Sunday, June 12, 2016

Re-living memories…today…

Karen was organizing photos today and came across some old sailing pictures from 10 years ago.

Lauren Eric SBoat
Lauren and Eric, Spring 2006

Lauren Elaine SBoat
Lauren and Elaine, Fall 2006

Karen and Flip, Spring 2007

Karen took this video on September 1, 2007 from Argonauta, our previous sailboat.  We were about 14 miles off of the coast of Virginia Beach (no land in sight), when this nut hatch lands on our boat and decides to take the helm for a while.  Actually, the auto-pilot was in control, but the bird thought he was.  He hung around for about 15 minutes, even letting us hold him.  Then he flew off, continuing his journey.

Bird Video_Moment

We are fortunate and thankful to have adventure in our lives.                                                                                                                                ~~Flip

Saturday, June 11, 2016

This morning, as I was walking toward the laundry, I saw a shell –  midway up, on the inside of this rusty utility fence, which encloses some utility stuff.  I zoomed in with my camera, which, luckily, I had around my neck. whatisthis

After realizing it had a crab inside, I immediately dropped my bag of dirty clothes in the middle of the sidewalk and walked all the way around the fenced-in area where I could get a closer look.  It ends up that his shell was as big as my hand.

fence hermit

When I became bored with the hermit crab, I re-traced my steps back to my bag of laundry and got that started.  About 30 minutes later, I noticed the crab was not on the fence anymore.  So, I went back around to where I had last seen him and spent about 10 minutes looking for him and his pretty shell.  This time, I found him at the bottom of the fence. Assuming he was trying to get out of the fenced area, I grabbed the bottom of the linked fence and pulled hard towards me.  That allowed just enough space for my other hand to reach in and pull the shell out into the free world.



After we said our good-byes, he left me and went on his merry way.byby



Some more to reflect upon:


old hull




Something else I saw this morning; the biggest iguana I’ve ever seen, casually walking through this NAPA auto care shop.






Sunday, June 5, 2016

I am obsessed with water reflections.

Sailboat Masts (this is not a reflection), but the next one is:
Sailboat Masts reflection

More cool reflections:


Did I mention that Flip and I moved?  Just to the marina/boat yard where I now work. For a quick review, here is a map showing where we live, in Marathon.  We are about an hour from Key West and 2 hours from Miami.  Flip is currently working on a job in Big Pine.


This map of Marathon shows where were we were docked at Marathon Marina.  Our newest dockage is at Marathon Boat Yard.



The view is not spectacular like it was right on the ocean, but the cost is half the price.  Notice that our boat is the one with the taller mast.  Also, notice that we are right beside LAND and no longer surrounded by water.


new slip


new slip2
My view under the dock right beside the boat

Yesterday, as I was looking outside my port window, my eyes caught a slight movement. This ugly creature, which, incidentally, is ACTUAL SIZE, was only inches from where I was looking out!!

ugly crabI have also seen a rat and 2 large iguanas chasing each other in a tree!  There is no photo to prove this, so you will just have to believe me.

This is someone’s pet dove.  He flies off of the boat, but always come back.

This boat is not in a marina – they are anchored in Boot Key Harbor, at the end of the channel  to our boat yard.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016


While I am working (mostly) indoors at Marathon Boat Yard Marine Center, Flip is working outside – building a house on Big Pine Key.

Yesterday, concrete was poured in between the many piers of this future home.  There is no proof, but Flip tells me that a Key deer ran across the slab right after they had finished the broom finish.


This lot borders 2 canals, leading out to Florida Bay.  Here is a short video that was taken on one of the canals: