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Florida

Cozumel

April finds us in Cozumel. We rented a little “villa” for the month, in a house of six units right on the water. We’re living large and spending a fraction of what it cost us to camp in the Florida Keys. Cozumel is a bit more expensive than areas of Mexico we cruised aboard Camille but the current exchange rate is working in our favor. Right in front of our villa is a great place to snorkel. We even brought our inflatable kayak along.   The deck is huge with incredible views perfect for sundowners. We have a full kitchen and since Mike’s parents are coming...
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Florida

After two months of collecting and processing data for new NOAA nautical charts off Panama City Beach we are finally traveling again. I flew out to Florida but Mike had some time and made the long drive from Seattle. He drove down to San Diego to drop off our Alaska gear (skis, down coats, etc) and picked up our kayak, and camping and snorkel gear before heading east. Our little mini van now has over 175,000 miles on it. We were surprised at how cold it had been in PCB and could not wait to head further south. Neither one of us had...
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US States Visited Summer 2011

Now that summer is almost over and we have no set plans for further travels I am taking stock of all the places we visited this summer. We really got around! Here is a map of all the states we visited together with the exception of Hawai’i, which is where Mike sailed to while I was in Mexico. We made a “circumnavigation” of the west and took a quick jaunt to Florida while working in Biloxi, Mississippi. Map made with http://www.visitedstatesmap.com/

Florida Charter – Day 16

We departed Sanibell Island with the rising  sun and sailed to Cayo Costa State Park for our last night aboard. What a beautiful place. We finally got to see a manatee! We celebrated our last night with the best margaritas this side of the border! The recipe is below and can be found on GalleySwap – our recipe sharing community. The next morning we pulled anchor early to get back to the Burnt Store Marina and return the boat. Grapefruity Margaritas 1 fresh squeezed grapefruit 2-3 fresh squeezed oranges 1-2 fresh squeezed limes 2/3 cup Grand Marnier 1 cup Good...
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Florida Charter – Day 15

We did the same drill as the morning before however this time we retraced our path to Big Marco Pass to get back to the Gulf. The wind was on the nose the whole day and we motored and then we motored some more and then motored some more after that. Thankfully the small diesel engine purrs softly and with the fifteen to twenty knot wind it is hard to tell that we are even moving. Is that still Naples off to the starboard?!? Well after some discussion among the top brass it was decided that Sanibell Island would be...
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