Adventures in Marineland: May/June 2018

Happy Day!

I have two posts to close out our spring trip to St. Augustine and Marineland. The first one will focus on the weeks we were finally able to relax from what seemed to us non-stop busyness since Irma hit last fall.

Marineland is one of those spots for us to relax and unwind. The simple life of walking the beach and kayaking filled our time, and this year…a few extra naps…due to all the rainy weather.

We were blessed with time to visit friends who were passing through, by car (Debbie and Gary), and by boat (Georgette and Gary). Other friends (Pam and Dan) came for a long weekend stay in the marina and we had a great time boating, fishing and tourist-ing the Dolphin Encounter.

Pictures speak louder than words…some sights while walking near the marina.

April Showers bring May flowers

The field was on ablaze with the wildflowers and water was still standing all around from so much rain.

Florida wild flowers

Stop and smell the…weeds, I mean flowers.

Rain, rain, go away. And you can skip another day!

I found these parrots with a little guidance from Brandon, and they sure were noisy.

Make a joyful noise

Good mornings have a beach.

Another storm on its way.

It’s sea turtle nesting season from March to October. This mama had a false crawl, which always makes me a little sad because all those eggs will be dropped out in the ocean.

False crawl.Getting some practice in with the new 600mm lens with a 2x teleconverter.

Getting some practice in with the new 600mm lens with a 2x teleconverter.

Love the birds doing their bird thing along the surf.

Somehow the last time we were here we didn’t go to the Marineland Dolphin Adventure. But we made up for it this time with three trips. This June they were celebrating their 80th anniversary. We had free entrance passes and for ten dollars we turned them into behind the scenes passes, and had a great tour time with our friends Pam and Dan, and Gracie too!

Russ, Dan and Pam from Beufort, SC.

Gracie.

Behind the Scenes Tour:

Marineland Dolphin Adventure. The G is for Georgia Aquarium, who runs the facility.

Behind the scenes, Lion Fish.

You can’t see me.

I’m not an enemy.

Chill.

The underwater viewing area in the behind the scene tour.

The underwater viewing area in the behind the scene tour.

What’s the last thing you hear a redneck say?

Watch this!

More from the top-side.

Oh yeah! Here comes lunch!

 

Me! Me! Pick Me!

How many fish do you have in that there bucket?

Will work for food.

Game on.

Take that!

Hi.

I got this.

I need this for my sailboat.

I just need a little time out.

Bottoms up.

Come cool off with me.

We got a weather window to take a kayaking trip to Princess Place Preserve. These historic grounds are technically in Palm Coast, but just a few creeks away from Marineland by water. We went to the west side of the park and followed creeks keeping to the left and we ended up at this eagles nest. We were not aware it was there ahead of time (here’s more information) Mama and papa were visiting the nest just as we noticed them and then they left, so I didn’t get any pics. But here is juvenile brother. A little research revealed he was not a very nice guy…took out the sibling not too long ago. But that’s the way of the wild.

Juvenile Eagle in nest, Princess Place Preserve.

And a short fly over.

More pics from the kayaking trip.

Nice kayak bud.

You’re interruptin lunch here.

View of the ICW.

We are usually blessed with many beautiful sunsets on our cruising trips, but the weather had a different idea this time. I did manage to catch one or two.

Sun setting on Marineland Marina office and docks.

When there’s no rain, the sunsets are magnificent at Marineland.

Next up will be our trip back to Jensen Beach. Hope you can join us. Thanks for sharing our adventure with us.

Spring Forward: St. Augustine 2018.05.01

We arrived in St. Augustine. Six days wasn’t overly ambitious of us, we would have taken longer, but when there’s favorable winds you do what sailors do…sail!

Here are a few pics from the trip, enjoy.

Home is where the eggs are.

 

Salty getting his sea legs.

 

Obedient Pelican.

 

No Ka Oi in the Mosquito Lagoon.

 

Sunset Mosquito Lagoon.

 

Sunrise Mosquito Lagoon

 

Ponce Light, New Smyrna Beach.

 

I’m sure I’ll fit, right here!

 

We have seen many old bridges go and new high rises replace them, but we never saw one torn down before the new one was built. Memorial Bridge, Daytona Beach.

 

Nice Ride! Daytona Beach.

 

Good dog/Bad Dog?

 

Marineland Beach.

 

Marineland Beach.

 

Marineland Beach.

 

ICW sights.

 

Sunrise, St. Augustine Marina Mooring Fields.

 

Our favorite bagel shoppe!

 

Bagel bites for Salty Dog.

It’s going to be a laid back week for us. Thanks for stopping by and sharing our adventure with us!

Spring Forward to Our Next Adventure

Ruger sets sail

I’m not even going to try and fill in the blanks from the last time I posted…last August…from Key West!

That was before a three week trip to North Georgia.

Before we left No Ka Oi tied to a seawall in Marathon, Florida.

Before Hurricane Irma.

When we couldn’t get back to get her out.

When it took forever for us to get back in.

Before we cried our way south through piles of debris and sadness left in the wake of Irma.

We were spared and consider ourselves fortunate. Irma tried to chafe a hole in her belly, but she’s a strong old girl.

We were able to get a patch in place and take her home in early October.

Others were not so fortunate.

Many still deal with the aftermath and will continue for sometime. We are sad and heartbroken for all the loss.

No Ka Oi has had her repairs, a little lipstick and a new coat of paint.

While that was happening, we got busy with the things of life, hurricane clean-up and repairs, sick parents, grandchildren visits, and things we can’t even remember.

The sidetracks are part of the adventure, but not all that exciting for a blog.

But now that we are back out adventuring, No Ka Oi is a happy girl. With the wind in her sail, she is pointed north.

We are St. Augustine bound or maybe waylaid at some place we couldn’t pass up. Hoping for some sunshine and crew restoration.

This is our first adventure with Ruger the pup. He came to his forever home last October via Martin County Humane Society. He ain’t right…but that’s probably good, cause those running his forever home ain’t all there either.

Pepe Le Pew is glad to be back at it, as are Russ and I (and Ruger isn’t sure yet). We sure hope everyone will join us in our newest adventure, and as always we hope you might come out and join us along the way!

Here’s a few pics from today.

High tide. Check.

Roosevelt Bridge

Roosevelt Bridge and railroad bridge up. Check.

Pepe Le Pew. Check.

Ruger. Check.

Ruger working out his chill skills. Check.

Sail up, check.

Always a nicer view from this side of the gate.

All systems checked and ready to go!

We did our first Facebook live video this morning! I’ll figure out how to make them play here. Technology issues at are real at our house. But there is time to figure it all out.

Sunset from Vero Beach City Marina

Welcome Committee

Thanks for sharing our adventure with us!

What We do, When We’re Doing Nothing: November 2016 to March 2017

Collier-Seminole State Park

I’m not sure how to attest for this missing period of time on our blog…so I’m just going to fill it in as best I can.  We finished our Short, Short Trailer trip and returned home in mid November. We had nothing to do, except unpack and relax around the house. If you know us…you’re already laughing uncontrollably.

We returned on November 13th and headed back out the door on November 18th, to meet up with our Florida kids and grand-kids, at Collier-Seminole State Park in Naples Florida. This was a very nice, small park. Great for the kids to ride around on their bikes. We had campfires every night and ate our way through a few bags of marshmallows in the evenings and pancakes in the morning.

Marco Island sunset with the family

Russ and RJ

Family photo time, Collier-Seminole State Park

Out-takes:

It’s hard to get a good picture off this gang!

No wonder these people are a bunch of cut-ups! Apples and trees, they don’t fall very far.

Marco Island Sunset

We had a great few hours hanging out with Tommy and Alecia, as they headed South through Jensen Beach on Saol Nua. It’s amazing how many great friends we have made along this adventure!

Tommy and Alecia and the family, making their way back to Boot Key Harbor

We had a big crowd for Thanksgiving! Josiah and Sami came from Dallas to be with us, it was a great day to be thankful for family and friends.

Thanksgiving 2016

Josiah, Sami, Jennifer and Russ

Every year close to Thanksgiving, its gonna be Josiah’s birthday. This year we celebrated a day early, while the whole gang was here. Julie made a delicious cake, and Josiah’s still able to blow out all the candles, whoohoo!

Josiah’s 27th birthday…no helping with the candles, kids!

We always make time to go for a ride!

There’s always time for a ride with Rick and Jennifer

We have been blessed with so many friends since we began this adventure. Jack and Cheryl, from Zig Zag, came to visit! Yes…I promise Cheryl was there, too…she always manages to elude my camera!!! Eureka and Nyah had a good ole reunion, Pepe was being a cat.

Jack, Cheryl and Eureka came for a visit

While Josiah was in the area, we were able to spend a few more days with him up at our place in the Ocala Forest. Here’s a change up…dinner by Josiah, photography by Mom!

Dinner by Josiah

On December 5th we headed out to Indiantown to the DuPuis Wildlife Management Area. This is a free campground, although you need to go on-line and register in advance. There are no hook-ups for water or electric (we brought a generator.) They do have a dump station on site. And speaking of sites, there were no designated spots, just pull into an area and put out the table cloth. But, that also means, that after you are all set up, someone can set up too close, which is what happened to us. It was nice this time of year, no bugs, and we didn’t need any a/c.

DuPuis Wildlife Management Area, Indiantown, FL

My brother, his wife and my sister came to town, and we celebrated an early birthday dinner for my Mom. Mmmm, Captain Jack’s buried treasure. I miss Ale House! Can Mom have another birthday soon?

Early Birthday dinner for Jennifer’s Mom.

Austin and Kiera invited us to their school parties.

Parties at School

We are relaxing, right? We really need to make sure our new camper is working, so, on December 18th, we headed out to the St. Lucie Locks campground, and though it was close to home, we had a great time. We had a few visitors, a couple of hikes, a couple of bicycle rides, and a great time just watching the boats go through the locks. Russ had the whole place lit up with a ton of Christmas lights, too. This was a great campground, difficult to get a reservation, because there are only ten or so sites. We will come again.

St. Lucie Locks, Stuart, FL

St. Lucie Locks

St. Lucie Locks

Before we knew it, it was time for Christmas festivities to begin. Kiera and Chloe, twirled their way through the Stuart Christmas Parade.

Our little Twirlers marched in the Stuart Christmas Parade

Christmas in our world is always spread out over a week or two. First up, another visit from Josiah! I think he just came to see Nyah and Pepe, lol!

Josiah and Nyah. Nyah loved her lion mane, and proudly pranced around.

Christmas Eve and Christmas day with the family.

Christmas Eve, Christmas day, family fun

When Missy comes to visit, that means presents from Miss Nancy for everyone!

Opening our Christmas presents

Russ’ high school buddy, Dan and Pam, came to hang out after Christmas with us.

 

Dan and Pam, lights at the Mansion on Hutchinson

And just in case you think we couldn’t possibly squeeze any more into the schedule, all my cousins came to Jacksonville, and I had not seen them in many years. So I ran up to visit my Aunt and Uncle, and all the cousins! I was home by New Years Eve!

Hanging out with my cousins!

And that was a wrap on 2016! Do you think we squeezed enough in? It was a great year, and we would do it all again. This adventure is absolutely awesome!

Welcome 2017. What can we find to do this year? Let’s start with a camping trip to Gainseville and Chiefland, Florida. We spent January 4-8 at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, just South of Gainesville. It was a great campground, filled with beautiful oak hammocks, and a short walk to Lake Walburg. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate with us. A cold-front moved in, we had rain and a too cold for South-Florida people kinda days. But, we didn’t have a wet tent to deal with!!!

Paynes Prairie Preserve, Gainseville, FL

We moved on January 8th to Manatee Springs State Park. The weather cleared up and we had a fabulous time hiking, kayaking, and eating some really great BBQ at Anderson’s Outfitters located right in the park on the spring.

Russ trying out his Christmas gift from Josiah and Sami. Hiking trails abound. Manatee Springs State Park.

Kayaking at Manatee Springs State Park

Lunch at Anderson’s Outfitters, Manatee Springs State Park

Campground hosts, Manatee Springs State Park

Around Chiefland, Manatee Springs State Park

Love camping in the winter and a great campfire, Manatee Springs State Park

We had a great dinner with Ashton and Nina, on s/v Soul Mate, while they were held up waiting for a weather window to head out for the Bahamas. Have I mentioned how much fun we have been having with all these boating people we have made friends with. Wish we could have gone to the Bahamas with you!

Ashton and Nina, just one pic with the peacock!

And our sad day, the one we were dreading, where Nyah walked over the rainbow bridge to the special place that our fur-babies go. She was the best pup ever and our hearts are broken! Miss you girl, you are the best!

Miss Nyah 1-31-12 to 1-23-1017

Miss Nyah 1-31-12 to 1-23-1017

Miss Nyah 1-31-12 to 1-23-1017

Miss Nyah 1-31-12 to 1-23-1017

Miss Nyah 1-31-12 to 1-23-1017

We tried to stay home…but… So we spent a few days at our place in the Ocala National forest. More hiking and fires and a few more tears!

Hiking a section of the Florida Trail in the Ocala National Forest

Fire! Ocala National Forest

Birding, Ocala National Forest

Our place in the Forest, is just a nice ride to St. Augustine…and no trip to St. Augustine would be complete without O’Steen’s and visiting friends who happen to be in town.

O’Steen’s

We found Mike and Lori working. What’s wrong with these people! It was great to make them stop and have a drink and catch up since we last saw them back at Boot Key Harbor.

Mike an Lori, from Cheshire

And just when we think we can take a break…the bottom needs a little attention. We headed out to the inlet with Ike and John, to give the boats a little TLC.

Hey look! We still have a boat.

Now that the sailboat bottom is all cleaned up, we decided to…wait for it…take a camping trip to the Keys! Fun, fun, fun hanging out and catching up with everyone, and the weather was perfect!

Was this site, one, two or three? Camping in the Keys, Long Key State Park

We had to move two times during our stay to make it work, but it was worth it!

Kayaking in Boot Key Harbor with Cyndi and Molly, from Island Finz

Scrapple for breakfast at the Wooden Spoon. Oh, yea…he don’t like scrapple, he got pancakes!

Crane Point and Russ’ birthday with Steve and Cyndi…and Molly too.

Burdidne’s for dinner and Music of Cory and Ty. Roland and Lita, Tommy and Alecia and gang, and Steve and Cyndi.

Pepe misses being on the boat!

We slowed down for March. We have another adventure for April and May, so we need to pack and get it all together. But not until we celebrated my Dad’s birthday with a weekend trip to the Ocala National Forest, with my sister and her girl, Roxie!

Birthday Weekend for my Dad

Around the house while we were packing, our bird of paradise bloomed and Missy came to visit for a few days.

Bird of paradise, Missy and Pepe Le Pew

We did a looong day up to Daytona Bike Week…I think there’s a reason they call it a bike week and not a bike day! It’s a lot to squeeze into one day, but we did it! It was much easier with the Krispy Creme donuts on the ride home, Thanks Jennifer for the great snack idea!!!

2017 Daytona Bike Week, with Rick and Jennifer

A Couple of family birthday dinners, and we are ready to gas up the truck and head out of here.

Early birthday dinners with the family

Hey, thanks for hanging in there for my catch-up blog. You know we love you and are glad you can follow along with our crazy adventures! Stay tuned…more to come!

Happy Halloween and Other Adventures of the Week

 

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We have been very busy this week, too busy actually. Our summer of leisure has finally caught up with us, and we were forced to deal with a few projects we had been putting off  “until tomorrow.”

We started out the week with an afternoon at the dedication of the turtle hospital at U.F. Whitney Labs. It was nice to see inside all the buildings we had been looking at while we were here.

2015_10_24 Sea Creatures, Is that a lobster? Please pick up your trash, Future scientist?

2015_10_24 Sea Creatures, Is that a lobster? Please pick up your trash, Future scientist?

This washed up on Saturday and was interesting to examine. We see these homemade rafts from time to time and pray that the people made it to safety and were not lost at sea.

2015_10_24 Homemade raft

2015_10_24 Homemade raft

On Sunday afternoon and evening we had a little marina get together, and a bonfire.

2015_10_25 Russ and Dale's bonfire

2015_10_25 Russ and Dale’s bonfire

Here is project number one for the week, sewing some “hold us over” side curtains with some remenant fabric we got at the Sailors Exchange. Not bad for the working conditions and staff.

2015_10_26 Sewing with help

2015_10_26 Sewing with help

One of our unplanned issue was the engine on our Boston Whaler. At 28 years old, the motor decided it was time to give us a hard time. We were hoping to push this replacement off into 2016, but it wouldn’t work out that way. Our wonderful Captain, being the resourceful and thrifty guy he is, found a new one to us, in St. Petersburg, FL.  After an extensive tour of the state of Florida (ie, going all the way home to get the trailer for the Whaler and then going to St. Pete and back to Marineland, in one very long day,) he was able to remove the old engine and  installed the the new to us 50hp Yamaha. Thanks to our helpful friends at the marina who kept his back from being broken in the lifting process!

2015_10_27 Old Motor, New Motor, Job well done Captain!

2015_10_27 Old Motor, New Motor, Job well done Captain!

A few days later, he was able to install the tac and oil gauges for the new motor, I think he has  the Whaler back in working condition. Did I tell you how wonderful it is to have a handy Captain!!! And he’s so cute too.

2015_10_27 Finalizing motor installation

2015_10_27 Finalizing motor installation

There is something special about watching the full moon on a high tide over the ocean. The extra lights you can see on the horizon are the shrimp boats out doing their thing.

2015_10_26 Almost full moon

2015_10_26 Almost full moon

Project number two, was to deal with the tree that was hit by lighting over the summer, at our Umatilla property. Mast climbing gear works well for this application, and the Captain wasn’t  tossed around by any unexpected boat wake.

2015_10_27 Tree trimming 101

2015_10_27 Tree trimming 101

As long as the mast climbing gear was out, the Captain was glad to help Steve, on Island Finz, get to the top of his PDQ mast and find out what it is like when a bit of boat wake comes along.

2015_10_28 Steve mast climbing

2015_10_28 Steve mast climbing

The Captain impressed the crew and everyone at the marina with his pumpkin carving skills. Happy Halloweeen!

2015_10_31 Happy Halloween

2015_10_31 Happy Halloween

We made a trip home for a couple of days and got to spend some time with our youngest son, Josiah, who just finished up the 1989 Tour in Tampa and came to visit. Thanks for our favorite pizza and garlic knots at Luna’s.

2015_11_02 Dinner with Josiah at Luna's

2015_11_02 Dinner with Josiah at Luna’s

Our summer at Marineland/St. Augustine area is coming to a close. We will be bringing the No Ka Oi south during the next week, check out our trip in next weeks blog. Have a great week!

Exploring Old Florida and Other Adventures of the Week

2015_09_21 Fernandina Beach

2015_09_21 Fernandina Beach

This week we got out and did some exploring. We are having regular discussions on when we should be moving along, but we are enjoying this area of Florida so much. We have never had the time to explore it to our liking, so we are staying put for a little longer, to see what we have been missing.

The weather turned just slightly fall this week and we were able to take advantage of several beautiful days. We took the bike out  and also made it to St. Augustine with our marina buddies for a great time in the old town.

Saturday, we wanted to go north, but when we hit rain and the radar said it was clear to the South…we made a U-turn. We had a great ride down A1A along the beach. We had lunch at Finns overlooking Flagler Beach and ended up at the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. The singer/guitar player at the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar & Grill, across the street, was great and we managed to be undercover for the only other rain shower we had that day.

2015_09_19 Marineland to Ponce Inlet

2015_09_19 Marineland to Ponce Inlet

Sunday morning was spent on some boat repairs. Fortunately, not ours. Russ and Steve teamed up their expertise and helped with some wiring issues on one of the fellow marina boats. Then off to St. Augustine with Steve, Cindy and their little wonder dog, Molly.

We had a late lunch at Hurricane Patty’s, wine tasting at San Sebastian Winery, and a foot tour of the marina and St. George Street.

2015_09_20 St. Augustine, wine tasting, down town

2015_09_20 St. Augustine, wine tasting, down town

Russ said I could get my own transportation. Not sure which to go with. What do you think?

2015_09_20 Choices, choices???

2015_09_20 Choices, choices???

This was a remarkable treat from Kilwins, granny smith apple covered with caramel, white chocolate and cinnamon. They call it Apple Pie.

2015_09_20 Kilwins' Apple Pie caramel apple.

2015_09_20 Kilwins’ Apple Pie caramel apple.

I have no words for this, none.

2015_09_20 No Words

2015_09_20 No Words

Monday we made our way North. We jumped on A1A, north of the St. Augustine inlet, and took the Coastal Highway all the way to Fernandino Beach. We had lunch in Ponte Verde at a great place called Pusser’s Bar and Grille. They had a Caribbean menu. Russ had a mahi sandwich with pineapple salsa and I had the  fish tacos with a side of rice, perfectly cooked with coconut milk.

2015_09_21 Harley ride from Marineland to Fernandina Beach

2015_09_21 Harley ride from Marineland to Fernandina Beach

 

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2015_09_21 Fishing Boats at Mayport Village

Mayport Village is truly a small town with a fishing problem, possibly a Navy and Coast Guard one too. A1A stops there for the St. John’s River. You can go around, or you can take the ferry. Going around is a long way and I had never been on a ferry, I was giddy like a fifth grader.

2015_09_21 St. John's River Ferry

2015_09_21 St. John’s River Ferry

Of course, with all these boats and beach houses, someone was calculating whether he can up-grade or get something else.

2015_09_21 Calculating how much can I spend and what do I really want

2015_09_21 Calculating how much can I spend and what do I really want

Then our last leg north through Big Talbot Island State Park and Amelia Island. This was a fabulous bike ride, the scenery is amazing. We rested at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Marina and drove around town, but had to be on our way before we could explore too much. We will be coming back to see more.

2015_09_21 Downtown Fernandina Beach

2015_09_21 Downtown Fernandina Beach

It was a beautiful week with just the beginnings of all the exploring we can do. I’m only troubled by one thing, maybe one of you Navy guys could clears this up for me…what exactly is this???

2015_09_21 What is this?

2015_09_21 What is this?

Have a safe week. I’m about to land in San Francisco to hold grand-babies for a week. If you’re feeling sorry for Russ, come take him for a bike ride.

2015_09_22 About to land in San Francisco

2015_09_22 About to land in San Francisco

Did Erica Mess with Your Week?

2015_08_25 Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine

2015_08_25 Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine

We had our first trial run with a potential hurricane as live-aboards. Erica had everyone in Florida and up the coast to South Carolina glued to the National Hurricane Center. There were more spaghetti (models) put out than you could find at Olive Garden. No firm warnings for Florida were issued, because of all the variables created when the storm crossed the islands of Hispaniola and Cuba. We can’t remember a scenario like that, ever.

So what are good sailors to do with a looming hurricane, a boat and a house that are hours away from each other, and you need to head back home for a bridal shower and a birthday party?

No, we did not cancel going home.

Yes, we prepared the boat for the kind of winds they were calling for if Erica had decided to come this way and we couldn’t get back in time.

We stripped everything off the deck that we could and stowed it below. This would have created an uncomfortable couple of days had we stayed on the boat. We put out extra lines and tied the boat out further into the slip for potentially higher tides and wind. In the past, we would have also taken the bimini off the frame, but with our solar panels, this is quite a job, so Russ reinforced the bimini with lines.

Here’s the stuffed boat and the cleared decks. The Boston Whaler was also girded up to the boat extra tight. Of course everyone knows the good news…Erica dissipated at sea and we just got more rain than we have been getting every day. Upon returning, we found everything in good order, except for the corner of the windshield cover coming loose. It was a good practice.

2015_07_27 Hurricane Erica preparations

2015_07_27 Hurricane Erica preparations

In other news we had a great week prior to the storm and also a nice visit home.

We took our bikes into St. Augustine on Saturday night (8/22) after church. We had dinner at One Twenty Three Burger House, a new diner style eatery on King Street. We had great burgers, but were too full to have ice-cream or a shake. Although, I did try a sample of the cappuccino ice-cream…mmm, going back for some of that, for sure. Then we rode downtown and parked ourselves on the corner of St. George Street and Hypolita Street, to listen to the music and people watch. The music was great and we are still wondering how people can walk in some of the shoes they were wearing, and why they would pick them to begin with.

2015_08_22 One Twenty Three Burger House

2015_08_22 One Twenty Three Burger House

I found this little guy on the beach. He is not a sea turtle, so I was a bit concerned. I left Mr. Gopher turtle alone and when I came back to check on him, he was gone, his tracks leading straight up the dune. I wouldn’t have thought it possible.

2015_08_23 Gopher Turtle on Marineland beach

2015_08_23 Gopher turtle on Marineland beach

Sunday night we had a wonderful dinner at Schooner’s with my Aunt Mary and Uncle Roger. It was a great evening of catching up and finding out what everyone is up too. These two amaze me, they work more hours a week at their church than they did before they retired!

2015_08_23 Aunt Mary, Uncle Roger, Jennifer, Russ

2015_08_23 Aunt Mary, Uncle Roger, Jennifer, Russ

The next day, we took the Whaler up to St. Augustine for lunch at Hurricane Patty’s and over to the Bridge of Lions for a look-see at downtown from the water. It was a perfect day.

2015_08_25 Hurricane Patty's and St. Augustine

2015_08_25 Hurricane Patty’s and St. Augustine

Well, we can’t have all play and no work, so Russ donned the dive gear to brush the bottom and check on the zincs. He was all about his business when two rather playful manatees came over to see how they might help him at his chores. I think he missed his Tom Sawyer moment to pass on his brush, but you know how that goes.

2015_08_26 Bottom cleaning with manatees

2015_08_26 Bottom cleaning with manatees

Then we packed up and went home for the weekend. It was perfect timing.

I was able to attend Lindsay Allison’s bridal shower and share in the fun and joy of her upcoming marriage to Doug Davis. This is a wonderful couple and the shower was beautiful. With the help of Allison Jochum, we decorated the prettiest bride ever with toilet paper and won the prize! Mine was this beautiful beach towel, perfect for this sailor girl.

2015_08_29 Lindsay's Bridal Shower

2015_08_29 Lindsay’s Bridal Shower

Russ did “manly” things, like changing fluids in his Harley and going for a ride. Then we were blessed to celebrate Curt Moore’s birthday and visit with many friends we haven’t seen in a long time. There is no pictorial evidence of the night’s adventure, which was a multi-stop tour from Jensen Beach to Port Salerno. I do believe, fun was had by all, even if one had to get older to instigate it.

Sunday night we had dinner with Russ’ mom, Joyce and she got to see his newest tattoo for the first time.

2015_08_30 Dinner with Mom

2015_08_30 Dinner with Mom

After picking up all the loose stuff that lives around our house, in case of any future hurricane threats, we loaded up the motorcycle on the trailer and headed back to the boat. Russ is seriously trying to figure out how to get his baby on the davits…I’m sure!

2015_09_03 Motorcycle Davits?

2015_09_03 Motorcycle Davits?

Well that’s our adventures for the past week or so, we hope that Erica did not mess with your week too much and that this coming Labor Day weekend is a special blessing for each of you.