The Travels of Marco Polo

13 November 2017 | Houston TX
01 November 2017 | Charleston, SC
23 October 2017 | Washington, D.C.
18 October 2017 | Solomons Island-Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River
13 October 2017 | Annapolis Maryland
09 October 2017 | Baltimore MD and Colorado Springs, CO
26 September 2017 | Staten Island, Atlantic City, Cape May and Bear DE
19 September 2017 | Branford and Stamford CT
17 September 2017 | Mystic, Connecticut
03 September 2017 | Essex Island, CT- Long Island Sound
01 September 2017 | Milford, CT Long Island Sound
31 August 2017 | Port Washington, NY
23 August 2017 | New York City
08 August 2017 | New Jersey
25 July 2017 | Intracoastal Waterway
17 July 2017 | Southport Village Marina, Southport NC
08 July 2017 | Georgetown, South Carolina
25 June 2017 | Charleston, South Carolina

Home at Last

13 November 2017 | Houston TX
Barbara/ sunny, cool
November 13, 2017
Houston, Texas

Dear Friends and Family,

We arrived in Houston a week ago and are very grateful to be safely back at home. As you know, during our absence Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Houston and the area surrounding our neighborhood was heavily affected. Fortunately, our small neighborhood did not flood which was absolutely amazing as the homes in subdivisions adjacent to us received several feet of water. Our prayers go out to our friends who suffered losses and all others in the Houston-area who will be re-building for months to come.

Cruising the East Coast was an incredible experience. For nearly six months and for over 2,400 miles, Marco Polo was our comfortable home as well as providing us with safe passage in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean to the shallows of the Intracoastal Waterway. We highly recommend the trip to our fellow cruisers.

One of the most memorable aspects of the trip was the wonderful people we encountered along the way. Whether we shared a drink, a meal, a dockside conversation or the pleasure of your company for a few hours or a few days, we treasure the memory of your friendship, hospitality and camaraderie. We would also like to acknowledge all of you who "cruised " with us by reading our sail blog and sending encouragement and prayers for our safe voyage!

Have a blessed holiday season!

Barbara and Captain Pete

Washington,D.C. - Charleston, S.C.

01 November 2017 | Charleston, SC
Barbara / variable
October 3- October 26, 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

On October 3rd, we started the long trip to Marco Polo's winter port- Charleston, S.C. At the time we had a tentative plan which allowed for "weather" days along the way. As it turned out there were more W.O.W. (waiting on weather) days than anticipated. Much of our north-bound cruising in June and July took place offshore with 12-14 hours of daylight which allowed us to cover longer distances. However, in October not only did we have to contend with shorter days but with the ever present threat of bad weather as well. This was frustrating as we were anxious to get home.

For three days, we traveled down the Potomac River, making overnight stops at the same marinas we stayed in on our way to D.C. After making our way down the Potomac, we reached York River Yacht Haven in Yorktown, VA on Saturday, October 7th. Shortly after arriving we were pleasantly surprised to receive a text from Texas cruising friends, Hope and Kevin (SV Fidelity). They were checking out the marina and saw Marco Polo docked. It was great catching up with them. Later that evening, dear friends Valre and Stewart Welch picked us up and we enjoyed their warm hospitality at their home on the beautiful James River.

On Monday we toured the historic Yorktown Battlefield, the site of Lord Charles Cornwallis's massive defeat in 1781 by General George Washington and his French ally, General Comte de Rochambeau. The American victory secured independence for the United States and changed the course of world history. The Visitor Center has a great film, "Siege of Yorktown" and many artifacts, including General George Washington's tent on display in the museum. Did you know the Badge of Military Merit (now known as the Purple Heart)originated after the Battle of Yorktown? Following this famous battle, General George Washington issued a directive to create a decoration "for military merit "to honor any common soldier who displayed 'singularly meritorious action" or "extraordinary fidelity". It was symbolized by an embroidered heart of purple silk. After WWI the medal was reserved for those wounded or killed in battle.

Continuing south we returned to Tidewater Marina in Portsmouth, VA. Taking advantage of a rainy day, we took the ferry over to Norfolk and toured the MacArthur Memorial. This is the final resting place for General and Mrs. Douglas MacArthur. We easily spent several hours in this interesting museum. Nine galleries portray the major periods of the general's life as he served our nation through some of its greatest crises and finest hours.

Leaving Portsmouth, we started the 204-mile trek down the Intracoastal Waterway, starting at mile 0.0.

On the trip from Coinjock to Belhaven we slogged through 11-hours of wind and rain. Despite the" waterproof case", the iPad took on water. Burying it in rice as suggested by Dr. Goggle did not revive it. Pete's phone became our secondary navigation tool.

We were looking forward to our stop in Belhaven, N.C. because of Spoon River Artworks and Market, a first-class restaurant run by a really neat couple, Theresa and Mark Van Staalduinen. Sunday brunch did not disappoint, it was just as amazing as the dinner we enjoyed during our visit in July. Theresa even remembered we liked red wine and gave us a nice bottle of Argentinean wine.

River Dunes Marina in Oriental, NC was a new stop for us. It is a newly-built marina but in a remote location away from restaurants and shops. Fortunately, we got docked just before a frontal storm arrived dropping the temperature significantly. Our friends, Bob and Clare (SV Sofira) drove over from New Bern about 30 miles away. So although it was a cold, windy and rainy evening, we had a pleasant time over drinks and dinner, catching up on happenings since our last visit in early July.

The cold front persisted as we left Oriental for Morehead City, another previous stop. After Morehead City we went offshore for a distance of about 70 miles to reach Wrightsville Beach, N.C. After a very long day, our dear friend, Terry met us at the marina and treated us to a great seafood dinner. We had a wonderful visit with her.

Our stop in Georgetown, S.C. on Sunday afternoon coincided with the last day of the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show. Many of the 120 classic wooden boats exhibited were still on display either in the center of town or the marina. In this part of the country, wooden boat- building is a craft handed down from one generation to the next. We were sorry to miss seeing our Georgetown friends, Micky and Deanie who were out of town.

When planning our route from Georgetown to Charleston on the ICW, the shallow areas shown on the charts were cause for concern. Captain Pete decided even though it would add an extra day of travel, it would be best to travel the next 45 miles over two days taking advantage of high tide each day.

We left Georgetown at 8:45 a.m. and arrived at Leland Oil Company Marina in McClellanville, S.C. about four hours later and before low tide. As we cruised to McClellanville, we were surprised to see a pod of six dolphins swimming in the ICW. McClellanville is a small fishing town of 543 people. In the late 1860's it was an economic center producing timber, rice, cotton and seafood. Today it is best known for its shrimping fleet and seafood industry. In 1989, the town was devastated by Hurricane Hugo which destroyed homes, downed century-old oaks and otherwise altered much of the picturesque character of this historic fishing village. Residents took refuge in the local high school which was a designated storm shelter. The storm surge threatened to drown them. In complete darkness, they helped one another crawl into a space above the false ceilings of the building and no one died. The people here take care of one another. We had lunch at T.W. Graham and Co. a local favorite cafe, where you got the impression it is a very close-knit community.

From McClellanville to Isle of Palms Marina in Mt. Pleasant, we timed our cruising to coincide with the four-hour period of maximum tide. Captain Pete calculated it just perfectly and again we made it through the "skinny water" with no problems. After a nice lunch at Isle of Palm, we had a wonderful time visiting with our dear friend, Janice (MV River Girl).

To avoid the notoriously strong currents at Charleston Harbor we planned the nine-mile trip around the currents and arrived at Charleston Resort and Harbor at slack tide and docked with ease.

Wow! Finally after 157 days, 2,400 miles, 53 stops in 10 states and D.C. we docked Marco Polo in its winter port. It has been a great adventure however the Captain and I agree we are ready to go back to Houston and enjoy our life on land!

Thanks for all of your well wishes, prayers and encouraging comments. We appreciate everyone who has joined us on this adventure by reading our sail blog. Once we get back to Houston we will post a note to let you know we are safely "docked!"

All the best,

Barbara and Captain Pete

Washington, D.C.

23 October 2017 | Washington, D.C.
Barbara/ gorgeous fall days/cool evenings
September 24-October 3, 2017

Our reason for including Washington, D.C. on our itinerary was two-fold. First of all, we looked forward to sailing Marco Polo up the historic Potomac River past Mount Vernon and secondly, Captain Pete's 50-year high school reunion from the American School in Beirut was September 29-October 1st in D.C.

After more than four months into our sailing adventure, we reached Washington, D. C. The weather was glorious upon our arrival. We decided to visit as many outdoor monuments as possible and if the weather changed, museums would be a good rainy day option. On Monday we walked to the National Mall and caught a trolley to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The grounds and the monument itself were peaceful and impressive. Passages from the Declaration of Independence and other Jefferson writings surround the 19-ft. tall statue of our third U.S. President. From there we walked to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. This was one of our favorites. You could sense FDR's strength and humanity by the inspiring quotes selected for his monument as well as the decision to depict him sitting in his wheelchair with his little dog by his side. Serving as president for 12 years he is ranked by most political scientists and historical scholars as one of the top three U.S. presidents. From here we walked to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Dr. King's statue designed by Chinese sculptor, Lei Yixin is carved in white granite and named "The Stone of Hope." It was a very majestic rendering of Dr. King. Next up was the Korean War Veterans Memorial. This one is eerily realistic as you walk close to a column of 19 larger than life-size soldiers in full combat gear. The figures represent a platoon on patrol. They are surrounded by granite and juniper bushes representing the rough Korean terrain. I visited this monument several years ago on a rainy October night and it made quite an impression on me. Seeing it in daylight was moving but the images of our brave soldiers on patrol that cold and misty night will always stay in my mind's eye. Another striking tribute was the Vietnam's Women's Memorial. This statue commemorates over 265,000 women, mostly nurses, who served during the Vietnam era. During our stay we also visited the National WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. At the three war memorials and Arlington Cemetery we saw many former servicemen visiting under the Honor Flight Network program. Some were very elderly WWII veterans. The Network's mission is to transport America's Veterans to D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. By the emotional expressions on their faces, you could tell they were likely recalling many memories.

We spent two days in the National Gallery of Art. Focusing on Dutch Masters and some European works the first day. The second day we saw the work of numerous American artists. Both Pete and I were captivated by the "Voyage of Life", a series of paintings created by American artist, Thomas Cole representing an allegory of the four stages of human life: childhood, youth, manhood, and old age. You find yourself reflecting on your own life.

We visited the National Air and Space Museum over a two-day period. One activity we really enjoyed was the IMAX film Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Sea 3D. Wearing your nifty 3-D glasses, you found yourself aboard the aircraft carrier as 5,000 highly skilled sea and air personnel carry out flight operations during a simulated war exercise. I was particularly impressed seeing how the aircraft stopped by "hooking" the cable on the landing area of the aircraft. Wow!

A personal highlight of our stay was attending Pete's 50th class reunion. On Friday afternoon we had an impromptu gathering on Marco Polo. Fifteen classmates and guests enjoyed sharing memories, lunch and adult beverages. That evening quite a few classmates were at the "meet and greet", many of whom Pete had not seen since his school days in Beirut. He had a great time catching up with everyone. Saturday night the entire group gathered at Bacchus of Lebanon in Bethesda and had a fabulous family-style Lebanese feast. Monday evening six of us had dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington's oldest saloon. It was a great finale to our week in Washington.

Of interest to those cruisers planning trips to D.C., the waterfront area where we docked was days away from completing a 2.5 billion dollar expansion project which included new marina facilities' for the Capital Yacht Club. Numerous businesses such as retail shops, a marine store, restaurants, hotels and condos where also getting ready to open. It was a beehive of activity when we were there but promises to be a first-class place to stay or dock your boat.

The next day we left as scheduled heading down the Potomac River with overnight stops planned for the three marinas we stayed in on the way to D.C.

Next blog posting: Cruising to our Winter Port- Charleston, S.C.


Take care,
Barbara and Captain Pete

Solomons Island and the Potomac River

18 October 2017 | Solomons Island-Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River
Barbara/ great
Solomons Island, Maryland

September 20-21, 2017

Before leaving the Chesapeake Bay area, we sailed over to Solomons Island. We hold fond memories of the island from a previous sailing trip with our friends, Pat and Jim. It is a very picturesque town on the mouth of the Patuxent River. For many decades the island was largely isolated. During WWII this changed dramatically. The area's isolation, long beaches and deep water made it an ideal location for amphibious training. Thousands of troops trained here for the attack on Guadalcanal and the Normandy invasion.

Walking around town after dinner we noticed banners advertising the Solomons Plein Air Festival. Popularized by the French Impressionists, the plein air method advocates painting outdoors working with natural light. Numerous artists were at their easels taking advantage of the evening light and scenic views of the town and beach.

Solomons Island was our final port before traveling up the Potomac River.

September 21-24, 2017

Cruising the Potomac River- Dodging Crab Traps, Debris and Friendly Fire!

Navigating the approximately 140 nautical miles of the Potomac River to Washington, D.C. demands vigilance due to an assortment of hazards: crab traps, floating debris and friendly fire. Crab traps, the bane of boaters but a livelihood for others, are typically attached to colored floats, strung out in a line of a dozen or more. Watermen are legally restricted from placing their traps in the navigation channel. However, traps present a challenge around marina entrances and in broad spaces outside the channels where there are fewer regulations. Snagging a crab line and getting it or heaven forbid the actual basket caught up in your boat's propeller can cause severe damage and ruin your day! Lighting and wave action affect visibility of the floats. When traveling through an area known for crabbing, we planned our day to take advantage of the best conditions. We have enjoyed many delicious crab dishes during our travels but the traps have kept us in a constant state of alertness while on the water. On the other hand, we are respectful of the folks for whom crabbing is their livelihood. We learned the lean years have taken their toll. Tom Horton, a professor and frequent chronicler of the waterman culture, wrote in the Washington Post, that the estimated the number of full-time watermen fell from 10,000 or more in the 1990's to fewer than 3,000 in 2016. He went on to say," The people I know who still make a full-time living off the water are the ones who thank God every day they have a wife who is a nurse at the hospital." (As a salute to all my nursing colleagues, I could not resist quoting this guy!)

Recent storms resulted in high water throughout the Chesapeake Bay, and this caused debris on the beaches to flow into the river. Again, we were on continuous alert and avoided many floating logs and branches as well as a dangerous piling stuck in the channel. We notified the Coast Guard of its perilous location.

About 50 miles up the Potomac is the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center. This location on the River was specifically chosen for the development of a long ballistic test range required for the testing of modern, high powered munitions. As we approached this area, the Navy contacted us by radio and gave Captain Pete specific instructions on how to alter our course to safely avoid their target practice exercise going on at that time.

St. Marys, Maryland

The first night we docked in St. Marys, Maryland. Denis Point Marina is nestled inside a peaceful, wooded campground that is 5 miles up the beautiful St. Marys River. When we arrived there were no dockhands available. One of the office staff came out to catch our lines, unfortunately she had no experience in docking and looped the line around the cleat and then let it go...and so did our boat! We were both calling out directions and she grabbed the stern line just in time. To complicate things further, we arrived at high tide and there was additional tide from hurricane Jose that had pushed a lot of water into the dockage. The electrical outlets were close to the water level delaying hook up. It was "one of those days!"

Colonial Beach, Virginia

The next night we stopped at the Boathouse Marina in the friendly little town of Colonial Beach which claims a population of about 3,500 people. Bill, the marina owner, is right out of Central Casting for a genteel Southern gentleman. Not only does he run a first-rate marina, he is very cordial, inviting us to his boat for drinks and loaning us his golf cart to get around town. Surprisingly for such a small town, we found a terrific Thai-French restaurant and enjoyed a wonderful meal. Another highlight of Colonial Beach was listening to The Southern Bred Band at the Tidewater Tiki Bar. They billed themselves as "country boys who just like to play music." Several were local firefighters and E.M.T.'s. They had a great sound and as a former bass player himself, Captain Pete thought their bass player was outstanding.

Occoquan River, Virginia

Our third night on the Potomac was spent at the pleasant if remote Belmont Bay Marina. It is located a distance from the town of Occoquan and we were happy to cook dinner on the boat. We departed early the next morning. As we neared Washington, D.C. it was an extraordinary experience to see President George and Mary Washington's impressive estate, Mt. Vernon, from our boat.

We arrived in early afternoon at our highly anticipated destination- Washington, D.C.

Please check the Photo Album- Solomons Island-Potomac River for a few pictures of the above locations.

Next installment - our Nation's Capital.

Barbara and Captain Pete

Annapolis MD-Sailing Capital of America

13 October 2017 | Annapolis Maryland
Barbara/ good
September 12-19, 2017

Annapolis makes a good case for its self-proclaimed title of "sailing capital" on several fronts. Virtually year-round you will find the numerous waterways filled with boaters of all kinds- racers, cruisers, day sailors, anglers and Navy personnel practicing offshore maneuvers. October attracts huge crowds to the United States Powerboat and United States Sailboat shows which take place on back-to-back weekends. Autumn also brings the "snowbirds" stopping en route as they cruise south for the winter.
We spent our first day, visiting the U.S. Navel Academy. It is inspiring to walk around this beautiful campus and see the bright,young midshipmen as they pursue education and training preparing them to serve our country as leaders in military and civilian life. A visit to The U.S. Naval Academy Museum at Preble Hall is not to be missed. The exhibit "Leadership and Service: The History of the U.S. Navy and USNA" illustrates the numerous contributions Naval Academy graduates have made over the years. For us it was fascinating to be immersed in the history of this venerable institution and learn about the many achievements of the Academy's graduates. There is such a variety of things to see, everyone is sure to find something of interest. One of the most noteworthy collections is the Rogers Ship Model Collection. It is the largest collection of 17th and 18th century ship models on display in North America. The Museum's wide variety of holdings also includes paintings, flags, firearms, photographs and personal memorabilia.

During our week in Annapolis it was our pleasure to spend time with friends, Carroll and Rob (SV Kindred Spirit) whom we first met in Atlantic City in July. It is a real bonus to meet up with fellow cruisers especially in their home port. We appreciated their warm hospitality and look forward to seeing them in 2018. During a fortuitous walk on the way to the marina office, Captain Pete recognized a beautiful British-made sailboat and wondered if it could be the cruising couple from the U.K. that we met in the Abacos, Bahamas last year. Sure enough it was Penny and Chris from SV Karma Daze. We had a nice chat with them, hearing about their travels and discussing future cruising destinations.

Annapolis is home to many great eateries. Having been there before we revisited a few of our favorites and added several new places to our recommended list. One of the most well known we added is Chick and Ruth's Delly, a 2nd generation Annapolis institution known for huge breakfasts! We should have split an entrée especially when we learned the Delly offers over twenty-four flavors of pies! If you are there at 8:30 a.m. weekdays or 9:30 a.m. weekends you can join staff and other patrons in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. By the way, the day after we ate there, the owners' sold the Delly to a long-time customer who assured them he would not change anything about the restaurant.

Annapolis was one of our favorite stops but after a week we were looking forward to traveling up the Potomac. We kept a close eye on weather created by Hurricanes Jose and Maria with contingency plans for moving to a protective harbor if necessary. Fortunately, we were able to start the five-day cruise up to Washington D.C. as scheduled.

Next post: The Potomac River
Take care,

Barbara and Captain Pete

Baltimore and Land-Locked Colorado Springs

09 October 2017 | Baltimore MD and Colorado Springs, CO
Barbara/nice
Baltimore, MD
Sept.4-12, 2017

It was exciting sailing into the historic Baltimore Harbor- one of the busiest ports in the country. Particularly moving was passing by Fort McHenry where in 1814 after 25 hours of continuous bombing by the British, Francis Scott Key saw to his relief the American flag was still standing. This inspired him to compose the famous poem -the "Defence of Fort McHenry" which was later set to music and became our national anthem- the Star Spangled Banner.

We docked in a nice marina within easy walking distance to the sights, shops and restaurants of the Inner Harbor. One highlight of our stay was touring the USS Constellation-the U.S. Navy's last all-sail vessel and the USS Torsk. Torpedoes launched from USS Torsk sank the last enemy ships during WWII. Very interesting tours allowing us to get a glimpse of how these brave sailors lived and worked.

Fortunately for our waistlines, Baltimore is a great walking city because restaurant choices are endless. By chance, we mostly chose ethnic establishments since we were getting a little burned out on crab, fish and lobster. A few places we sampled were - Little Havana- outstanding Cuban specialties, Kumari - delicious Indian/ Nepalese dishes and Di Pasquale's - where in Pete's opinion had out-of -this world pizza!

Colorado Springs, CO
Getting to Baltimore by September 4th was a "hard date" we planned into our schedule. The MS Society Tour of Champions bike trip in Colorado Springs was scheduled for September 7th-10th. Pete was riding in it and our flight was out of Baltimore. Then Hurricane Harvey hit! Thanks to the hard work of the Houston MS Society staff the trip went on as planned despite their offices getting flooded thus preventing the bikes being shipped to Colorado. The riders took it in stride and rode rented bikes. Having been on several Tour of Champion trips, we enjoyed connecting with other biking friends. It was a glorious fall day for the ride. The bike ride was as expected, strenuous. The altitude, steep climbs, and Pete's lack of training were factors, but the scenery and meeting up with friends made the ride great. We non- bikers joined them for lunch in the Garden of the Gods. As you can tell from the photo (see Album), a very popular guy was Joe, a charming 92-year -old WWII veteran who achieved Tour of Champions status for the second time but wisely decided not to do the Colorado ride.

On our last day in Baltimore we did a bit more sightseeing. The city's World Trade Center has a striking 911 Memorial comprised of steel from the NY World Trade Center and limestone from the Pentagon to remind us that we were all transformed that day. The third component is polished black granite which reflects the heroism of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

We enjoyed our stay in Baltimore. The Harbor area was home to many millennials as evidenced by the many young people we saw out jogging, walking their dogs and gathering in the establishments along the beautiful waterfront.

From Baltimore we made the short 27 mile journey to Annapolis- the sailing capital of the world.

Take care,
Barbara and Captain Pete
Photo below: Pike's Peak
Vessel Name: Marco Polo
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 46
Hailing Port: Kemah, Texas
Crew: Pieter and Barbara
About: Pieter is a retired engineer and very experienced sailor. Barbara, is an advance practice nurse, and looking forward to the new adventure of cruising. Our "furry crew" Cody - a 3-legged miniature poodle- enjoys sailing and making new friends of all kinds in every port.
Extra: Our boat is not named after the water game or the famous explorer but after an industry-award winning deepwater oil production platform designed by Pieter and his engineering company.
Marco Polo's Photos - Main
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Photos from our passage leaving Long Island Sound and arriving in the Chesapeake Bay
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Two ports of convenience!
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North Shore of Long Island Sound
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Pictures taken during our 200 mile stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway
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Celebrating the 4th of July in North Carolina
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Pictures from our many visits into This beautiful city!
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Beautiful vacation spots!
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Brunswick,GA -first port of call
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"The aspect of St. Augustine is quaint and strange, in harmony with its romantic history...It is as if some little old ...Spanish town, with its fort and gateway and Moorish bell towers, had broken loose, floated over here, and got stranded on a sandbank. --Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1873
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a few photos from this extraordinary peaceful and self-contained little town
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Hope Town and the people we met there captured our hearts.
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The last operating lighthouse of its kind. The lighting source is a 325.000 candlepower "Hood" petroleum vapour burner. A hand pump is used to pressurize the kerosene.Two dedicated keepers share the responsibility of lighting the lantern at dusk and winding the weights (similar to a grandfather clock) every two hours from dusk to day break. They live in two identical houses just a few yards from the lighthouse.
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A few photos from our visit on Great Guana Cay and the Wild Pigs of No Name Cay
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Our first encounter with the gorgeous beaches, and quaint settlements in the Abacos.
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Photos from our crossing to West End Bahamas.
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Marathon Key attracts many cruisers waiting for a good weather window for passage to the Bahamas. We enjoyed delicious food at several restaurants and Cody especially liked Sombero Beach.
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We had a wonderful month in Key West. While there,we made some new friends and enjoyed a great visit with Linda and Jim. Luck and wind were on our side when a huge boat on our dock caught on fire. Fortunately, no one was injured. We especially enjoyed watching the Navy planes train over our Marina.
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We rode our bikes into Key West and explored a different area of town.
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The sail from Marco Island to Key West was beautiful and uneventful! I like that!
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Pete enjoyed his day!
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Two days in Miami at the Boat Show
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A few photos from our home away from home in Southwest Florida.
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Almost 70 miles west of Key West, nestled among spectacular coral reefs, fascinating shipwrecks and sandy beaches lie seven undeveloped coral and sand islands initially named Los Tortugas by Ponce de Leon. Soon noted as Dry Tortugas on charts to show mariners islands had no fresh water.
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Enjoying the local color,food, people of Key West
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Photos from Stock Island Marina, Lower Keys, Florida
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some photos from the trip from Marco Island to Key West
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photos from Key Largo and Key West
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photos related to 12/9/14 blog post
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clip taken by Connie Lipsey during day sail
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various photos taken when exploring the Marco Island area
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