R/V SLOTH & M/V NOMADIC SPIRIT

One for the sea, One for the land...... Living the Nomadic Life is our plan

Who: Janice & Steve

Click: Where are we now?

'OMG It's Almost Time' in 'Getting the Boat Ready' attempts to describe my excitement of our impending departure.
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Check out our Favorite Anchorages and best snorkeling spots in Blog Catagory 'Our Favorite Things'
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And our thoughts on the completion of our first year in 'Our Cruising Advenures'!

Getting 'Nomadic Spirit' ready to cruise

13 November 2016
We have spent the two months since we arrived back in Florida working on getting our Island Gypsy 32 ready to cruise. This season we will do the Florida Mini Loop, a 700+ mile tour of southern Florida from the Okeechobee Waterway down. We will include all three Florida National Parks; Everglades, Dry Tortugas and Biscayne. Hopefully we will also add the Abacos and Berry Islands of the Bahamas.

We leave this wonderful dock on Friday, put our car in storage and head to Ft Meyers for Thanksgiving. Christmas will be celebrated in Key West.

Here are some pictures of our work and as always many more in the 'Gallery'.

Grey weathered teak
Grey weathered teak

Original seats and heavy curtains
Original seats and heavy curtains

Dull teak, old refrigerator
Dull teak and old refrigerator

This floor needs love and the glass rack is wasting space
This floor needs love and the glass rack is wasting space


Adding a hard bimini


Solar panel installation


Giving the teak some love

Finished!




Folding table to be used in or out


Looking so much better


Five coats of varnish on the floor, three coats on cabinets, new refrigerator, new cushions, mini blinds, and a handy basket where the glass rack was.

Of course there are things you cannot se like the new water heater, battery charger, battery bank etc.

Great Smoky Mountain and Congaree National Parks

01 October 2016
wrapping up the 2016 RV season
We really enjoyed our month volunteering at Lake James but Nomads need to move on. Great Smokey Mountain NP was a day trip from Lake Powhatan campground just south of Asheville. Jumping back on the Blue Ridge Mnt Parkway landed us at the entrance to the park. The mountains really did look Smoky as the early morning sun heated the landscape.



We visited Mingus Mill, one of the oldest working mills in the country, walked up to Clingmans Dome, and toured the nature trail.



With over 30 species of salamanders it's not surprising that is called the salamander capital, more than anywhere else in the world! And did you know that there is no fee to enter this park ever and for anyone?



The lovely day of sightseeing and short walks put an exclamation point to our stay in North Carolina.



Hurricane Hermine had closed down Congaree NP for a few days and fortunately reopened the morning we arrived. Much of the boardwalk was still underwater but we were able to enjoy most of the 2.4 miles through the old growth bottomland.



We had made reservations at a nearby state park but that closure put us at a Walmart for the night before heading to the coast.

We took our time enjoying the historic cities of Charleston, Savannah and St Augustine. Dear cruising friends joined us in Savannah and the puppies fell in love.



Lunch at Mrs Wilkes Historic Dining Room might be the highlight of the visit. We had seen an episode on one of the food networks raving about the fried chicken but didn't even mention all the wonderful other dishes that were served. It was worth waiting in line for.



The Castillo de San Marcos NM is the oldest masonry fortress in the United States. Situated in historic downtown St Augustine, we made it part of our walking tour.





Anastasia State Park was wonderful and came with an added bonus this year. Now that Steve is 65 we get half of camping at all Florida state parks. Great perk added to the half off we already get at national campgrounds.



So this closed or third season of RVing. We have visited 33 National Parks and traveled through 42 states, what a beautiful country we have.

(As always there are more pics if you click gallery)
Vessel Name: Nomadic Spirit
Vessel Make/Model: 32' Island Gypsy & 36' Monaco
Crew: Janice & Steve
About:
This adventure began in October of 2007 when Steve came to look at a boat that Janice had for sale on Craig's List. Steve wanted to learn how to sail and Janice needed a new kitchen. [...]
Extra:
FAVORITE QUOTES: 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do then by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' Mark Twain 'We went cruising not to [...]
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The boat that started it all, the bartered kitchen, and Sailacious
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One for the sea, One for the land...... Living the Nomadic Life is our plan

Who: Janice & Steve

Click: Where are we now?

'OMG It's Almost Time' in 'Getting the Boat Ready' attempts to describe my excitement of our impending departure.
____________________
Check out our Favorite Anchorages and best snorkeling spots in Blog Catagory 'Our Favorite Things'
___________________
And our thoughts on the completion of our first year in 'Our Cruising Advenures'!
'You're lucky if YOUR LOVE loves what you love the best' Eileen Quinn