Day 9 – Safely back to the Florida Keys

Last night we stayed in Cat Cay Marina – very nice. We left there at 7am today and pulled into our anchorage at Rodriguez Key at about 7pm. The Gulf Stream crossing went very well with winds about 15 mph and moderate seas.
Tonight we’ll grill some burgers and enjoy one last night on the boat. We’ll also clean up and organize.
Tomorrow will be very busy unloading the boat and transferring gear to the RV. We’ll check in with U.S. Customs in Miami and then drive to Lake Panasoffkee, FL where we’ll stay for the night.
Looks like we made mariners out of everyone!

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Day 5 – A great day in the Bahamas

Wow, what a day! We started with bacon, eggs, and toast and it just got better and better. We helped our friends get set up for a picnic on the beach. At the picnic, we had Bahamian mac and cheese, chicken, ham, potato salad, pineapple, and much more. The kids snorkeled and swam off the beach, played frisbee, and otherwise had a great time. Mid-afternoon we sailed up to the north end of the island. The sail itself was magnificent. We anchored at The Three Sisters and snorkeled and spear fished. We sailed back to the harbor at dusk. Mr. Bob whipped up some baby back ribs, beans, and potato salad. Captain Dan diagnosed a problem with the fresh water pump pressure switch. All crew members are healthy and happy and ready for a great day tomorrow.

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Day 4 – Update from Bimini

Today was a relax and recover day. We started out with bacon and eggs thanks to Chef Bob Sayle at 3:30 am. I cleared us through customs and immigration. Some activities during the day: church, beach, snorkeling, explored a shipwreck, Bob was almost eaten by a shark – oh wait, it was actually a rock, C.J.’s Deli, naps, explored island via golf cart or scooter, dinner of salmon and green beans and rice, played on phones, exploring the bay via dinghy. Looks like everyone is up for a good night’s sleep.

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Day 3 – Arrived safely at Weech’s Dock

We survived the crossing to Bimini. Showers and wifi – what else does one need?

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Day 1 – Arrived in Tallahassee

Had a good drive east on I-10 to Lamont, FL, just east of Tallahassee. We pulled into a campground for the night at about 11:00. All is well.

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Day 2 – Made it to Key Largo

We made it to Key Largo and spent the night aboard Big Easy II.

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Upcoming Trip Spring 2017

Our next trip to the Bahamas will be over the Easter holidays – April 13-23, 2017. We’ll leave after school on Thursday April 13 and drive to Tallahassee. Friday will bring us to Key 51 PowercatLargo, and Saturday we’ll set sail for the Bahamas. We’ll return home on Sunday April 23. Now is the time to act if you would like to go – we have only one spot left on our crew. Contact Captain Dan right away if you would like to go!

During the spring trip, we do a lot of fishing, island-hopping, and reef diving. The dolphin sighting high month is in April, so we will probably see a lot of them. Be sure to check out the Galleries to see what the spring trip looks like!

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Safely Home – Day 17

13692447_10209709129870722_1996296797763299015_nWell, we made it! What a great trip!!

Our last overnight was at Dove Rest RV Park in Marianna, FL. It was perfect for an overnight stay – quiet, clean, uncrowded, and the staff were quite funny. We’ll definitely go there again.

We unpacked and cleaned the RV and, sadly, everyone went home. Bonnie literally went the extra mile to drive Hugh to New Orleans to see his friend there. There are lots of stories to tell and pictures to view, so check out the gallery of photos from our trip!


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Rainbow Springs – All is well? Ya mon! – Day 16

DSCF0940 DSCF0942Today, while traveling toward home, we visited Rainbow Springs State Park and ate at the 19/98 Grill. We are settled in for the night at a nice RV park in Marianna, FL called Dove Rest RV Park. We expect to return to Ocean Springs around noon tomorrow. All is well.

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Return to Port Largo and on the road again – Day 15

13775594_10209688870124241_7453710872654496226_nWe had a great night at anchor at Rodriguez Key just off Key Largo. This morning we organized our belongings and cleaned things up. At about 10:00 am, we motored the short distance to Port Largo canal, refueled the boat, and then returned her to her dock. Then we began the labor of off-loading our gear from the boat and loading onto the RV. We were definitely not excited to be going home! We all discussed the idea of just going right on back to the Bahamas!

Reason prevailed and we began the road trip home with several hours consumed going into Miami to clear customs. They seemed particularly inefficient and it was around 6:00 pm before we got onto the Florida Turnpike headed north.

We stopped at our favorite overnight campground at Lake Panasoffkee for a good night’s sleep.

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