Ruby Slipper

Imagination can take you anywhere -- even over the rainbow.

07 January 2013 | Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
22 November 2012 | Beaufort, SC
13 November 2012 | Oriental, NC
07 November 2012 | Hampton, Va
01 November 2012 | Annapolis
18 October 2012 | Annapolis
23 August 2012 | Annapolis
28 September 2011
06 July 2011 | Annapolis
09 May 2011
25 April 2011 | Norfolk Naval Sailing Center
24 April 2011 | Norfolk, VA
24 April 2011 | Coinjock, NC
19 April 2011 | Ocracoke, NC
13 April 2011 | Wrightsville Beach, NC
12 April 2011 | Patrick AFB, Rockhouse Creek, St. Augustines, Fernandina Beach, Wally's Leg (GA), Beaufort (SC), Tom Point (SC), Isle of Palm (SC), Prince Creek (SC), Southport, NC
28 March 2011 | Manatee Cove Marina @ Patrick AFB, FL
25 March 2011 | Vero Beach, FL
21 March 2011 | Miami Beach
21 March 2011 | Miami Beach's Venetian Causeway to Miami Beach Marina to Pompano

Florida Keys Fun & Sun

22 January 2011 | Marathon, Boot Key Harbor, Fl
Anywhere from the mid-60s to 80 degrees!
Warriors of ancient India would blow conch shells to announce battle. Hawaiians used the large conch shell (Pu) as a trumpet in ceremonial fanfare often accompanying chants or to control little Gods. The sound could be carried as far as 2 miles!

Today, cruisers, whether in the Bahamas or the Florida Keys, signal the end of the day (sunset) with the blowing of the conch. Blow hards beware: You won't always have the edge here. The volume (loudness) depends on the style of blowing rather than breath capacity. Think of Louis Armstrong's lip lock on a trumpet & you will have a better chance of blowing away your audience with your style.

Well my dear Captain Bill has been perfecting his technique with his trusty 15' Lobatus Gigas, commonly known as the Queen Conch, that he discovered & tooled into a mighty fine sunset horn. Every evening he joins in Boot Key Harbor's conch cacophony contributing his mournful baritone sound to dozens of other toots, honks or brays.

Of course, the Blowing of the Conch Ritual is symbiotic to the Drinking of the Sunset Cocktail Ritual.

So, yes, this is how we while away our evenings aboard MV Ruby Slipper here in balmy Marathon, half way between Miami & Key West. This is a delightful welcoming after our adventurous passage from the west coast of Florida & the primitive backcountry route via the Florida Everglades.
Days are spent at the beach (one of the Florida Keys ONLY natural sandy beaches), doing boat chores (defrosting the 'fridge as I write this, as a matter of fact), reading & walking. Tonite having some Eastport Yacht Club friends over for dinner. It's especially nice having friends from home in this sunny climate.

What's in-store for us? Later this week, my sister Benita & our niece, Katana are visiting Miami Beach to commemorate the 5 year passing of our mother. We'll all get together for lunch & hugs & a teary eye or two, no doubt. Next week, our friend Deb Smith, of Annapolis is visiting us aboard for a few nights R&R.

And, after all our company departs, we'll cast off the mooring lines & head for Key West for about 1 month. Thanks to Bill being retired USAF, we've scored a slip at NAS Key West at Boca Chica, just minutes from the fun of Key West. Apparently the military-only marina offers a sandy beach & tiki bar. But the real excitement is when the Navy is undergoing exercises. I'm sure nothing is cooler than the sound of F-18's taking off overhead while aboard the comfort of your own boat!

After our month there, we'll head back home slowly for an approximate arrival around the first of May.

I've been have difficulty download the many photos I've taken of our passage so far. But do check out what we have in the Photo Gallery at the lower right side of the blog.

Missing you all & hope to hear of YOUR adventures.

Admiral Linda, Captain Bill & Crew Dogs: Murphy & Trapper

Vessel Name: Ruby Slipper
Vessel Make/Model: American Tug 34
Hailing Port: Annapolis, Maryland
Crew: Linda & Bill with crew dogs: Murphy & Trapper
We are a boating family that has sailed to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Maine and up & down the U.S. coast. [...]
Ruby Slipper's Photos - Main
Beaufort, SC & more
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Created 22 November 2012
Annapolis to the Bahamas
4 Photos
Created 7 November 2012
Various photos of our trip thru the "wilds" of the Waccamaw River, to Wrightsville Beach, the MEGA storm in NC & Ocracoke.
40 Photos
Created 19 April 2011
Visits with friends Ford Jones, Bill Price & Jeannie Toohey in Vero Beach, St. Augustine & Fernandina Beach, FL. And, anchorages in Georgia & NC.
33 Photos
Created 12 April 2011
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Created 21 March 2011
Bill's eldest daughter, Shayna & two of our grandkids (Scott - 8 & Megan - 5) visited.
33 Photos
Created 11 March 2011
26 Photos
Created 9 March 2011
Visits from Auntie Jan & Uncle Harvey
48 Photos
Created 20 February 2011
Part 1
20 Photos
Created 12 February 2011
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Created 12 February 2011
The girls came down to reminisce about mom on the 5th anniversary of her passing, January 25. We rented a car & drove up to see them for the afternoon.
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Created 12 February 2011
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Created 12 February 2011
33 Photos
Created 7 February 2011
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Created 30 January 2011
58 Photos
Created 23 December 2010
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Created 16 December 2010
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Created 12 December 2010
Via Stuart, Lake Okeechobee, several canals, rivers & 5 locks.
23 Photos
Created 12 December 2010
Cumberland Island, Ga; Fernandina Beach, St. Augustine, Cocoa & Vero Beach, FL
67 Photos
Created 7 December 2010
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Created 22 November 2010
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Created 18 November 2010
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Created 17 November 2010
31 Photos
Created 15 November 2010
81 statute miles, 10 hours
10 Photos
Created 11 November 2010
Stops along the way.
16 Photos
Created 9 November 2010
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Created 4 November 2010
Heading south to Florida &/or the Bahamas.
2 Photos
Created 1 November 2010
Ruby Slipepr gets hauled at Annapolis' oldest boatyard, Sarles. This 105-year-old boatyard has a rare marine railway that is used to pull boats up & out of the water for cleaning & work!
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Created 21 October 2010
Photos of our new boat
7 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 24 September 2010

Team Hughes

Who: Linda & Bill with crew dogs: Murphy & Trapper
Port: Annapolis, Maryland
Life is not about how well you weather the storm. It's about how well you danced in the rain!
Join us on our adventure!