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The boat needed to be washed anyways

The boat needed to be washed anyways

Just a short clip of a small storm I encountered  approximately 50 miles offshore from Cedar Key,Fl. I was on a route traveling from Anclote key to Apalachicola,fl.  Sustained 36 knot winds for about 15 minutes creating some interesting wind driven waves to form.  The remainder of the trip left me dodging thunderstroms throughout the night.  I will be writing a post soon.  Until then, enjoy the clip.  

Animal Ambassadors

Animal Ambassadors

If you ever find yourself in the Sarasota/Siesta Key area, you should definitely take the time to visit Mote Marine and Save our Seabirds. Being as they are situated right next to each other on City Island, they make an excellent day trip.  Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is a research and conservation-driven organization that has been in operation since 1955.  Today, they have two adjacent facilities that house a huge variety of marine animals including sharks, manatees, rays, river…

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Sarasota Sunset

Sarasota Sunset

In one of our favorite movies, After the Sunset, Woody Harrelson’s character offers the following advice to Pierce Brosnan’s character. He says, “The world is divided up between people who like to watch the sunset and those who don’t. People like you are never happy. You’re anxious, type-A, egocentric perfectionists who can’t sit still and die alone with a million bucks and a thousand regrets. The people who can relax, enjoy the sunset, hold hands at the end of the day… They’re the happy…

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Cruising the ICW

Cruising the ICW

Early in their book How Not to Buy A Cruising Boat, our good friends, Tim and Deb Akey of The Retirement Project, discuss the importance of deciding what kind of cruiser you think you are before attempting to buy a boat.  Since we began our travels this summer, I have been learning first-hand that there are, indeed, different types of passages that may appeal to different types of sailors.  Two types of cruising with which I’m now familiar (thanks to…

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Living Life on a Little Boat

Living Life on a Little Boat

The tiny-house trend may be the current craze, but what if your tiny house is one that floats? Life can be pretty great on a small boat; for example, a deep clean of your interior living space takes maybe an hour… Two tops. However, there are always compromises. If you are considering living on a boat that’s around 30 feet long, here are 5 potentially problematic points to consider before taking the plunge. 1. Your entire wardrobe fits in 3…

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Punta Gorda and Perspective

Punta Gorda and Perspective

The first time I visited Florida, I was 6 or 7 years old.  It was during Thanksgiving break, and I don’t remember a whole lot other than our trip in grandpa’s boat up the Peace River and the gator.  Grandpa was driving the little speedboat uncharacteristically slowly, looking for one of those prehistoric monsters so he could give his grand-kids a thrill.  All of the sudden, he killed the motor and let us drift up to an island in the…

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Manatee Encounter

Manatee Encounter

“This curious world we inhabit… is far more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used” — Henry David Thoreau One of the main reasons I love traveling is because I absolutely delight in taking in the various forms of beauty of our natural world.  I’ve already communicated my love of sunsets, how each one is different, unique, and beautiful in its own right.  I persuaded Joel to go on our…

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Cruising Life Q&A

Cruising Life Q&A

When we first started telling our friends and family members about our summer plans for cruising, the few who were not completely flabbergasted had questions.  Lots of questions.  As a teacher, I love questions.  Questions mean that individuals are curious, invested, and/or interested, all of which are necessary for learning to occur in a positive, meaningful way.  My experience as a teacher also tells me that for every one student who asks a question, there are probably at least 5…

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