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Back in Blue Waters

May 13, 2014: We woke to a hand-painted pastel sky after our night of UN-rest on the Plaintiff’s Rest.       The oldies-but-goodies mixed tape soundtrack of Island Time kept playing through my mind as I put on the kettle … Continue reading

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Bombs Over Baghdad!

May 5, 2014: Shrimpers.  That’s what they were.  Those strange looking UFO ships out on the water. They were huge shrimping vessels with massive football stadium-like lights flooding the deck.  No red or green for port or starboard, so you … Continue reading

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Close Encounters of the Gulf Kind

May 4-5, 2014: With 4-6 foot seas, a steady 17-20 knots of wind pushing us in, and our bow doing a nice ‘figure eight‘ motion in and around the Venice inlet, we made our way in.  The Captain did a … Continue reading

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“Annie, Are You Okay??”

April 28, 2014: It was time to say goodbye to the Keys.  While we certainly enjoyed our time on that quirky little island (and the breathtaking ferry over to the Dry Tortugas), it was time to give our livers – … Continue reading

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April 12, 2014 – Keys Log: Day 10 (Part One) – Rain On Our Parade

I woke to find a friend on our stern line the next morning. He didn’t even move as we rustled around in the cockpit and readied the boat for another passage.  He just watched us inquisitively and minded his own … Continue reading

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April 3, 2014 – Shoving Off!

Well folks, this is it.  April 3rd.  Shove-off day.  Departure day.  THE day.  And, we were ready.  Beyond ready.  All the trips to the stores, the packing and inventorying of the boat, the freezer meals, everything was ready.  All we … Continue reading

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April 2, 2014 – We Need to Buy Stock in Publix

Now that we had all of the NON-perishables packed on the boat, it was time to make the last final run to Publix for the perishables.         And, I say “final” because we took quite a beating at … Continue reading

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April 1, 2014 – Provisioning the Boat’s No Joke!

No April Fools about it.  Provisioning is one serious chore!  We’re planning a 30-day trip on the boat.  That’s a good long while.  So, let’s talk about packing.  Before we started stuffing the boat full of supplies for the trip, … Continue reading

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