We will be anchored at Loggerhead Marina in Stuart, FL for a few days to upgrade our 16-year-old trawler.
Luckily, Stuart is the home of
Kadey-Krogen Yachts, who support their owners in a way we never expected.
We wonder if we rubbed a brass lamp and a guy named
Bill Harris, popped out.
Bill manages to anticipate our needs and provide assistance at every turn.
Here's a special hat's off to you, Bill. Perhaps our friends who are now becoming
familiar with Kadey-Krogens will find their way to you.
Thanks for everything!
Freebirditude
June, 2012 #1
Anchored just north of Lake Worth to sit out a storm.
Another magical sky too beautiful for words.
Nested in Stuart. Full moon
eyeballing us from behind
the mast.
Biking home after dinner.
1 minutes later, I missed
kissing the pavement (or
biting the dust) by a twist of
fate. The car that would
have hit me wasn't happy.

Happy
to be
Alive
With a clear window to reach Boca Raton, we left Hollywood and are now waiting for another window to scoot
further up the coast. NEXT STOP - Stuart, FL, to upgrade our inverter and batteries. Sigh.
I dedicate this day as a pre-birthday wish to my friend Maria.
Tell Bill I found you a few southern homes in Las Olas to replace your lake home.
See how you can dock your runabout right at your side door? :) To a happy year!
RAIN
DELAY
May 31 - June 1, Hollywood, FL to Boca Raton, FL
June 1-3, Boca Raton to Lake Worth to Stuart
June 4-9 Stuart, FL - Home of Kadey Krogen Yachts
DELAY of GAME
(or cruise, as it were!)
According to UPS, our new
inverter hasn't transited since
Horsham, PA two days ago.
So we did what any cruiser
with bikes would do--we went
exploring. There is a decent
road with a small bridge to a
very cool downtown district in
Stuart. Sadly, that small bridge
is closed for maintenance.
Here is the bridge that we
would have had to cross to get
there. Not a chance on our
little fold-up bikes!
So we went the other way. Could have been
Anytowne, FL: Marshalls, Kohls, Target,
Publix. After a few miles of the same and
lunch, we treated ourselves to (me) a pedi,  
and Don, a haircut.
He was not pleased
with the results.  
Fingers crossed we'll
be out of here by
Sunday.
1. As lovely as the clouds were,
echoing the sunrise in Ft. Pierce,
the red sky predicted the
evening in Titusville.
2. Ridiculously excited about
our anchorage across from the
Vehicle Assembly Building. Do not
be fooled by the soft blue sky.
4. 100 ft of chain anchor line to
(hopefully) hold us, the boat
prepared, we were treated to the
most amazing light show.
3. About 7 pm, radar images promised a fun
evening. One storm moving SE, the other
moving NE. We wondered what
the convergence would be like!
June 9-11 Stuart to Ft. Pierce to Titusville to Palm Coast, FL
5. Below, a journey through the
MOSQUITO LAGOON  was our
first leg on the way to the Palm
Coast.  We thought we heard
fiddles in the background.


Stopped for two nights at Palm Coast
Marina, a "homey" place that caters to
liveaboards. (Take a close look at the photo!)
We visited with our dear friend Tammy's
parents, Dan and Pat Kladis.
Boat projects today led to secondary
projects (you know how that goes!) Thanks for
the plumbing expertise, Dan! But our greatest
challenge is deciding how we'll navigate
through the upcoming tides,
strong currents and skinny water in Georgia.
June 14-17From Palm Coast to St. Augustine to Fernandina Beach, FL
Caught a mooring ball in St. A and
came ashore to see the historical part
of town and the fort--Castillo de San
Marcos. Touristy shops but the fort is
amazing. And rumor has it the wine
bar above the San Sebastian Winery
is terrific. But did you know Florida
was ruled by this king from 1661 to
1664? We could be living in a
monarchy!
I find Pelicans magical. I never
have a camera and I think they
plan it that way. They love to
play "chicken,"  flying slowly
and gracefully straight at us
and then veering off. Or they
fly directly across our path
when they could have flown
over or behind us.  And then
there are shrimp boats.
Freebird finds them very
attractive.
It doesn't matter what challenge our elderly
trawler presents, Don fixes it. Or figures out
McGuyver is masquerading as Don LaNeve.
what's at issue. And he doesn't give up until
he does.I seriously lucked out.
We look forward to having dinner
tomorrow night with Peter and Jenny Smith,
the last of the previous owners of Freebird (formerly
known as Cup of Tea, Yonder, Sea Fox.)
Departing Fernandina Beach, we did a doubletake.
A 2nd fort, less charismatic or publicized than the
Castillo in St. A, but much more intriguing.
June 17-19 Fernandina Beach to Mud River, GA to Hilton Head, SC
Of course, dolphins are magical to everyone. Humbly, I would suggest that they have an affinity
Freebird. We see dozens of them every single day. In the large sound across from Hilton Head
where we are anchored tonight, pairs of them swam around Freebird--we could not find their
tell-tale fins elsewhere--just surrounding us. We see literally dozens of them at times. Many
times a day. Yet every time we hear the exhale of their breath as they surface, it's as if we've
never heard the goosbumping sound before.
But up the waterway a couple hours between two smoke spewing, stinky paper mills sits the
little town of Fernandina Beach. Love this place. Interesting shops and restaurants. The oldest
saloon in Florida. Fresh seafood to bring to the boat. And a place to wait out the 25-30 knot
winds.

LAKE WIND ADVISORY SUNNY, BUT WINDS ARE GUSTING 25 TO 30 MPH - SEEMS LIKE A GOOD DAY FOR GOOD MUSIC, HEAD MAINTENANCE (DON'T ASK),
UPDATE LOGS, DRINK, RELAX AND ROCK AND ROLL! (THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE SMELL OF A PAPER MILL NORTH OF YOU W/ WINDS OUT OF THE NE)
You've heard of Area 54 in Nevada. Somewhere in
GA, along the ICW is a quietly surprising Trident
Submarine base. Guard boats ensure you don't
venture too close.
Georgia may be known for glorious Southern
Hospitality, but it doesn't carry over to their
treatment of visitors on their ICW (Intracoastal
the outside so we ventured out to the Atlantic
Georgia may be known for glorious Southern
Hospitality, but it doesn't carry over to their
treatment of visitors on their ICW (Intracoastal
Waterway.)
Forecast promised seas 2-4 ft on
the outside so we ventured out to the Atlantic
to find 4-6 ft waves, turned around and
ran
aground on the pass by Jekyll Island. We
made headway but missed the high tide,
necessary to handle Mud River. The universe
rewarded us with an extraordinary sunset at a
quiet anchorage to wait it out. This morning,
we easily traversed the Mud River at high tide,
went out to 2-4 fot seas in the Atlantic and
nine hours later anchored outside Hilton Head.
Nearing St. Augustine, the Coast Guard and Border
Patrol kept watch as we passed under a bridge. I'm
guessing that Don taking their photos indicated
we weren't a threat.
Freebird docked along the
waterfront in Norfolk, VA.
GROUP HUG!