Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sea Pearl arrives in Merritt

Sea Pearl (Joe, Julia and Salty) arrived Monday afternoon and the four of us took Tammy out for dinner to a funky bar/restaurant that Tammy suggested. Doug had to fly out to California Monday morning and Tammy has to go to Miami for a couple of days on Tuesday, so we made it an early night. We put Tammy to bed early, Doug, and you were missed.

Dinner at another funky haunt of Doug and Tammy's for dinner.

I hope this is the men's room, because I'm going in.

Cute restroom signs.
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Kids will be kids!

Tuesday, after getting provisions, picking up things needed, and things we didn't know we needed, we decided it was time to go play. We have our car here, compliments of Justin on Sunday, so we have wheels. We will leave it here in Cocoa when we head farther South, and shuttle it down to the Keys so we have a car there this winter. OK, time to play. We loaded up after cocktail hour on Sea Pearl, (all that provisioning and shopping makes you real thirsty) and headed to the Space Coast State Fair. What a blast Joe, Julia, Stephanie, and I had. We hit alot of the rides, (rides I wouldn't normally go on, but we were/are kids again) played some of the games, (won Stephanie a stuffed Nemo which Cassie has fallen in love with) and ate our way through the midway. Love that Fair food!
Doug had to fly out Monday for a couple of days to California, and Tammy had to go to Miami Tuesday for a couple of days, so they couldn't be with us, but we will be together again Thursday evening when they return. As Tammy says, "that's just not right"
Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed the night at the fair.

September Song (how old are we?) out

Ready to hit the International Midway

Me and Julia, up, up, and away!

Is Julia having fun yet?
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Ready to go up high on a giant Ferris wheel

Joe says "I won't look down, I won't look down......."

Happy kids!

View of the midway from the Ferris wheel.
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We had to ride Alpine Bobs!

Joe and Julia on Alpine Bobs.
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Joe and Julia. Up, Up, and away

Gotta have a funnel cake at the fair!

Joe putting everything on his hot dog but the kitchen sink

Can you say HEARTBURN Joe?
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Who says you can't be kids again? Not me!

Three kids. The other kid, Joe, is behind the camera.

What a great time we had.

Great way to finish a night at the Fair! No, we haven't been drinking. Just drunk on fair food.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blackbeard to Cocoa Beach

We said farewell to Blackbeard after a fun few days with cruising friends Monday afternoon to go out on the high tide. Our next high tide was going to be 5:40 AM Tuesday and we didn't want to do Blackbeard Creek part way in the dark. We anchored out Monday night and headed into Brunswick Tuesday morning with Tide Hiker and Sea Pearl to take on some of the cheapest fuel on the ICW at Ocean Petroleum. That night Joe and Julia treated September Song and Tide Hiker to some great cheeses and drinks at happy hour and then Joe's famous linguine and clam sauce for dinner. It's always a treat to go to Sea Pearl for a fun evening. Wednesday at first light September Song and Sea Pearl put the pointy ends South and headed to Fernandina Beach, our first stop in Florida, and Tide Hiker headed to Jekyll Harbor for some bike riding and exploring. We will meet up with Tide Hiker farther South. Fernandina is always a fun stop with the funky Palace Bar and some great restaurants. You never know when you are going to see cruising friends again, but as we were walking up the dock to go to town, Blue Heron was pulling into the fuel dock for fuel and said they were going to spend the night. We decided to meet later. Well, later we walked into the Palace, and there they were. If you want to find cruising friends that are in the same town, just look for the funkiest bar at happy hour and you will find them. All of you who follow our blog must think all we do is party. Well, when with cruising friends, it's always a party. After happy hour and meeting some other cruisers and locals, we had a fun meal at a really good Tapas restaurant. What a fun night!
Thursday at first light, Sea Pearl and September Song Headed for St. Augustine. We made it in in plenty of time before a cold front (keep them to yourselves, you Northerners) came through with wind and rain. Because it was raining we didn't make it to Scarlet O'Hara's, one of our favorites, so we went to A1A for happy hour and then to our favorite Italian restaurant for the best Pizza in the South. The next morning September Song headed South and Sea Pearl decided to stay another day. At first light the current was ripping and the boat two slips over was bow in and had to back out into the current. Thank God there was a slip and dock between us, because he ended up going through his slip, taking out a piling and resting against the finger pier between us. On his second try (wish he would have waited for slack tide) he made it. I feared for our bow. We were bow into the current so it wasn't as hard for us to get out. Cast off the lines, full power, and make a sharp starboard turn. It's always a little scary when you see another boat have trouble, but we did OK.
From St. Augustine we headed to Cocoa Beach to meet up with our cruising buddies Doug and Tammy on Gypsies in the Palace. Gypsies have had to take some time off from cruising and go back to work for a while, but are still living on the boat. They both found really interesting jobs with way cool companies, Tammy is General Counsel and Doug is a CFO. Build up that cruising kitty so we can go cruising again together, Gypsies. I know it seems like a long time to get from Blackbeard Island to Cocoa, but we only travel at 8.5 knots.
Not long after we were tied up, we were off with Doug and Tammy taking us on a tour of Cocoa Beach, and, of course, hitting a few funky places along the way.
As I sit here blogging, Sea Pearl is about to dock. Be back in a minute, going to catch lines.
OK, Sea Pearl is in and it's time for happy hour and dinner

September Song (with our cruising buddies) out

Dozens of seagulls feeding on small fish September Song churns up. Don't you poop on our boat!

Blue Heron coming in for fuel and the night at Fernandina Beach.
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The Palace in Fernandina is one of the oldest bars in the US. Great place to meet fellow cruisers and the locals.

Stephanie getting her vitamin C with an orange slice in her beer.

What a crew!

Who is that behind those feathers? It's my beautiful blue eyed admiral. Let's buy it, take it back to the boat, and....OK, OK, no piggy stuff on the blog.
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Watch out for the hook Julia! Julia found a new captain. Sorry Joe.

All our Admirals love this guy. They all wanted to be his wenches.

Now that's a real sport fish. What do you suppose that paint job cost?

A little hard to see, but this guy put an engine in a small barge, put a camper on it, and that's his trawler. I don't think he goes out into open waters on a rough day.
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Beautiful time of the day on the water. The water looks like diamonds.

Pelicans roosting for the night. September Song is roosted next to them. A chill out night after partying in Fernandina with Gale and Moe on Blue Heron and Joe and Julia on Sea Pearl.

Had to make a stop at our favorite Italian restaurant in St. Augustine. Didn't make it to one of our favorite funky bars, Scarlet O'Hara's. It was raining and we have to hoof it when we are in port. Didn't want our Admirals to melt. That's OK, we went to A1A which is across the street from the Marina.
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When we got to Gypsies Marina on Merritt Island and got tied up, it was off for a preview of Doug and Tammy's favorite haunts.

It was great to have the fearsome foursome back together again.
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One of the Belgian Air force swooping in to stealing a french fry

Cocoa Beach is one of the top surfing areas in the US. I need to get out my slick lizard 41 and give these waves a try.
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