It's much easier to write blogs when you are on the move. The weather window for us to sail outside to St. Simons Island Georgia did not happen so we started up the ICW to meet Linda's good friend Holly. Linda has known and stayed in touch with Holly since college. She's a ball to hang out with and has a neat job. Holly is the Director for the Environmental Learning Center in Sebastian Florida. On the last night there we went to a comedy show at the theatre. The guy was a hypnotist and great at that. What a ball.
Since we have left the Sebastian area we have made a lot of distance. We day sailed in the ICW to the Ponce Inlet just north of Cape Canaveral. The next day we headed outside for a great day of sailing. Just as were leaving the inlet we were boarded by the Poop Squad. They came aboard and headed to the toilets with dye. After putting in the dye they pumped the toilets to see if we were pumping waste into the water and not into our holding tanks. We passed that test but failed the test of having our Y valve locked or tied shut. $63.00 dollars later we were on our way.
The first half of the trip was great. We had 15 knot winds and sailed at about 8 knots on a smooth sea. It was a nine hour trip and about 2 hours from St Augustine the wind and seas really picked up. We had over 30 knot winds. We had out running rigging up and all of a sudden one of the blocks exploded. We quickly turned the boat into the wind and took down the sails then motored the last 9 miles into St. Augustine. We took a rest day in St. Augustine, well anyway a non sailing day. In St. Augustine we met a couple (terri and Jeffrey Zuckerman) who were leaving the next day for Cumberland Island Georgia. They told us it was a "don't miss place" so we changed our plans and sailed with them the next day to Cumberland Island. It took 9 hours because the wind was so light.
Cumberland Island is a great place. I think one of my favorite so far. The island is about 85 percent protected. It is pristine, interesting having a beautiful 10 mile long beach. We took a 2 ½ hour walk today and saw wild horses, turkeys and armadillo. The ruins of the Carnegie mansion and plantation are on the island. Built in the mid 1880's and burned down in 1956. They are currently working on rebuilding it.
We hate to leave this place but must move on. Tomorrow we are going 27 miles north to Jekyll Island for a couple of days. Make sure you look at the Cumberland Island photo gallery attached.
I don't know who said it, "nothing ever works out like it was planned", you know that "Murphy" guy. We had all sorts of plans for this past winter and we accomplished almost none of them. Between fixing the boat several times, family stuff and a wonderful trip to South Africa the boat spent all winter in South Florida. We did get out to the upper keys for about 3 weeks; we enjoyed Las Olas area of Fort Lauderdale, Boca Lake and Peanut Island. We got lots of family time with our boys and Linda's family. We also say our good friend Rick Price and his lovely lady Maria several times. Maria and I learned how dangerous top shelf margaritas are.
One of our high lights was the visit from Linda's friend Amy and her son Alex. Yes, that is the picture on this blog. They stayed for a week and we sailed from Miami to Key Largo. It was a great time and very relaxing. I think Alex enjoyed the sailing and dingy driving. Oh yes, Alex and Amy were real troopers. On the first night of their visit we rode out a horrible storm all night. We lost the dingy twice and found it the next morning up against the rocks along the shore.
Linda was thrilled to reconnect with her long lost cousins family. The Brodie family (Barbara, David, Matthew, Cheyenne, and Marissa) What a treat and Linda got lots of information for the family tree.
Even though we enjoyed the time with friends and family we both are more then ready to move on. Our sights are set for the north east again this summer. Because we had such a good time last year the places along the way are begging for a return visit. We will meet my sisters in Cape Cod sometime in August; spend a couple of weeks in Manhattan, and many places in between.
We left West palm on the 15th of May and we are currently near Cape Canaveral. On Tuesday we will go on the out side till we reach St. Simons Georgia. Hopefully now that we are on the move I will be better at up dating the blog.
04/17/2008, Durban and Cape Town
After a long stay in the West Palm Beach area fixing the boat up, Linda and I flew to South Africa. Our Daughter-in-law Cindy's sister was getting married in Durban SA and we rated an invitation. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to see SA so off we went on a 35 hour trip.
Linda and I stopped for 4 days in Cape Town. We spent our 30th anniversary in the wine country at a B & B in the town of Parl about 30 miles out side Cape Town. We absolutely loved Cape Town and the surrounding area. Cape Town is a beautiful vibrant city nestled by mountains on 3 sides and the ocean to the South. Linda and I spent three days touring Cape Town. 1 day at the water front in Cape Town with a late afternoon trip up to Table Mountain which overlooks the city. 2nd day taking the long drive and tour around the cape peninsula to the southern most point, Cape of Good Hope. We saw baboons, ostridge and penguins on that trip. Yes, that's the African penguins. Linda and I loved seeing sever hundred of them up close on the beach. On day 3 we went on a tour of the wine country. This day was out anniversary so we stopped at a beautiful winery and ate lunch out under the trees. It was quite nice.
Next was a 3 hour flight to Durban. We traveled around quite a bit for a couple of days before the wedding. We went to a game reserve about 3 hours north of Durban for a camera safari. We really enjoyed the trip. We saw giraffe, wilder beast, wart hogs, water buffalo and last but not lease a mother elephant with three young ones. The day after the wedding we went on an eco tour through the canopy of the jungle. We were about 150 feet off the ground zipping through the air sometimes at about 30 miles per hour. Linda did great. I was proud of her getting over some very strong fears to do this.
What an opportunity to be a part of a Hindu wedding. It is so much more involved then anything we are use to. The days leading up to the wedding are full of ritual. What a beautiful wedding, what a beautiful bride. Make sure you look at the pictures to see a few of the wedding photos. I couldn't believe it, but the bride and groom and the brides mother got up the morning after the wedding and went on the zip line tour. Linda and I will be forever indebted to our daughter-in-laws family. Her mom Yano and father George were great hosts and spent a lot of time showing us around even through they were in the middle of a wedding week.
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