Sailing Ti Amo - Our Sixth Adventure

28 March 2021 | Dismal Swamp Canal
20 March 2021 | St Augustine Municipal Marina Mooring Field
16 March 2021 | Saint Augustine, Florida
13 March 2021 | Key West, FL
10 March 2021 | Garrison Bight Mooring Field, Key West, FL
05 March 2021 | Fleming Key, Key West, FL
25 February 2021 | Fleming Key,Key West, Fl
21 February 2021 | Big Marco River, Marco Island, FL
16 February 2021 | Fort Myers Beach, FL
13 February 2021 | Pelican Bay
09 February 2021 | Pelican Bay, Caya Costa, FL
06 February 2021 | Pine Island, FL
04 February 2021 | Glover Bight, Cape Coral, FL
30 January 2021 | Ft Myers Beach, Fl
28 January 2021 | Fort Myers Beach, FL
26 January 2021 | Fort Meyers, Fl
24 January 2021 | Marco Island, Fl
20 January 2021 | Big Marco River Anchorage, Marco Island, FL
17 January 2021 | Fleming Key, Key West, FL
14 January 2021 | Wisteria Anchorage, Key West

Getting home looks Dismal

28 March 2021 | Dismal Swamp Canal
glenda groome
With a three night passage on the Atlantic from Saint Augustine to Moorehead City, we brought Ti Amo into the Intra Coastal Waterway and anchored in Goose Creek off the Pamlico River. We knew we wanted to keep moving and the weather on the ocean was not sounding too favorable so we would continue our journey to the Alligator River and make our next decision.
It did not take long after hearing weather reports that we were not anxious to transverse the Currituck Sound with gale force winds. We elected rather than sit a day or two, we would travel the Dismal Swamp Canal.

Wow! What an adventure! Two locks and a couple of bridges, several feeder lakes and bumps under the keel. What's not to like? Oh I forgot to mention that you are driving through the overhanging trees as the canal is so narrow. When you hit one (as we did) it is like having our wonderful Urbanna osprey dropping sticks on your deck. Pick you poison. The lock and bridge tenders are phenomenal and I would love to sit down with one and talk about the history of this canal. It is only a little over twenty miles long, but it keeps you alert and on your toes as you watch your depth meter (or not).

We are in Virginia.....we already feel like we are home.
Vessel Name: Ti Amo
Vessel Make/Model: Caliber 47 LRC
Hailing Port: Topping, VA
Crew: Greg, Glenda and Jaxon Groome
Ti Amo's Photos - Bahamas
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Bucaneer Club: Katherine......full of stories and the food was out of this world.
Tippy
Tippy
Nothing like a Catchy Name: As Robin would say....."Dr. Fizzle" probably would not get much business
Amazing Tree - Spanish Wells: This tree was gorgeous and seemed full of character
Spanish Wells Church
Euleta Newbold: Giving Debi and I a tour
Home Construction: A fair amount of new construction was happening on Spanish Wells.  Houses are typically cement exteriors.
Euleta & Ross at Lunch
Lunch at Sandbar: Euleta, Ross, Debi, Carl, Greg and I having lunch on Russell Island
Sandbar: Nice restaurant on Russell Island
Family - Spanish Wells: Demetria and daughters and one little friend.
Spanish Wells
Spanish Wells
Spanish Wells - Shipyard Restaurant View: This was breathtaking
Sip Sip - Harbour Island: Another Farquhar recommendation and again.....spot on.  Great food and great fun.
Sand on Harbour Island: PINK
Dolphin: Enjoying entertaining us
Dolphin: Back in once more so we can sneak back up when you least expect it
Peek a Boo: "I am watching you"
Peace and Plenty: Great place for morning coffee or a lunch with a view of the harbor and free wifi
Goat Cay Beach: Just another breathtaking beach
Goat Cay - Pink Sand: This is for Margie......pink sand here and again at Sand Dollar Beach.....actually I am sure it is all over the place and I am just seeing it.
Goat Cay: George Town
Everywhere: Beach Access from our trip to the local  NAPA store....aka AID.......don
Goat Cay: Just another pretty view of the water from the beach
And they were "swinging": So different ..... "Splash" on the beach .....great food and fun
Shirley
Warderick Wells: Exploring the land masses around the park
Lady Muriel: Greg and nineteen as crew in the Staniel Cay races
Hues of Blues: Not much more to say but ....... Beautiful
Dinghy Dock : Dinghy dock at Staniel Cay
Ti Amo - Starboard Side: Right now.....at a distance she looks great.
Staniel Cay Yacht Club: A happening place
Staniel Cay - Big Majors: Looking out to the water from Staniel Cay
Piggy: This little piggy......
Three classes: A Mega....A Yacht....A Tender
Staniel Cay at night: We had two lovely dinners here.  You pre order your meal by 3
Norman
Jen atop Boo Boo: Jen and I climbed to the top of Boo Boo Hill
Escape Velocity: Driftwood atop Boo Boo Hill that sailors have personalized over the years.  This is from our dear friends Harry and Finola.
Catch of the day: They bring the fish in.....measure....weigh them and then start to filet them.  If you are lucky they are selling or giving it away.
Thank you: The "governor" of the area came to the cruisers dinner to thank us for supporting them in their Regatta at Staniel
Do I: "look fat from this angle?"
Momma: And her babies......they are cute but aggressive at times.....especially if you have bread or really ANY food
Norman
Nurse Sharks: Still a shark is a shark.....Jen will back me in that!  Lol
Our Panoramic Home - Bimini
The Promise: This was our morning sunrise as we were departing for the Bahamas.  The night before if you recall the heavens provided us a rainbow.  As I told one friend .....this was God conversing with me to let me know it would be all right!
The Promise - Part 2: I could look at that all day.  What a beauty across the blue waters!
Yes....a promise and an easy passage.  Thankful!
Bimini?: Just entering into the channel.....if we look real hard we can see the sea color change
The hint of Blue
Island Packet: We took this as it reminded us of some dear friends back home.
Guard duty: The little tiki bar has its
Starfish: Amazing as we docked we could see this creature sitting on the floor of the water.
Ernest Hemingway quote: He speaks of "Browns Dock" and that is where we have stayed here in Bimini.
Beach housing: While the area seems somewhat  depressed, there are some nicer areas near the resort right on the beach.
Appropriately Named: I should borrow this sign :)
Maybe we can buy an island?  Margie?
Beach - sand.....Love it
Blue against the dark green hull
Ti Amo, while salty......I think she looks good here.
Happy boaters!
Dinghy Lineup: At Warderick Wells
Little Farmers Five F Festival: Unloading the boats for the big regatta
At the Starting Line: Little Farmers Regatta Race with boats starting from an anchored start.  Pretty neat to watch
And they are off: Sails full and two or three man crews on most.
Holding On: I think that must be the most exciting place to be.
Tortoise & Hare?: Lacking the Hare but this guys was at Little Farmers Cay waiting for race day at the dinghy dock
Administrative Building: In George Town....brightly colored ....
Valentine
Rose
 
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The Crew

Who: Greg, Glenda and Jaxon Groome
Port: Topping, VA