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Our buddys are back!!!

06/23/2012 | jane
Hisses and kugs and a great big thank you Fernando. Shots like that really make me smile and feel good about the world, and what God has put into it. Oh yea, I also like Penguins, very much!
06/27/2012 | jane
Hi guys - it has been almost a week and no posts from you. Hope and pray you both are ok and just enjoying this time together.
Never Never Land
06/23/2012, Isla Mujeres

Never Never Land

You know when you look at an old person, what do you think, usually? They are old, right? What else would you think? If they thought they were seventy, then you find out they are 90, then you wouldn't think they were that old. Now that we've got the old from the outside covered, and the you-look-old concept in perspective, let me throw this at you. From the inside how old are you? When you look out at the world how old do you feel? Do you think when you are 80 you are going to think like you were 90? My guess, is no matter how old you get you always feel the same age inside. And whatever that age is, it's usually not old. Unless that's what you want. So it comes down once again to what you choose. And you always get to choose.

Nancy and I share a common feeling since we have been out at sea. From the inside looking out we see the world with a youthful perspective. Life is fun, exciting with few responsibilities. Here's the really cool part, are you ready for this? WE DON'T HAVE TO GROW UP!! While in Isla Mujeres we met some fellow mariners on a 42 ft sloop, Peter & Wendy and they told us we didn't have to grow up, we could see life like a child, an the only restrictions were the ones we placed on ourselves. Nancy and I have permission to be live in Never Never Land with all the lost boys and girls. And spiritually we live a life of bliss. Here is the disclaimer:When it becomes time to chart a course, prepare to get underway, handle the vessel in any sea condition and maintain course, be ever vigilant of possible danger, maintain finances and be connected in family matters, we are grownups.
Lovin' Life

06/23/2012 | jane
Once the guys got past the leg show (very glam BTW) I was able to settle them down so I could read your message, and you now have 1 new applicant to the lost boys club - Dennis. Den is too cautious and Jane is too much of a worry wart. It is truly a wonderful way to approach life and look at the future . I have been thinking about it since reading it and I could sure take a lesson or two from the philosophy.
06/30/2012 | Cindy
I LOVE this. I am always shocked when I realize how old I am. I still see and live my life like I'm 30. No wonder I like you guys so much! I will live in Never Land with you!
Puerto Aventuras marina
06/21/2012, 20 14.610'N:86 44.444'W

Here'a a video of the entrance to Puerto Aventuras marina, you will see just how scarry it is to get in and out.

06/21/2012 | jane
approaching that entrance for the first time must be so heart-poundingly scary - but once though it, must give you such an incredible sense of accomplishment and "now I can do anything" feeling. Thanks for sharing!
06/22/2012 | jane
just finished watching the Video - home movies extraordinare! Fascinated by the clarity and beauty of the water and underwater scenes in your dive. Formations are breath-taking. Great b-day shots. I'm a "big" person, where do I get a "M" like that? And for how long will I sleep? Nice touch with the Gillian movie.
Excellent narration by the way - - - singing - - - let me think about that.
06/23/2012 | jane
we are weather trackers, and WHAT is going on in the Gulf? Hope you are safe and in a protected village/area/whatever. The maps showing up on our computers make conditions look potentially dangerous. Hope you are planning on staying put. and eating lots of tacos.. . . . and drinking lots of "big boy" M's. . . . and dancing the hootche, gooche. . . but hold off on the singing, please!

Do let all of us know that you will be sensible and safe!
06/23/2012 | it's me
All is well over here. It seems as if something is brewing on top of us, but that is a good thing. If it developed somewhere else & came here it would be another story. Lots of rain. 2 days worth! We have sunshine now! Yea!
just a little smile

As we sit nestled in our slip, the world seems to just go by. I guess that happens no matter what living room we sit in. If you just let it. There are so many different things we can do & Be to help one another & enjoy life. If we just sit & watch, we miss out on all the fun.

One of the easiest things to do is to share a smile. Maybe the person you are smiling at has misplaced his/hers. I have been there a couple times & when a perfect stranger gives me one of theirs, I remember to pass one of mine along.

Over here where there is a language barrier for most, it is so easy to see the Universal workings of a smile. We do stick out like sore thumbs here. Tall, tan, blonde............... Most people think we do not speak Spanish. So, if we want to instantly communicate - - - - - we smile!

Smiling is infectious; you catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner & someone saw me grin,
when he smiled I realized I'd passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile then I realized its worth,
a single smile,
just like mine could travel round the earth!
So, it you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start an epidemic quick &
get the WORLD infected.

06/18/2012 | jane
Nancy this is just beautiful! We have a newly ordained priest (WAS an Episcopalian Minister), who saves "ideas" like this and works them into sermons. I will be proud to pass this on to him! Question - if I smile BIG in K.W. will I get picked up?????
06/18/2012 | Nancy
This is a life changing experience. Oh how fortunate we are!
06/18/2012 | Sue Hildebrandt
How true, I always try and smile and say thank you for a nice gesture like opening the door for me. Life is too short to have a sour attittude. Was just looking at the gallery of Chichen Itza again, what a great place, I took many of the same pics when we were there. Keep the posts coming, I so enjoy them. Sue
06/22/2012 | Rick in Key West
Great video, capturing the wild danger of the water. I never sailed through one that tough--can't imagine what Xkalk (sp) was like. Please, come home soon, preferably alive!
By the way, when I click on 'current position," it shows May 21....
Swimming with Whale Sharks

The whale shark which is neither a whale nor a shark but is the worlds largest living fish. It is a slow moving filter feeding fish which resembles a shark. The largest confirmed individual had a length 41.50 ft and a weight of more than 21.5 tonnes (47,000 lb)! Tradewinds weighs 40,000 lbs and is 44 ft in length. We swam within inches of these magnificent creatures. Many we saw were in the 35 ft range. Age estimates for whale sharks are as high as 60 years, but no one really knows how long this species lives. It feeds on plankton which it screen from water that is taken in with a versatile suction filter-feeding. It has no known predators as an adult other than humans, and is generally harmless.
Go to the gallery to see more images.

06/17/2012 | Monica
06/17/2012 | Catherine
Wow is right that is awesome! Your adventure keeps getting better and better!
We miss youall...same old same old here!
Love you guys,
06/18/2012 | jane
Neat photo of you in #4 Nancy. Blown away by numbers 3 and 5 and the other ones where you are soooooo close. How close to the boat were you? Diving in the Keys is going to be so tame for both of you. This photography of the whale sharks should definitely go in The Book, only toward the back!
06/18/2012 | Nancy
Hey Jane! Fernando wants to know if you would like to be editor of The Book? Love you!
New Photos in Food album
06/15/2012, 20 14.610'N:86 44.444'W

We went shopping in Cancun and had Yucatan cuisine. Don't know what kind of sauasge it was but we loved it.

06/15/2012 | jane
looks like Yucatan sausage to me! Looks good! Nancy, you ARE compiling a cookbook are you not?
06/15/2012 | It's me!
Jane - I've actually picked up a magazine with a bunch of recipes in it. The food is tremendous here. Hopefully we can replicate some of it.
06/16/2012 | jane
Great! Food that looks like ours (yams, rice, vegies) could be very interesting. Will you be manning (ahem 0 WOmaning the Buffet Table?
06/16/2012 | Melody
been following your journey, not saying much. cool to see Tulum from the water. we rehearsed at my house today , Rick, Justin, David and Karen is joining us. thought of you. much love to you both.
06/16/2012 | vicki
it's longaniza de valladolid, smoked sausage very delicious, served with sour orange, tortillas and beans. how'd it go with Rube Nance???? miss you guys

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