LOOKS LIKE IT'S "OR BUST" FOR THE BAHAMAS - we gave it our best shot, but after waiting three weeks for a decent weather window we are "giving up the ghost" so to speak. Today, in another blow, we made a decision to slowly head up the coast of Florida and start making plans for heading back to Minnesota. With temps in the 60's and 70's at home and the lure of the grandkids, it is time to wrap up this winter season 2010. Plans are to hang in Florida for 3 weeks or so and then store Broulee on the hard in LaBelle (on the Okeechobee Waterway) for the hurricane season.
EVEN NOW; WITH A THOUSAND LITTLE VOYAGES UNDER MY BELT.I STILL FEEL A MEMORIAL CHILL ON CASTING OFF.-E.B. White
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
TRYING TO BE PAITIENT WAITING FOR WEATHER WINDOW - but loosing steam (and running out of wine). We've been just bobbing around the upper keys - 1st on the ocean side and now today crossing back over at Channel 5 to the bayside. Weather has been beautiful and have discovered more Florida State Parks then we probably would like to, but most of them allow pets and it has been a way for Izzy to release some energy. Rick describes the trip to land anchored outside of Sand Key: "Took Izzy for a shore run today at Sand Key. There she and I headed in through the shallows and paddled the dinghy for another 100 yards and then, keeping her inside the dinghy ( a challenge) while I dragged it the last 100 feet across bottom. She couldn't wait any longer and bolted out running pell- mell - left and right in 6" of water, then up on the beach through tidal mud, grabbing sponges washed ashore and throwing them in the air only to grab another and chase with it back into the water - back and forth, back and forth." Needless to say, they both arrived back at the boat covered with salt water and tidal mud.
Posted by Rick, Deb and Izzy aboard M/V Broulee at 4:32 PM
Friday, March 19, 2010
OK - PROMISED TO GET BACK TO YOU on time spent at the wrinkle ranch in Arizona with Mom and Dad the first week in March. One of the highlights and lowlights of the week was the much acclaimed theater production of The Pearls of Paulene. Mom is the Stage Manager and her friend Jan is the Writer/Director/Producer.
Posted by Rick, Deb and Izzy aboard M/V Broulee at 10:55 AM
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Dance as if no one were watching.
Sing as if no one were listening.
Live each day as if it were your last!
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Posted by Rick, Deb and Izzy aboard M/V Broulee at 11:32 AM
Monday, March 15, 2010
TOTO - WE ARE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE - I'm not sure we are still in the US. Dinner Key Marina in Biscayne Bay proved to be an interesting experience - thought maybe we fell asleep and woke up in Cuba. We were able to get Izzy's health certificate and some more provisions (wine) and then moved across the bay to No Name Harbour in preparation for crossing to the Bahamas. No Name Harbour is located at the southern end of Key Biscayne and is part of the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. There are bike and hiking trails in a beautiful tropical setting. We arrived Sunday morning into what appeared to be a quiet picturesque anchorage. By noon we knew we were in trouble - boats started arriving in droves and our quiet anchorage with 6 boats turned into 60 - of course, each with their own choice of music blaring like it was a competition of sorts. We sat on the flybridge - cocktail in hand enjoying the chaos and watching them fight for their foot of space - luckily they left en masse around 5:30 and we had our quiet spot back. There is also a restaurant here specializing in Cuban cuisine - polish up your spanish - Spanish is the 1st language spoken by 70% of the population here.
Posted by Rick, Deb and Izzy aboard M/V Broulee at 6:25 PM