with friends and visit Key West. Having worked for Kevin and being married for almost 33 years I've always felt like I had equal rights.
Sunset and doctails at our beach at Blackfin Resort and Marina with our Key Largo friends Mary, Mike, Jaclyn and cutie Jaxson.
Karen and Pete from Key Largo joining us for docktails.
Dancing to music of Martini up at Hurricane.
We were invited to the Marine Trawler Owners Association monthly docktail gathering at Banana Bay Marina.
Beth was married to Richard who started Boat US! Schwartz.
Look at this I'm expected at the Key West Station of the Oysterville Yacht Club!
Sandy teaching yoga in Marathon
Sunset and docktails at Blackfin Resort and Marina with our new friends Carol and Gary.
Happy hour at Overseas.
Docktails and sunset at Banana Bay - great people and great marina. A lot of these guys are loopers!
Hanging out with the Callnan cousins, Sandy and Bill at Keys Fisheries. Thanks for stopping by guys.
Sunset and docktails at Sombrero Dockside Marina. Me and the boys. 😎
Yay John and Susan Gunning finished the Loop.
Screaming orphans at the Celtic Festival
Great music at the Celtic Festival.
Manatee next to the boat
Finally tried out our local Marina restaurant. This guy is awesome one man band and the 35 cent wings at the Hurricane Restaurant are really good. Wine prices really good after happy hour.
Life for Sandy and I has gone a little South. This is the southern most beach in the continental USA for example!
Awesome yoga class at the Community Center in Marathon. Jeanie teaches a great class. Kevin even took it with me. About 40 people in the class. Thanks for the info Donna.
Great Reggae at Overseas last night.
Great sunset at the sandy point in our marina. Great spot for docktails.
Ahhhh.... Sombrero Beach - best beach in the Keys.
Our new home for the next month
We're staying at a gorgeous Marina in Marathon, just checked in. A really great deal and right in the middle of everything. Blackfin Resort and Marina. Really nice and helpful people.
Leaving Florida Bay on to Marathon
Gator rafted off the Koastal Karma in the Gator Baitor with Bill Bell,family and crew to join the party and watch the fireworks. We anchored out in Blackwater Sound in front of the Big Chill.
Kevin and the girls.
Jessica, Gator's daughter and her fiancé Ryan, Justin, Gator's son and friends. Let the party begin. Great New Year's Eve ending with a fireworks display. Great to watch from the boat.
Enjoyed spending New Year's on our boat with two of our Tai Chi friends from Canada Jim and Leanah! Really nice to hang out and get to know them better.
Lindi and Wavy Davy a couple of our Tai Chi friends in Key Largo invited us to their dock in Tarpon Basin to fill up our boat with water. Davy is an amazing artist/sculpturist. Great people.
Wavy Davy an amazing artist!
Gator and Mac, Jessica and Ryan's beautiful Golden loves to paddle board.
Beautiful sunset anchored off our friend Gators home and moved today to Blackwater Sound anchoring out of Big Chill restaurant. Just had dinner and waiting for Gator and his gang to tie up to us for fireworks and one-off our favorite bands Mr Stix and the Surprience. A couple of our tai chi friends are coming to join us.
Gators awesome Key Largo home.
Anchored in front of Gators in Key Largo
Thanks Bill Bell for bringing the boat from Mangrove Marina back to Key Largo with Kevin giving me a nice break to chill
Danny and Connie from Iowa. Hanging out on our boat in Tavernier.
Leaving the Pilot House on the hook for 3 days Ocean calm
Riding wild zebras in Key Largo. Oh yeah!
Andrea and Ray from Deland, FL and JD retriever Australian mix and Sally And David from Daytona Beach. FL our Key Largo sunset buddies.
Sativa, Sylvie and Sandy, great breakfast !
Merry Christmas to all! Wishing you all peace, love, health and happiness forever...... Breathe deeply and often.......
Carol Flaherty this is Judy from MI !
Steve Venini Bayside Band Christmas Eve at Bayside Grill. Bluesy - loving it!Awesome fish tacos.
Luke Sommer Glenn band at Bayside Grill. Sweet Home Alabama.
Mike and Angie Bear/Wolf great people.
On our way to Key Largo Fisheries to buy lobster tails for Christmas dinner and shrimp for Sandy's fabulous shrimp and grits at the Turner's on Monday morning. Can't wait to see Irie.
Stopped by Kelly's old dive shop, Rainbow Reef. Chatted with Derek. He asked how Kelly is doing in New Zealand.
Great sunset these never get old!
Mike and Mary at sunset on the shortest day of the year!
Our second favorite sunset spot next to Bayside Grill with live music every night at 6 pm. Our kind of hours.
Egon and Sandy.
This might seem strange but I always have a rubber duck on board for luck. Rick Jewell is the only other boater that I've ever meet that actually does this as well.
Our favorite sunset spot in Key Largo.
Ann and Mary on the bridge hot out .
Ann Mary and Maurice visiting Key Largo. Thanks for coming out. Great to see you guys.
Sunset and doctails with Mary and Mike.
A manatee came up to our. Oat in the Pilot House Marina. I've never seen them here before.
Link's Lady we last saw Link at Brunswick Landing . He' from northern Maine and now lives in Nova Scoita
Sandy has joined this weird cult and has to wear this shirt all the time.
Snooks for sunset with the Flaherty's last night in the Keys.
Egon and Mary at Key Largo Kamp Ground feels like home!
Met these guys tonight at the Pilot House Restaurant. Jeanie and Bill from Key Largo and Karen and Jim from Madison Wisconsin.
We were thinking of this for the boat .
Brian and Sylvie over for dinner! Great people.
Mary and Sandy on the Bridge after Sandy's hair was trimmed up.
Ms Mack's with the Flaherty's this is the good stuff!
Mike and Carol Yachting great to have these guys around!
Sharkey's best drink prices in Largo $3 wine. The boats in the background are from Rainbow Reef where Kelly worked last year, live music.
Our favorite pool and Jacuzzi spot.
Nice job with the Christmas lights Wolfman!
This is our new address for the next couple of months. We'd love to hear from everyone. I've already been snorkeling but only because I dropped Sandy's bike lock in the water, about 20 feet, this restaurant has underwater lights so a ton of fish, I expect they would frown on spear fishing under the glass button restaurant but it would be easy.
We found Kelly's old dive buddy at the marina we are staying at only one boat away. Wolfman's working at the Big Chill.
Our boat slip is nearly in side of the Pilot House Restaurant you have to go through the restaurant to get to our boat. The Keys are great!
The canal to the Pilot House Marina
A little rough in the ocean but beautiful
In the Ocean a little lumpy.,,
Snake Creek on our way to the ocean.
Gator Harbor! Aka: Rock Harbor running inside to Tavernier then north in the ocean to Pilot House.
Awesome band playing - Mr Stix and the Spurience.
Took the dinghy in to the Big Chill.
Made it to Key Largo. Anchored out for the night in Blackwater Sound.
Card Sound Bridge to Key Largo. Alabama Jacks is just to the west.
Pumpkin Key and Key Largo it's hard to see but the Ocean Reef Yacht Club is there.
Sandy waving good by to Biscayne Bay Card Sound here we come!
Leaving Miami beautiful water Florida Keys here we come.
Looks like a good spot.
I've got to see if we've been on one of these guys.
We're with the big boys now.
Cruise Ships this is to cool somebody pinch me.
On our way to the Florida Keys. Let's go.
Judy thanks for inviting us to your awesome birthday party.
Hanging with Gator great party happy birthday Judy!
Made it to Fort Lauderdale Beach!
Harvey Hochberg met at Deck 84 with live music Thanks Harvey for the glass of wine. Delray Beach.
Mary and Maurice on the bridge of Koastal Karma the building in the back ground are the ones that Lawrence and Pat used to manage.
Cocktails with Callnan's at Delray Beach Municipal Marina. Thanks for coming out!
Thanks Callnan's for helping Kevin replace his 5hp dingy engine with a new 9.8. Varoom!!
Now this place is a Yacht Club!
Found these guys again in N Palm Beach - Dineen ,Daniel and Bill we last had dinner with them in St Augustine with Craig and Donna the Mighty Fine also a Mainship Trawler.
Jupiter Inlet light house. Sandy and I feel like we're in local water again. We have vacationed in this part of Florida for years and always bring a boat so we've cruised these waters before.
Best dock hand ever - Mariner Cay Marina - Stuart, FL. We left our boat here for 9 days when we flew home for Thanksgiving. A gated community so our boat was really safe. Nick gave us a great deal and could not have been more helpful.
Great time with friends at Hot Tuna. Home for Thanksgiving with family. Back to the boat tomorrow in Stuart, FL and hope to be settled in Key Largo before end of week.
Party at our house. Good crowd.
Music in the dining room!
Charlie, Michelle andAurora at Kathryn and Tom's house. Great to see the family at Thanksgiving!
Family Christmas during Our Thanksgiving feast!
Hanging with family in Delray Beach. Sandy and I are so lucky to be related to these guys. Best family ever!
Mariners Cay good friends! Ron and Ann Cyrus from Jensen Beach.
Hanging around with Jim Crofwell in Stuart, he's got us in a great spot!
Caption Hirams in Sebastian. Sandy has found live music of course
Skins! Sunday Night football!
Good music and food at Crackerjacks in Titusville.
Hey Bob Do you know this guy too?
Whose blocking the channel?
Titusville Marina moving South.
More manatee than we've ever seen in one spot. Going through the Haulover cut connecting Mosquito Lagoon to the Indian River it was very challenging to avoid running over one! We must have seen 30!
Unfortunately seeing a lot of really nice boats up on the banks along the way.
Sandy with one of the Drag Queens at Mary's . This is a place that Rick recommended. I think he used to go there all the time. Drag Queen also happens to be the name of our anchor app that sends an alarm if we drag.
This Drag Queen was Sandy's favorite but we had to leave because we ran out of $1's
Really this one was my favorite!
That's what I'm talking about.....
Ray the dockmaster was super nice and very helpful. He even gave us a tour of the yacht club. We met very friendly members at happy hour at their Tiki Bar. Getting my clothes washed at the free laundry while hanging out at happy hour was perfect . Dave and Sherry Winkler in the middle are on the Yacht Club board. Great people. Awesome club. We'll def go back when we can spend more time.
Look at us at a swanky yacht club! It has free laundry and free ice and is only $1.25 a foot.
Halifax River Yacht Club in Daytona Beach. This is our first Yacht Club! Sandy used the Register of American Yacht Clubs Reciprocity Guide to find this place. Yep we are members of a Yacht Club.
Found really good music at Cruisers Grill and two dollar happy hour wine. Can't beat that!
Not really on our diet but enjoying delicious onion rings at the Cruisers Grill in Saint Augustine and thinking of Dick Michaux.
OMG! Saw this guy sitting in a bar. And yes this is the back of his head! Too funny.
Look at all these sailboats. We are truly the only Trawler out here on a mooring ball.
On a mooring ball in StAugustine.
Met up with other boaters for dinner in St Augustine last night. Had a great time.
First time on a mooring ball. Good thing we made a reservation. Boaters we're being turned away who did not. Looks like we're the only trawler out here with tons of sail boats. Really nice view.
Red Moon Rising. I know the photo doesn't show it but it's cool.
Amelia Island Yacht Basin did have a very nice new Toyota courtesy car so we were able to drive into the very charming historic Fernandina Beach walk around town and have a glass of wine while watching a beautiful sunset!
Amazing docking job Captain Tucker with little or no help from an inexperienced (in training) dock hand! Lol. Very tight spot!! We have a special code when the dock hand does not know what he is doing. I tell Kevin to remind me to buy broccoli while in town. Very nice guy but Amelia Island Marina is not used to transient boaters but getting a lot of them now since the beautiful Fernandina Harbor Marina is closed due to hurricane damage.
Passing Fernandina Harbor Marina where we really wanted to stay but was majorly damaged by Matthew. Will not open until 2017 but maybe longer.
Leaving Georgia. Made it to Florida!
Right next to the Clubhouse at Brunswick Landing, free beer every night. Wine is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We leave at first light and should make it to Florida tomorrow.
Look who we found at Brunswick Landing Marina our buddies the Fruitcakes!
We are at a real Marina. Theresa Davis a friend of ours and one of my brother Stephen and his wife Jody best friends is having surgery for ovarian cancer tomorrow send prayers.
It's Monday! We made it to Brunswick Landing Marina, famous for free beer and wine.
We stayed at a tiny marina in Townsend, GA. The owner, Henry came out in his skiff and led us in through a windy canal 6 miles long. Lol. Nicest guy, he gave us a 110 extension card to hook our boat up to electric. Definitely a dock to use fender boards. Thanks again Tom Hill! Surprised we didn't find this marina in any of the books. We were the only boat there except for one that was for sale. We were just happy we didn't have to anchor out in Georgias crazy currents.
A flock of seagulls following the boat.
Following Ariel Hell Gate just ahead! Worst sport on the ICW.
Saying bye to Thunderbolt, GA, sweet little town and awesome Marina. Used the courtesy car to go to Walmart and Publix for groceries. Dockmaster Hal was very nice and very helpful. Had a delicious crab cake at Tourtulle Grill with our new yachting buddies, Jim and Barbara on Ariel, a 44 foot Krogen. Then back to Tubbys Tank House for more great live music. Two great restaurants within short walking distance from the marina. Followed these experienced yachters out through Hells Gate this morning. Thanks for the tips guys!
Hanging out with the band Calibogue Sound at Tubbys Tank House in Thunderbolt, GA. Outskirts of Savannah. We were warned not to go into the town of Savannah because of all the intense commercial traffic. We can easily Uber into Savannah from here but may just want to hang out here which is a really cool place with lots going on.
Doing a great job of finding amazing music at Tubby's Tank in Thunderbolt outside of Savannah! Great shagging music!
Thai food for dinner, one of our favorites. We made it to Georgia.
Daufuskie Island. Grant and Pearl have gone to this place.
May be difficult to see from the pic But Hilton Head, SC really took a hit from hurricane Matthew!!
Running with 2fh fish again leaving Beaufort.
Cajun shrimp and grits at Blackstone restaurant. Off to GA today- Savanna area.
Delicious fresh fish dinner at Q on the Bay in Beaufort, SC while being entertained by The Bull Grapes, an awesome band!
Sandy planning our next day cruise. Made it to Beaufort today, tomorrow it's off to Thunderbolt which is near Savannah. Live music tonight in Beaufort.
Alright back to the ICW. That took about an hour and a half but worth it.
We are at Bohicket Bight on the hook for the night.
Leaving the ICW for our anchorage at Bohicket Creek.
Charlestown passing the battery right now.
Fort Sumter where the war of Northern aggression began.
Enjoyed breakfast on the boat this morning with Mari Ricozzi. Thanks for coming out Mari and seeing us off from Isle of Palms marina in Charleston South Carolina. On our way to Kiawah Island.
Sunrise at Isle of Palms. Loving life.
Enjoyed dinner on our boat tonight with another of Kevin's college buddies Gary Ricozzi. Thanks for coming out Gary.
Garry Ricozzi was over for dinner last night, the Stonehill group is great.
Yay. Toasting Martha Anne for renting our Va Beach home while we are away. Thanks Martha! You rock!
This looks like a place Lloyd would like. No one anywhere near you and you have to get there by boat.
When we left Georgetown this morning we missed the ICW and we're heading out to sea! I took Gary Ashton's advice when you don't know where you are STOP!
Leaving Georgetown had a great time with Rory and Karen last night. Beautiful home of course!
Thanks Rory for the entertainment knocking down some Jethro Tull! Awesome! Kevin says he felt like he was back in the boys dorm.
Rory and his beautiful wife Karen.
Rory and his beautiful daughter, Stelling Lee. Not sure if I'm spelling her name correctly...
Thanks for the awesome dinner last night in your gorgeous home! Karen with puppy - notice the picture above the fireplace of Rory and Stelling.
Koastal Karma was docked next to Instant Karma. Felt great of course.
This is my new rear view mirror. I had no idea I needed this thing but I love it. Thanks Julie.
The Red Head these guys we're at the Hampton Rendezvous. The boat used to belong to Billy Joel!
This is the ostentatious home of the owner of half Myrtle Beach!
Who knew you could cruise around the town of Myrtle Beach in your golf cart. What fun!
Tony has taking up the hobby of really nice artwork using palm tree fronds in his retirement.
Tony and Dolores have done a beautiful job remodeling their home in Myrtle Beach. Thanks for the awesome party!
Andy and Julie having finished the Americas Great Loop year long trip in their 39 Main ship trawler, The fruitcake and are ready to sell.
We enjoyed breakfast on the back deck of Julie and Andy's beautiful home watching the parade of yachts moving down the I CW.
Thank you Julie and Andy For the lovely breakfast in your beautiful home on the I CW on Sunday morning.
Va Beach friends Liz and Rosalinda visited us on the boat in Myrtle Beach and partied with us at our friends beautiful home Tony and Dolores.
I loved the Myrtle Beach yacht club Marina which also had an awesome restaurant. Was wonderful to meet up with friends in the Myrtle Beach area Tony and Dolores Augustine and our boating buddies with the same Main ship call the Fruitcake's, Andy and Julie Perry. Who have actually completed the great American loop. Our friends Rosalinda Diaz and Liz Baylon happened to be visiting in Myrtle Beach celebrating their birthdays. Tony and Dolores put together an awesome party for all of us. And made a delicious Boston butt. Lots of Shaggin going on!
North Myrtle Beach.
Yikes! Someone did not make it through the dreaded Lockwood Folly.
Took off from Carolina Beach this morning following our new friends on the 34 Mainship Trawler 2thFish. We enjoyed docktails on our boat with Gordon and Sue from 2thFish last night before going out. Gordon thanks much for the help with the apps!
And the bartender.
We really liked the owners of Gibbys.
After grilling our fresh fish we Ubered into town for our music. The owner in the back is watching Kevin with his wife.
Biked into Carolina Beach to check on the night life. We bought some fresh fish for dinner from a fish house on the Docks. Found two awesome bands. The first was Spare Change at The Sea Witch which started at 8 pm. When they took a break moved over to Gibby's and danced to another great band called Bluestone.
Gale force winds in Carolina Beach. Very happy to be in a protected marina. Doubled up the lines, the Admiral is making great go no go decisions ,she always has. By the way we love reading the comments, Keep them coming!
Kevin getting our bikes off the boat to ride into town for some live music tonight.
Kevin getting our vessel ship shape after our daily travels.
Arrived at our new home at 3:15 today. Beautiful Joyner Marina in Carolina Beach, NC. JW awesome friendly dock master. And free Laundry! Yay - much needed. Here for two days as tomorrow does not look great for yachting.
Little Pink houses for you and me.
Docktail hour on our boat as we just docked for the night at Swan Point Marina. Evelyn the owner is really sweet. Tomorrow early off for Joyner Marina in Carolina Beach. Hoping to be in Myrtle Beach on Friday for the weekend to hook up with friends if the weather cooperates.
We were glad the lights weren't flashing! Camp Lejune, go Marines!
More dolphins frolicking in the ICW.
Beautiful calm waters! Definitely my kind of yachting!!!
Now this is a real trawler..
Our dock is in front of the Bask Hotel. Morehead City. Made it.
This guy has a little to much stuff!
Leaving Morehead City Docks. We were docked next to the Reel Jewell who live in Morehead City.
Don't miss Grumpy's Comfort Food for breakfast or lunch. Everything homemade by owner. Even the hot sauce.
Ode to the fishermen.
Very nice bath houses at the Morehead City Docks.
Docked at Morehead City Docks. Very nice!
Red Fish excellent restaurant in Morehead City.
Met Constie the owner of Red Fish who is a good friend of our good friend Ben Wills from Virginia Beach. Ben and Jewell also own a home in Morehead City. Hope to stop by again coming back north when Ben and Jewell can be here to show us around. The only problem
Jason the bar tender took our picture at Red Fish bar and restaurant in Morehead City. Ben Wills thanks for the recommendation.
Neuse River. Last big water for quite awhile. YEA.
RE Mayo! This is a famous landmark on the ICW. Great seafood.
Entering Goose Creek.
Crossing the Pamlico River. About 26 miles up river is McCotters Marina where we bought our boat. yea!
Leaving the sweet little town of Belhaven. Spent two nights here because winds were not favorable for crossing the Pamlico yesterday. A very pleasant place to stay. The people are super friendly. I even found a yoga class!
Dressed up for our dinner date at Spoon River and rode our bikes in on Halloween night. Lots of trick or treaters came in and all restaurants were giving out candy. Hope our house in Virginia Beach did not get egged. First year that Kevin was not there to hand out the king size candy bars to 67 plus trick or treaters.
Delicious dinner at Belhaven Spoon River Artworks Market, fine dining, art, wine shop and market. These are huge servings of a single meal they split for us. We bought a flight of wine. The very nice owners kept checking on us and gave us an additional free flight of wine.
Belhaven takes Halloween very seriously. They expect to have hundreds of kids. The surrounding rural areas bring all their kids here. I took an awesome yoga class at this beautiful bed and breakfast this morning. We held back here for a second day as winds were high and our travels will be through the Pamlico which are open waters. Tomorrow looks awesome and warmer again.
OK the guy we meet from Turkey is off on his way to St Martin, what could possibly go wrong?
Hey we got a neighbor. He is from Turkey. He bought his boat on eBay. He's planning on sailing to St Martin. He's never boated before obviously from docking skills. Prayers that he makes it there safely.
Enjoyed the sunset with docktails.
Took our bikes off and toured around Belhaven.
All alone at the free town docks in Belhaven.
Docked on the free docs at Bellhaven. It really cute little town. Delicious homemade ice cream!
Coming up on Wilkerson Bridge about ten nm from Belhaven where we'll try to stay on the free town docks tonight.
Koastal Karma at our first anchorage the south end of the Alligator River. We are actually on our way.
Our first anchorage on this tour at Alligator River Cove. Also first time for our dingy the Namaste to be launched.
Hey, look at all these boats in front of us. Oh wait, those are the same boats that were just behind us. The Albemarle looks great - what a beautiful day to make the passage!
Wow! Look at all these boats behind us!
Leaving Coinjock Marina. Had awesome company for dinner last night, Kevin's sister Kathryn and Tom Hill. Thanks for coming out!
Yay. We passed him! He just bought his boat three days ago and is on his way to Georgetown.
Kevin is really excited because we've owned this boat four years next March and this is the first boat we've ever passed.
Leaving Virginia. We are now in North Carolina!
Centerville Turnpike Bridge finally opened!
Leaving Atlantic Yacht Basin at Great Bridge. Enjoyed docktails with our new friends Grant and Bette on the Black Tie from NY.
Going into our first lock; the Greatbridge lock. She was an awesome and very patient lock master. She even gave out Halloween candy.
And quite a few boats behind us too. However most of them are passing us.
Waiting for the Gimberton Bridge and the railroad bridge to open. Have a bit of boat traffic with us today.
Leaving Portsmouth free dock heading for Atlantic yacht basin in Greatbridge. Short day on the water. It's a cat dog kind of day as Pam Williams would say.
Docked for our first night at High Street free docks in Portsmouth, VA
Hospital Point, Portsmouth, VA mile 0 on the ICW.
Passing Grants tank farm - Norfolk Oil Transit at Lambert's Point in Norfolk, VA.
Go Navy!! Passing the Norfolk Naval shipyard largest in the world.
There are some large boats out here!
And passing Chamberlin Hotel at Old Point Comfort where Fort Monroe is on our right. We are now officially leaving the Chesapeake Bay and entering the Elizabeth River. Smooth sailing. Yay!
Passing Fort Wool on our left officially leaving the Chesapeake Bay.
Goodbye Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. See you in six months.
Short trip today! Have never said goodbye so many times. Back to Cape Henry Shores. Beautiful day in the neighborhood but not in the bay. We actually took water over the upper helm.
Back in CHS this morning we were able to hook up with our neighborhood bikers for our daily bike ride. There is still lots of standing water in the state park due to Hurricane Matthew. Virginia Beach really took a hit! We were out of power for five days while trying to prepare for our departure. Many of our friends had devastating damage. Prayers are with you all!
Fortunately the Chesapeake Bay can be one of the worst parts of this trip. Most of it is not on open waters like the bay but in protected ICW canals. Looks like tomorrow will be a perfect day to make the crossing. Plan to spend the night in Portsmouth. Hoping some of their free docking is open. Maybe check out the Commodore for a movie. The Accountant with Ben Afleck is playing -have heard it is good.
We started our trip on October 13 going to the awesome Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous and enjoyed a few days of boating classes with other boaters heading south. We were recommended at the end of rendezvous that if we had a place to dock that we should wait a few days to allow the 80 plus boaters to clear out. There were so many boaters bc many would have left earlier without the hurricane. Now we have the issue of many boaters, marinas closed due to damage from the hurricane and lots of debris in the water from broken piers etc.
To me this was a godsend. I had just returned from 21 days in Thailand with my 2 daughters returning Oct 4th so had only 10 days to get ready to leave my house for 6 months. I had an automobile accident one week before going to Thailand and fractured a rib so was not able to use that time to ready our home. Lol.
By the way, our beautiful Virginia Beach home is still a available for rent for six months, fully furnished 5 BR 4 BA. Awesome deal including utilities, cable and WiFi. Let me know you you know someone who may be interested. I'll send details.
Tomorrow looks great - so one day at a time..........
Breathe deeply and often......."
Whoa turning around. The bay is way too rough today!
On our way south. Goodbye Cape Henry Shores.
Getting. Ready to travel! We leave Tuesday morning.
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