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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Playing Ball At Dragon Point Anchorage
09/10/2008

It's amazing how a good protected anchorage makes for a calm stay. The wind yesterday and today has been strong thanks to Ike, around 20 mph for long periods. We've driven through it without trouble. I've seen 4 foot waves on the ICW in areas where it is wide.

I'm On A Fast Food Thing And It Tastes Good (But Salty)
cool breeze
09/08/2008, Dragon Point Anchorage

You'd think this was foodblogs, but it happens that the food is such an integral part of the sailing/cruising experience that the picture of dinner is often as significant as the beautiful sunset. As you can see, I'm hardly living off of freeze dried packets (though I do have a few from an experiment I did last year - another story completely). Well, I'm off for a hot deck shower while the water is still piping hot from today's cruise. I hope the 1/2 moon doesn't put out too much light.

Dragon Point Anchorage
Keith, nice
09/08/2008

What a day. I didn't get out until 11:00 a.m. because I was hanging out again in the shade with the guys at the Titusville Marina. A small rainstorm came through before we departed and foretold a day marked by wind and waves. It was heaviest during the first few hours, with winds gusting over 20 mph and waves that hit the side of the sailboat, came up into the air, then blew into the cockpit. Now I appreciate the dodger. I think the cabin is pretty much dried out from the spray that came into the ports before I closed them on the windward side (forgive me the terminology, but we're in Rome now, so to speak). With all that wind, often coming from the beam, I had to do some sailing and that added a knot or two to my speed throughout the day. I traveled 32 knots between 11:00 a.m and about 5:30 p.m., which isn't bad. This anchorage is sweet. It is protected from the east winds that are stirring from Ike, it is scenic, and there is a major shopping area within a short walk. I met a local (meaning local living on a sailboat and not actually cruising) who showed me the secret dingy dock, which has a great area for the dogs to run. Seeing a supermarket and a pizza joint within walking distance of a dingy dock is like finding the holy grail. There's even a petsupermart in the shopping center. I could live in this anchorage for a week if I wasn't meeting someone in Palm Beach on Friday. Regardless, I may have to do some more shopping tomorrow morning before I move on. It should go without saying that we had pizza tonight for dinner. I made the salad.

The Best Burger King Ever
nice
09/08/2008, Titusville, Florida

I remember fast food like this being disgusting but I have to say this was really tasty. I went to the KFC later in the day and brought dinner back to the boat - it was indeed finger licking good. I have leftovers for lunch as a long cruise is anticipated for today. The weather in Titusville was nice with a cool breeze and the marina had a perfect shady area with concrete floors (which the dogs love) and we wound up sitting there for several hours while I studied Skipper Bob's treatise on cruising in the Bahamas. The dogs just laid down on the floor and greeted everyone who walked by. Skipper Bob says the people who cruise there on sailboats and trawlers don't typically go for a week or two and then leave. He claims the cruising community goes there to stay for the winter and they sometimes cruise around to different destinations but more often hang in a few places and form communities on the water. Interesting. I might have to try that. He also warns that first timers typically don't go much farther than the northern Islands. My personal destination in the Bahamas for this trip, as I think I've mentioned before, is Eluthera. Eluthera is in the Exumas, a chain of islands farther south. Eluthera is where I worked as a Club Med sailing instructor many years ago and I've always wanted to sail back there on my own one day. That day is a coming. Even though the village was closed after a hurricane, I will remember the pink sand and the geography and the feel of the place and probably there will be some remnants of the Club Med. After Eluthera we may or may not head back. Heading back, if that is what we do, will be its own travel adventure so fear not readers, plenty more of this little travelblog is to come.

Still Morning On The Way To Titusville
hot and muggy
09/08/2008

Mosquito Lagoon lived up to its name. There were so many mozzies in the cabin by midnight I had to do something. I put up the screens and cleared the cabin of the blood suckers before the dogs and I could sleep the remainder of the evening in peace. The sunset in that remote anchorage prior to the onset of the buggy night was just spectacular but when I awoke at sunrise I just wanted to get the hell out of there. The remaining cruise to Titusville lasted only another 3 hours and we were anchored by late morning. I took the dogs to shore and found a great park by the water to let them run. Then we walked into town and I ate fast food for the first time in months. Last night was spent at anchorage in Titusville. There were no bugs and the cool breeze made for a comfortable evening. Jake and Anne kept alerting to the breathing of manatees that inhabit these waters. At least I know nothing will get close to the boat at night without barking dogs.

Dinner Time For Doggies
09/06/2008, Remote Anchorage

It is starting to calm down in the huge inland body of water I've found myself on tonight. The bit of wind we have is still fetching a swell in this open anchorage, but as long as we're holding we're fine and hardly feel it. Jake would prefer to sleep on deck and I have to cope with his protests almost every night to staying in the cabin, but its just too dangerous for him to be on deck by himself while I am sleeping. What if.. no, we won't take the chance. It's a beautiful night. I can see stars and there is 1/2 of a moon out. We should have a full moon for the crossing in about a week or so. I saw my first manatees in New Smirna today. What wonderful gentile creatures. The best way to describe them is a cross between a cow and a mermaid. So big, so slow, so harmless and defenseless. There are signs up everywhere for the last 200 miles reminding people not to go fast since the manatees are evidently all around these waters. The ones I saw were sadly bearing severe scars from probable encounters with boats.

The Ingredients For Tonight's Dinner (Minus The Corn and Wheat Thins and Diet 7-Up)
09/06/2008, Remote Anchorage

There is nothing like cooking dinner from live ingredients in the galley of TD as the sun is setting and the lights of dusk fall upon us and the music plays. In these remote anchorages, when nobody is around and the weather is nice, it is cruising at its best.

Sunset At Mosquito Lagoon
nice, but this place lives up to its name
09/06/2008

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Enough Depth Under Us To Get To Sleep Tonight
Keith, nice, buggy
09/06/2008, Mosquito Lagoon Anchorage along the ICW

I wanted to make it all the way to Titusville today but that was not possible after the New Smerna outing. I'm not sure if I'd have made it before dark anyway. Skipper Bob and the chart claim there is an anchorage in the remote spot I'm in tonight along the ICW with 10 feet of depth and I think this is it (the depth meter is calibrated to show number of feet from the keel to the bottom and the keel is 4.5 feet, so the photo shows more than 10 feet of depth), but I'm pretty much anchored in the middle of the ICW channel so if any really big boats come through tonight I'm in trouble. I don't think that will happen. It's pretty deserted here. Aside from the mozzies, its just us and this cool music station we've been listening to.

Segway Training At New Smerna Beach, Florida
hot
09/06/2008

I left Daytona Beach this morning after one last long dog walk at the park. Jake and Anne were well tired after throwing the softball we found into the water and having them swim out to get it umpteen times. It was a beautiful sunny day and the cruising was fine except for a few spots where it got so shallow I soft grounded and had to back out and find another way through. As I was passing New Smerna Beach they had a fair going on and it just looked so inviting... and it was. Free docks with friendly people to secure my lines, a great produce market where I restocked my fruit and veggie supply for $6, BBQ sandwich at the fair. As usual the dogs were a complete hit. I don't typically just go up to strangers, but Anne does and young or old, they can't resist her. I've met so many people on this trip that way. We cast off the lines an hour or two later and were off southward.

 

 
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