I would like to introduce some of our old friends to our new friends on this blog

What would make two people that sold everything, bought a boat and sailed to Florida willing to come back to “”””fffrrrriiiidddggggiiiddd””” Minnesota.  I hope you better understand after today’s log.

We traveled home and went to church and had the opportunity to visit with many of our dear friends back here in Mankato, Minnesota.  We talked and laughed and caught up on what they have been up to since we left on “Adventure”.

How fortunate we are to have so many old and new friends in our lives.  They are all so dear to us and we have been so blessed to have all of you in our lives.
This will be a 2 part blog.  The first is today however I need many more photo’s to do it justice and many better photos to show our friends with better photography.On our way from Duluth we met up with our friend Dennis from the VA and he introduced us to his friend Nicole.  It was wonderful seeing the smiles on both their faces


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George was a dear friend at the church that helped us with donuts on Sunday and Meals on Wednesday that we served at the church.













Tammy with Jo

Jo not only helped us through the tough times but looked in on my parents Ginny and Duane at the memory care unit at Cottagewood.  Thank you Jo for the caring person you are.  We love you dearly.


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Marge helped us through many of those Wednesday night dinners.

SusanSusan was always there to fill in when we were short of help.  She also made us cool Minnesota Timberwolf aprons, and a beautiful sailing embroidery. we love it.

















Marjorie was always one of the first to greet us on Sunday morning.





Paul is in charge of the Holy Grounds Program.  He serves coffee and breakfast to those after the Salvation Army closes in the morning.  Giving them a warm place, hot coffee and breakfast Monday through Saturday.  They also get access to the internet and any help that we can give them.  There are many who help him with this I just wish I could get all their pictures for the blog.













George, George Rago, and Mary serving coffee Sunday morning





George Rago has been one of those that have been so helpful on Sunday mornings getting the donuts and running for the donuts.


Jim and Bea were always in the break area when we would leave the early service. We were always so happy to see that they were there to start the morning.
















It was always a joy walking out of the first service and seeing Jim & Bea’s smiling faces.  What joy they brought us.















We hope our new friends have enjoyed meeting a few of our old friends and will want to meet more of them next week.  We will continue with more photos and stories next week.  On Friday you will be introduced to some of the family.

To all of you God Bless

      & Merry Christmas

“Living The Dream”

    Tammy & Steve


Jackie Robinson Field in Daytona Beach and Flea Markets

One of the things I was looking forward to, in Daytona Beach, was watching a little baseball this spring.

Across the street from our slip is a baseball field.  It is the Jackie Robinson baseball field.  It is were the Chicago Cubs have held their spring training for many years.  When I first arrived I thought how convenient that would be to just walk across the street to watch the Cubs in spring training.  Unfortunately I learned that, the Cubs had recently signed with a new stadium in North Carolina.

I am not sure who will be playing at the field yet but I hope that another team will sign up for spring training at the Jackie Robinson field so I can watch the pro spring training.  However I do look forward to the convenience of any baseball field that close to us.

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Jackie Robinson was such a great player so it is exciting being that close to his Jackie Robinsons field.

It is also handy that in the park behind the field, every Saturday, morning there is a farmers Market.  One of the great advantages to living in Florida is the year round access to fresh fruit and vegetables.  Then once a month they add a large Flea Market to the area.  Great availability in a great place.

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Lots of people and beautiful weather.  We are happy to be in Daytona Beach Florida, but we are happy to come home to see all our family and friends.

We are headed for Mankato on Saturday.

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“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve


I am adding this reblog (a blog someone else writes that you post on your blog) because I have enjoyed Stuarts stories and perhaps you might enjoy them as well and wish to see what Stuart wruites.

Author Archives: Stuart M. Perkins

Stay and Change It

A passenger on the bus this morning finished a phone call as he sat down beside me.

“Nope. All I got in my fraternity was hung over.” he said.

I remembered a hangover from my fraternity days, but that wasn’t all I got. I also got an excellent piece of advice.

I didn’t want to join a fraternity. The last thing I needed was to squeeze frat parties into a busy class schedule. However, a friend whose reverse idea was to squeeze classes into a busy party schedule somehow convinced me.

The next thing I knew, I was wearing a toga.

Prior to that were weeks of pledging. I’ve never enjoyed being told what to do, when, how often, and where – all while being criticized – and requests from the brothers were constant. Check in at the frat house, go on scavenger hunts, paint a room, make posters for a party, and so on. Daily requests were impromptu and numerous but my friend and I, along with five others, took them seriously. We had to, of course, in order to be accepted into the fraternity.

Oh, I made friends and had some great times as a pledge. It wasn’t all bad. The community projects and neighborhood clean-ups were no problem. Being blind-folded and told to eat the unidentified, cold, slimy contents of a bowl while wearing only my underwear, well, that wasn’t the finest evening. It was being constantly “on call”, though, that was the real nerve racker. We pledges never knew when to expect a note demanding we immediately report to the frat house. I began to have second thoughts about pledging.

Weeks wore on and I wore out. Keeping up with classes was never an issue, but I tired of dishwashing, running errands, wearing silly hats around campus, and being at the beck and call of a house full of guys who delighted in the drama they commanded. The other pledges were at times frantic to complete their latest assignments. The stress wasn’t worth it and I walked to the fraternity house one afternoon to tell them so. No more pledging for me.

Based on what I knew of him, I assumed the fraternity president would listen, probably laugh, and then tell me to go clean the basement. I was wrong.

He did listen. In fact, with several brothers in the house that afternoon, he took me onto the porch to talk privately. This guy, who for weeks I’d seen only in the role of Commander-in-Nonsense, partier and beer lover, was suddenly very serious as he asked me what was wrong.

I told him I had nothing against him or the brothers and it had been quite the experience, but weeks of daily nonsense requests didn’t seem worth it. I didn’t enjoy being bossed around, putting out “emergency” fires, and I had my classes to think about. I told him I quit pledging.

What he said next has stuck with me for over thirty years.

He listened to my whining then looked at me and said, “If you’re involved in something and you don’t like how it’s going, don’t leave it. Stay and change it.”

Wow, I thought. Suddenly my irritation over being “bossed around” seemed shallow and silly. What excellent words to give someone on the verge of quitting anything. I said ok then, I would maintain for a while and see how it went. As luck would have it, the next day we pledges learned that on the upcoming Saturday night there would be a secret ceremony and we would learn who had been accepted.

I was proud to hear my name called first that night.

Excellent advice had kept me on track. “If you’re involved in something and you don’t like how it’s going, don’t leave it. Stay and change it.”

No longer a pledge now, requests from the other brothers halted. I enjoyed my time in the fraternity, kept up with my school work, and even learned what it was I’d eaten from the bowl that night while wearing only underwear and a blindfold. I also kept in mind our fraternity president’s advice. I had stayed, now what could I change?

When the next batch of pledges signed on, the brothers’ shenanigans began again. I remembered all of the nonsense I’d gone through, how insane some of it seemed, and how I would have quit except for the wise words of advice I got on the porch that afternoon.

When the pledges were told to report to the house after class I proposed that they be given time for homework first. When the pledges were told to paint rooms in the fraternity house I proposed that we help to make it go faster. When the pledges were asked to participate in community clean ups I proposed that those of us with cars give them a ride.

And when the pledges were told to wear only their underwear, be blindfolded, and eat the cold, slimy contents of a bowl placed before them, well, I was happy to hand them the bowl.

If they didn’t like it, they could stay and change it.

Stuart M. Perkins

We left Daytona Beach and are in Minnesota now

Christmas at Home.  Family and friends these are the things that make the season.

We rented a car at the Daytona Airport on Saturday morning then left Daytona Beach at midnight to drive to Fort Lauderdale Airport for our flight to Minnesota.  We had to be at the Fort Lauderdale airport for a 7:15 flight and the drive to Fort Lauderdale is about 4 1/2 hours.  We always allow plenty of time to make sure we don’t get tied up somewhere and miss a flight.

Our friends Matt and Rita took us to the airport in Daytona to pick up the car.

We flew out of Fort Lauderdale at 7:15 AM and landed at the Denver Airport at 9:40 AM (Denver time) and had to be on the flight to Minneapolis at 9:35 AM.  When we got to the counter to leave for Minneapolis they were starting to board the reserve ticket customers and checked us in quickly but as they had several people in standby group they continued to load.  Then they combined with mechanical problems and deicing of the wings we were about 30 min behind schedule.   Soooooo we landed at the Minneapolis Airport at 1:45 PM.

We were greeted by our daughter Dawn, her husband Emmett, and grandson William.  It was great to see them and we were so happy to be back for the holidays to see everyone back here in Minnesota.

Dawn, Emmett, and William had the Christmas tree decorated and lights and decorations up.  Dawn had her nutcracker collection out as well.

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on Monday William and I went to the Hobbit marathon at the local theater.  We saw the first 2 in the series first then they had a special showing of latest movie The 5 Armies.  No hints though everyone needs to see it themselves.  We had a great time.

So today I woke up to this:

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I thought we left Minnesota to get away from this.  Well “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow”.  Not to much though we need to get around while we are here.

We are anxious to get around and see everyone.


“Living the Dream”

Steve & Tammy






Twilight Motel in Daytona Beach Christmas Decorations

The Holiday Season is upon us.  Every year, in Mankato MN where we lived we would go through Sibley Park and look at all the decorations.  People from all walks would help to decorate.  Many would decorate a Christmas Tree that they would sponsor.  Others gave of their time and helped to decorate the park.  I do not remember how many hours went into it nor the number of lights they had strung.  But it was always beautiful and we would drive through the park and enjoy them.  Many people would walk through to get the better view.

Before that we had neighborhoods that decorate the boulevards, Mary Lane in North Mankato and Broad Street in Mankato.  It was difficult for just a few people to keep up, so they faded away.  Now they have turned into community events.

I’m sorry but I was not of the hearty, enjoy the cold, type.  It seemed the temperature was down in the low teens and it was mighty cold.  Those brave souls that enjoyed that I tip my hat in respect to you.

We have however moved down to a warmer climate and were introduced to the fact that not only the northerners that enjoyed the cold and snow enjoy Christmas, Lights and Decorations.

Our friends Sarah and George took us to the Twilight Motel, to see their decorations.  As I listened to Sarah and many of the children there, with their oohs, aahs, and that’s pretty.  I realized that the spirit of Christmas is universal and lives in the hearts of all people, throughout the world and only needs to be awakened.

So put on some Christmas Music and listen to it while I present a photo rendition of the Twilight Motel Christmas.

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Wait there is more!

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I wanted to add this one for our grandson Cooper, who loves Tow Mater.

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The one with flash does not have the Christmas lighting but shows more accurately what we saw.

As Tam loves the penguins she was willing to pose with them.


Tam with the Penquins


I added this picture as I took it thinking of those workers back in Mankato at Sibley Park who manned the event and had to try and keep warm, with snowmobile suits, ski masks, and and long underwear.  Although they had a heater here I didn’t think it that essential here as we were only wearing sweatshirts and light jackets.


We leave for Minnesota on Sunday and will be home with family and friends for Christmas.

We will keep you updated through our travels over the next month.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve


Back at the Halifax Marna we attend the Christmas Party and watch the Boat Parade

When we brought “Adventure” back to the marina we were asked to attend the annual Christmas Party.  What a great time.  We got to go with those new friends, Rita and Mat, and Sarah and George.


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We had so much great food it was wonderful.  Plus we had a performer, Steve on the Steel Drums and he was great.


The next night the party was on our dock with an invite from Sarah to bring a dish to pass.  It was also the Christmas Boat Parade in Halifax.

So I will let the pictures do the talking now.

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There were over 30 boats that participated in the parade.  From small powerboats to large powerboats to sailboats.  A great deal of work must have gone into them.  The nice part was we didn’t even have to wear a jacket to watch.

As we will be traveling a lot over the next six weeks we will only be doing the blog twice a week.  I hope to post on Monday’s and Fridays.  If you want to know what’s up send us an Email.  We hope to see many of you over the next six weeks.


“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve






Getting “Adventure” back in shape a trip up on the hard


We arrived in Daytona Beach on Sunday then contracted a virus on, the computer,  Monday.  Then on Tuesday took “Adventure” to Seven Seas Marina to have her hauled out of the water and put up on the hard on Tuesday, for repairs.

We left at sun up on Tuesday morning so we could be at Seven Seas at 8AM.  We were down to just 1.8 knots with the vibration from the motor and prop.  We saw a few rowers on the river that early.

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Plus a few eagles out early.

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When we got there they were just opening up.  They needed us early so it would be high tide.  As we draw 6 feet they were concerned about us making it to the lift.  It worked out well and here are a few pictures from the lift.

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After we got her on jack stands we got a good look at the damage she had gone through.

The strut had failed completely and we realized the old hole had not been patched with epoxy but rather filled in with a rubber type putty.  The stress fractures in the old hole were apparent.  They were passable from outside inspection however not visible was the failed fracture.

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The bolts had sheared and failed then fallen out.  This was caused by the shaft bending and creating a vibration that broke them.  The bent shaft was caused by the line thrown into rthe prop by the boat “helping” us off the shoal 4 weeks earlier. The damage was not immediately visible.

When we took the strut off we realized they had not repaired the stress fracture from last year when they repaired the shaft.

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They did not repair the crack visible in these pictures.  They only put a metal plate over the top of it.

We removed the putty and injected epoxy into the crack then layered fiberglass over that, finally putting a smooth epoxy filling to flush out the hole.


A sheared bolt I pulled out from the top


Temporary bolts I put in to plug the holes until we could get it out of the water.


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Inside we removed the plate from the bottom added 1/2 inch of fiberglass cloth and epoxy then smoothed it out with another 1/4 inch of epoxy.  Making the patch almost 1 1/2 inches thick with the addition of another 1/4″ aluminum plate. IMG_5958 IMG_5959

After removing temporary bolts, plate, and removing all the 3M 5200 putty they had on top of the fiberglass.

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The finished aluminum plate bedded in 1/2 inch of epoxy.

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The propeller shaft needed to have a new bolt made for it.  Thanks Mat for taking me to Dave to manufacture it for us.

We also had to have the shaft straightened and repair the prop.  Badly worn and holding on with only a cotter pin.  Rebolted then aligned the motor was aligned with the shaft.  A lot of work but the end result is solid.

I spent time in the hole sanding and prepping the work so Tam caught me actually working.

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We need to acknowledge the friends we have met here that guided us, drove us, and were the keys to getting “Adventure” back into the water.

If it had not been for Mat and Rita driving us around and knowing people that could do the job at reasonable prices, plus guiding me through the bedding in epoxy and aligning the shaft the cost would have soared as we paid the marina to do those items.  A super special thanks to Mat and Rita.


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We humbly thank you for everything.

George and Sarah we originally met when we were here last year and they invited us back.




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Garth directed us to George last year and set off a chain reaction for us.












We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve



The Last Leg of the Journey to Daytona and our new home in Halifax Marina

On the last leg of our journey down the ICW we passed along many parks and forests that the boaters would pull there boats up to the shore and camp or picnic.  The birds were beautiful and shores sandy.

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We have seen many Bald Eagles through this trip.  They seem to be all along the ICW.

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Some people have different homes along the ICW.  Looked like an old tow boat that has been changed to a Liveaboard home that was tied up to a dock on the ICW.

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Others are up in the sky on stilts.  This one had an interesting appearance.

One of our first impressions when we arrived at the Halifax Marina and got parked just after dark was this boat decorated with lights for the Christmas boat parade.  You’ll see many more on parade night.


We felt at home but we had a battle ahead of us yet.  Adventure has a serious leak and we had to put her up on the hard.  (On jack stands)  If you remember our issue in Beauford, SC it has gotten worse and the bilge pump has been running almost constantly for the last 3 days.  Our temporary fix was temporary but we made it without sinking and have an appointment for Tuesday Dec 2nd in a DIY yard.  More about that in the next post.

Dreams Set Sail  Beach Quote Hand Painted Wood Sign by Creaschon, $32.00

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve


We  have arrived in Daytona Beach, Florida.  We are located at the Halifax Marina in Daytona Beach.

I will update the blog later today with our current information, to include photo’s and agenda.

We suffered a serious setback 2 days ago with the strut leaking very badly.  It kept us busy  keeping ourselves afloat and trying to get here.  We made it about 3:30 Sunday afternoon.  We made contact with our friends George and Sarah.   We have an appointment on Tuesday morning to have Adventure taken out of the water and we’ll get our first real look at the strut prop shaft and prop.  Then we’ll know to what extent the damage is and get an idea as to the costs.

The good news is we have put the last of the fuel into Adventure until we go someplace.  No plans to travel until July of 2015 though so that will be a savings.

Sorry this is so brief but we have to make some arrangements.

I will update later today.