Playing in Tampa Bay
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A Romantic Life
A Romantic Life
~ October, 2006 ~
What magic does the sea hold, to conjure up such powerful emotions in man? What of its power draws painters to put brush to canvas? What of its music lures lovers to its shores? What of its beauty entices ...
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Natural Energy
Natural Energy
~ November, 2006 ~
As children, we are free to soak up stories and fairy-tales, free to run, jump and play, free to puzzle over and pretend, free to imagine, dream and invent. But this chance to ...
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Stretching the Sails
Stretching the Sails
~ December, 2006 ~
We decided to put boat projects aside and stretch the sails! We invited some friends from our dock, Pete and Amy. They were familiar with the area and suggested we ...
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Here To Eternity
Here to Eternity
~ April, 2007 ~
While in Bradenton, we took many weekend trips out to Egmont Key, an uninhabited island that serves as a bird sanctuary located between the bay and the gulf. It was the perfect...
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Hangin' Out
Hanging Out
~ May, 2007 ~
When we work, we work hard, and when we play we play peacefully. With a set goal of being able to live comfortable at anchor by the end of the year, boat work could become all consuming. But we were careful to ...
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Summer Company
Summer Company
~ June, 2007 ~
We became free room and board for friends and family who wanted to get away from the north. That is as long as they were willing to sleep in a bunk bed, forego privacy, tolerate the motion and bring ...
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Beach Bums
Beach Bums
~ July, 2007 ~
It was time to shed a little more of our lingering, conventional mannerisms and learn the life of a beach bum. We sailed up to Clearwater Beach for a nine month stretch, and docked within walking distance of...
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Tropical Greenery
Tropical Greenery
~ August, 2007 ~
The greatest sacrifice I suffered by leaving life on land was giving up my leafy children. My garden was filled with fair weather friends, but the house plants were family. I’d potted them, trained them up from saplings, and their ...
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Conch Life
Whatever Happens in Key West...
~ September, 2007 ~
Like so many sailors before us, one island on the horizon that called to us was Key West. The Conch Republic is so full of culture, refinement and sophistication - Yeah right! If I may be allowed to...
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Sponging From The Sea
Sponging from the Sea
~ October, 2007 ~
Much of old Florida’s eccentric tourist attractions have faded away into pastel colored nostalgic memories, as the coast is continuously bulldozed for million dollar cookie-cutter condominiums with quaintly misleading names like...
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Becoming Sailors
Hank and Dottie Become Sailors
~ February, 2008 ~
Sailors thrive on overcoming the taunting obstacles the universe scatters in our paths, perhaps because we view them as fodder for some later entertaining conversation. I’ve been privy to so many wonderful ...
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The Highs and Lows of Life Afloat
The Highs and Lows of Life Afloat
~ March, 2008 ~
We have not chosen to follow a level path. Instead we’ve chosen to follow the guide of nature’s direction, who has provided us with a multitude of crests and valleys on which to journey. Like the waves beneath our boat...
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Nail Biting Nighttime Navigation
Nail Biting Nighttime Navigation
~ November, 2008 ~
Taking a sabbatical from work means funds are conserved like fresh water onboard. The cost of a trip North to visit family for Thanksgiving was not an option, but the cost of a sail for the holiday was negligible. Heck – hanging on ...
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Encounters with Fate
Encounters with Fate
~ December, 2008 ~
Sunday morning burst forth with a banshee wind screaming through the shrouds, abruptly bringing us to consciousness. We popped our heads out of the companion way to verify our position wasn’t changing, and as our eyes adjusted in the ...
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Under the Weather
Under the Weather
~ January, 2009 ~
It’s raining in the bathroom! I know we will get no sympathy about the cold from the folks up north, but what they’re overlooking is that when I say it’s 50 degrees today, I’m talking about the...
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Ooops
Ooops
~ January, 2009 ~
Don went diving today. This was not a pleasure dive. Colorful coral and tropical fish were not on the agenda. The water was a chilly 60 degrees and somewhere down there in the sand was a little ...
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Innocence and Laughter
Innocence and Laughter
~ January, 2009 ~
Tick, tick, tick – tap, tap – thweek, whurrr. “What is THAT?” This is a question often posed in the early morning hours, partly to confirm the noise is real, and partly to verify any concerns are not. Thus my ...
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Fully attuned to the patterns of the universe, the Re Metau voyaged hundreds of miles into the open ocean in sailing canoes.