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Ole Ben Gun
Scott Trefethen
05/06/2009, St Augustine

As we have traveled to various ports we try and seek out historical places we can take the kids for field trips. St Augustine is a great place for taking walks between the Old Spanish and English buildings down by the waterfront. Ben is seen here by an old mortar on the Castillo de San Marco. The fort has seen Spanish, British and American conflicts over the years and the park service does an excellent job of keeping it in good condition. There are numerous volunteer groups that come and fire the cannon for the tourists. The kids had the chance to watch closely the priming and firing of eighteenth century cannon. Ben is confident he could load and fire the gun if given the opportunity. This summer we are planning to spend a day in Gettysburg PA watching the reenactment of Pickets charge of Civil war acclaim. These hands on activities have proven to be an excellent way to anchor the lessons we do in home school history.

Pie for Cake?
Scott Trefethen
05/05/2009, OffShore

Stevie has a pumpkin pie for his offshore birthday thanks to his mom.

Pizza Anyone
Scott Trefethen
05/04/2009, St Augustine

As Jean and I were walking down King George St a Hawker shouted over to us about pizza. I was starving so we stopped in for a bite. This place is impossible to find from St George without the hawkers help as the front door takes you through the kitchen down a long dark hall to the back of the building where we discovered an open air veranda with live music and good service. For those unfamiliar with the term hawker, it is a person who stands on the street corner and shouts about the wares of whatever shop owner pays them that day. We first ran across them down in St Thomas years ago off back street where most people would not think to shop. They usually know where all the best deals are to be found so if you see one ask them about the item you are seeking.
Julianna like her brothers is a delight to take out for dinner. She specially enjoys people watching.

St Augustine at last
Scott Trefethen
04/27/2009

We took quite a beating by a passing storm fron just after catching the dolphin. At one point the autopilot was not holding and I put the wheel over and hove too for a couple hours sleep. The seas died down and we got back on course but the Gulf stream had carried us so far North it seemed to make better sense going to St Augustine rather than Cape Canaveral. We came in last Thursday and anchored just off the oldest fort in America. The Castillo de SAn Miguel built in 1565. They fire cannon at us 5 times a day and the kids are thrilled to be here in port.

Can you say Sushi?
Scott Trefethen
04/27/2009, 50 miles Off Plam Beach, FL

Just when we though the day could not get better we hooked this monster Dolphin. She was about 17 lbs and what a fight. After our third and final fishing reel broke fighting a bonita the day before I hooked this beautiful fish on a lure attached to our hand line. It was amazing to see the fish come up to the boat a bright neon blue color and then watch as it changed bright yellow and green in the cockpit. We are chowing down on Mahi Mahi steaks now!

I feel the need for speed!
Scott Trefethen
04/27/2009, Offshore Florida East coast

I know this is a bad pic but you try shooting an lcd screen on a wildly mooving boat. That number on the top really is 10.5 knots boat speed. Keep in mind that we were getting a boost from the stream. We made a little over 200 miles in a 24 hour period a new record for the Omarsea.

Migration Drop Outs
Scott Trefethen
04/27/2009, Off the Keys

This little bird and many others used the Omarsea as a resting perch while they winged their way North over the waters of the Gulf Stream. We had many different species all un identified that circled several times and then landed on the stern. One came in so tired it tumbled as it landed. It was good to be able to share our home with these wayward travelers.

Sailing North
Scott Trefethen
04/27/2009

Well all great times have to come to an end. And so it was with our visit with the Fosters. Key west was a hurricane of activity and fun times. Dave and I Salvaged a 30' sailboat off the rocks. We walked all over the island. Our Friends Cindy and Gary aboard Silly Nanna had us all over to thier Yacht club for lunch and a swim in the pool. We cooked and ate dinner over on Odysea several times and they lent us thier 20 foot twin Vee runabout so we could get arround. The kids had such a great time together that now a week later they are still going through withdrawl. Fortunately we will get together in the near future and have lots more fun.

Hot, Hotter, Hottest!!!!
Scott Trefethen
04/27/2009, Peppers Key West

Vicki and Dave Foster took us to "Peppers" a gourmet hot sauce tasting experience. Our friendly man with the sauce was Pete. Pete spent the better two hours entertaining us with funny stories and descriptions of his products. This is a must see when in Key West! Here is Pete with several of his favorites. Visit him on his web page if you dare to try some really thermal sauce.
www.peppersofkeywest.com

Treasure
Scott Trefethen
04/27/2009, Key West

When in Key West there is a frenzy of things to do. Too much in fact for a single visit. We tried to keep it simple and stick to the kids oriented activities. Though it can be a rough town Key West has matured over the past 20 years. The conchs are dwindling in numbers as outsiders come in and buy and build homes. We were invited by our friends to see a movie about Key West History. It is shown at a small theater down off Caroline St way. The movie is dated but has some great interviews with famous local heroes and characters. Then we went to see the most famous treasure in town. Mel Fishers museum of the Attocha a Spanish treasure ship sunk over three hundred years ago. The kids had a ball. They had the chance to lift a $75k bar of gold and see much of the way the wreck was recovered. We walked the fine lawns of the Truman Annex where Harry Truman once spent time as president. Then we did Duval Street and walked back to the boat moored just North of town.

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