Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Our new blog

For those of you who did not delete themselves as followers of our first blog - surprise! Here is the new blog address: http://inbetweencontinents.blogspot.com

This one is land-based, so less trouble to get into and (hopefully) less money in repairs!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friday the 13th

We sold Rising Star today. Jim, her new owner (and long time blog follower) is taking her to Marathon, so I want to warn our friends there not to dingy up, knock on the hull and call out for De Anne or me.

The kitty needs to be fed - Soooo......Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's back to work I go.

I'll start a new blog when I retire again.

Jim and De Anne during the trial sail:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Bayfront Park

Our tour of Bayfront Park:

That's no movie star - that's my wife:

Riding the MetroMover through downtown:

Crossing the river on the MetroMover car:

Saturday, July 24, 2010

No free ice

Tropical Storm Bonnie hit us Friday. After her passage I have been wandering the streets looking for FEMA.

Nobody cares about us survivors! The President has not even done a fly over. I can't find any free trailers, food, or water. To add insult to injury no one is even giving us free ice! How can I enjoy a G&T if I have to spend two dollars of my own money for a bag of ice?

Several hours of 40 mph winds and 18 inch waves and I can't find a shrink or even a social worker anywhere to discuss my feelings.

OK, perhaps I am being politically incorrect, and maybe karma will get me for it, but - gosh it was fun to dodge at least one of Mother Nature's bullets!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Things that go bump in the night

Mother Nature gave us a reminder of what real power is on Friday morning - just past midnight. While not quite as forceful as the Thanksgiving storm last year in Marathon, it was quite a show.

In the morning I could see 7 boats had been "relocated". One boat in the mooring field broke it's mooring line (not the marina's line) and snuggled up to the bow of a catamaran, also in the mooring field. The marina crew was out at daybreak to untangle the two boats.

The other errant vessels found rocks and/or mangroves to rest against during the latter part of the storm.

During the height of the 30 minute thunderstorm waves 3 to 4 feet and about 10 to 12 feet apart were lashing the boat. When angry, waves quit gurgling and switch to a sinister hissing.

The bimini, which we had furled and strapped up, started to peel apart. I went out to the cockpit with a handful of bungee cords to get it back under control. Losing only 1 bungee cord I was able to get the fabric strapped down and get my bedraggled self back under the dodger.

As the lightning strikes came closer a boat in the mooring field was hit. I just happened to be looking in that direction and saw it. Instantly, just like a 4th of July sparkler, a shower of sparks flew from the mast. Some of the other strikes were just a few hundred yards away and I could feel the heat on my face with each close bolt.

We have enjoyed the strong sea breezes which have made summer here quite bearable; however, occasionally we get too much of a good thing.

I realized I have not shared pictures of Coconut Grove - so here are some downtown scenes about 2 blocks from Dinner Key marina:

Miami City Hall located next door to Dinner Key marina:

Monday, July 12, 2010

Merrick Park

Just south of Coconut Grove we visited the most upscale, open-air shopping mall I have ever seen. The name of the place was quite pleasing - Merrick Park.

We have met a new friend in the mooring field. Normally I do not use last names on the blog to protect the prvicy of friends; however, Charles will forgive me. He closed a record production deal yesterday afternoon, but missed the last shuttle boat. He called me to pick him up and wanted to celebrate a bit so I took him back to our boat for a sundowner. After a couple he even sang for us.
Album cover from 1992:
Last night aboard:

Meanwhile, back on the boat, we are trying to find a crew position to keep De Anne entertained. So far no luck. Not many boats moving this time of year.