The Adventures of Dave and Alexandra

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
We're always Somewhere South of Somewhere.

The Banyan Love is Growing.

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29 November 2016 | Long and Winding Waterway
28 November 2016 | On the ICW, from Daytona to Titusville
27 November 2016 | St Augustine to Daytona
24 October 2016 | St Augustine, Florida, USA
01 October 2016
12 July 2016 | Dartmouth, NS, Canada
05 June 2016 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
02 June 2016 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
30 May 2016 | Devil's Tower, Wyoming
26 May 2016 | Badlands and Black Hills, South Dakota, USA
21 May 2016 | Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada
16 May 2016 | Winkler, Manitoba, Canada
13 May 2016 | Jacksonville, Florida, USA
06 May 2016 | The Landing at Ortega River, Jacksonville, Florida
16 April 2016 | Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
31 March 2016 | Bahamas

Long and Winding Excitement

29 November 2016 | Long and Winding Waterway
Alex, cloudy hazy skies
Just out looking for some Excitement on an otherwise Long and Winding Waterway type of Day. Read on...

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It was a 7 a.m. type of early, a bit of chill in the still dark skies that required an extra sweater, as we called for the bridge opening that led us through to Adventures further South, with hopefully some warmer temperatures in the forecast.

Engines droned on as we sipped our second cup of coffee over Breakfast. Routine type of chores got done. We switched up Watches. Motor on Under Bridges. Had Lunch. Stayed between the never-ending red and green markers, somewhat on the magenta line. Passed some boats, and pulled to the side to let others pass.

By the time we'd gotten to MM 869 we were more than ready to make a sharp right turn from Mosquito Lagoon,



towards the relatively narrow but short Haulover Canal of a waterway, with its Bascule Bridge waiting to hear our request and open on demand. There was excitement in the air, almost as if there would be something new waiting for us?

Sure enough, some Rocky Action that needed avoiding,



but otherwise all was still and peaceful and serene, the waters and air smelling of slime and green, and as soon as we'd thanked the BridgeMaster for his opening, averted the many fishermen along the way, as well as the humps of the manatees grazing on the grasses,





we were out on the other side,



heading into a new large expanse of water, with building winds and fetch. But, AH!, they were from the right direction!

"Let's let a little Jibbie out," said the Capt'n, "see if everything's working right", and I was Action Stations ASAP, ready for the Thrill of the Wind, the dousing of the engines, and well, some fun on our Long and Winding Journey so far.



Just like that, WOW, we were sailing. The winds having us moving along at hull speeds, the Capt'n's smile exuding happyness and all within the narrow parameters that is the ICW, on the large expanse of waters that is the Indian River.



It was a bit of a different story though when we tried to haul it back in. Somehow she was wound too tight and we were out of line before the job was tucked away, and it took all of three tries to unfurl and furl. Again, and Again. Sigh. We'll have to reposition and readjust. Before long the Action was over, the lines were put away, and the engine purred back to life. Life was back to being Long and Winding.

Our plan was to stop in Titusville for the night, yet a quick visual on the time of day, and current comfort factor conditions had us reevaluating. The South Winds and building fetch was predicting a bit of a bumpy night, so back to the books we went, and that's when the NASA Causeway Bridge got in our way.

"Speed, time, distance..." I said, "it's closed from 1530 to 1700! Damn, we will miss by like 15 minutes, and the next one is not until 5:00 p.m.We could anchor there though and it'll offer up some protection too."

We ventured towards the protected waters behind the causeway, found there to be ample depth, and anchor was not long in going down. A quiet anchorage that had us in NASA's Kennedy Space Center very own neighbourhood,



the place where Space Shuttles launch. The Vehicle Assembly Building, one of the largest buildings in the world, sat just right there, over on yonder horizon. Some Googling showed that we missed the last launch by a week and the next one scheduled for December 7th. How totally cool was all that?

The Arrival Beer, cold and refreshing in very calm waters, and then there was this...



that somehow dissipated into nothingness, thank goodness.

It was a Long and Winding 52 nm, full of excitement that was complete with sailing, dolphins and manatees and osprey, stories in the making that told of firsts in NASA history where half the graduating class is female, rain squalls and ending with a spectacular sunset over NASA Causeway Bridge.



Pretty Darn Wow. For a Long and Winding Waterway Type of Day.

Sights, Sounds and Smells

28 November 2016 | On the ICW, from Daytona to Titusville
Alex, south winds are bringing in some warmth
If you didn't have your Senses, what would you be left with?

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Transiting, which currently really means moving under motor power at efficient fuel consumption speeds, along the meandering chocolate coloured waterway that is the ICW, from Jacksonville (Fl) and on our way towards Vero Beach, we've been, after a six month absence, reacquainting ourselves with the movements that is life aboard a boat.

There's been so many Sights, Sounds and Smells these days. Love the happyness of the familiarity that they bring.

"Remember this...", "Oh look at that...", "We were there..." is always fun and memories bring forth a deluge of Smiles form the Heart.

We remember how, just four years ago (and remarkably only three days in the difference), we were newbies dealing with the learning curve that is the ICW. This time we are attacking it with much more knowledge, experience, confidence and as always, with prudence.

A dear friend of ours recently said,

"The ICW isn't for sissies..." ,

and with Banyan's draft of 6'4" you can be sure we pay close attention. With the recent Hurricane damage,



we are paying attention to debris in the waters, unreported (or recently reported) shoaling areas, missing markers, etc. Our Managing the Waterways book is a little old so we're paying attention to things that have changed, like, for example, bridges that are no longer in use.



And of course, there's nothing like taking your eyes off the chartplotter and visually confirming your route, in case our navigation apps are off, which they sometimes are, to make you pay attention. Or to notice the speedy boats coming up behind us, asking (or not) for a pass.



And with all that paying attention, we can easily get distracted as the radio barks to life, and the voice, in staccato rapid fire, belches forth,

"Pan Pan, Pan Pan, Pan Pan, All Stations, All Stations, All Stations, This is the United States Coast Guard, sector Jacksonville, Florida, United States Coast Guard, sector Jacksonville, Florida, United Stats Coast Guard, sector Jacksonville Florida..." And I almost want to Break Break myself and tell the officer to slow down and breathe in between words. We Giggle, and motor on through, repeating with funniness, his last "OUT"!

The busyness that is the ICW waterway can be seen on the shoreline, near Jacksonville, as the large container ships load and unload their wares, in a non-stop sounds of work that provides the necessities of a life to us all.

And where there can also be disocvered art in the making, if you stop and see it. The appearance of facial features on the silo,



and the mosaic designs framing the pillars of this bridge.



Not to be outdone by man, the majestic beauty of nature continues to impress us.



The Pelicans dive bomb these brown coloured waters with a resounding splash, on their eternal quest of enough food to fill their large bills. The seagulls mill about in flocks, with their incessantly loud keow-keow, especially if the lady on the large trawler in front of us, is insisting on throwing food at them, and we look on with amusement as they gather in numbers and strength, until the gathering becomes a missile attack as they fight with Banyan's bow to get at whatever has landed in the water, the Capt'n mutters possessively,

"They better not be shitting on my deck!"

We Giggle again and motor on. The white egrets and grey herons stand silently along the shoreline, until the sound of our engine startles them away from peering pointedly downwards, and suddenly their large wingspan allows them to glide effortlessly away from us and towards safety and the hope of more food. And then, wow, the familiar sight of a dolphin fin is seen, and we marvel once again, at how nice it is to see these beautiful creatures as they move through the water in search of food. And as we watch a powerboat zoom by at frightening speeds, we wonder if, and how, the dolphin dove down deep enough to safety? And the poor manatee? Doesn't stand a chance. And really, do Dolphins sleep? How and When?

The incessant drone of our engine continues to drive us on as we cover off the mile markers.

"She's purring like a kitten", murmurs Dave in grateful appreciation, as he performs his engine checks, because leaving a boat on the hard, for over 6 months, is never a happy time for anyone, least of all the boat. Regular maintenance, lots of TLC, and we are all happy with the purring performance, knock on wood.

Interspersed along the waterways, we can peer into the backyards of the many homes (some damaged by the hurricane), the bridges we can easily pass under, and some that require hailing to open on demand, and some that require timing (open every twenty minutes)



and some that require you to wait so that the five boats behind you can catch up and making the bridge master happy with only one opening required.

And then there's the solitude of a stretch of nothingness but a lighthouse seen off in the distance,



and we are left with our musings. Making Sense of the Sights, Sounds and Smells that will forever etch this trip into our Hearts.
Vessel Name: Banyan
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 40 Sun Odyssey
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: David & Alexandra
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The Adventures of Dave and Alexandra

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
We're always Somewhere South of Somewhere.

The Banyan Love is Growing.

http://www.hitwebcounter.com/htmltutorial.php
WebPage Visits

We're on Facebook

Sailing Banyan

but we're not Tweeting or Instagramming.

Should We #HashTag?

Our friends Paul and Sheryl Shard, of Distant Shores, are incredible producers of their very own TV Show.

If you haven't already, check them out.

Their DVD's are informative and fun to watch as they travel to all four corners of the world.

You might even find Banyan in some of them!!