-E.B. White

Tuesday, May 9, 2023



"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do then by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from your safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails. EXPLORE, DREAM. DISCOVER!"

Mark Twain

More on that discussion to follow.

Broulee's delivery captains Rick, Vinny & Jim.  They called themselves the three amigos, I lovingly call them "the three stooges". They did a fine job of delivering the boat safely to Charleston, SC, cannot thank these seasoned boaters enough for their help.

Their trip across Florida requires lockage on the Okeechobee waterway.  Normally it is just Rick and Deb travelling this area so only two life vests are in the pilot house.  The guys handling lines needed vests, looks like Rick is trying to comply by wearing Izzy's dog life preserver. 

Izzy is feeling much better and very comfortable at home in Minnesota, so It looks like a go for Deb to meet Rick and Broulee in Charleston in late April. Deb's sister Gail (a total dog lover) came to take care of her, a win win for both of them.

Early morning departure from Charleston, SC.  

Looks like it will be a good boating day - leaving Charleston Harbor.

Although happy for delivery help, Captain glad to have 1st Mate (Admiral) on board.

 Ok, just saying - it doesn't get any better than this. 

Sunset at calm anchorage!

Or how about, sunrise at anchorage in the low country.

Back at Atlantic Yacht Basin - fun to watch the east coast boats/circle loop boats coming thru.
  It is a different mindset.  Thanks for keeping these boats alive.  

Back in Minnesota, enjoying early sunrise and deciding our next adventure.

Sorry, once again for delays in posting.  I am sending this off so I can move on.  A lot has happened, change is coming and we appreciate everyone that has followed our adventures.  All is good, but it is what it is.  If you are one of our friends that I do not have a snail
mail address for (Bob & Sharon Bond) our Christmas card/New Years card explained a little bit of what's going on.  We decided to sell our slip at Marco. Pricing on the island exploded and we decided to take advantage of it (finally right time, right price) yea!!!! Not excited about the capital gains, but, like I said before, it is what it is.  We have a MAJOR remodel project going on in our three story 1895 house, trying to turn main floor into main level living.  Who in their right mind would decide to live in their house, during a MAJOR remodel.  Well as friends and followers know, this is our norm.  When your husband wears a hat that saws "I love the smell of sawdust in the morning", just saying.  Next post will be about Broulee, our return to her in Norfolk this past March 2023 and extended plans.  

Sunday, April 17, 2022



Easter morning Bald Eagle Lake 2022.  Looks like a good day for us (although as I write this, the evening weather has taken a turn for the worse - snowing!!!!!)  Welcome to Minnesota spring. Thankyou Shana for hosting an amazing Easter Brunch, very nice to be with my family - Izzy and I are seriously missing Rick, still hoping to meet him & Broulee soon.

Izzy and I out for our morning walk got a good laugh, this was posted on the telephone pole near our driveway.  The McVeigh's have 4 young children.  What a brilliant mother.   Hope everyone had a good day!!!

Flashback Easter 2007 on Broulee in the BVI's.  Coloring easter eggs with sharpie pens.

Nice job Smiths, amazingly the Easter bunny found us.

Nothing better than Easter on the beach in the BVI's

Will post shenanigans of the Broulee crew  in next day or so.