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A Change of Plans

When the Coronavirus scuttled our plans to be in the Keys last April, we decided to stay in Fort Myers.  We’re still here, but we’ve both been busy.  Not only have we gotten our golf clubs out, but Dawn’s been … Continue reading

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Fort Myers

Before we share thoughts on our time here, how about a little history? Fort Myers lies along the southern bank of the Caloosahatchee river in Southwest Florida.  Local natives, the Calusa, knew about this place for a few millennia, earning them … Continue reading

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The Retirement Coast

Florida has it’s Emerald Coast, Treasure Coast, and Space Coast. Tampa’s deranged author, Tim Dorsey, calls Florida’s southwest between Sarasota and Marco Island, the Retirement Coast.  We left Twin Dolphin Marina in Bradenton on a sunny morning in early March, … Continue reading

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A Pug’s Tale

I knew something was different when we had popcorn three nights in a row.  I’m not complaining because I love popcorn.  I’m a popcorn whisperer. I know it’s coming before it makes the boat smell better than bacon. The TV … Continue reading

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Bradenton Blues

We had high expectations of our stay in Bradenton.  We planned to stay a full month, the first planned long term stay of our trip.  Marina economics were one of the drivers.  Another was a simple desire to sit still … Continue reading

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Boca Ciega Bay

We cleared our slip at Clearwater Beach early the day after New Years, added 100 gallons of diesel to our starboard tank, and headed South.  We were bound for Bradenton, on the Manatee river just south of Tampa Bay. It … Continue reading

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Clearwater Beach

We left Tarpon Springs feeling anxiety and a bit of melancholy.  Either our stay seemed too short, we were not fully recovered from the Crossing, or perhaps, we just needed more Greek food! Nonetheless, we put those emotions aside, tossed … Continue reading

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A Leap North

We’re running about 10 days behind our planned go date, as we finish a few things on the boat, and in our life tasks, before heading out.  We’re now looking at pushing off next Wednesday to accommodate a vet follow-up … Continue reading

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Sewing Aboard

Most of our boat projects involve protecting ourselves and our cruising home from water, sun, bugs, and other boats. It’s really that simple.  Big threats fit into one of these four buckets, and fabric can provide first line defense against the … Continue reading

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Loop from Above

Over the past few months, I’ve flown to Cleveland just about every way Southwest Airlines can get there from Houston.  I’ve connected in St. Louis, New Orleans, Nashville, Chicago, Baltimore and Atlanta. Add flights to Ft. Lauderdale in May and … Continue reading

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