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Started day: mile marker 700 Ended day: mile marker 717 Once it was daylight (around 7:30am) we checked around the boat for the crab pot buoy. Last night when anchoring we had accidentally drifted across a crab pot. This can be a huge problem as the line can tangle around the propeller (or really anything under the boat). When we noticed this had happened we immediately put the motor into neutral but we decided not to try to move the boat because the current was swift…Continue Reading “Arriving in Florida – FINALLY”

Started day: mile marker 650 Ended day: mile marker 700 Beautiful sunrise and chilly weather welcomed us this morning. We were ready to get moving, these cold temperatures are a killer! This morning we were challenged with making it through a very shallow area called Little Mud and another shallow cut to Jekyll Island. Timing was critical and we tried to time things so that we left as tide moved to high tide. The thought is that if we do get stuck, we should get…Continue Reading “Making it through Little Mud”

Started day: mile marker 586 Ended day: mile marker 650 What a beautiful sunrise at our ICW anchorage! We did some yoga and headed out about 8:30am. The sun wasn’t present most of the day. It was overcast and VERY COLD. I stayed below some of the transit today due to the rain and wind. We crossed the St. Catherines Sound, Sapelo Sound, and Doboy sound – all of which were pretty choppy. We anchored at the entrance to the North River. It was again…Continue Reading “Isle of Hope to North River”

Started day: mile marker 563 Ended day: mile marker 586 The day was cold as usual but the sun was shinning. We had to wait until the tide was going to high tide to leave so we could exit the marina and broad creek without incident. We did a little yoga and ate a hearty breakfast so we were ready to go. We passed through several bridges but did not realize we had a bascule bridge on the path today. We seem to always just…Continue Reading “Leaving Shelter Cove…”

We drove Mom and Dad back to Florida, stayed for a few days, then headed back to Hilton Head. We had a chance to stop and see where Eve (my brother’s oldest daughter) lives in Gainesville. We had a quick bite to eat with her before classes. Once back in Hilton Head Stew and I re-evaluated our situation. Hilton Head is very far from my parents (6-8 hours depending on traffic) and it is mighty cold. It is hard to enjoy our bikes or the…Continue Reading “Last days in Hilton Head”

We left on January 4th (Monday) for Hilton Head, taking Mom and Dad with us. We set up an airbnb near Coligny Park Beach so they could stay the week and enjoy some of the things they used to do when they lived here. The trip went pretty well – we packed lunches and tried to stop very infrequently. When we arrived I felt we should clean everything before we unpacked and got settled. That was a little overwhelming after our long drive from Florida…Continue Reading “Mom and Dad visit Hilton Head”

We headed over to Lakeland to visit my brother Matthew’s family. He has 4 daughters: Eve (19 years old and lives in Gainesville where she goes to college), Kylie (12 years old), Kendall (11 years old), and Kenzie (8 years old). New years eve Alyssa was set to fly home. She was a little worried because the flight kept getting pushed and pushed. She was sure it would be cancelled. With some extra time on our hands we drove to Clearwater to check out the…Continue Reading “New Years Family Visits”

One of the fun things we did while Alyssa was with us was to visit Myakka River State Park. A few years ago Kim (my youngest daughter) and I did a “backpacking biking” trip and biked from Venice to Myakka and camped in the park. We had such a great time and found the park so exceptionally beautiful I thought it would be a nice day trip. Of course we did not count on all the other people in Florida thinking the same thing! The…Continue Reading “Exploring Myakka River State Park”

One of the reasons I decided to retire early was to spend more time with my parents. My father has Alzheimer’s dementia and my mother is his sole caregiver. We moved them in the spring and early summer (it took several months from start to finish with the pandemic) from their house in Sun City Hilton Head in South Carolina to Aston Gardens in Sun City Center Florida. Their new community provides more services such as meals, rides, day trips, cleaning etc. It is also…Continue Reading “Christmas in Florida”

After arriving Sunday evening we relaxed on board the boat and did a some walking around on the docks. Monday (Dec 21) we showered and headed to Hilton Head airport to rent a car. Preston, the dock hand at Shelter Cove, was nice enough to give us a ride. We needed to pick up my parents car that we left at Cooper River Marina in Charleston. On the way we would stop by Beaufort, SC and have lunch. We did not get to visit Beaufort…Continue Reading “Exploring Hilton Head”