Friday, April 5, 2013

We're in the Islands "Mon"

We left our dock in Marathon Monday after four months of fun with cruising friends, family for the month of March, trips to the Key West playpen, great music by our musician friends, fun parties, enjoying the great weather and being tied to a dock with my wonderful wife, Stephanie, Cassie and Godiva for awhile, but after four months of being tied to a dock, it was great to cast off the lines and start cruising again.
We headed North in Hawk Channel and had planned on stopping at Rodriguez Key for the night, leave the next morning for two more stops before we would arrive in Nassau. The weather looked  good and our weather window was going to close before we made it to Nassau and we were going to get stuck in the Berry Islands, so we made a starboard turn at Rodriguez and did a 29 hour 226 mile straight through to Nassau. It was a little bumpy for the first few hours, but after that it was calm the rest of the way. We had a little luck in the Gulf Stream, but I'll save that for the picture. ZING!
We will be playing here in Nassau until Monday. Stephanie's brother, Eric, and her brother-in-law, Rob, arrive Sunday for 10-12 days and we will head out to the Exumas Monday morning weather permitting.

September Song (see you in the Exumas) out

Our dock friends casting off our lines and saying goodbye. It's been another fun winter. See all of you next fall.

ZING! Late afternoon I decided to put in a couple of lines in the Gulf Stream and take a little nap on the aft deck. It was a short nap. After about 30 minutes both poles went ZING. Two dolphin on at once. A 44 inch cow and a 48 inch bull. 

What a thrill!

Sunrise over the Berry Islands the next morning. Hour 24.
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It's 11:05, hour 28, and one hour from Nassau.

The lighthouse at the entrance to the Nassau channel.

 Passing the cruise ships docked in Nassau.

Passing by Atlantis.
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One of our first stops while in Nassau is Potters Cay for our cracked conch and conch salad.

Making our conch salad with fresh conch he pulled out of the water and cracked. "I don't want to be a conch"

Our chef and the finished salad.

A couple of DeFever cruisers, Ted and Sally, (M/V AMICI) joined us.
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Salt dried fish anyone? NOT!

Selling fresh conch on the street.

Loading ships on Potters Cay bound for the Out Islands.
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Visiting some of our favorite places!

Happy hour and complementary conch fritters at the Poop Deck.

Cheers to all from the Poop Deck, Nassau, Bahamas. We're in the Islands "Mon".
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Sunday, March 31, 2013

I've been a bad boy!

It's been a month since my last blog and a lot has been going on, but I got so far behind on my blog, again, and with so much going on I never had the time to get caught up. On top of that, my camera was stolen in the Key West Airport. Not to worry, it was five years old and I was ready for another one anyway. My wonderful wife ordered a new, even better one which is also an underwater camera like my old one. Thanks, honey! I decided to post some of my pictures from the last few weeks to catch you up before we leave for the Islands. OH, did I mention, we are casting off the lines Monday morning (April Fools' Day). We'll head to Rodriguez Key, and cross to the Islands Tuesday. I will try to keep up with my blog while there, I really do enjoy doing it, so LET'S GO TO THE ISLANDS Mon!

September Song (let's go cruising!) out

Out on the family car on a beautiful February day and a stop for lunch at Castaways.

A night of good music at Salty's by Eric Stone.

A day out on the ocean fishing on Rick and Terese's boat. Didn't catch many fish, but what a fun day!

Golf has always been on the schedule this winter.
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Caught Adrienne on the way back from Key West at Mangrove Mama's,.

At the Howard Livingston Concert at Boondocks with Bil and Elizabeth.

The old Johnson outboard, mixing up another batch of Margarita's.

We almost lost Chuckie when he fell (I think he was thrown) into the pool. Good thing I know mouth to mouth! Chuckie is excited about going to the Islands.
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My brother Ron, and his wife Rena rented a house here in Marathon for the month of March.
It was great to be able to spend time with them. 

Rena, AKA the oyster eating machine, has her first oysters of the season.

Fun time at our marina.

No Name Pub with the four of us and Tom and Linda.
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DeFever rendezvous

Getting a cruisers' haircut. Thanks Linda!

Doug and Tammy stopped on their way to Key West to say hi to the VanDeGejuchte Klan.
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Abby loves fishing!

Marathon Seafood Festival with Bill, Rhonda, my daughter Patti, and my beautiful wife.

Love the hats.

Cigars at Schooners Wharf. Time to play in Key West with Doug and Tammy. 
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