Vessel Name: Mandolin
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield
Hailing Port: Rock Creek, MD
Crew: Tod and Anne Herrick
About: Retired from human service occupations now living a human exisistance!
08 April 2018 | Florida Keys
28 February 2018 | Boot Key Harbor, Marathon
15 February 2018 | Lower Keys
14 February 2018 | Off Boynton Beach
13 February 2018 | West Palm Beach
11 February 2018 | Vero Beach
06 February 2018 | Vero Beach
31 January 2018 | Cocoa
31 January 2018 | Cocoa
27 January 2018 | Titusville
27 January 2018 | Daytona Beach
05 January 2018 | Daytona Beach
03 January 2018 | St. Augustine
01 January 2018 | St. Augustine
30 December 2017 | St. Augustine
28 December 2017 | St. Augustine
23 December 2017 | St. Augustine
22 December 2017 | St. Augustine
20 December 2017 | Amelia River
Recent Blog Posts
08 April 2018 | Florida Keys

Paradise, aka: the Florida Keys

It's been a really long time since I posted a blog. I know, I should be more disciplined! But I have made numerous Facebook entries. That counts, doesn't it? I prefer Facebook when I have a bunch of photos to post. I can only post one on this site. So any readers who are not on my friends list at Facebook, [...]

28 February 2018 | Boot Key Harbor, Marathon

Boot Key Harbor: A Pleasant Community on the Water

We have enjoyed our stay in Boot Key Harbor in Marathon. There is a nice community of boaters here. It's protected from winds during bad weather and the city makes it a welcoming place.

15 February 2018 | Lower Keys

Welcome to the Keys!

We left Lake Worth at 7:30a thinking we were only going to Fort Lauderdale. The admiral didn't like the waves and seas we had yesterday so she was reluctant to put in a long day again. I can't say I blame her. However, today's conditions were delightful! She put off the task of seeking a marina for the [...]

14 February 2018 | Off Boynton Beach

The Lazy Fisherman

We woke early and got underway from our pleasant Anchorage in Lake Worth around 7:30 to catch slack current in the inlet. It was a bit bumpy with the east winds but not terrible. Once out we set sail and motor sailed under full sail and mild winds for about 3 hours. Our original destination was Fort [...]

13 February 2018 | West Palm Beach

Moving south

After pulling ourselves away from Velcro Beach we traveled south along the waterway to Ft. Pierce. We had our friend aboard as extra crew as needed but more as pleasant company. We enjoyed Vero Beach and will likely be back. We had a good time walking to the beach and getting caught by the security guard [...]

11 February 2018 | Vero Beach

Shorts, sandals, and sunny skies

We have been enjoying our stay at "Velcro Beach" and understand why people have named it thus. Life is pleasant here and you have access to the town via the free bus. It's not a fast way to get around but it is convenient!

Is this Christmas Village or St. Augustine?

23 December 2017 | St. Augustine
Tod / sunny and warm
We departed Camache Cove yesterday about 11:30a without and dock drama. The winds were pushing us against the dock but we were able to back around into the wind to help spin us around with the help of a dock hand. Then out the channel and into the current which whisked us southward. It was a short 30 minutes to the Bridge of Lions but they don't open at 12:00 so we had to wait. Wouldn't you know, our mooring ball was south of the bridge! We were placed at the southern end of the mooring field! Sheesh!

While waiting for the bridge, we saw the boat belonging to this woman we worked the boat show with. Great, someone we knew! We arranged to meet for happy hour at a pizza place with live music, 2 for 1 drinks and $5 of pizza. The music was great as was the company. We decided to tag along as she met up with other cruisers she had met at Prohibition Kitchen and we listened to music and consumed more adult beverages. Then it was on to the Colonial Oak Music Park where this great southern rock band was playing. We had a great time and hope to meet up with the group again.

It was bit of a dinghy ride back to our boat but we found it in the dark and all was well.

The night passed quickly but the morning came with beautiful blue skies and a forecast of 78 degree temps. Shorts today!

Gabi and Levi are on their way down and we hope to see them tonight.

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