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Catching up with Holly
07/01/2014

Fun time at Kiki's Sandbar in Little Torch. Had a great time catching up with Holly (who we first met years ago in St. Augustine) and her parents down in Big Pine.

We first visited this place a few years back with Gail and Steve when it was Parrotdise, which closed a few years back. It's a great location so we were glad to her it had been reopened.

Birthaversary 2014 on the African Queen
06/28/2014, Key Largo

50 years old, 3 years married, on a 102 year old boat.

Manatees in Marathon
05/03/2014

These three friendly critters have been hanging around the harbor for a few days.

We got back on the 1st, having run from Hog Cay Cut, Little Exuma to Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, 370 miles in about 78 hours. We were on track to get here in 73 hours until the wind quit. 330 miles were delightful, the last 40 a slog.

We had intended to take a few more days in the Jumentoes but on a lark took a right at Flamingo and just kept going. We ran south of Andros toward the Cay Sal Bank and on through. This route was a short cut from our previous years' but saved about 90 miles. Although most of it is uncharted we had no difficulties and plan to use this route again.

So we are back on the ball for a few months and Billy is back to work on Monday.

No natural talent
04/26/2014

Some people are just not born scullers. Bessie participated in the Sands Beer ladies sculling race at the Family Islands Regatta. Didn't win but came away with a case of beer for the effort.

We came to G'town for a 5 days after a number of weeks in Long Island. The regatta was a hoot and we got to spend some time with friends from LI and Ragged.

On Sunday after the regatta was over, we did a short day to Hog Cay Cut (15 miles) to spend the night and catch the rising tide through the cut first thing in the morning.

Ani
03/08/2014

How about this bundle of cuteness? Ani is the daughter of our friends Ashley (in background) and Ren on Nila Girl. Both are freedivers and instructors - Ash being 10 time national record holder and 10 time world record holder. Some crazy depths in the hundreds of feet.

This was taken at the Long Island mini-regatta which was a great time. Thanks to Stephanie on Rode Trip for the photo. Steph and her husband Brian are a great couple we met last year. They are our heroes - on a 32 Westsail, without a watermaker or fridge. Since we saw them last year they traveled from here down to Jamaica, over to Bermuda and from there sailed all the way offshore to Maine. This year they are headed to Panama and eventually to the South Pacific.

As usual, we are greatly enjoying our time in Long Island and staying longer than planned. There is a neat group of Thompson Bay regulars and folks on land who we enjoy catching up with. The vibe here is very laid back and lacks the cliquishness that we find in some other areas.

We'll stay here another week or so and then head to the Acklins. Later, back to the Jumentoes before eventually crossing back to the Keys in late April or early May.

Fun times at Hog Cay
03/01/2014

Spent several weeks in the Jumentoes with new ftriends and old, including Marilyn from Discovery (pictured here) and her husband Karl.

Now in Long Island for a bit before we head to the Acklins.

Made it to Ragged Island
01/17/2014

A week or so ago. Not much more broke on the way. Will post more when we get our internet set up figured out.

Heartwarming holiday post ftom Billy
12/23/2013

12/23/13 1821hrs. Arrived Long Key Bight
Strong ESE wind and Gulf Stream waves
Abandoned trip to Morgan's Bluff, Andros
Oh, and the wind speed indicator quit, Bessie's Kindle died, bilge pump failed, a shackle broke on the new davits dumping the dink in the drink, the head stopped pumping, the new can opener broke and a handle of Sailor Jerry's shattered soaking the v-berth in rum.
Merry f@#&$ ng Christmas!
And I threw up.

PS from Bessie - In this pic I'm thinking he's either waiting for the sky to fall or asking the Lord why he has forsaken him - which might make a bit more sense if the picture wasn't upside down but on this device I can't get that to work either.

12/24/2013 | Bill
Ho Ho Ho ....Merry Christmas
12/25/2013 | Cap'n Ron & BadassKass
Merry Christmas ! We are heading south in an RV to see if you are still on the hook (leaving 12/31).
Apologies to all who we neglected to say 'bye' to
12/22/2013

If current forecast holds, we are off at o dark thirty tomorrow. Headed to Morgan's Bluff, Andros.

Between work and getting ready we had very limited time to see or talk to folks. Don't know when next we'll be able to update.

Best wishes to all for a happy and safe holiday season.

Bulletproof
12/17/2013

After nearly losing dinghy and solar panels in a rough night last season, we decided we needed sturdier davits. Welder Dave (pictured here with his lovely assistant Paige) built us these bad boys out of 1 1/14 inch aluminum.

12/20/2013 | Jim
Great idea on the new davits. Enjoying your blog.
Salty Paws
More swankness
12/16/2013

Thanks Gary on Shameles for help teaching Bessie how to tile - and for doing half the work for her.

Somebody needs to be updating this blog!
12/15/2013

And their name probably begins with B.

It's getting to be time to go, so Alibi 2 is getting some cool updates. First new upholstery.

Weekend with the girls
10/13/2013

Spending a rainy Delaware weekend with the old gang.

12/11/2013 | Ron
Looks like life is treating you well !!

Are you "hot" or "cold"? We may be paying you a visit.
Happy Birthday Billy!!!
09/12/2013

Here is the birthday boy getting ready to enjoy a Breakfast of Champions from Sweet Savannah's Bakeshop here in Marathon.

This is the first Billy's bday not in Annapoils- no party at Anne and Marcel's, very sad.

Billy and Mom
08/12/2013

Had a fabulous time at niece Becca's wedding. It was wonderful to see Billy's mom, all the Storm siblings and a passel of nieces and nephews.

Congrats Mrs. Bouchard!
08/11/2013

Sympathies or kudos to Mrs. Bouchard, we're not sure which. Silly woman retired from the Senate and two days later took a job working for Governor O'Malley.

We were delighted to have the chance to catch up with her and Michel, as well as most of the Annapolis gang, but very sad to have missed Anne and Marcel who were out of town.

Headed north for the weekend
08/09/2013

Niece Becca is getting married so we are way up on the mainland for a few days.

Hounds are staying on land with our friend Stacey. This pic is at the traumatic 'walking out the door leaving them in a new place for the first time' moment. It appears they have worked through any separation issues.

08/14/2013 | II the Max
Hey thanks for the drive by, great seeing y'all - you'll be "mist", get it... Always fun to hear the continuing adventures of the Alibi II crew. A and M will know we were by when the see the NA beer in the fridge. Take care!!
Sunset at Crane Point
06/13/2013

We went with Kathy and George from Ishmael to Crane Point Museum and Nature Center for an astronomy evening. We did get a bit of planet gazing before the clouds rolled in. Seeing Saturn through a high powered telescope is absolutely astonishing.

Since we had to wait until dark we had the chance to view sunset from the point on Rachel Key.

07/09/2013 | Wayne
Great pic!! We miss seeing you guys and can't wait for our next trip down to sunny Florida.
07/29/2013 | Stormy-Heather
Wow What a sunset !!!
Time to 'fess up
06/06/2013

Okay, we admit it! We are not on our way back to Annapolis.

We are very sad to not be spending the next few months with friends and family there, but for a few different reasons we have decided to stay in Marathon until we go to the Bahamas in November or December.

This decision is fraught with danger as many know, blasting Billy out of here could be problematic. If he had his way he would have moved here in the 60's and never left. If he gets obstinate other Bahamas bound cruisers may be asked to detour here to help drag his ass out of Boot Key Harbor.

In the meantime, Bessie has returned to work at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center and Billy is once again driving the short bus for the Guidance Clinic.

We have been experiencing unusually bad weather for the Keys in the last two weeks with frequent high winds and heavy rain. Down at the Visitors Center everyone is looking for indoor activities, of which Marathon has very few. We have been sending folks up to the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada (that is a fun word to hear the tourists pronounce.)

This antique diving helmet is on display at the Chamber- that's Jeanine on the left and Tina on the right, both Chamber staff. When Bessie worked at the VC two years ago, the average age was somewhere north of 70. As you can see by looking at these two, the average age has fallen by about 50 years. So now guess who's the old lady.

Look who I found!!
05/27/2013

Kathy from Ishmael and I drove to Naples for a Trader Joe's fix. On a whim I texted my old friend Long Tall Sally from DC to let her know I was in her hometown. Crazy thing, she happened to be visiting home and we were able to get together for the first time in 5 years.

What a hoot!!!

And, yes, we actually drove 5 hours to go to Trader Joe's. No, we do not think that is nuts.

05/27/2013 | Mike & Linda
Just sayin' hey! Glad you caught up with Sally, and... got my shirt - Thanks B&B, we missed y'all last night. Just a low key get together on the deck. You may have made the right call - weather is still on the chilly side here.

Love to you both - M
No, they are not Gus and Jake
05/14/2013

Just a little bit of fun from the iPhone app Weather Puppy

No visit to Marathon is complete
05/01/2013

Without a stop at Keys Fisheries for the Stone Crabs claws and a little goofiness.

New T105s
04/19/2013

We got back to Marathon on the 17th. Again from Cal Sal to the Keys we had a fabulous run. Seas were a little rough crossing the stream but otherwise a great passage.

This year we ran 373 miles from Ragged Island to Marathon in 75 hours, averaging just about 5 knots. We were able to sail the entire way, running the engine for a total of 11 hours, however for most of those hours it was not in gear, only running it to charge the battery. Total time actually under power was less than 3 hours.

Our time last year was 97 hours for a slightly greater distance with average speed about 3.8 knots, with the engine running 37 hours.

Now at last, the hand can be withdrawn from the forehead as we now have new batteries. We bought 4 Trojan T105s to replace the 2 Trojan L16s we put in three years ago. Got a great price from Aargh Golf Carts here in Marathon. About $30 less than the dealer in Miami and they delivered to the marina.

No Erin, we do not pose them
04/16/2013

Our friend back in DC, Erin McKeon, used to accuse us of posing the hounds. Because they are so funny it is hard not to take their pic, maybe a little too often but . . .

As far as posing them, if we were capable of that they would probably be a whole lot better trained.

This is a typical Jake pic, one of his nicknames is Tilty Head. And we don't put them next to each other, they do that.

Trip from Ragged and stop at Cay Sal
04/15/2013

This year we made the run again from Ragged Island to the Keys. Last year we followed the Old Bahama Channel to the Nichols Channel. The chart shows a favorable current using that route but our experience was the opposite and for much of the trip we were struggling to do 3 knots.

This time we took a more direct course, across to Cochinas Bank to the Cay Sal Bank. It might have been the best passage we have ever made. Had winds behind us the whole way and averaged over 5.5 knots sailing wing on wing with mild seas.

Again this time we stopped at Cay Sal. First we cruised by the Anguilla Cays on the eastern edge of the Cay Sal bank about 50 miles away from Cal Sal itself. The Anguilla Cays were much larger than we expected but with the exception of a couple little beaches on southernmost cay, there was not way to access the islands and explore so we continued on to Cal Sal.

On our first visit, as we approached the island we could see what at first appeared to be a structure then as we got closer looked more like the rusted out hull of an old boat. We did not explore that section last year but did this time. Turns out it was the rusted out remains of an old quonset hut. In addition, we found a small cement structure.

We have since tried to figure out what it was used for and how old it is. There are remnants of old radio equipment and big fuel drums. One conspiracy site suggests that it was part of a old CIA anti-Castro operation.

Here is a link to a video some guys shot walking around the quonest hut. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnWJYH-yjQY

While that stuff was all interesting, we had a mission at Cay Sal - coconuts. (note the shadow of the coconut palm in this pic) We added a couple dozen more to our supply. We could have gotten all the conch we wanted, very easily, but after husking coconuts we were too tuckered out to think about cleaning conch.

Once again, we thoroughly enjoyed Cay Sal. Except for the lack of protected anchoring we could stay there for weeks. One or two nights of being tossed around and getting no sleep was enough, so on our third day there we pulled to hook around 5 PM to start the 72 mile sail to Marathon.

Alibi II's Ginger Beer recipe
04/13/2013

After experimenting with a half dozen different recipes, we came up with our own. Thought we should post it as it has become our most requested recipe.

Ginger Beer

In a glass or ceramic jar, mix
2/3 to 3/4 cup grated ginger
juice of 1 lime
1 cup honey
1 quart boiling water
mix together and let stand until lukewarm and then add
2 teaspons yeast that has been proofed in a half cup of lukewarm water
with a tablespoon of honey

Mix and let sit at room temp for a day in glass or ceramic jar or bowl
covered tightly with lid or plastic wrap.

After a day, strain and store in frig. You can store in a plastic jar but
should use glass or ceramic for the brewing.

If you prefer, you can use brown sugar or agave syrup instead of honey. While you need to use a real sugar initially for the fermentation, we have had luck using Stevia for additional sweetening after brewing.

You may find you may need to add more sweetener or lime juice as your
taste buds dictate. Same with the ginger, play with the amount the first
few times you make it until you get the flavor to your liking. We use
more than two thirds but less than three quarters of a cup.

Can be stored in the frig for up to a week. In theory anyway, here on
Alibi II it is usually consumed well before that.

Sunrise Easter service on the beach
04/02/2013

We have had a fun and action packed few days. Another great Long Island Breeze happy hour on Friday, sunrise beach service on Sunday, a garden party on Monday followed by the Long Island mini-regatta. In very Bahamian fashion, the racing boats did not show but the party went on.

Now we definitely need to finally leave Long Island, either that or check into the Betty Ford. Many thanks to our new land friends Penny and John from Fairhaven for organizing, hosting and including us this weekend.

We hope to leave tomorrow to get tucked in somewhere in the Jumentoes before weather coming on Friday.

Bush Crack!!
04/01/2013

Yup, that's right Bush Crack. It is not the greatest of beer but it sure is fun to order.

Here are two Bills enjoying a Crack at Long Island Breeze. As you might guess from the picture, Bill from Margareta is a hoot. We had a ball hanging out with him and his wife Margaret in Long Island.

Oh no!!
03/27/2013

A certain pessimistic worry wart was right - bad stuff is bound to happen. Here we are in Long Island and we need new batteries. Since the duty on them would be a whopping 72%, we are weighing options right now.

The optimist favors not using our fridge and reducing our perishables to what can fit in the Engel. Run that we have solar and/or wind and turn everything off at night. Then replace the batteries when we get to Marathon. The pessimist thinks we need to head back right this very minute as everything is bound to break down any time now. However, said pessimist fights a daily battle with inertia, hence our third week here in Thompson Bay.

The only thing that is certain is the hand on forehead.

Happy Hour at Long Island Breeze
03/23/2013

Yup, we are still in Thompson Bay for a few more days until we head to the Jumentoes/Raggeds. It's been a few weeks and we have not had a great window to move to the Acklins so will probably put that off until next season, as we plan get down here earlier next year.

Also, we admit it, we really like Thompson Bay/Salt Pond - love the place, love the people. Here is Bessie with two of our Thompson Bay faves - Bill from Margareta and Ashley from Nila Girl. Ashley has set the world record for free diving three times, in November diving to 223 feet on a single breath

Trying to teach an old dog
03/04/2013

Here, one of the Bahamians has coaxed Billy out to the dance floor at Eddie's in an attempt to teach him a few new dance moves.

We missed you, Jack and Ann!
03/04/2013

In our view, the very best thing about a stop in G'town is the rake n scrape band that plays on Monday nights at Eddie's Edgewater. During Jack and Ann's visit here last year they got hooked.

Naturally, during their visit to Eleuthera, finding some good rake n scrape music was at the top of their wish list. Unfortunately, that was not to be as there is none in the Bahamas that even comes close to Eddie's. So we were delighted that our short stay here included a Monday night. As usual, it was one of the highlights of our winter.

And yes, the fellow on the right is playing a saw.

Another big blow
03/03/2013

After a great few days at Lee Stocking Island, we headed down to G'town for fuel and groceries. Got stuck for a few days due to big winds out of the NW. Fortunately, in the Red Shanks anchorage, although we did once see winds of 41.9, we were well protected and had a fairly easy time of it.

The funniest story we have heard all year
02/22/2013

Pictured above is our friend Clark. We have not seen him since our first year cruising - pic from that year on the left, this year on the right. Since then he has changed a bit - now a single-hander, lost a few lbs.

He leaves his boat in Titusville, FL when he is home in Canada in the summer. When he got back to the boat this fall, as part of his getting ready for the winter he visited the barber shop across the street from the marina for a haircut.

The nice lady cutting his hair was not a native English speaker. She asked a number of questions - 'are you on a boat?', 'where are you going?' and 'are you with your wife?' etc. He answered 'no, I'm alone but I would like a crew.' ' A crew? You want a crew?' she asked. 'Yeah, a crew' he answered. Next thing he knew, the clippers came out and his hair was gone.

03/07/2013 | gail larcher
court date?
Little Farmers
02/22/2013

Easing our way south, we stopped in Little Farmers Cay. We have always anchored on the west side, but during a walk around the island we happened to bump int o Roosevelt Nixon who owns Little Farmers Yacht Club. Our friend Clark was convinced he couldn't get his boat over on the east side, but Roosevelt was able to convince him otherwise. We are happily anchored in nice sand on the east side and came into the yacht club for happy hour.

We are here for a few days but uncertain how soon we can move as the weather is a little iffy.

Cuteness in Black Point
02/19/2013

We spent a few days in Black Point where we always visit Lorraine's Cafe. Last year, this little guy was running around in diapers. This year he is obsessed with Gangman Style and plays the video repeatedly on the computer and dances along.

04/09/2013 | Gail Larcher
No, you can't keep him
Post Blow Party
02/17/2013

The day after the big blow we got together the the other 3 boats camped in Little Bay. On the left is Jim from Skycastles, Clark from Seabattical I is next to him with Ken and Barbara from Plumpuppet in the middle.

The Big Blow
02/16/2013

We rode out weather on Saturday with 3 other boats in Little Bay, just around the corner from Black Point.

The forecast called for SW and then W winds in the 20s gusting to 30ish during the day, clocking to the NW and then N overnight. While most of the boats in the area sought westerly protection we decided that we would rather face the worst during daylight and not worry during the night.

Thanks to Skycastles for these pix. They actually look worse than it was. Sure it was not exactly comfortable but it wasn't horrible either and by 9 o'clock the worst of it was past.

03/25/2013 | Bill
lol. Nice photo. You guys really ought to consider Pipe Creek next time. stay safe. Oh, it snowed here today....hard :(
Happy Birthday Tootie!!
02/14/2013

Sorry so long since the last post. We have been internetless for quite some time. Since we last posted, sister Tootie (on the left in this pic) gave us one heck of a scare ending up in ICU for a week or so. Thankfully she is better and out of the hospital and turning 50 today.

We are now in Black Point, having sailed to the Exumas from Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Our original plan was to head to Cat Island, but weather and timing forced a change. We will weather a big blow this weekend in the Exumas and then resume making our way south with the goal of reaching the Acklins in the next few weeks.

05/17/2013 | Kiki
great picture!!
A Too Short Visit
01/30/2013

Jack and Ann left us yesterday after a lightning fast (so it seemed) visit to Harbor Island in Eleuthera. Pictured here, with George and End (on left) who we all met during last year's visit to Georgetown.

We have been very pleasantly surprised by Harbor Island. There is an intimidation factor in that one needs to hire a pilot to navigate the route from Spanish Wells. However, we have saved the track on our GPS and will attempt the return trip on our own.

Also, it is a pretty swank place, so we were not expecting it to be as comfortable or affordable as other Bahamian islands. And while there are plenty of places with very high prices, we have found a number of very reasonably priced eateries. And a bar that has the lowest beer price we have ever found in the Bahamas.

In addition to touring the island and dining around, we had a fabulous dinner at George and Enid's house with a wonderful group of their friends who we will see again tonight.

We will leave Harbor Island tomorrow, but have made no decision yet on how we make our way south. We could do more Eleuthera cruising, visiting spots on the way down that we missed on the trip north, and then onto Cat Island. Or go to the Northern Exumas before going to Cat. Time and weather will tell.

Dinner
01/23/2013

While it doesn't make up for the lost mahi, this little mutton snapper was a nice catch and made for some good eating.

We caught this on the way from Hatchet Bay to Spanish Wells. We are now in Harbor Island awaiting a visit from Jack and Ann.

01/24/2013 | Steve and Gloria
Nice, Bill, Nice
Wish we were there, see you in the spring
That's Teddy
01/17/2013

The fat dog.

He belongs to Rose, who owns the Northside Restaurant in Rock Sound. She is a sweetie and this might be one of the coolest places we have been in all of the Bahamas.

This is the beach just down the hill from the restaurant. Usually, Teddy will be up on the deck with you begging for some petting.

Do you think . . .
01/17/2013

that they are lined with pink silk?

Caving in Rock Sound Harbor
01/16/2013

We spent a little over a week in Rock Sound Harbor. Ended up meeting some folks, Walter and Erin on Santosha, that Billy met years ago in Annapolis.

Had a great day of caving and wandering over to the ocean side for dinner.

Speaking of things we love
01/08/2013

Here is our under-the-sink installation of the Katadyn 40E watermaker.

Billy has posted a link on the favorites section to a site with great info on every conceivable thing you could need or want to know about the 40E. This site is incredibly helpful as is the site's author who is great about answering emails and providing guidance.

The Breathing Mobile Washer
01/04/2013

The previously mentioned, much loved and soon to be replaced laundry dealie is worth a post of it's own.

You will find a link to the website over there >>>>>> in the "Favorites" section on the right. You really should check this thing out. Really. We're not kidding. Only $24.95 including shipping. It will be, without a doubt, one of the best purchases you ever make for your boat.

Not only does it make it so much easier to do laundry, it gets clothes cleaner and uses less water. And it's made by a cool little start up company in Idaho, just the kind of folks you want give your business to.

We just wish we had heard about it sooner or had the sense to buy two!

01/07/2013 | Gail
Then you would have 2 overboard!
We are the only boat in Rock Sound Harbor
01/04/2013

So I guess we can't offend anyone with our Clampett ways - laundry everywhere and Billy detritus all over the deck.

On another note, this year we seem to have trouble holding on to things. First, on the run from Morgan's Bluff, we lost the laundry dealie and a support for the davits. Next went one of our spears at Highbourne - the one we liked better, of course.

And then there was the fish.

Yes, THE fish.

It is not an exaggeration to say that we caught a mahi as big as Bessie. After fighting him for 20 or so minutes, Billy was able to land him on the foredeck.

Oh, the excitement - fish flopping, pups howling and 2 adults with no flippin clue that they needed to do something immediately otherwise the fish would just flop right off the boat. Which he promptly did.

Yup, a whole winter's worth of mahi, gone in a flash. Didn't even get a pic. And the damn thing took the lure with him.

Don't even ask Billy about it. He can't talk about THE fish.

01/07/2013 | Gail
Ah, the big fish that got away. What ARE you supposed to do after you land them, anyway? Club them?
05/17/2013 | Kiki
...and not even anybody nearby to tell your fish tale to!haha
PS having great fun reviewing your blog now that I got my I-MAC up and running...
New Years at Highbourne Cay
01/01/2013

Yikes 2013 already!

Today we are sitting on the beach recovering from beach party/bonfire that lasted until 3 AM.

We got here a few days back after clearing in at Morgans Bluff. Got the time we asked for and the customs officials had not gotten word of changes that raised the cost of our cruising permit. $150 saved woo hoo.

Trip across the banks started out fine enough but ended poorly with thirty plus knot winds, broken davits and the loss of our new, used only one time Breathing Mobile Washer. That loss was due solely to stupidity. The Breathing Washer is a simple yet brilliant device for doing laundry in a five gallon bucket. It will be sorely missed. On a positive note, new watermaker is working like a champ.

Since we last visited Highbourne it seems to have become a megayacht playground. Last count there were eight. One had what appeared to be a spectacular candlelit beach party last night complete with fireworks.

Morgan's Bluff
12/26/2012

We found Willie's Water Lounge to be a much livelier place this time around. It might have something to do with the fact that there are new owners and they keep actual hours.

Gus, as usual, does not understand his place in this world.

Merry Christmas
12/22/2012

And Happy New Year from Gus, Jake, Bill and Bess.

(Happy Hanakkah and l'shana tova to Mrs. Bouchard!)

12/25/2012 | Mike & Linda
A Merry Merry to y'all...

From us, M & M say hi to the boys...
12/27/2012 | Gail Larcher
Are you there yet?
01/02/2013 | Tessa Evason
Puppies are so cute in their Santa hats. Happy New Year from me & Jeff!
Last day before crossing
12/22/2012

Kathy and George from Ishmael drove all the way up from the Keys to spend a day with us in Miami. Here, we found an old favorite restaurant, el Pub in Calle Ocho.

We are off first thing tomorrow morning. Headed to Morgan's Bluff, Andros to clear in. From there we will make our way to Eleuthra where we will spend much of January.

12/23/2012 | Kiki
You guys look great!!
Balls!!
12/15/2012

And the prize for Most Creative Holiday Use of Bahamas Beach Junk goes, not surprisingly, to Gail.

She has used floats we collected in the Raggeds with some conch shells and other beach detritus to decorate her front yard.

First beach run of the season
12/04/2012

And, boy, did the pups enjoy it!!

05/17/2013 | Kiki
IS it my imagination or does it seem that these dogs are AGELESS??
How is it they still have so much energy?
Fort Matanzas
12/04/2012

After finishing the bottom in Green Cove Springs, we did a two day run to St. Augustine with Lee and Holly.

We spent a couple days in St. A with Lee and his compadres, where we were treated to an oyster roast and a night on Skip's 60 foot schooner. Then it was time to move on.

But exhausted by the St. Augustine hospitality, we only made it 20 or so miles down to Fort Matanzas. That was a thoroughly enjoyable stop. Good, easy anchoring, nice beach close by and a free Park Service shuttle to the 18th century Spanish fort.

This photo shows the soldiers' quarters.

12/24/2012 | Gail
whose coats are those?
This one is for you, Christy
12/03/2012

It was our good luck that Lee from Krasna happened to be in the area when we hit North Florida. He has been in the Virgin Islands and points south for the last few years.

Here he is featuring one of his signature photo faces, standing next to his legendary Honda. It has over 300,000 miles on it and and resembles, according to Christy from Veranda, a sneaker.

That's a good lookin' bottom
12/03/2012

We took the boat to Green Cove Springs to paint the bottom this year. We were very impressed with the marina there, very friendly, helpful staff and reasonable prices.

05/17/2013 | Kiki
OK..by the picture above the caption,it would appear that BILLY is the highly acclaimed"helpful staff"and"reasonable rates"he he
Sure we would like a little more room, but . . . .
11/16/2012

How about this little beauty we came across anchored in Factory Creek in Beaufort, SC?

11/19/2012 | BH
This is why some folks should not be allowed to own tools. Though it does have a certain "je ne sais quois" about it... Enjoy being warm again!!
11/30/2012 | Mike
Hey, where are y'all? Post an short we are here update... The message code was made for me "wduh"
Love that Stono River current
11/14/2012

We have only ever gone this fast headed north in the Gulf Stream and once under tow.

First fish of the season
11/11/2012

From Beaufort. NC we attempted to run offshore to St. Mary's GA. The first day was great - temps in the 70s, calm seas and even this little tuna jumping on our hook.

Second day, not so great. Cold, rainy and lumpy. So we pooped out and came in at Charleston, SC.

12/01/2012 | Steve S
Hopefully the first of many. Have a great trip...and season!
And then it was off to Morehead City
11/10/2012

Where we caught up with Sue and Bob from Ragtime.

How we know them, well that's not a story that Bessie will put in writing, but let's just say that there was beer and a dinghy and a certain #@%$&*# DC harbor patrol officer involved.

They are also former CYC regulars and winter Marathon residents. As always, we had a great time - see you guys in the Keys!

Oriental, NC
11/09/2012

We had a fabulous, action packed visit in Oriental.

There were showers, laundry, dancing, a visit to Marine Consignment of Oriental, a field trip to New Bern for Geezer Day at Harris Teeter and even, as shown in this pic, a trip to the tiki bar. Yes, the tiki bar in 40 degrees!

Many thanks to Kim and Steve of Fine Lion (on the right) for their hospitality and hot water - we will miss you guys this winter. Also, great to catch up with Gretchen and Chris from Alchemy, fingers crossed that you might be able to head south soon.

Cap'n and crew
11/03/2012

Those overnight passages can be exhausting.

Finally on our way!!!
11/03/2012

Yup that arrow points south.

After waiting out Sandy we lit out of Annapolis and ran overnight to south of Norfolk. This year we decided to take the Dismal Swamp since we hadn't done it in a few years. This pic is taken in the Deep Creek lock.

Billy and chicks
09/10/2012

'Nother party pic, showing the birthday boy is not doing too bad for a geezer on Medicare!!

10/04/2012 | Heather Storm
Wow Bill !!! Life Is Good !
But it hasn't been all work
09/10/2012

With Billy's birthday just a few days away, we took advantage of a Saturday night off to throw a b'day cookout. Only problem was driving rain and 45 mph winds pretty much nixed any outdoor plans.

Once again, Anne and Marcel stepped up - this time graciously hosting twenty-some odd people on about 7 minutes notice.

Here Billy is showing off the 'man cake' - so dubbed by it's baker and decorator, Jeff from Inamorata. Nice job Jeff!! And thanks.

09/12/2012 | Gail Larcher
AND some of those 20-odd were particularly ODD
More better boats and dogs
09/10/2012

Yet another hound pic to show off boat improvements. In addition to the teak and the stainless, the topsides fiberglass has been fine sanded to remove stains and discoloration, then waxed. Yes, wax on Alibi II. Previously unthinkable.

Also note, as this picture shows, the canvas has been completely rehabbed. We have also sanded and treated the companionway steps and the interior floor as well as the interior walls. In this picture you can also see that Billy's Fred Sanford-like junk collection on the cabin top has disappeared.

Still in progress are the sanding and repainting of the ports as well as sanding and polishing the big aluminum rub rail.

Has it really been three months since we posted?
09/10/2012

Sorry about that, but we have been kinda busy. Bessie has been working two jobs since we got back and Billy has been working for the boat show since August 1st.

In addition, the JackFisherization of Alibi II has been going on. If not obvious from the context, Jack Fisher keeps his boats bristol - therefore the verb created from his name would mean hours and hours and hours of backbreaking work resulting in a very spiffy old boat.

Although this photo appears to be yet another of the hounds, if you look carefully you will notice real varnish on the teak and a shine if not a actual sparkle on the stainless bimini frame.

Dinner with the B's
06/10/2012

Longtime friends of Bessie know that Suzie and Bill B have been like surrogate parents to her for many years. Between their extensive traveling and our cruising we have had too few occasions to spend time together in the last 4 years.

So we were thrilled that they were able to swing through Annapolis for dinner on their way from BWI to DC. The only downside of cruising is not having enough time with folks we love - like the B's, love you both!!

Another fabulous Edwin McCain show
06/07/2012

Been back about two weeks and Bessie has been working like a dog. Doing woodwork on boats by day and waiting tables at night and on the weekends. So for a much needed change of pace, she joined Robin (Edwin's very proud sister) and Anne for a show at Ram's Head.

Edwin is touring with the full band this summer. And despite just returning from a grueling 3 day trip to Asia, he was as great as ever. Be sure to catch him if you have a chance. http://www.edwin.com/tour.html

Dinner at Davis'
05/25/2012

Another one of our Annapolis 'must do's' when we get back is a visit to Davis' Pub. There we caught up with Christy and Bill from Veranda, Dawn and Ron from Dawn Treader and our land-based support network, Marcel and Anne.


Speaking of The Boatyard
05/25/2012

Here are Bessie introducing her friend/Boatyard colleague Erin to the joys of dinking and drinking. Pretty difficult to figure out who exactly is the bad influence here.

Up the creek
05/25/2012

Arrived back in Annapolis on the 23rd. This year, rather than taking a slip we are anchored up Back Creek, just a short dinghy ride to 4th Street so Bessie can get to work at The Boatyard.

Back in the ICW
05/20/2012

Weather has not cooperated for us to make another run outside so we are stuck in the ditch for the rest of the trip. Here's Billy running the boat from the bow - dark 'n stormy in one hand, remote for the autopilot in the other, crew at his side.

10/04/2012 | Heather Storm
Boy - I want Your Job! Nice crew...even if a bit scruffy....
Dinner
05/11/2012

In addition to making great time from Marathon, we had delightful weather and pretty good luck fishing - 3 mahi and this one tuna.

Marathon to Charleston
05/11/2012

We made the run from Florida to South Carolina in 99 hours. As this photo shows, we were flying for a good part of it. Okay, we weren't doing 9 knots the whole time but were averaging well over 7- which for us is lightning fast.

This one is for you Mark Rey
04/16/2012

Bumper sticker spotted at Porky's Bayside in Marathon - our old favorite watering hole.

Used to be it was our first stop when we hit town. This time it took us five days to get there. Sadly, we sold the VW yesterday and so decided to do one last happy hour tour before she goes to her new home.

For all those who have mocked Bessie for her vehicle choice, you should know that she was a hot item on Craigslist. She sold in 36 hours and we got our asking price. So mock no more - especially you Billy.

04/20/2012 | Gail Larcher
Are you at marathon City Marina? I am looking for you on the Web-cam. Big trawler at the dock...
04/20/2012 | Bess and Bill
Yup, we are. If the camera pans the mooring field, look to the left.
Back in the Keys
04/11/2012

After a couple great days at Cay Sale, we made a 20 hour run to Marathon arriving a sunrise. Aaaah, showers, laundry, internet!! We'll be here for a few more weeks and then start the trek north.

Layover at Cay Sale
04/11/2012

Despite mixed reviews from other boats, we decided to return to Marathon via the southern route. From Ragged Island we ran south of Andros back to Florida.

The chart suggests that there is a favorable current for a good chunk of the route just north of the coast of Cuba. Unfortunately, we found that not to be the case and seemed to be fighting about a knot of current for much of the trip.

As a result, what we expected to be a three and a half day trip became four and a half days. After three days it became clear that we would not get across the Gulf Stream before the wind came around to the north. To avoid that ugliness we decided to stop a Cay Sale to hide out. Lacking any protection it was pretty rolly but otherwise a really cool place with plenty of conch and coconuts. And this really neat driftwood.

Another view
04/01/2012

One more of the new structure at Hog Cay.

Hog Cay Boat and Bocce Club
04/01/2012

Upon our return to the Jumentos we found some major construction had occurred in our absence. A Puddlejumper designed 'club house' was erected a Hog Cay.

Nice job.

Christmas came early
03/17/2012

Yup, that is a brand spanking new Yamaha 15 and a very happy owner. It's so fast that pups are now afraid to ride on the bow and instead huddle together under the seat.

Since our last post from the Jumentos, we scooted back to Georgetown for a couple days for fuel, water and groceries. Then moved on to Thompson Bay, Long Island. We hoping to be able to get to Crooked Island and the Acklins but the weather did not cooperate.

Current plan is to leave Long Island in the next few days, go back to the Jumentos and try to fill the freezer with conch, then start making our way back. We hope to be in Marathon in time to do taxes. We'll stay there for about two weeks while the autopilot goes for a trip to New Hampshire for repair. Then the big trek to Annapolis getting back by late May.

03/22/2012 | Gail Larcher
YAY! You're coming home!!!!
03/27/2012 | Steve Stanforth
Hey guys let us know when you will be coming thru Charleston!! Also chech out the very dangerous situation in Marathon the power lines at the enterance to Boot key have saged and your mast will hit!! I will let you know if I hear anything more.
Beach party
02/22/2012

An afternoon work party to construct a fire pit, food table and benches was followed by a great evening of music around the fire at Double Breasted Cay.

03/19/2012 | John & Fran
Where are you now? we are in Marsh Harbor.
Waiting for a window to go home.
View from the ridge
02/05/2012

This is a view that we will never tire of, the anchorage from the top of the hill at Hog Cay.

02/21/2012 | Gail larcher
Steve will be in Abacos next week!
02/22/2012 | Harold & Val
Glad to see that you made it !!
Hope you're having a great winter.
Can you see it??
02/05/2012

The green flash is not a myth!! We have seen it a number of times but this is the first time we were able to capture it. It may be a bit hard to see in this photo - we were not able to blow it up to the point that that the flash is obvious.

Apparently, a green flash is the result of sun light bending through a very humid layer of air which increases the index of refraction.

This pic was taken from Hog Cay where we have been for a week or so.

Ragged Islands at last!
01/27/2012

After a wonderful one week visit with Ann and Jack, we lit out of George Town in the wee hours last Sunday.

We made it to Hog Cay Cut just in time to ride the high tide through. Bill was a little nervous as it can be a little tricky but we got through with no problem and were in Water Cay in the Jumentoes by mid afternoon.

We have been wanting to visit here for a number of years and are thoroughly delighted to be here. Since the ride into town is so long and we only have internet in town, we we not be updating too frequently.

This picture is one of the walls outside the school here, a condensed history of the Bahamas.

Cool pic
01/19/2012

Jack sent us this one today, Alibi II from their room at the Peace and Plenty.

01/19/2012 | Karen and Ralph Mauthe
Hi Bess and Billy! Wow time flies! Congratulations on getting married. That is fantastic news! We have sold Five Islands in Panama in May and are back in Calgary doing the work thing!! Take care!
01/21/2012 | Bess and Bill
No no, say it ain't so! Hope you guys get done with that work nonsense and get back out on the water soon. Thanks for checking in.
01/27/2012 | Linda
Enjoy your wallowing -- getting ready for the Commodore's Ball back here!
Visitors from the frosty north
01/19/2012

We are back in G'Town this week for Ann and Jack's visit. Since they had to take a year off from cruising, they came down for a fix. We might be exhausting them with our frantic relaxing. This pic is from a day at Flip Flop Beach - lunch, beach walking and wallowing.

Who knew?
01/11/2012

Here on Alibi II there has always been one big reader, Bessie. Billy would pick up a book only as a last resort - say, if the internet was down.

Well, that has all changed. Sister Kathy and her husband Charlie gave us a Kindle as a wedding present. All of a sudden, Billy is the big reader on the boat averaging about a book a day. Pretty cool.

Thanks Kathy and Charlie!

01/12/2012 | Bill
The shits goin' down Bessie
01/12/2012 | Steve and Gloria
Billy looks like a cruiser for sure
Look what Ken did
01/09/2012

El Gran Jefe back at the Boatyard Bar and Grill in Eastport put Bessie and a big ugly conch on the front of the menu. Isn't that a hoot?? That's cute Mikey G. in the background.

On a more serious note - our condolences to poor Ken, he is as blue as his Lions shirt after his team lost yesterday.


Hey Marth, I got your coconut water here
01/07/2012

Yesterday's coconut collecting added another seven to our stockpile and got us a new Cat Island friend.

We were attempting, very inexpertly, to husk the nuts on the beach. We might still be there now if not for Fordis, who came along and gave us a lesson in coconut husking with large rocks. He ended up opening most of them for us, so we took him to the Blue Bird for a beer.

The Hermitage, Mt. Alvernia, Cat Island
01/06/2012

This is one of the coolest places in all of the Bahamas. This pic is near the top of the mount, you can see the last few of the stations of the cross, some of the stone steps and the Hermitage itself.

Description 'borrowed' from another site - The Hermitage sits atop Mount Alvernia in New Bight, Cat Island. Mount Alvernia is the highest point in The Bahamas at a dizzying 206 feet above sea level! The Hermitage was constructed by Father Jerome Hawes. Father Jerome was a Catholic priest and a trained architect who lived from 1876 to 1956. He spent the last 17 years of his life on Cat Island and in addition to constructing the Hermitage also constructed a number of other churches throughout the Bahamas include two in Clarence Town, Long Island. The first was built by Father Jerome when he was an Anglican priest serving in Long Island and the second was constructed by him after his conversion to Catholocism.

Note to Tootie - you would love the history, but also the feeling that you could squint and pretend you were in a scene from the Holy Grail.

One more from the Hermitage
01/06/2012

I love this place!!

01/06/2012 | Bill
The coolest thing for me was the fact that it looks SO BIG from the water and when you get up there you find out its all an illusion......definitely a cool place.
Jake loooves coconut
01/06/2012

We're not the only ones living large, the hounds can't get enough coconut either.

Living large
01/06/2012

Yum, fresh coconut and whole wheat bread right out of the oven.

In the last year we have all but eliminated sugar, white flour and processed oils. Mostly we avoided breads and sweets altogether. This winter we are researching and experimenting more with recipes that use whole grains, honey, agave or other wholesome sweeteners and coconut or olive oil. We will post the ones that we really like.

So far, this is our favorite new bread recipe. The original version called for evil white flour but we find it works well with whole grain flour. It is also very, very easy and has a wonderful crustiness to it that makes it great for dips as well as sandwiches.

NO KNEAD WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
3 Cups Whole Wheat Flout
1 Teaspoon Dry Yeast
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Tablespoon Corn Meal (optional for crunch)
1 5/8 Cups Water

Optional - Add 1 Tablespoon honey and a shake of cinnamon if you want a slightly sweeter bread.

Stir all dry ingredients well in large bowl and then add water. Mix until it hangs together. The dough will be sticky, no kneading required.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temp for 12 to 24 hours. Dough is ready when the top bubbles.

Turn dough onto floured surface. Dust lightly with flour and turn into itself a few times. Let rest for 15 minutes.

Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 hours. 1/2 before the 2 hour rising time is up, place covered baking dish or pot in oven and turn on to 450 degrees.

After 2 hours rising, shape loaf into a ball, dust with additional corn meal or whole wheat flour and roll into hot pan or baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes with lid on. Remove lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Cat Island
01/04/2012

We arrived here on New Year's Eve and due to rain, high winds and laziness we did not get off the boat until today. We are slightly ashamed but now very well read.

Here is Billy in front of the Armbrister Plantation ruins with Alibi II visible in the background.

Conception Island
01/01/2012

Here is Billy on the cliff on the east side of Conception Island.

After spending a week in George Town, we headed over to Conception for a few days where we did some exploring, had a beach party and did more wallowing with Fine Lion.

From there we headed to Cat Island, dropping the hook around 6:30 PM on New Year's Eve. We'll stay here in New Bight through the next front coming in a couple of days, then take a week or so checking out the rest of the island. It is 48 miles long with 60 miles of beach and plenty of ruins to explore.

In mid-January, we will head back to George Town for a much anticipated visit from Ann and Jack of Pura Vida. In late January, we expect to head to the Jumentos for a couple of months.

01/04/2012 | Harold
Glad you guys had a good trip, it looks like your having good weather also. Enjoy!
Things we love about the Bahamas
12/27/2011

We love the gorgeous water, the beautiful beaches, the wonderful Bahamian people - and of course the fact that we met here makes it pretty special.

We also love seeing old friends like Doug on Bad Boy and we really love 'walk arounds' - which are 3 for $5 Kaliks at the John Marshall liquor store. Here in the Bahamas you can just walk around town drinking beer, like it's a free country or something!!!

Lunch at Flip Flop beach
12/23/2011

This pic is for all my friends back in DC, having their working lunches at the 116 or brown bagging it at their desk . . . . or is that just too mean?

Hello Mr. Sand Crab
12/13/2011

This is Gus and Jake's reluctant new friend.

12/22/2011 | Gail
we will be at the pier in Nassau next week reprovisioning. You can't miss us. We're on a PowerBoat called The Enchantment of the Seas
New old wind generator
11/30/2011

After thinking/researching wind power for three years, last winter Billy finally decided to go with an Ampair. Fortunately, there was a guy in Marathon selling a good used one last February.

Now, after only eight months of thinking about installation, Billy got around to putting it up. Here is the happy Ampmiser at work.

Westies on the run
11/28/2011

Gus and Jake are thrilled to be back in the Bahamas. This is their first day on the beach, where they ran themselves ragged.

Back in the Bahamas at last
11/28/2011

Doesn't Alibi II look just perfect in this place?

We arrived at Highborne Cay after a 48 hour run from Miami, with a brief stop in Morgan's Bluff, Andros to clear in.

The first 24 hours, crossing from Miami to Morgan's Bluff, was fairly mild and uneventful, the following 24 were anything but with winds in the high 20s and 5 to 7 foot seas. But, with several days of big winds expected we decided to rough it for one night and get somewhere more comfortable than Morgan's Bluff to hole up for a few days.

In the process, we lost touch with some of the other boats we had expected to meet up with for Thanksgiving. No worries, we had the beach to ourselves for three days and eventually we met up with friends down the road.

Thanks Jack and Ann
11/19/2011

Just before we left Annapolis, our friends on Pura Vida gave us two bottles of excellent port as a going away present. They gave very specific instructions that we were to enjoy this port at anchor and think of them.

So here we are on Ishmael toasting Jack and Ann with George and Kathy of Ishmael, and Christy and Bill of Veranda.

11/26/2011 | Ann
Ah, perfect! Excellent drinking group to share port with. Glad you connected the Verandas with the Ismaels. And thanks to Ben for taking the pic. Wish we were there drifting and catching the sunsets with you all!
The danger of feeding strays
11/15/2011

We connected with our friends Ron and Katie in Amelia Island. What we thought was to be a round of drinks turned into a two night stay at their gorgeous house.

They put us up in a great little apartment over their garage, turned us loose on the laundry room and kept plying us with food and drinks. Heck, Ron even washed the puppies - what's wrong with these people!

11/15/2011 | Bill
I need their address....
11/16/2011 | Cap'n Ron
Thanks for telling me about your "blog" (such an uncomplimentary name for something) - anyway -- it was GREAT rambling through the photos/comments.
Flooding in Oriental, NC
11/05/2011

We had intended to stop in Oriental, NC only for an afternoon to look for parts at the marine consignment shop, but high winds and high water forced a two night stay.

Here is a view of the Oriental waterfront yesterday afternoon.

Family Dinner
11/05/2011

After a wild overnight run down the Chesapeake, we stopped in Virginia Beach for a day. Had a chance to catch up with Bill's kids, thanks to their mom Judy who hosted Sunday dinner.

Here are three generations of Storms - with only Billy the 5th, Cherie and their kids missing.

Thanks Judy for a great day!

Two days and counting
10/25/2011

Farewell drinks a Davis' Pub with some Boatyard colleagues before we head south later this week.

As much as we are looking forward to getting out of Dodge, we will miss our fabulous friends here in Annapolis. See you guys next summer!

Our new favorite place
09/06/2011

Larry and Suzanne took us to Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine in Boise, ID - what a fabulous place!!

Here is the YouTube video from Guy Fieri's show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5pb_wtwTSA

10/24/2011 | Wayne
Donnie Mac's is closing! I guess the damage casued during your visit was just too much for them - here's the info:
http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2011/10/21/mdeeds/donnie_macs_restaurant_close_boise#storylink=misearch
Bitner vineyards
09/03/2011

We attended a wonderful gathering of the former Craig staff hosted by Ron and Mary Bitner at their vineyard in Caldwell, Idaho. http://www.bitnervineyards.com/index.cfm


The Bald Boys from Boise
09/01/2011

We're out in Idaho for a few days visiting Larry and Suzanne. Billy and I had a chance to have lunch with Mike T. and Kenny the B who Bessie worked with back in the day. Oh, the stories!! Our stomachs hurt from laughing so hard!!


09/01/2011 | Anne
Yea! Looks like so much fun!
A great friend
07/29/2011

A few weeks back we ventured into DC for a former Craig staff lunch and an evening of music with the girls. We had no idea that there was also a gathering that evening for Bessie's dear friend Matt - who she hadn't seen in 3 or 4 years.

As you can tell from the photo, it was a gorgeous evening on a fabulous rooftop in downtown Washington. We got to spend time not only with Matt but also as a lot of DC and Idaho friends.

It was a party we wouldn't have missed for anything. Thanks Dirk and Patricia K for making such a special evening happen.

Sailing with the girls
07/26/2011

Laura, Sue and Robin made the big trek out all the way from DC for a sail - what fun!!!!


Road trip continued
07/22/2011

From NY we ventured east to Colrain, MA where sister Tootie lives with her husband Paul and the twerpy critter pictured here aka Oliver. Uncle Cousin Marty made the big trek out from Boston for the day.

Dining el fresco with Mom
07/21/2011

In July, we drove Billy's Mom up to the quaint village of Chatham, NY for her summer sojourn with sister Jan and her husband Bill.

A different kind of birthday party
06/27/2011

Our friend Mrs. Bouchard likes to joke about when Bessie went to the Exumas and, rather than bringing back a t-shirt like most people, brought back Billy and a boat.

So it should not surprise her that rather than just having cake and ice cream for her birthday we had a wedding.

Hey, there's no one who didn't see this coming, right?

07/08/2011 | Wayne
Congratulations! 15 years ago when I first met Bess I would have bet money that nobody would ever get her to the alter -- just way too much energy for any one man to handle. But then came Bill -- the perfect match (and the fact that he had a boat didn't hurt). We're very happy for you both.
07/12/2011 | Bess and Bill
So Wayne-O, don't mean to get all technical you on but that's not actually an alter - it's the bow of a boat - maybe not quite as big a hurdle, huh? XOXO, Bessie
Happy Birthday Sallie!!!
06/15/2011

On Sunday we visited Chesapeake Beach for a beach and crabs birthday celebration for Sallie. Got to catch up with the old gang and meet a few new friends. Had a great time and hope this will be the first of many outings with the girls this summer.

If you have never been there, Brownie Beach is well worth the visit - and Abner's Crab House was pretty good too.


Who's that??
06/10/2011

Thanks to Cheri for this oldie but goodie - here's Billy on his Tartan, sometime in the '80s maybe?

Back in 'Naptown
05/26/2011

Back on Back Creek and back to pics in bars. Here we are catching up with Marcel and Anne at Davis' Pub on our first night back in Annapolis.

This year we have a slip next door to where we were last year. Christy and Bill on Veranda are just a handful of slips away as are Bob and Terry on China Rose - so our little cruiser neighborhood that we so enjoyed last year is also back.

06/01/2011 | Mike
Hey, great to see y'all the other night - btw: Here's Mike and Rebecca's blog site - http://www.zerotocruising.com/
Almost back
05/24/2011

From Marathon to Annapolis, we traveled 1350 miles in 15 days and used only 60 gallons of diesel. We're pretty happy with that.

Instead of going right into Annapolis, we eased our way back out of cruising mode by anchoring one night over in Cadle Creek off the Rhode River so we could visit with Gail.

Grandpa Billy
05/22/2011

On our way through Viriginia Beach we had a chance to catch up Storm kids and grandkids. Had a great time and can't wait to see everyone again.

Rack time
05/16/2011

Somewhere off the coast of South Carolina in the middle of the night Bill and Jake were able to catch a few ZZZZs.

05/18/2011 | Deborah Streeter
Nice that Billie can sleep! Confidence in the mate!!
05/18/2011 | Bill
Boys need their sleep
Cumberland Island
05/15/2011

After a 75 hour run from Marathon to Fernandina Beach, we took a day off and hung out at Cumberland Island, GA. Miles of gorgeous beach and only a dozen other people. Puppies thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Karma
05/14/2011

Photo taken about half an hour after this boat waked the hell out of us. As you can see, it is firmly aground with the tide going out.

05/18/2011 | Deborah Streeter
There IS a God!!!
05/18/2011 | Bill
I hope you did your best to compound his dismay...
05/23/2011 | Gail
hahaha
06/10/2011 | Zephyr
Sometimes the smallest things can make your day! I've wished the same on a few power boaters, but have never seen the results.
Score one for the sailors!
Bye, bye Burdines
05/09/2011

Last stop before leaving Marathon was at our favorite fuel and burger joint

One last night out
05/06/2011

Since we're getting ready to head north, we had a farewell gathering with Mara and Bill on Puddlejumper at Castaways - where we happened to run into our good friends Cassie and Sarah. Yes, Marathon is a very small town.

Clearly Puddlejumper Bill does not mind being stuck in the middle of 4 girls.

Hey, where are you guys going without me??
05/06/2011

Jake, not happy about being left behind.

Katie, Wayne and Lily came to visit
05/02/2011

Last weekend some dear friends from Idaho were here, glad to be away from Boise where it was snowing. We hadn't seen Katie and Wayne since the summer of '08 and had not yet met little Miss Lily.

Had a great time - did some roaming around town, relaxing at the beach and, big surprise, happy hour. This pic is taken at Lazy Days.

We had a great time - thanks for visiting!!!

Sombrero Beach
05/02/2011

View from the beach towel

Puddlejumper finally got here
04/01/2011

Happy hour at the tiki hut with Bill and Mara.

Catching up with Kokomo
03/30/2011

Roland and Leta from Kokomo rolled into town the other day after 4 months in the Bahamas. We have been having a great time catching up with them, inlcuding an evening roaming around Marathon hitting our favorite haunts. This pic is at Salty's Waterfront Grill at the 7 Mile Marina.


03/30/2011 | Anne from Annapolis
Don't you look terrific! Miss you terribly!
03/30/2011 | Anne from Annapolis
And the very diaphonous shirt set of by Billy's Banlon. Got it goin' on.
Speaking of Howard Livingston
03/17/2011

Here he is with his famous outboard powered blender. For more info on Howard, click on the link in our favorites.

Harold and Val, sorry you missed it, we were thinking of you!!

Seafood festival
03/17/2011

We had a great time volunteering at the 35th annual Marathon seafood festival last weekend. Great food and great music. Here Billy and Ann from Pura Vida take a well deserved break to listen to Howard Livingston and Mile Marker 24.

Dinghy drift
03/06/2011

It's been about 2 years since we've been to a good dinghy drift, last one for us was in the Bahamas. Since they never seem to do them in Boot Key Harbor, we thought it was high time to get one going.

We had about 8 boats participate and a good time was had by all. So good, that we are going to make it a Monday night tradition. Here is the link to the City Marina webcam (http://www.ci.marathon.fl.us/index.aspx?NID=600) so if anyone (or Gail) wants to check on us Monday after 5, they can. The webcam changes view every few minutes, so some patience may be required.

Here is a link to a video one of our neighbors made of last week's gathering
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEhm2g31M8U&sns=em

NOTE - both links are also on the side bar under favorites

03/07/2011 | Jacob
Boy does that look super fun. I've never heard of a dinghy drift before. (I've heard of rafting).

Anyways. Great blog... glad we found it! Enjoy your travels. We're following from Yacht Blogs.
First train to Key West
02/25/2011

Today we went to Bahia Honda State Park to see the reenactment of the first train ride to Key West.

We wish we thought to take pix of the reenactment itself or the gorgeous beaches at Bahia Honda. Alas, we did not. Instead we have yet another picture inside another Keys pub - this time No Name Pub in Big Pine Key with Jack and Ann from Pura Vida.

We have heard several estimates of the number of dollar bills on the ceiling and wall of the No Name - supposedly somewhere from $75,000 to more than $100,00.

Sammie came to visit
02/21/2011

Our old friend and Capital Yacht Club neighbor, Sam McKay, came down for a visit. Those who have visited CYC will remember Sammie as she of the houseboat decorated with pink flamingoes.

02/21/2011 | Erin
Oh, I so wish I could have been there, too! Bob, the girls, and I are going to be in the Bahama in two weeks, want to come see us?
02/22/2011 | Gail
Maybe Erin and Bob will bring the girls by for an overnight on their way to the Bahamas!
Dion's corn dogs
02/19/2011

One of our late night traditions (mind you, late night here is around 9 o'clock - also known as boater's midnight) is to stop at Dion's, which is in the Mobil gas station convenience store. They are known for their fried chicken, but we think their corn dogs are fabulous.

This is just further evidence that cruisers are like people who have reverted back to some college or high school life form. We wear flip flops, carry back packs, drive around in old VWs, are constantly on the search for cheap beer - and, yes, sometimes get our best meals at gas stations.

Impromptu girls outing
02/19/2011

Last Saturday we participated in a pirate treasure hunt in the harbor. Since it was cold and rainy - and the event only lasted 45 minutes - and we were already on shore, a group of us (Kathy from Ishmael, Ann from Pura Vita and Tammy from Osprey) decided to head down to the bookstore for a Tim Dorsey book signing.

Who is Tim Dorsey you ask? A Florida author known for writing humorous crime novels featuring recurring character Serge A. Storms. Or, as Tammy says, the guy who writes the Tim Dorsey books.

Turns out that Mr. Dorsey is not quite so funny in person and seemed somewhat indifferent to our attendance at his event. Since we were already out and about, and since Porky's happy hour starts at noon on Saturday . . . . well, you can see where this is going.

Our favorite bartender
01/30/2011

As evidenced by previous posts, our favorite local hangout is Porky's Bayside, so it should be no surprise that our favorite bartender might be found there. This is Cassie, a recent arrival from Alaska, who is a one woman instant party.

01/30/2011 | Doug
Hey Bess! Keep up the postings. I like to live vicariously through you
An outing with Ishmael
01/30/2011

Our nieghbors George and Kathy from Ishmael joined us for an outing at Porky's, which not only offers the best happy hour prices and bbq in Marathon, but the best in local color and characters.

Celebrity sighting in Marathon
01/30/2011

While Clarence Clemmons sightings are frequent here in Marathon, celebrity visits are something of a rarity. President and Mrs. Carter visited earlier this month and Johnny Depp was reportedly seen in town as well. At our favorite stomping ground, Porky's, we spotted none other than Travis Tritt, pictured here with Bess and Kathy from Ishmael.

Okay, it is in fact a big fat lie. This is just a local whose real name we either did not care enough to find out or we did not remember (it was happy hour after all). We're not really sure that the Travis lookalike appreciated our attention but he was a pretty good sport about it.

Conway girls
01/30/2011

Bessie and her sisters got together for a weekend over on the west coast of Florida. A lot of hilarity ensued. Mummy would have called it a silly session. With luck this will just be the first of many.

No green flash tonight
01/03/2011

This is a pic of one of the fabulous sunsets we experience down here in the Keys. This shot is taken from Burdines, no, not the department store, but a way laid back restaurant http://burdineswaterfront.com/ at the west end of Boot Key Harbor.

Yes, we are still in Marathon. Bessie's work situation is now a little up in the air since she injured her rotator cuff lifting heavy things. It's just not getting better and looks like she'll have to take it easy on her arm for a few weeks yet - this over 40 nonsense stinks.

So we're just playing it by ear right now and enjoying having the luxury of hanging out together.

Back in Marathon
12/12/2010

We arrived in Boot Key Harbor last week and Bessie went back to work at Sunset Grille this week.

So far the weather has not been great, lots of wind and cool temps. Today we are waiting on the big blow that is supposed to kick up this afternoon - winds of 25 to 35 with possible gusts to over 40.

This little guy attached himself to our dinghy line this morning - cool huh?

12/14/2010 | Mike & Linda Bouchard
Be happy, it's bitter cold here. A frosting of snow on the docks here this morning, gusts to 40 and 20 degrees. If we could I'd haul the boat and stay at the house - on the positive the Reverse Cycle is keeping up - don't want to see our electrical bill. My new quote: If you want a white Xmas - "Move to Vermont!"

Merry Holidays to y'all

M & L and the "pooches gracias"
12/17/2010 | Gail Larcher
Very cool, I have never seen a seahorse out side of an aquarium.. Or dried up in a shell shop
Bottom's done, we're on our way
11/30/2010

After 10 days in the yard, our bottom is repainted and various other projects completed. Lit out of there on the 22nd for Vero Beach. While we missed the big Thanksgiving gathering we did have a chance to catch up with a lot of friends, old and new.

After 4 days in Vero, we are now on our way to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale from there to hop out to the Keys.

While in St. A, we made a few trips to our favorite restaurant the Back 40. Here we are with Holly who works there - you may be a little too much of a regular when your server has you over for dinner and laundry. We're looking forward to seeing Holly again when she visits the Keys this winter.

11/15/2012 | Wendy McGregor
Hi Bill and Bess. I'm currently sailing with Holly from Trinidad to Florida. In Nassua right now and we looked up your blog. Well done, it was fun searching for her photo
Catching up with Lee
11/20/2010

One of our favorite things about St. Augustine is catching up with Lee on Krasna. This time he was a day behind us as he was asked to sail on the schooner Lynx from Charleston to St. A.

Since the Captain, First Mate, Second Mate and many of the crew were women, Lee was literally low man on the totem pole. Here he is tending to fenders upon the ship's arrival.

For more on the Lynx, check out the website http://www.privateerlynx.com/

Yay!! St Augustine
11/11/2010

On Tuesday morning we were able to shed our long johns for the season and by afternoon were in shorts in St. Augustine, Florida.

We met up with Veranda and Savage Son for happy hour - two for one drinks plus free pizza!!! can't beat that with a stick.

Good thing we got some playtime in, tomorrow we get hauled and will spend the next week working on the boat - so we might not look this happy in the next set of pics.

11/25/2010 | Mike & Linda
Happy Thanksgiving boater friends... best wishes to you and enjoy! Btw: Linda is wearing her Tiara while cooking in honor of B-day month.

See ya...
Our annual Ryan photo
11/11/2010

On our way through Wrightsville Beach we checked in on nephew Ryan. Per his mother's request, here is this year's pic of Kathy's baby (sorry Ryan, her word not ours.) As always we had great fun with him.

Perhaps a new tradition
10/31/2010

Gail, Steve and the Bouchards came out to the boat for farewell coffee before we left. Thanks for the visit guys, see you in May!!

11/15/2010 | Gail Larcher
a motley crew
Another Annapolis summer gone
10/30/2010

Yep, we're outta there - but just before we left, we took the boat around to the Rhode River for our traditional last evening at Gail's.

Anne joined us for the first leg of the trip and then we feasted at the Old Stein in Edgewater. Yes that is nice delicious German beer in front of us - and oh the jaegerschnitzle and spaetzle and red cabbage, yummmmm.

Goofing around with some Boatyard colleagues
10/18/2010

It appears that in recent months have we made no mention of the fact that Bessie has been working this summer at the Boatyard Bar and Grill here in Annapolis.

She has really been enjoying it, especially working with some great, funny characters - such as with Adrianne and Jess, pictured here.

This is her last week as we hope to head south in a matter of days, but we'll be back in Annapolis, and Bess at the Boatyard, come May.

10/26/2010 | Gail Larcher
Where are you now????
11/08/2010 | mike
Hey,
are you two every going to stop fleeing the cold to update your blog... jeez - fire up that old laptop.

Take care,
M&L&M&M
Veranda's last night in 'Naptown
10/18/2010

Bill and Christy on Veranda pulled out early Sunday morning. To mark their last night we joined Jeff and Tessa from Innamorata, and Terry and Bob from China Rose at Davis' Pub for dinner.

See you guys in Vero!

At the boat show
10/14/2010

Thanks to Tory Salvia from the Sailing Channel for this pic from the last night of the sailboat show. One of our favorite things about the show is the 'boat parade' on the last night - when they break down the docks and all the boats leave at once.

Bill is working for the show this year. The powerboat show is this coming weekend and he'll work after that doing breakdown. As soon as he is done we'll start the trek south.

Taking the big boat down river
09/26/2010

In late September we moved the trawler from CYC to Fort Washington.

Here Billy takes a turn at the helm, wondering 'what the heck is this other engine for?'

Our crew
09/26/2010

We brought Stanforth along for the ride, here he exhibits his top boating skill. Fortunately, in addition to drinking beer, he is pretty helpful getting into Fort Washington in the dark.

Bessie at the helm
09/26/2010

On the trip down river - a little bittersweet to drive the old boat, not sure if or when it might happen again.

Birthday bash continued . . .
09/13/2010

Here is Bessie with Leo, an old friend she first met in Montana way back when. It was truly a delight to see him again - it's been a few years.

The birthday boy
09/13/2010

Here is Bill with Ladonna at his birthday party on the aft deck of the Mary Morgan. We had a great gathering of good friends and good wine.

Haven't you ever wondered . . . . .
09/13/2010

During the evening out with the girls, we found ourselves at an Irish bar frequented by bagpipers in kilts - so given the opportunity, Bessie decided to check on the oft asked question of kilts and what lies beneath. Wouldn't you look too?????

Out with the girls
09/13/2010

Bessie got to see the girls for a night in Old Towne Alexandria - here are Eliza, Robin, Laura, Sue, Jen and Sallie hitting the town.

The Watertown News
07/16/2010

We arrived in St. Augustine just in time for the arrival of the very first edition of Lee's paper, the Watertown News. He did great job - it really looks fabulous. In only 6 weeks he was able to write or get written all the copy, get almost 40 businesses to advertise and do all the layout himself. It was very cool to be there to see the very first papers hit the streets.

Visiting with Lee
07/15/2010

The purpose of our stop in St. Augustine was to catch up with our old friend Lee from Krasna. We last saw him here in late November. Rather than heading further south, he is staying in St. A and has actually started a newspaper.

This is taken at the small marina where he lives. He is barely recognizable with all his crazy hair cut off. The other gentleman is Bob, he is an old friend of Lee's who is a woodworking genius and owns the marina where Lee lives.

We truly enjoyed getting to know Bob and greatly appreciated his hospitality, letting us stay 6 nights.

And hello St. Augustine
07/12/2010

We made great time coming up from the keys, only 3 1/2 days to St. Augustine. Pups spotted the beach as we came in the inlet and got pretty excited - Jake is saying "Please, can we? can we?" They love nothing more than to be let loose to run on a good beach.

Goodbye Marathon
07/08/2010

We pulled out of Boot Key Harbor in early July, headed north once again. Here the boys, in new life jackets, look wistfully back at the beach.

09/16/2010 | Pauline
Love this photo! Too cute.
One last CA pic
06/25/2010

Here we are with sister Martha, her fiance Pete and niece Tara with her friend Chris.

Hanging out with Anne in CA
06/23/2010

Here is Anne, looking great despite being completely immersed in Conways and their nonsense for a whole weekend.

And still more Conways
06/22/2010

Here all are 13 of the next generation - all together for the very first time. Very cool.

Conways, Conways and more Conways
06/21/2010

Here are Bess and her 8 siblings in Santa Barbara for brother Donald's wedding.

Twins!
06/20/2010

Another highlight of the California trip was catching up with Marcel and Anne. Funny enough, Bill and Marcel just happened to be wearing the exact same thing - right down to the blue Keen's on their feet.

We will start to post with more frequency as we are headed north bright and early tomorrow. We are headed to Annapolis for a few months - so we look forward to catching up with all our DC-VA-MD friends and family.

07/07/2010 | Chelsey
At first I thought that was Mike Ware. I was so confused.
07/19/2010 | Gail
I thought they were the waiters
07/22/2010 | The BH
OK, it's been a few days now... where the heck are you?
Bess and Tara
06/20/2010

We have been remiss in posting lately - that silly work nonsense has been to blame.

In June we traveled to California for older brother Donald's wedding. The highlight of the trip was getting to visit with niece Tara.

Hasta la vista La Buena Vita (and Cliff)
05/27/2010

Well after a very fun winter with Harold and Val, La Buena Vita left last week.

Val's brother Cliff, having grown accustomed to sun, fun and leisure days reading in the cockpit, has gone to Texas and back to work.

We're not sure when exactly we will see Harold and Val again as they intend to do the Caribbean next year.

Before they left we spent a day dining around Marathon. This pic is taken at Porky's, one of our favorite places.

The tree growing up through the restaurant should give you some idea of the ambiance of the place.

05/28/2010 | Erin
OMG! Can we trade lives for just one day -- please!
Aaah, three whole days off!!!
05/05/2010

With the winter season ending here in Marathon, things at work are slowing down until Memorial Day. As a result, Bessie was able to swing a few days off.

So today we got to act like cruisers again - sleeping in, exploring in the dinghy, swimming and stopping for lunch at Burdine's. Here we are with Harold and Val from La Buena Vita, Val's brother Cliff visiting from Texas, Dick and Larry from Ula G - and, of course, the hounds.

Tomorrow's agenda includes snorkeling, swimming and 25 cent wing night at the Hurricane.

05/06/2010 | Allison Shulman
So great talking to you today! You look great and you sound like your having a ball! Next time your in the DC area, give me a ring :)
05/20/2010 | Mrs Larcher
I like Beechnut now
Curry night on La Buena Vita
05/01/2010

Bessie with Harold and Val after a delicious curry dinner - thanks Val!

A day at the beach
04/29/2010

Upon our arrival in Marathon, we were delighted to find that our friends Harold and Val from La Buena Vita were here for the season. They are leaving us in a few weeks, but we have been delighted to be able to spend time with them this year. And they often entertain poor Bill when he is abandoned while Bessie is at work.

Today we took advantage of a day off to go to the beach with Harold and Val - and to scrape the growth off of the the bottom of the dinghy.

Sleepy hounds
04/29/2010

Looking pretty good with their new haircuts - they went to the beauty parlor for the first time in two years.

04/30/2010 | Linda
OMG = you broke down and got them professional dos! Good job!
Date night
04/14/2010

On a rare night off, we went to Frank's Grill for dinner. It is the best Italian food we've had outside of the North End of Boston.

Mark Rey did you note the chianti in a basket?

04/20/2010 | wayne
i've said it before, and i'll say it again -- i hate you guys!!! actually, you know we love you but i am so very, very jeolous of your tan and lifestyle.
Tara and the Boss
04/02/2010

Totally unrelated to boats or sailing or island life - proud Aunt Bessie was delighted to get this picture from sister Martha along with an update on her niece Tara and her worldwide travels as makeup artist for Lady Gaga.

This is a picture of Tara with Bruce Springsteen. She had dinner with him and his 3 sons and, of course, her boss, Lady Gaga. Tara is now in Australia, next Japan then to Sweden, France, Germany, Belgium and then back to the UK.

Isn't she gorgeous!?! We love that girl to pieces.

04/06/2010 | Gail Larcher
Hey! That looks sorta like Bruce Springsteen
04/12/2010 | Linda
I love Lady Gaga -- and she's coming to DC!
Snackin' our way around the Keys
03/23/2010

During Gail and Steve's 1 1/2 day visit, we ate our way through about a 40 mile stretch through Marathon and down the lower keys.

This photo is taken outside of Parrotdise in Little Torch Key. Part of the ambiance outside the restaurant includes a dismasted sailboat and this old Range Rover. I don't actually think they intend for people to get in the vehicle, but you go ahead and try to stop Gail from doing something.

03/26/2010 | mike
Don't laugh I used to drive one of those in Chad - a 1968 Land Rover Series II right hand drive without any doors. The Sahara is harsh mistress for learning how to shift with your left hand. Miss a gear and it can cost you 2 - 4 hours of digging yourself out.
04/02/2010 | Gail Larcher
Maybe big Mike can get it started.
How come Gail gets to be the mermaid??
03/23/2010

In their short time here in Marathon, we took Gail and Steve to Keys Fisheries twice.

As you might be able to guess, it is one of our favorite places. The seafood is fabulous and it's a great place to catch the sunset over the Bay.

Plus, there is this great photo dealie.

Sunday Funday
03/23/2010

The previous post with Gail and Steve makes reference to Sunset's weekly pool party/cookout called Sunday Funday.

Here, John and Vern take a break from grilling lobster, chicken and burgers to pose for a pic.

John is the big boss, owner of Sunset. Vern, who helps us out on Sundays, actually made the grill in the lower right hand corner. It's a pretty impressive grill, of welded diamond plate.

In the background you can see the cornhole games going on. Sundays have a particularly festive atmosphere with live music on the deck and a colorful cast of characters in the pool.

Gail and Steve came for a visit
03/23/2010

The past two years, our first guest upon our return to Annapolis/Washington has been Gail. Since we are not headed north this year, she was forced to make her annual first visit down here.

In this pic, Gail and Steve join us at Sunset for Sunday Funday.


Driving across the 7 Mile Bridge
03/23/2010

Here we are in Bessie's dream car, a 1985 VW Cabriolet convertible, crossing the big bridge.

We acquired this new vehicle a couple weeks back and have named her Julia - pronounced Hulia. You can see a little bit of the Hula girl on the dash board, her name is Julietta - pronounced, of course, Hulietta.

If you come visit us, you'll get to ride in this dream car too.

Posers
03/15/2010

Yesterday was the last day at Sunset South for some of the North Carolina gang. In this pic, Courtney and Meredith ham it up in front of the Sunset Grille sign.

Just because it's kinda cool
03/15/2010

Yet another picture from Sunset Grille with the 7 Mile bridge in the background.

Sunset at Sunset
03/15/2010

Bessie blowing the conch horn at sunset.

Marathon Seafood Festival
03/15/2010

Bill volunteered for the Marathon Seafood Festival this past weekend. Here he is working in the the lobster and crab tent.

Some of the gang from Duck, NC
03/11/2010

We have made some great new friends among the contingent of North Carolina Sunset Grille folks who came down to open the Marathon restaurant.

Sadly, many of them are abandoning us soon - so we were delighted to have an evening out at Castaways with Meredith and Penny before they head north on Monday.

03/19/2010 | Meredith
It was so fun to hang with you guys!!! I'm sure we'll find a way to meet again!
Just how cool . .
03/02/2010

. . .is this place where Bess is working??

Here is the view from the table in the previous post, looking out at the 7 Mile Bridge.

To back up and fill in more info on this whole job/working thing - Bess had been considering, since the earlier ugliness with the mast, seeking gainful employment because being industrious is good for both the soul and the cruising kitty.

After making a few inquiries around town, to no avail, one day we were cruising around on our bikes down toward the 7 Mile Bridge. We were ready to turn around and head back, but on a whim took a little side road that led up past the Pigeon Key visitor center and down to Knight's Key. There at the bend in the road was this great looking thatched roof building with a sign out front saying "Sunset Grille opening February 12."

We wandered inside to find the place bustling with all the activity one would expect in a place only 3 days from opening. Bess asked for an application and a few days later found herself a working stiff - and really, really enjoying it.

Now she comes home every night with cash that is handed over to Bill for safe keeping. He says this makes him feel like a pimp and that maybe he should buy a white velvet hat with a purple feather.

03/03/2010 | Linda
down in the Keys a white hat with a purple feather would just make him look like a Key West native.....
Gathering at Sunset Grille
03/02/2010

We were delighted, upon arriving in Marathon, to find that Val and Harold from La Buena Vita, who we met last year in G'town, were here.

They, along with Bob and Meagan from Destinations, joined us on the deck to inaugurate the sunset blowing of the conch horn at Sunset Grille.


Apologies are in order
02/18/2010

Yes, we have been remiss in not posting lately.

We are currently on a mooring in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon - in the heart of the keys.

Unfortunately, we do not have gobs of snorkling, beachcombing or other fun-in-the-sun pics to post as we are too cold!! Finally next week we should see some temps in the 70s and 80s.

In the meantime, Bess has taken a job waiting tables at the Sunset Grille and Raw Bar on Knights Key at mile marker 47.

This picture shows an evening view from the back deck of the Sunset Grille - that's the Seven Mile Bridge on the right. Not bad, eh? (as our Canadian friends would say.)

02/23/2010 | wayne
I have no pitty for you at all. Temps here in snow covered Idaho have only reached the high 30s all week. It had been warmer, but turned off cold this week. This weekend's forecast is for more snow.

At least the days are getting longer. Sunset is now around 6:30 and we are all just so thankful for the extra hour and a half of sunlight.

So take your sunshine, 70 degree weather and palm trees and stick 'em where the sun doesn't shine -- aka Idaho.

love you both.
Sunset on Long Key
02/02/2010

On our way to Marathon, we anchored one night at Long Key, on the ocean side of Channel 5. We had the place to ourselves and enjoyed a gorgeous sunset.

Billy and the kids
01/28/2010

Just before we left Dinner Key, Happy Hours - a boat headed to the Virgin Islands with 2 little girls - hosted a gathering on their 45 Antigua. While the rest of the adults were outside enjoying beverages, Bill was playing fun dominoes with Avery.

Visit to Everglade City
01/27/2010

We spent a day with Bill and Mara from Puddlejumper over at Everglade City. And we have to admit it, Stanforth was right, it is a great place.

While there, we spent a delightful afternoon kayaking on the Barron River.

Two happy boaters in the Keys
01/20/2010

After our day trip to Elliott, we are back in Coconut Grove for another week. We'll get a few more provisions and then head down to the Keys, taking it slow and trying to find as many quiet, uninhabited places as possible. That will give us other things to focus on in our posts besides the mast.

Just one more
01/20/2010

Another shot from Elliott Key

Alibi II at Elliott Key
01/20/2010

Doesn't that two masted girl look pretty!! Yeah, it will be a while before we are over the excitement of having two masts again.

Swim dogs are back
01/20/2010

The boys finally got their first beach outing of the season when we spent a day at Elliott Key with Rusty and Bob from Summerwind.

Sadly, there are millions of dead fish on the beaches in the keys from the deep freeze. And it's predicted that there will be a second wave of deaths because of the weakened state of the remaining fish population.

To our unsympathetic friends up north
01/09/2010

For weeks we have been hearing whining from the north about snow and cold, an not one lick of sympathy for our plight in the frosty south. When we finally made it to Ft. Lauderdale and then Miami, it was with temps in the 20s at night and 30s and 40s during the day - without heat or much in the way of winter clothes.

Here is Bill, wearing about every stitch he owns, trying to stay warm. We haven't quite thawed out yet but it's getting better.

Alan Jackson's boat
01/08/2010

Every time we go through Jupiter, Bess has to take a picture of Alan Jackson's boat Neon Rainbow - here is the latest version. Sometimes Hullbilly is docked right next to it, but not this trip.

A proud two masted boat owner
01/07/2010

Bill is clearly happy about leaving our one masted ketch status behind.

And on to the boat
01/06/2010

Here are the Mack Sails guys restepping the mast

It's about time!!
01/06/2010

Here is Alibi II's mast arriving at Cracker Boy Boatworks in Ft. Pierce. Isn't that a beautiful sight!!



01/26/2010 | Gail
CRACKER BOYZ????
Since it's Christmas and all
12/25/2009

Okay, this is probably pretty cheesy and I fully expect to get flack from Veranda (Bill more so than Christy) - but I put this pic up because we are still pathetic and mastless and now have a sick puppy (Gus has Lyme disease) and we really, really, really wish we could be there at Pipe Creek.

Yes, we stole this photo from Veranda's blog and no, this is not what Stuart is like. But aren't we allowed to dream a little in honor of the birth of Christ?

Today we are going to a cruiser potluck here are Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart. It's a new marina with plenty of moorings and very nice facilities.

We're keeping our fingers crossed that we may be two masted again sometime next week.

Merry Christmas everyone!

12/25/2009 | Bill
The only way Pipe Creek could have been nicer was if you, Bill & the hounds could have been here with us. Good news about the possibility of the mast being ready. We vote for Marathon.

Our best to Gus, Christy & Bill
12/27/2009 | mike, linda & pups
Cheers and Merry Xmasika,
We miss you, the sun finally came out today and it's going to be 50. So count your blessings - I'm going to put the ice eater in and set up PVC for shrink wrap over our bimini (we need to get another few years out of it. 2 ft. of snow ripped one zipper even though I cleared it hourly. Enjoy Fla... and we'll keep in touch. Morgan says to Gus, "it's no big woof, take your drugs and you'll be fine"

M & L and the pups
Still mastless, week 2
12/16/2009

So it appears that our mast will be ready sometime next week and we can be on our way again.

Came back to Vero for a few days to pick up mail, do laundry, etc. Today, back to Ft. Pierce.

Once the mast is ready, we will head south. Bess wants to spend the bulk of the season in either Marathon or Key West. Bill wants to consider Stuart.

The good news is that crossing over to the Bahamas is now a maybe. If we did it would be later in the season March or April.

In the meantime, we're not sure we can read Veranda's blog anymore - makes us sad and envious at the same time.

But we're getting by and having a good time, as pictured above - last night we gathered on Duet with Sea Fox X. A delightful time was had by all.

12/19/2009 | II the Max
Bessie, Bill,
Boat issues or not, you're not dealing with a foot of snow and still coming down hard - wind at 20 - 40 Mph (oh joy!). As you know we are not all that big on the whole "White Christmas" unless it's white sand beaches. Just thought we would drop y'all holiday wishes - hope Santa bring's you a repaired mast and goodwill for Xmas. The kid's did have a good time romping in the snow today.

Take care, think about the 12 -26" of snow you are not enjoying.

Mike & Linda
It's been a while since we posted
12/05/2009

But with good reason.

A couple weeks back, on the way to Vero Beach for Thanksgiving, we had an unfortunate incident that resulted in a busted shroud and a dented mast.

Poor little Alibi II now has one mast as we sit in Fort Pierce trying to decide on our options.

On top of that, we are now seeing droves of friends on their way south. We can only wave wistfully.

It appears that we may be spending a winter in Florida, and Bessie may get a job. We just have to figure out exactly where.

The upside (there always is one) is that it appears there are a good number of abandoned boats sitting in yards in Florida, so we might just spend the season going from yard to yard in search of the perfect project.

12/09/2009 | Gail Larcher
AAARRRRGGGH!
SUCKS!
Of all the times to forget the camera!!
11/20/2009

After a day or so at Cumberland Island, we did a short hop up the St. Mary's River to explore the town of St. Mary's.

While there we found ourselves in Seagle's Saloon, where Miss Cindy Deen the Porno Queen tends bar.

We did not have the camera, so the best we could do is capture the image above from one of Miss Cindy's business cards.

The other side of her card says "Come on into Seagle's Saloon for great cocktails, some tender lovin' trash talk, and good southern sassin' from bartender Cindy Deen."

It is worth mentioning that Lee wandered in before we got there. He asked Miss Cindy first about the price of a burger and then about the famous cruisers' Thanksgiving. She let him know that the Thanksgiving event is not for the homeless. Now he's REALLY considering a haircut.

More from Cumberland Island
11/20/2009

This photo shows some of the amazing plant life on the island.

Exploring Cumberland Island
11/20/2009

This week found us in the southernmost part of Georgia.

We explored Cumberland Island with Lee from Krasna - as you can see from this picture, he is working on improving his photo face.

Race hounds
11/19/2009

We just got this pic from a race in Georgetown in February.

Spa Creek Reunion
11/12/2009

Last night Krasna arrived in Factory Creek (Beaufort, SC) where we are currently holed up with Veranda waiting out this weather.

Since the gang has not been together since we left our Annapolis summer anchorage, Christy and Bill hosted a celebration.

Kudos to Bill from Veranda for figuring out the camera timer - now if we could just figure out something appropriately humorous to write about Lee's expression.

11/12/2009 | Jack's mom
Glad your safe . Mikey and I are very jealous. We will be there one day. Nice place to be waiting out the weather.
11/13/2009 | Gaul larcher
Lee looks like he is ready for someone to punch him in the face.
Good to hear from you!
Good morning
11/09/2009

Somebody sure looks glad to see the sun come up. And we were able to get into Charleston before the weather got too bad.

11/12/2009 | M&M's Dad
Hunker Down... hope that the worst of this has passed y'all by now. The rain is pretty steady here, and the foundation work has slowed again. Great pix - it is so great to be able to cruise vicariously through you two. No worries we'll hold down the status quo here. M&L+ M&M send woofs to the boys
11/12/2009 | Bess and Bill
Jake could sure use Murphy's help with this dolphin thing. Every time he turns around there are more of those demons that he needs to bark at - it's exhausting!!
Overnight to Charleston
11/08/2009

We ran all night Sunday from Cape Fear to Charleston. Had nice weather and a fairly calm ride.

Visiting with Ryan
11/07/2009

Here is Uncle Billy goofing around with nephew Ryan in Wrightsville Beach. We had to post a pic this so his mother could see that he is doing well. See you again in a few months Ryan. XOXO

You knew it had to happen
11/01/2009

Yup, the pup pix return. Here are two happy hounds traversing the Dismal Swamp.

Jake is getting some much needed rest for once we get out of the swamp the demon dolphins show up. He now spends the bulk of his time on high alert, looking for the creatures from the sea that torment him.

Locking through
11/01/2009

As you can see, it wasn't the warmest of days. We have at least a week before we get warm.

Robert's conch garden
11/01/2009

We were disappointed that the usual lock tender, Robert, was not there when we passed through. He is a delightful, happy guy who practices playing the conch horn during the boring winter months and actually won a contest in Key West.

Here is a shot that shows his palm trees and collection of conch shells given to him by cruisers. This shot does accurately capture the number of shells he has.

So, here we go again!!
11/01/2009

Once again here we are at the beginning of the Dismal Swamp. We love the Swamp!!

30 hours is a looong run
10/30/2009

Who wouldn't need a nap??

We pulled the anchor around 9:30 on Thursday morning and arrived in Norfolk about 2:30 or so on Friday.

Bill, just barely out of a sick bed, got some much needed shut-eye somewhere around 4:00 this morning. Poor Lee, on Krasna, was by himself a few miles behind us the whole trip with no crew to allow for a nap - so we probably won't see him again this evening.

We'll start down the Great Dismal Swamp sometime tomorrow and hit Elizabeth City, NC by Sunday. A few days later, Oriental and then (Ryan watch out!) we're headed to Wilmington - probably be there sometime late next week.

11/10/2009 | Gail Larcher
where are you now?
Thanks for everything Gail!!
10/30/2009

We appreciate all you do for us!

You, Anne, Marcel, Deeanna, Mark, the Bouchards and the rest of our 'land support' network.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

11/03/2009 | Gail
you are welcome
Speaking of send offs . . .
10/30/2009

We had quite the Annapolis gathering on Saturday - first lunch at McGarvey's, which bled over into an evening at Acme Bar and Grill.

Here is a picture early in the farewell marathon - George, on the far left, was wise enough to leave while it was still light out.

Thanks gang for making the big trek up to 'Naptown.

When the leaves start to change
10/30/2009

We start to leave . . . . . and then change our plan.

Our Sunday departure was delayed by a cranky GPS, which was replaced by Monday, just in time for us both to get hit with the flu.

So after two and a half days of moving only to grab the Nyquil bottle for another slug, we finally pulled to anchor on Thursday morning.

Fortunately, our sick days were miserable and rainy - but by departure day we had nice clear skies and balmy weather for a 30 hour run to Norfolk.

Thanks to all for the series of send offs, we need the winter just to recover from departure parties!

Last minute preparations
10/24/2009

Since we now have less then 48 hours until we pull the hook and head south, Bill is busy with a few last minute projects.

Here he is pictured putting new insulation in the fridge. Not a terribly exciting project, but a funny picture that highlights the thrill and glamour of the cruising life.

10/27/2009 | Chelsey
I can't believe I didn't manage to see you all summer. It was a wild few months. Keep in touch and best wishes.
Back stage after the Sister Hazel show
10/24/2009

Sue got stuck outside holding the coats, but we three had fun!

A night out in Baltimore
10/24/2009

With Laura, Sue and Robin

One last party on the aft deck
10/23/2009

We are leaving Mary Morgan in the capable hands of Deeanna and Mark this winter. Of course the turning over had to be marked with festivities of some sort.

In this picture are, from the left, Marcy, Larry (Suzanne is on the phone), Steve S., Bill, Deeanna, Mark and the back of Puddlejumper Bill's head. There was a lot of wine and a lot of laughing.

See you guys again in the Spring!

Parti Québécois
10/23/2009

Michel avec Marcel à la chez Bouchard.

A few weeks back we spent a delightful evening at the Bouchard's. As pictured above, the full membership Greater Annapolis French Canadian Brotherhood showed up.

Sister Martha came to visit
10/23/2009

It's been a while since we updated, because it was a very busy month or so. Visits from siblings, road trips across the country and up and down the east coast, plus two boat shows.

Here are Bessie and her sister Martha down in DC a few weeks back.

Pizza with the Critter
09/26/2009

Yet another pic in another restaurant. This one in Colrain, Massachusetts with Dennis, Stephanie and the critter, nephew Oliver. Hey kid, how can you eat pizza with no teeth??


Lunch with Marty
09/26/2009

Here we are with Uncle Cousin Marty at Fiorella's in Newton. This is one of several stops on our whirlwind Massachusetts tour with brother Dennis and his wife Stephanie.

We're not sure how many years since we have spent time with Marty, but had a great time catching up and promise not to let so many years pass before the next visit.

The inimitable Mrs. Bouchard
09/25/2009

How in the world did we get this far along with the blog without posting a photo that included Mrs. Bouchard? (pictured here in black, with cleavage)

Also in this shot from Bill's b'day bash are Christy from Veranda and Steve S.

Bill's birthday
09/13/2009

We had a fabulous birthday party for Bill at Marcel and Anne's last night.
Great food, lots of laughs and great friends.

Here are Christy, Bill and Anne. Look at that smilin' guy, 62 sure looks good on him!!

09/13/2009 | Ken & Linda
Happy Birthday Bill! Ken is right behind you, 11/30...he's already applied for his SS :-) Glad to hear you'll be heading south again soon...safe travels! Big hugs!
09/14/2009 | Mike
A very good time was had by all...
09/17/2009 | Don Engler
Bessie - Thank you so much for your blogsite and pw. When I met you at Fawcetts I didn't realize how easy blogging could be until I went onto your site. We have one now: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/svjubilee/
thank you so much & I hope we see you again!
Send off for Bill
09/03/2009

This week Bill is being a dutiful son and brother. He flew out to Oregon on Wednesday with brother-in-law Charlie to move his mother back to Maryland.

So Tuesday night we had an inpromptu gathering of cruisers at McGarvey's in Annapolis. Pictured here are the folks from Mandalay, Krasna and Duet. A fun time was had by all.

Thanks to Gail for the photo.

Bess is not thrilled by Bill's absence but getting by. No sobs have been heard coming from the top of the creek - especially since she was told by co-worker and boat neighbor Lenny "There will be no whining in Spa Creek."

Travel safely Bill and Charlie.


Edwin McCain concert
08/19/2009

Went down to DC to meet up with the girls and go see Edwin at the 9:30 Club. The show was fabulous - but then again, Edwin is always great.

Thanks to Laura for the picture. Yes, Robin and Bess both look silly, not surprisingly, it's Bess' fault for making a goofy comment. But Larry, Edwin and Bill look great.

It's bad enough that Bess has to have her pic taken with the ever-photogenic Bill on a regular basis, but then to have to stand between him and Edwin looking all buff . . . . not good, not good at all.

For more on Edwin or to see if he's playing near you check out http://www.edwin.com/

Bill and Bess plan to see him next in November in Wilmington, NC. when we stop in Wrightsville Beach during the trek south. The girls are opting to do a silly-ass Broadway weekend or some such nonsense, so I guess we'll have to round up some cruisers and nephew Ryan for that show.

We went to sister Sharon's wedding
07/30/2009

But we failed to charge the camera, so we don't have any pictures of the big event.

While we were in Hagerstown, the hounds went to stay on Veranda with their friends Molly and Tucker. We stole this photo from Veranda's site - you can find a link to it in our favorites.

Apparently at some point during the weekend the clippers came out so that Molly and Tucker could get groomed. At the very sight of clippers, Gus and Jake hightailed it to the bow for safety.

Molly has written a definitive and highly entertaining guide for dogs making the transition from land to sea. Her book is available from Amazon.com and can be found here:
http://www.amazon.com/Molly-Tucker-get-Shanghaied-Veranda/dp/0557042100/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1248994150&sr=8-1

Aaaah, back on the hook
07/10/2009

After several weeks tied to a dock over on the South River, we threw the lines and headed over to Spa Creek.

Here is Alibi II in her summer home. In addition to a gorgeous anchorage we have a very convenient dingy dock and easy street parking.

We also have a wonderful little neighborhood with Veranda and Krasna anchored nearby.

07/15/2009 | Robin and Cheryl
Isn't it great being out at anchor? NO fender squeaks or other peoples halyards banging. Does that put you closer to work? Walking distance?
Visiting with Suzanne and Larry
07/10/2009

Even though Bess gets hives at even the thought of venturing into DC, we made the trip down this week since Larry and Suzanne were in town from Idaho.

Had a wonderful visit and got to see Suzanne for the first time since before we left in the fall. We hope we don't have to wait so long to get together again.

07/12/2009 | Suzanne
Larry and I actually had the thrill of riding in the bunny rabbit. The paint job is original. The interior is original. The shocks are original. the radio is gone. It does get from place A to place B, though and it was great to see you both! Thanks for the laughs!
Dinosaur Land and a new car
07/03/2009

Here we are in front of Dinosaur Land in Stephen's City, Virginia.

We went out that way to pick up a new (for us) car - just a beater, a get-around-town car for the summers.

Yes, that sweet ride we are leaning against is a 1981 VW Rabbit Diesel. She sure is a beaut and no we will not sell it to you even if you beg.

Unfortunately, the guy who was supposed to buy the Mazda flaked on us, so we are temporarily with two cars. Flippin' people from New Jersey!!

07/07/2009 | gail
that sure is a big dinosaur
07/08/2009 | Gail Larcher
Oh. I get it. The car is a dinosaur
07/09/2009 | Richard & Ashley Johnson
It was so great seeing you two last night. That car rocks! Let us know when you want to get rid of her. BTW does she have a name? I am thinking "Sarah"?
07/09/2009 | Bess and Bill
We're thinking either Bunny or Tryphena (despite strong protests from Veranda) - but sorry Ritchie, Sarah is not in the running.
Can you stand one more?
07/03/2009

okay, okay - we WILL stop the Hounds in Cars series after this one

07/05/2009 | wayne
DON'T STOP!!!! We love seeing the dogs.
Just because it's funny
06/09/2009

We put up this pic of the hounds in the back of our friend Anne's car. We don't think this is what she had in mind when she loaned it to us.

06/25/2009 | Deb
Hounds looked much happier in the Bahamas. Glad your back!
A night out with the old gang
06/04/2009

Here we are at Jenny's, the restuarant above the Capital Yacht Club -- Jen, Linda, Sue, Robin, Bess and Laura had a blast and laughed a lot.

Back in DC
06/04/2009

We had to run down to Washington for a couple days and had a great time seeing old friends - it was a delight to catch up and drink wine with Mark and Larry.

06/21/2009 | Wayne
Just like the old days!
Mark looks the same, never very trustworthy.
But Larry looks like he's lost weight -- what's his secret? I need to know!
Glad you're home, but I miss the pictures of all the sites in the islands.
06/23/2009 | Bess and Bill
Don't worry Wayne, in a few months we'll head south to take more island pix. B&B
07/05/2009 | wayne
HEY, we were watching the 4th of July fireworks in DC last night and was thinking -- maybe next year we'll go and Bill can take us out on the river by the Lincoln Memorial and watch them from the water. What do you think?
Going through old pix
05/31/2009

And we found this one of Sue, Laura and Bess - it's an oldie but a goodie from last summer's sailing on the Bay.

We don't always take the right picture
05/29/2009

Today we spent the afternoon over at Gail's house, in the back yard, cutting the tips off 21 conch shells to make horns. She was at work, so we had the run of the place.

Did we remember to take a picture of the conch horn project? Of course not.

Instead, we have this lovely photo of us with Gail and Steve at the Old Stein in Edgewater. One of Gail's, and our, favorite haunts.

How windy was it?
05/29/2009

In the Exumas this year?

Well, on the right is our 2007-2008 Bahamian courtesy flag. Alibi II entered the Bahamas on New Years Day 2008 and left on April 1. You can see that this flag is nearly intact.

On the left is our most recent flag. We cleared in on December 29 and left in early April. About same amout of time, but because of high, constant winds this year, the flag is only about a third of its original size.

What's the first thing??
05/22/2009

That you would do after six months away?? Well, very first thing was laundry - but a very close second was ribs!!! From Adam's Rib, of course. Oh, and a haircut - as you can see, Bill no longer looks like a hippie.

Here we are at Adam's Rib, with Anne - who was our very generous, yet absent laundry host.

We're delighted she's back to hang out with, but somewhat relieved that she and Marcel were not there to see the seemingly endless amount of laundry that we ran through their machines.

After being back a week or so, we almost have our act together. Laundry is done, boat is kinda organized and Bess is working at Fawcett's.

We haven't decided yet if we will continue posting or discontinue until October when we head south again. Bess suggested that maybe we feature boat projects over the summer. This was met with a loud groan from Bill who said "But then I would have to actually DO projects!"

So, we'll see.

05/22/2009 | Bill
I agree with recording the boat chores list. Bill, at least you'll be able to prove you did em' later. Otherwise some of us might believe your both just laying around in your clean undies eating ribs....
05/22/2009 | Bess and Bill
You're supposed to wash the undies too?!?! Blast it!! I guess we better head back over to Anne's house.
05/24/2009 | Steve Stanforth
Bill if you run out of chores give me a call we still have a few to get done before October
Back in Edgewater
05/12/2009

And our very first visitor, second year is a row, was Gail.

Here she is sporting her new hat, woven from Sandollar Beach palm fronds. Hmmm, where'd she get that?

05/12/2009 | Richard & Ashley Johnson
Welcome Back!!
05/12/2009 | Dan W.
Welcome back. Are you driving the water taxi yet?
05/13/2009 | MB
Hey, it's the old welcome back - reality check...

Just one last adventure before the dock. At least there wasn't a tanker involved... right?

We'll see ya's this weekend,

MB
Cold and rainy
05/12/2009

And out of rum - yet Bill was still able to keep a smile on his face through most of our Chesapeake all nighter - well, until the fuel clog - that changed everything.

Bleary eyed
05/12/2009

And freezing. This was taken Monday night as we ran all night from Norfolk to Edgewater - it was miserable.

And since we shipped all our winter clothes back, we had to make do with beach towels as blankets.

Why did we head north??
05/12/2009

This is what our first glimpse of the Chesapeake looked like. Really made us wonder why we left the Bahamas.

Nothing Dismal about it!
05/12/2009

Here is a shot taken Sunday as we traversed the Dismal Swamp. The fall ride through was equally as gorgeous, we were not able to capture it then as our camera was broken.

What kind of delinquent?
05/11/2009

Defaces US government property on a lock wall? Well, his name begins with B.

How far??
05/11/2009

Here is the mileage sign from the South Mills lock.

Locking through
05/11/2009

At the South Mills lock on the Dismal Swamp route. Ah, the happy boater in the shorts has no idea how miserble and cold he will be in one day's time.

Visitng with nephew Dan
05/09/2009

While in Elizabeth City, we had the chance to spend time wth Bill's nephew Dan, who is a Coastie.

Unlike a week earlier when we forgot to take pix of our visit with nephew Ryan in Wrightsville Beach, we did remember to get photos of Dan, his wife Angie and kids Sierra, Buddy and Connor.

After a fun evening Friday with Dan and Angie, they brought the kids over Saturday morning so we could meet them. All three thought the boat and the dogs were great fun. 7 year old Sierra is an avid reader and, as it turns out, a natural conch horn blower. Buddy is a very sweet boy who is bound and determined that he can crack open that coconut. And Connor is a tough little toddler who is just plain funny.

We hope to catch up with them again soon before they move to Alaska this summer.

We love Elizabeth City, NC
05/09/2009

This is a pic of us with Elizabeth City Mayor Steve Atkinson.

We posted this picture, even though Bess looks like a goober and Bill looks like an hippie, because this guy is so enthusiastic about boaters - as is everyone in Elizabeth City it seems.

They host a wine and cheese party for the boaters weeknights at 4:30 and the Mayor gives them the rundown on everything to do in Elizabeth City. He was helping grab lines when we pulled in yesterday. They call Elizabeth City the Harbor of Hospitality, and yes Christy, we did get a flower this time.

Scottie and Kim, this is where you need to come on your summer cruise - and then do the rest of what they call the Carolina Loop - here is a link to the website http://www.discoverec.org/thingstodo-boating.html

05/09/2009 | Bill
Tsk, tsk,tsk...still hanging out with politicians.

Seriously, we love Elizabeth city as well, great people there.
TTYS, Christy & Bill
Really Gus??
05/02/2009

You looked all over this boat and the only place you could find to sit is right on top of the chart?

Bill's face shows about how much he appreciates Gus' seat selection.

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