Adventures of Will-O-The-Wisp

A Good Traveler Has No Fixed Plans and Is Not Intent Upon Arriving! (tao)

16 June 2017 | Wrightsville Beach, NC
06 June 2017 | On the Intercoastal Waterway
27 March 2017
13 March 2017
08 January 2017 | Ortega river marina
25 September 2016 | Mull Island
01 May 2016
28 February 2016 | Galapagos
18 January 2016 | Near the equator!
18 September 2015 | Halifax, Nova Scotia
08 September 2015 | Newfoundland
23 August 2015 | Bar Harbor, ME
22 August 2015 | Newfoundland
24 July 2015 | Cuttingsville, VT
29 April 2015 | Key west
20 March 2015 | Coral Gables, FL
26 January 2015 | Underwater
19 January 2015 | South Beach
04 January 2015 | Currently in Fort Lauderdale

Black Skimmers and Lesser Terns

16 June 2017 | Wrightsville Beach, NC
Summer breezes
Stopped in Wrightsville Beach and on a long walk around the point to Mason Inlet we were pleasantly surprised to find the Black Skimmers and Lesser Terns by the hundreds in a brooding cycle. The Skimmers migrate from Central and South America to breed. What fun to see the hatchlings, our timing was perfect. For hours we were captivated watching their behavior of cooling off by opening their beaks, feeding the chicks, and skimming across the water to catch fish. It is hard to tell from a profile that their beaks are knife thin. The lower bill is longer than the top which is used to catch the fish by feel and not sight.

Nesting amongst the Skimmers were the lesser terns. Their hatchlings playing along with the Skimmer hatchlings.

The Great loop

06 June 2017 | On the Intercoastal Waterway
Summer weather
Started in Fort Myers Florida to make it around the Great Loop in a counter clockwise direction which goes up the ICW to the Hudson River, through the Erie Canal, to the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi, across the Gulf of Mexico, ending back in Fort Myers Florida. We were not off to a great start, getting stuck in Lake Okachobee overnight on the Lake with 20 to 30 knot winds and the lock gate was closed for the evening. With no plan "B" we had to drop the hook and hobby horse all night. Not a fun night, one of the worse.

Currently have made it all the way up to NC where we will spend the summer back in Carthage on our tree farm, manicuring the forest of new long leaf pines.

The photo gallery highlights the trip of beautiful scenery, animals and birds.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

27 March 2017
Took a trip to Corkscrew with my high school friend from Exeter High and her daughter from Sarasota. What a day we had! Enjoy the photos!

Wedding bliss

27 March 2017
A roaring twenties theme for a beautiful bride and groom! Our niece, Sarah married Steve Guida at a quiet setting in Fort Lauderdale.

Lake Okachobee

13 March 2017
We were on our way through Lake Okeechobie and anchored for the night just off the waterway in a canal twenty yards from shore. Put out a stern anchor to keep from swinging and settled in for dinner. Two huge alligators swam close by, guess Walt will wait to clean the prop. As we are eating dinner, loud screeching sounds came from the underbrush on shore. Two raccoons were having a fight, an adult and a juvenile. The fight when on and on. Finally one of the alligators heard the noise and started its approach, stealthily coming within ten or so feet of the fight. The poor littler raccoon was taking a beating. Then the alligator made its move, like a torpedo rocketing toward the ruckus. Thought for sure they were both goners, but the ruckus continued minutes later in the mangrove tree that overhung the shore. The alligator had swum off. Minutes later the younger raccoon falls from the tree and the adult follows it down to the shore and the little guy is getting tossed around with abandon. The adult was on top clawing away. We are totally losing our appetite especially when the little guy breaks away and starts backing away into the water and just a few yards from the jaws of the gator which had made another stealth approach. The little guy turns around and sees the gator, (we can't watch) as the gator makes his move and the little guy disappears and the gator we believe has caught his dinner. Minutes later the ruckus on shore begins again, the little guy is back fighting with the adult, who must by now think this kid is invincible. The adult eventually is worn out and backs away, an amazing day for the underdog to live another day in this wilderness of Lake Okeechobie. Apparently raccoons are very good swimmers and have an innate sense of when to dodge an alligators chops. Raccoons can swim for miles between the Florida islands and can hold their breath for hours.

How to? Fixing up the ship!

08 January 2017 | Ortega river marina
Freezing today 1/8/2017, but overwise pleasantly balmy
Started out on the hard, in the boat yard adding a bow thruster. Cutting a hole in the hull takes great courage and a reputable company, one of the few jobs Walt declined to do. After launching, we didn't go far to continue our refurbishing of the Wisp. Landed at the Ortega River marina in Jacksonville where we have our car and easy access to loads of amenities. From painting the decks to adding solar panels, we are about finished with the makeover inside and out. Some sewing projects and creative ways to use those old sails are in the picture gallery.
Vessel Name: Will-O-The-Wisp
Vessel Make/Model: 1970 Banjer Motor Sailor Ketch rig
Hailing Port: Carthage North Carolina
Crew: Honoree & Walt Cooper
About: Just a couple of free spirits seeing the world!
Extra: We will continue until it isn't fun any longer.....
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/cooper
Will-O-The-Wisp's Photos - Main
A brooding colony in Wrightsville Beach near the inlet.
7 Photos
Created 16 June 2017
The first leg of the loop!
19 Photos
Created 6 June 2017
Birds and alligators and more birds!
14 Photos
Created 27 March 2017
Lots of memories
12 Photos
Created 27 March 2017
The wildlife and waterway through south Florida
11 Photos
Created 13 March 2017
Bow thruster, sail bags, upholstering the settee, curtains, replacing teak, just an overall facelift to our 1970 Banjer Motorsailer.
17 Photos
Created 8 January 2017
The sights of Wales, Scotland and England
63 Photos
Created 25 September 2016
Living in a small resort town of Los Posidas just south of Mancora. It's beautiful beaches, fine resorts and restaurants attract the well to do Peruvians from Lima.
29 Photos
Created 1 May 2016
Diving, snorkeling, hiking, site seeing !
33 Photos
Created 6 March 2016
Botanical garden and teleferico
28 Photos
Created 18 January 2016
Put it on the bucket list!
28 Photos
Created 18 September 2015
Photos taken by Walt with his upgraded Canon 70D
13 Photos
Created 8 September 2015
10 Photos
Created 23 August 2015
Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland
25 Photos
Created 22 August 2015
Travels between New Hampshire and Vermont
18 Photos
Created 24 July 2015
Diving the Vandenberg wreck and touring the city.
21 Photos
Created 29 April 2015
Fairchild Botanical Garden, Coral Gables, FL
20 Photos
Created 20 March 2015
Snorkeling and diving in Bonaire.
23 Photos
Created 26 January 2015
Oh Miami!
20 Photos
Created 19 January 2015
Holidays along the intercoastal!
14 Photos
Created 4 January 2015
Washington DC
31 Photos
Created 2 October 2014
Family, grandkids, remodeling, and on the hard!
37 Photos
Created 22 September 2014
Painting, and creating
8 Photos
Created 19 October 2013
Rendering assistance in an emergency
6 Photos
Created 1 August 2013
9 Photos
Created 29 June 2013
Diving and visitors
11 Photos
Created 26 May 2013
The colors of the Mayans
10 Photos
Created 5 January 2013
Cacti
3 Photos
Created 26 October 2012
Still camping, but much warmer
10 Photos
Created 15 October 2012
The tenting experience!
78 Photos
Created 18 August 2012
Biking and hiking all along the way from NC to Alaska
7 Photos
Created 28 June 2012
A celebration of life.
1 Photo
Created 8 June 2012
All the creatures of the sea we have seen in Roatan.
35 Photos
Created 22 April 2012
Diving in West End during Easter
8 Photos
Created 11 April 2012
Walt's underwater photos
11 Photos
Created 24 March 2012
Fire in the hold
10 Photos
Created 19 January 2012
The Mayan mystery!
15 Photos
Created 15 January 2012
Southern France canal trip with friends
14 Photos
Created 19 November 2011
Arriving in Cannes, Monaco, and the villages of Grasse & Capris. Taking the 747 and not Will-O-the-Wisp[
13 Photos
Created 24 September 2011
Visibility 75 to 100; water temp 84; corals and creatures the best.
24 Photos
Created 7 June 2011
Leaving Panama headed to Honduras
30 Photos
Created 14 April 2011
Zip lining, Boquete, and hiking in Bocas Del Toro
14 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 26 January 2011
Eating out!!!
8 Photos
Created 4 November 2010
40th Exeter High School Reunion
33 Photos
Created 14 September 2010
10 Photos
Created 12 August 2010
12 Photos
Created 15 July 2010
19 Photos
Created 3 July 2010
What a nice hike..
35 Photos
Created 23 June 2010
Costa Rica pic's
51 Photos
Created 19 June 2010
Peru Trek with our friends Scott & Heather
110 Photos
Created 19 June 2010
Bonaire Diving
63 Photos
Created 19 June 2010
Various Shots of old buildings and things.
53 Photos
Created 19 June 2010
Photos taken along the way!!
87 Photos
Created 11 June 2010
Our Boat!
5 Photos
Created 11 June 2010