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21 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
20 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
19 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
18 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
17 August 2019 | Fairmont, West Virginia
16 August 2019 | Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
15 August 2019 | Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
14 August 2019 | Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
14 August 2019 | Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
12 August 2019 | Markham, Ontario, Canada
12 August 2019 | Kincardine, Ontario, Canada
11 August 2019 | London, Ontario, Canada
09 August 2019 | London, Ontario
08 August 2019 | Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
07 August 2019 | Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
06 August 2019 | Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
05 August 2019 | Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
04 August 2019 | Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
04 August 2019 | Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
02 August 2019 | Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Jax Beach -08/21/19

21 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
Helen
Woke up around 8. Decided to take an early walk, before the humidity kicked in. Not sure we started early enough. We walked around the marina and it was pretty hot and sweaty. We did notice the 44 foot Fountaine Pajot sailboat in the marina. It is the same maker as our cat, but much bigger. We did a big circle around and headed back. Had breakfast and showered. Mark worked on the letter for our healthcare, which hopefully proves that when we arrived in the US. We had lunch plans, but just as we were due to meet up, it got postponed until tomorrow. Mark wanted to have lunch at Chick-fil-A. Then we stopped for a couple of things at the Walmart Food Store and then headed back. We walked to the next building to visit our good friend, Doug. Thanks, Doug, for a wonderful time together. We loved the view from the top floor! So beautiful! Thanks, also, for the many emails and messages that you sent us while we away. We truly appreciated all of them! Robert suggested that we should take Chris' car for a ride. Mark was impressed that it started right up. We headed to Jacksonville Beach. We took a lovely walk on the beach, just off the Marriott hotel. There was a nice breeze, which made our walking more comfortable. Our high today was over 90 degrees. There were a few swimmers just off the beach. The waves were pretty small. The view was so beautiful. Headed back to the condo. We stopped at the car washing area and washed the car before putting it back in the garage. Started planning out our days needed to head north. We will remain in Jacksonville a few more days. We also have a few more get-togethers arranged before we leave. Enjoyed some leftovers for dinner. Then started a load of laundry. Thanks for the emails and messages. Enjoy your day!

Jacksonville Visiting - 08/20/19

20 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
Helen
Slept until 8 am. Got up and dressed and joined Jim for a long walk around his neighborhood. It was much more humid this morning. We were all sweating by the time we walked back. Had breakfast and showered. Packed things up and loaded the car. Jim and Deb were flying to Vegas this afternoon. We decided to move over to Robert & Chris' condo on the ICW. They are currently in Connecticut. We took all our suitcases and bags in as we need to go thru everything. Mark enjoyed a short rest after our light lunch. Then we drove over to our street and visited with a couple of the neighbors. It was so good to see everyone. The one thing about traveling the world was missing all our friends and family.
We then drove to Queens Harbour to visit our good friends, the Silvers. Enjoyed a short visit there. Then stopped and picked up a few groceries on the way back to the condo. Cooked dinner. I haven't done that in a very long time. Then we enjoyed a relaxing evening. Not sure we saw any rain today, but we did see some very dark clouds this afternoon. We will be in Jacksonville for a few more days. Then our plan is to start driving back to NY state for the Army vs Rice football game on 8/30. Thanks for all the emails and messages. Very happy to be back in Jacksonville!

Auto Tag - 08/19/19

19 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
Helen
Woke up around 8. We both slept well. Then showered and dressed. Jim, Mark and I headed out for a walk. There was a good breeze to keep us from sweating this morning. Temperatures reached upper 80's today. Enjoyed breakfast before driving to the DMV to get our license tag for our new Jeep. Thankfully, Jim, made us an appointment, so we didn't wait very long at all. There were several others complaining about their long wait. I didn't think there were that many people waiting. We had an excellent person to work with. It took about half an hour to process our request. We also paid for the TR6 tag which was owing. John also noticed that Mark's license did not have the star beside the number which means that Mark will have to update it when it get back to Jax. We made a stop at Walmart for a few things. Then we met Jim & Deb at the Outback restaurant for lunch. I noticed some pictures on the wall that reminded me of our drive thru the Australian Outback. Lunch was very good.
Mark and Jim installed the new tag on the Jeep. Then we headed to our storage units in separate areas. Mark remembered the pass codes. He also took some Home Defense to spray inside both units. No sign of bugs, which was excellent. In-between, we took a short drive to our house. Everything looked great. There wasn't anyone around. It was bittersweet to see our home after being away for so long. Our renters will be moving out at the end of this month. The clouds were darkening in the sky and it looked like it would rain at any time. It started raining by the time we got back to Jim & Deb's street. We stopped at Publix and Mark was able to find his Digestive Advantage. Picked up a few groceries, plus an umbrella. Enjoyed some down time. Watched some tv, catching up on several Below Deck episodes. Helped Deb make some delicious pizzas for dinner. Wrapping up our first day back in Jacksonville. We will only be here for a few days, before driving back up to New York state. Thanks for your emails and messages. Enjoy your day!

Back in Jax - 08/18/19

18 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
Helen
Our alarm woke us up around 6:30 am. We got up and showered and dressed. Then headed to the lobby for breakfast. Mark made some waffles which he didn't care for. He changed to a toasted bagel. I had eggs and a toasted bagel. Then we packed up our bags and headed to the car. Mark drove most of the way today. We stopped a number of times so we could stretch our legs, pick up a coffee, fuel stops as well as meal stops. Most of our weather was sunny and hot, but we had a few times with showers. Thankfully, it didn't last long. The traffic was steady for a Sunday. It was backed up a long way around Charlotte. There were a couple of other places with accidents. This added to our long day on the road. Mark connected my phone to the car's system and paired the devices using Bluetooth. We were able to listen to some YouTube channels which passed the time more quickly. We kept seeing signs for Deer Crossing areas. We were surprised to actually see a large deer running on the side of the hiway as it headed up the hill in West Virginia. We drove south thru North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and finally, Florida. We arrived in Jacksonville around 8 pm. Took Hiway 295 around to the Dames Point Bridge where we could see our house across Mill Cove. It was raining lightly and already getting dark. I was really missing my house at this point. We drove over to Mark's brother's home. It was so good to see Jim & Deb. It feels like we have been away forever. Enjoyed our visit with them. We were exhausted from the drive. Thanks for the many emails, messages and phone calls. It is good to be back in Jacksonville!

Back in the USA - 08/17/19

17 August 2019 | Fairmont, West Virginia
Helen
Woke up early and it was pouring rain. Decided to sleep a bit longer. We showered and got dressed. Finished packing our things. Enjoyed breakfast with Jacquie. Mark did a check on our vehicle, including the tires. Then we said our good-byes to Jacquie as we left just around 10:15. Picked up our cousin, Andrew, who lives close to the Dixie Mall. Then headed to the Pickle Barrel at Sherway Gardens for an early lunch. Joe & Sue joined us. As did my sister Fran. Another cousin, Steven, joined us later. It was great to see everyone. Thanks for joining us on our last day in Canada. We left the restaurant around 1pm. The QEW was grid locked in places Everyone would speed up and then slam on their brakes. We seemed to crawl along as it took us 2 ½ hours to drive to the Peace Bridge at Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, NY. We stopped, briefly, at the Duty Free shop. It took us another hour to cross the bridge as it was solid traffic. We had the advantage of two lanes. At some point they opened more lanes which helped. We finally got to the wicket. Due to our temporary license tag, the customs agent wrote down our VIN number and checked to see if it was legal. No issues found. We were cleared in. I asked him why the flags were all at half mast and he said it was in honor of some judge who just passed away. We were not charged a toll fee to cross the bridge. I don't remember not paying in the past. We continued our drive to I90 and headed west to Erie, Pennsylvania. It cost us $3.15 for our drive on the NY Thruway. Then we headed south on Hiway 79. Mark was ready to stop around 8pm, but I said we should go a bit further. We stopped for fuel along the way. I was checking on hotels for tonight, down the way. I drove for an hour while Mark selected a hotel. We ended up at Fairmont, West Virginia. I was surprised at the steady traffic along the way. Maybe it was due to it being a summer weekend. We ended up stopping at a Microtel. It was quite the tiring day for us. Tomorrow's drive will be even longer, but we will be back in our hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Thanks for your emails and messages. Enjoy the rest of this weekend.

Goodyear Lunch - 08/16/19

16 August 2019 | Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Helen
Slept thru until after 8 am. Got up and dressed. Had breakfast. Then Jacquie, Mark and I took a walk around the neighborhood. The sun was shining and warm. I really didn't need to wear a sweater. The temperature reached 25C today. I thought it was supposed to be cooler. We headed back and showered. Then got dressed for our planned lunch with our Goodyear friends. We arrived around 11:30. Glen and Jacquie did a wonderful job organizing this get together. Thanks so much to Glen, Jack, Jean, Vince, Margaret, Terry and Jacquie for attending our lovely lunch at Symposium. We had such a great time. Mark picked out some pictures from our sailing adventure and we had a captive audience as we both chatted about our some of our key stops. It was almost 3 pm when we left. Stopped at Longos for a few groceries. Enjoyed some down time. Mark was researching our route for tomorrow and Sunday. We have one last Canadian get together for lunch tomorrow. Helped Jacquie prep for dinner. It was turned out very delicious. We have dessert heating in the oven. Watching some of the Toronto Blue Jays game against Seattle. At least they have a commanding lead. It's really hard to believe that our time in Canada is coming to an end. We are planning to get our Florida License plate and then drive back to West Point, New York, for a Rice football game. Thanks for all your emails and messages. Love hearing from you.
Vessel Name: Charabia
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot / Athena
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, FL
Crew: Mark &Helen
About:
We are both computer folks that were live aboard cruisers back in the 90s. We settled in Jacksonville Florida after escaping the great white north and cruising the Bahamas, T&C, DR and points south down to Trinidad. [...]
Extra: Charabia is a French slang word for nonsense or gibberish. It derives from Arabic "sharab" which means alcohol.When you drink (too much) alcohol, you start talking Charabia. The original owners named her and Mark liked the name so it stuck.
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Charabia on the hard at Fort George for a prop change that did not happen due to the no-see-ums that drove us back inside the boat
Charabia on the hard at Fort George for a prop change that did not happen due to the no-see-ums that drove us back inside the boat
Added 31 March 2015