07/31/2011, Harbor Town Marina Cape Canaveral
We delivered Miss Bridget to PRIM yesterday where she will vacation while we go for a visit to Canada. Bridget hadn't seen her Boyfriends Blackie and Red since March and once her feet hit the deck of PRIM the Daxie 500 was on. The three seemed over the top to be together again. Pete and Pokey looked equally as happy to see the girlie again. And we are ever so grateful they will care for her while we are away. It feels so weird to not have her with us this morning. It was also nice to see some of the crowd we used to know at Palm Coast, felt like visiting old friends & family. Unfortunately Palm Coast has no Pool!! (Debbie you need have to get one put in.....). While there, Al picked up his summer project Moped, guess he will be busy between the Moped & Close Knit.
We went to a MTOA luncheon at Linda's Landing at Bunnell. The food helpings were enormous & good. I had chilli pasta, & Al had Alligator, tastes like a cross between chicken & pork. It was fun to spend time with Pete & Pokey, who we have missed since leaving Palm Coast.
I have laundry, cleaning the fridge, general cleaning and packing to do. Al will double line the dock lines, remove the canvas from and collapse the bimini, put the dink outboard in the V berth and batten anything else that might go air born during any hurricane hit. The hurricanes appear to be starting to line up. Groan.
We will be on the road by 6 am tomorrow morning for our 9:00 am flight out of Orlando. It will be a long day of travel. We are taking the Via train from Ottawa to Kingston arriving just after 7 p.m. Al will stay for 2 weeks and I plan to stay until the end of August. If the H storms stay away from Florida, we hope to go up to Montreal to visit with Al's daughters, else Al will have to hustle his butt back to Close Knit.
I will try to post a few blogs while in Kingston, & I am sure Al will be posting updates to his Moped & any weather concerns.
07/28/2011, Harbor Town Marina Cape Canaveral
Now that we are in AC, my knitting mojo has kicked in to higher gear. I've been working on a scarf from wool my sister in law brought me back from New Zealand last fall. I needed to do a quick project to break up the project and I found these little gems on Ravelry. They took less than 4 hours and they make my womb ache (well nearly). My neighbor back home has a daughter (Willow Prue) who is expecting a baby boy in October. I think this is the perfect gift for an October boy. I have my eyes on another over the top with cuteness baby pattern I want to make for Willow Prue. If i knew how to link y'all to it I would but y'all may have to wait for the finished gift. Tomorrow I want to visit the Knit store in Cocoa Village to get the wool for this new project. Al can't believe I don't have anything appropriate in my stash for the project. I keep telling him its akin to not having the right apoxy or stainless steel bolt or screw for a boating project. I'm hopeful someday the penny will drop and "He'll get it". He teases me relentlessly about my addiction but I do appreciate that he continues to indulge me by taking me to any LYS (local knitting store).
07/27/2011, Harbor Town Marina Cape Canaveral
This was our best attempt at a current photo on Close Knit. We have some nice beach photos of us but one of us on board was preferred for this assignment. I was interviewed for over 1/2 hour this morning by a reporter from a boating magazine. It had to do with our "Bullying on the Waterway" episode. So you can look for us in a news stand near you in September.
07/26/2011, Harbor Town Marina Cape Canaveral
Harbortown Marina Cape Canaveral
We arrived just after lunch today. We have had a lovely 12 day cruise up from the Florida Keys. The weather was hot but no storm activity and calm waters. We anchored most nights and its always lovely being alone in a beautiful anchorage.
Last night, our last on the hook for a while was at MM925 at Rock Point. This is an anchorage we enjoyed on the way down to Marathon. Al deployed the dinghy this time so we could discover the island. Bridget enjoyed the outing Swimming when the water got too deep on the sand bar that was longer than 2 football fields. Once back on the boat I had a swim, after I rinsed off in our sun shower and settled in with a glass of wine, we were visited by three large manatee, it was awesome, I could have been swimming with them minutes sooner. Darn it ! We feasted on chicken from the bbq that had been marinated in a delicious yogurt/lemon marinade (thanks Jackie) and had brussel sprouts. My but we do eat well on Close Knit. Later in the evening we were entertained by outstanding flashes of heat lightening all around us, it was truly awesome.
Harbortown is quite remote from anywhere. You need to take a cab ride to the closest bus stop to get most places. We have ordered up a car rental for this weekend to do some errands and we will take a ride to Bunnell to attend the MTOA lunch. And we plan to visit with P&P of PRIM. Bridget is very excited about seeing her boyfriends again. Harbortown has a restaurant, a pool and a good sized off leash dog park. You can't work on your own boat here which is a draw back and we are disappointed about that. We want to haul out sometime this fall for a bottom paint and a few other exterior paint jobs. So our short term plan is to stay here a month or so. We will be making a trip to Canada in the next week or so and Tonia (Al's youngest daughter) will be visiting us in early September. Harbortown is a close drive to Orlando for picking her up and tickets are already on their way for 2 days to visit Harry Potter World. Super COOL BEANS.
I'm looking forward to the car this weekend to explore. We are close to Cape Canaveral so it will be cool to see the launch pads up close. Of course Al is going to indulge me in a trip to Cocoa Village to the Knit store there. I'm keen to buy some Malibrigo for a new project that has caught my eye.
07/26/2011, Harbor Town Marina Cape Canaveral
Close Knit pulled into her summer slip at 12:10. Jennifer will blog later with pictures.
07/24/2011, Vero beach City Marina
Giving Vero its due
When we passed through Vero Beach in April we were not keen. Our main purpose to stop in Vero then had been to hook up with our friends Bill & Karen (Island Moon) who had just returned from the Bahamas. We pulled in here yesterday on our trek north to get some relief from the unrelenting heat. We plugged into AC and will stay until Monday Morning. After arrival yesterday we took the free bus into Publix. Had a nice pasta supper on board. T
his morning Al promised beach time since we have never explored the beach area here. The beach was the most pleasant surprise. Not crowded and worth the 25 minute walk. We erected our beach umbrella and we swam and enjoyed the rolling surf for a couple hours. The water temperature was about 15 degrees cooler than the Keys and felt refreshing. We opted for a late lunch at the ocean side Mulligans Bar & Grill. We shared a meal and had a beer.
When we got back I took Miss B for a walk to the off leash park right next door, another bonus here. She chased her Frisbee until, she couldn't and I brought her back for the coolness and some water. The rest of the day will be relaxing before we start travel tomorrow morning. We are only 2 days away from our final fall destination of Harbortown at Cape Canaveral.
Al's finger is much improved today. Its moving more freely and the colour is better. For those concerned I would have totally popped for the price to take him for a consultation if warranted.