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Season’s Greetings from Hot Springs, Arkansas

Season’s Greetings from Hot Springs, Arkansas

When you’re living life on the run, you have to make the most of time.  So, when Joel’s family tossed out the idea of travelling to Hot Springs Arkansas, it sounded like a great way to enjoy our short Thanksgiving Break as it meant less travel time and, therefore, more play time.  In the end, we made the most of our weekend by eating entirely too much, trying some new things, and making fun new memories in one of our…

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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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Chart a Course to the Conch Republic

Chart a Course to the Conch Republic

I awoke at 0600, prepped the boat, and was on my way to the Ft.Myers mooring field.  I was planning on provisioning there with fuel, water and food.  I was also taking on crew.  Ray has been at Boulder as long as I can remember.  He has helped us with many projects over the years and is a close friend.  We dined at Doc Ford’s which is right next to the mooring field and is a staple for author Randy…

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Lemon Bay to Pelican Bay

Lemon Bay to Pelican Bay

  I spent a wonderful night at anchor in Lemon Bay before picking up the hook and heading toward Charlotte Harbor.  As I was raising the anchor, dolphins began circling the chain as the windlass pulled it in.  The ICW through this stretch was much more interesting than the previous day’s journey.  There were dolphins, manatees, and an assortment of birds perched above channel markers.  I also had to travel through a large swing bridge followed by an abandoned railroad…

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A New Car!

A New Car!

After over a year of deliberation, we finally purchased a dinghy: a nice, shiny, new dinghy.  Originally, we were not planning on buying a new one.  However, given our landlocked location, lack of time, and and the lack of used boats in the area, Emily pushed me to take advantage of West Marine’s 15% off Thanksgiving online sale (which included free shipping to our local store).  After looking at all the options, we decided to go with a Walker Bay…

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