Studio of Paul Baliker~Inside look

As we continue inside of the studio of Paul Baliker, the amazement and incredible works great you as you walk through the door. When you first walk in it almost takes your breath away.  Inside his studio, Paul has more fabulous wood sculptures but he also has paintings and bronze works as well. Although you may n0t see everything inside his studio today, by the time we complete the Paul Baliker series, we will have shown you everything we have seen.  There is just so much to see, we could simply not do it justice with showing you bits & pieces.


A table with whales. A whale tail coming out of the table top


Osprey with a fish


How many birds can you name?

There is a pelican, great blue heron, cormorant, & an egret.  Did you notice me in the picture?  How Paul takes just a piece of drift wood and finds all of this beauty in it.



Fish under glass, table


Fish chair


Fish chair


How does he do that??!!


Dolphins and a turtle






He was working on this piece. Evolution?

Not many words today.  Baliker’s works leave a person almost speechless.  Steve & I asked Paul, how do you know what to make?  Paul kind of laughed and shook his head and said, after doing this for 35 years, I just see it in the wood.  All we can say is, it is truly incredible!!

If you are interested in checking out his studio on line, here is his info:



“Living The Dream”

Steve & Tammy

Mind Blowing Wood Carvings by Paul Baliker

We introduced you to Paul Baliker a couple of blogs ago.  We were so interested and excited by what we saw that on Saturday we traveled to Paul Balikers Studio on the Palm Coast, 40 miles north of Daytona Beach.

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We will start with his business card, for anyone interested in more information.  The web site is phone 386-446-0069.


His works run the range of single simple woodcarvings, (for those in Minnesota it does not incorporate bears chainsawed out of trees), to many intricate designs with many elements carved into a large single piece of work.  From wood carvings to bronze pieces.

We took many pictures and feel we need to do several blogs to truly do his work justice, so this will be one of multiple blogs on his works.

Starting at the entrance the size and scope of several of his works capture such imagination and creativity that we will begin by focusing on them today.


This piece greets everyone outside his gate.  Not only does he have the carving but he incorporates it into God’s creation and blends them together.

In this one he starts with the tree trunk and includes the roots.  How many carvings can you see incorporated into the sculptures.  We will give you several photo’s to look at.





Now take your time and look closely.  A hint Some are on the back of the sculpture.  We have several more defining photo’s next.  We thought of adding the others tomorrow but we will give you all the photo’s we have of this sculpture today.


see the fish?


Angle fish, seal, & squid


seal head & squid


fish, octopus tentacles & penguin


fish, turtle & sting ray


fish & octopus


fish, dolphin & octopus. the “tear” on the octopus is a tiny fish.


fish & penguin


fish & octopus


humpback whale & seal


Dolphin & fish




Fish, turtle, & sting ray


Fish & octopus


Dolphin & fish






Fish,otter, penguin, & Tammy

This is just one of his sculptures outside before you enter his studio. We will continue tomorrow.  Come along with us for another scavenger hunt.

“Living The Dream”

Steve & Tammy

Paddle Boards

Every morning around 11:00 a group of paddle boarders come paddling by our boat. We have taken pictures of them as different groups go by. Most students in the group are concentrating on the water & their board as well they should, but some will see the back of our boat, seeing we are from Minnesota and ask questions.  How long did it take to get here? Which way did you travel? We quickly answer their questions as they paddle by.  The other day as Eric the instructor and a group were going by, I thought we should check out that place, that would be a great blog. Sooo, we did!


Eric (without the life jacket on) the instructor, with a class


Eric with a young student

Different size & styles of boards they have available. Looking at them, I thought they’re too pretty to put in the water.

Thursday afternoon Steve & I went to Three Brothers Boards.  On our way, we saw their truck with another group out.IMG_7348IMG_7362 IMG_7364Inside the store are gorgeous boards and everything you would need for your paddle board needs.IMG_7368


Different size & styles of boards they have available. Looking at them, I thought they’re too pretty to put in the water.

We talked to Eric. He said these are the size of the board that you start out on. Eric said, anyone over 6yrs. and up can take classes.  The Three Brothers have quite a few different kinds of classes.  They offer Dolphin & Manatee Adventure Tours, Three Brothers SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Nature Tour and Three Brothers SUP Paddle Fit Tour and Class. (that’s an exercise class on a board on the water! I have a hard enough time in a gym!) There is also a skill limit to all classes, from beginner to advanced. Eric said a person can also serf with these boards.IMG_7377Paddle Boarding looks fun and something maybe sometime we will try. To take a class the boards are provided and the cost is $50.00.  If you are wondering, the boards at the store run about $1,249.00-$1,799.00. If you are interested in checking them out you can at

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“Living The Dream”

Steve & Tammy

Wood carvings around Daytona Beach

As we walked down Beach Street about 2-3 blocks from the marina there is an art gallery that has wood carving in the front windows. They are so cool! It’s amazing how the artist can take a chunk of wood and make something incredible out of it.  His name is Baliker. We found out that he has a studio/gallery in Flagler Beach.  We made a trip to his studio one Sunday afternoon, but being too late in the afternoon it was closing as we arrived. So we will have to have another field trip another weekend.


Elephant~ Art Gallery on Beach St


Dolphin~Art Gallery on Beach Street


Fish~Art Gallery on Beach Street


Pelican~Volusia County Public Library

On our first trip to the local library about 4 blocks from us, we walked in and saw this Pelican also carved by Baliker.

One Saturday Morning we went to breakfast with our friends Matt & Rita.  Walked into the restaurant and all around us was wonderful works by Baliker.

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Steve & I will take you along when we take our field trip. Until then we will keep looking for the wood carvings of Baliker!

“Living The Dream”

Steve & Tammy

Thank you Stuart

I just re-blogged from Stuart M Perkins.  When you get down on the blog just press the “View Original” button and it will provide the entire blog.

I have re-blogged from Stuart before.  I thank him for being able to put into words my feelings with a certain introspective.  This blog as I read it truly relates to Tam & my decision to cut the lines to everyday and sail away.  This story goes back a few years and to just a few days.  We have been fortunate to be living in this dream for over 5 months (with a month spent with family and friends).  As he spoke of the nature he has seen I would have to add many more to our list.  From the Dolphin families that we have had swimming around “Adventure” to the whale, and the many Bald Eagles, Egrets, and Pelicans, plus so many sunsets, sunrises.  So much of nature we have enjoyed and have enjoyed sharing with all of you.

But also are the friends we have met and shared those experiences with.  Oh what a joy it is.  I say “is” because it will continue as long as we are Living The Dream.

If you enjoyed Stuarts insightful commentary I would suggest looking at his blog and perhaps following it.  An Email from him is much more enjoyable than the sales pitches from all those adds that pummel our inbox.

Thank you again Stuart!

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“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve


New friends in Georgia

As we travel we have to introduce you to our new friends.  This is that time for our new friends in Georgia.

On Tuesday morning the 25th we were looking for a marina to get a pump out.  Not the coolest of things to have to worry about but a necessity.  So we also were looking for a marina that we could get a few groceries as well.   Unlike most of the other states Georgia is not lined with condo’s and marina for there length.

Tam went to Mark & Diane Doyle’s book to find somewhere.  We could only find a couple without going a long way out of our way.  But she did locate one at Delegal, GA.   As is our normal practice Tam called ahead to make sure of the facilities we were looking for.  She spoke with a gentleman named Billy.  He informed us that they did have the pump out but the grocery store was a 15 min drive by car from the marina so that would not be available we would do without.

We resolved to stop for the pump out anyway.  He had to give us special directions because it was a shallow approach and unless we came at high tide we would not make it in.

After we got there Billy said they had a car coming to pick us up to get our groceries.  After the pump out he said there was no charge for it.  Normally it is $5 to $10.  What awesome people there.  Lola was there with the truck to pick us up to take us to the grocery store.  What more could you ever expect from total strangers that opened the hospitality door to us.


Billy, Tammy, and myself at Delegal

I only regret that we didn’t get Lola into the picture.  A special thank you to Billy and Lola at Delegal, GA.  If ever you are in the area stop in to see our dear friends at Delegal.  If ever we are traveling back that way you can be sure we will stop again.  The best Marina on the ICW.

A few side notes yet.  We have seen some awesome wildlife in the last few days.  I don’t think a day has passed when we haven’t seen dolphins.  Our problem with them is we are to busy watching them to take any pictures.  Also you never know where they are coming up next.  The Bald Eagles have been everywhere.

We saw this tree from a distance and it took us awhile to realize it was full of Egrets.


Thanks again Billy, Lola, and everyone at Delegal, GA.

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“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve



A Day of issues Charleston SC Wildlife and issues

Start with the issues.  We ran into a low tide and couldn’t get through.  We had to wait 2 1/2 hours for the tide to rise so we could continues.  We had hoped to get a long way today but between waiting for the tide and waiting for a swing bridge to open for us we only got 40 miles.  Not good distance however we saw some awesome wildlife.

First while we were waiting for the tide Tam saw this bald eagle.  Very majestic.

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Then came the dolphins.  We actually saw several of them but finally got some pictures.

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Then when we anchored the boat we saw another bald eagle sitting on top of the mast of a boat next to us.  This was a young adult and he was up there preening himself.

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So an interesting wildlife day.

Then comes the bad news.  Yesterday while going through Charleston the boat started vibrating badly.  It happened while we were in gear.  The sump pump started running frequently.  We checked the drive train area and saw water coming from the place were the strut hand been repaired last year.

The issue was manageable with the sump operating so we motored down the ICW 2 miles,until we located an anchorage and threw the hook.  After we anchored I went below and checked the strut repair.  When I grabbed the 2 forward bolts they came out.  I believe they sheared from when we had issues with the line going through the prop the other day.  So now we had water shooting up 3 inches, like a fountain, out of those holes then running to the bilge.  The first good news was the sump pump was keeping up with the flow of water.  Well the other day when we went into Georgetown to get the new alternator belt we also picked up a couple of 3/8″ hex cap bolts.  I thought I would replace the alternator bolts as well.  However they did not fit so I set them aside.   Well yesterday they were over sized for the hole but they cross threaded and created a very tight fitting bolt.  I used both of them and the leak stopped.  The water stopped running and the sump pump did not go off all night long.  Some one was looking after us because what were the chances of buying just the right bolts the day before I needed them.   Thank you Lord.

We will test out the bolts and see if that they continue working and hopefully we will be able to find stainless steel ones and replace them with stainless.   For now we will continue our journey.  I wish we were close to Point Judith because Don could get us what we need.  Hi Don, Ann, and Tim.

Well we had better get going next blog will Saturday.

“Living The Dream”

   “Sometimes the Nightmare”

      Tammy & Steve



From There to Here A look back

We are looking at the final leg of our journey to the Florida Keys.

So we did some calculating and came up with some interesting statistics.

We left Minnesota on July 30th 2014 with a destination of the Florida Keys in our sites.  Thus far we have been on the road 109 days.  Most of them travel days but a couple of great stops to see family but a few down days for weather, but also some serious maintenance days.

We have traveled a total of 2981 miles.  For an average of 27.35 miles per day.  Doesn’t seem like a lot per day until you see that 2981 mile total.  Today we will pass 3000 miles.  How awesome is that in a boat that does 6 knots on the high end.

We have traveled through or by 15 states.

We have lived on Adventure for over 100 days.  Our only needs have been fuel, a grocery store every week or so and a laundromat every 2 weeks.  It is hard to realize how far we have come, how much we have seen, and how much we have done.  I realize now how much of an “Adventure” it has been and how we truly are Living The Dream.

Today I made 2 wrong turns and we had to backtrack but as usual we found our way.

Tam realized one of her dreams today when she saw her second pod of Dolphins swimming past us.

We had the sails up again for almost half of the day.  The wind was favorable and it gave us extra distance and speed.

Simple look back blog today.  We celebrate this opportunity and wish to share it with our family, friends, and new friends.  Thank you for joining us on this blog to travel “Adventure” with us.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve


Yesterday was the Convoy. Mile Hammock to Cape Fear North Carolina Dolphins were a plus.

A large group of sailors headed south joined up with us for awhile.  Mile Hammock had about 20 boats in it when we arrived on Wednesday night.  They were a group that was traveling the ICW together.  It was interesting seeing all the boats one of them was actually named “Adventure”  from Deltaville, VA.   But how can it be an Adventure when it’s a brand new boat?  Shouldn’t have any Adventures with that.  Nothing to go wrong or repair.  But anyway they joined up with us for a day.  The biggest issue was 2 bridges that we had to wait on.  One was a Basquel the other was a swing bridge.

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The line formed and I have no idea how many boats there were.  They rushed from the first bridge to the next so they could get ahead of everyone then they didn’t make it in time and had to wait for the same opening we had.  There were a lot of newer boats that cruise faster than Adventure so we were behind.  That’s OK we love our boat.


One of the boats had these Huskies on them with the life preservers.

When we got to the bridges there was a long line and we had to wait.  I actually threw the anchor out and when I swung around there they all were lined up.

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On top of his perch is a pelican.


As we mention wildlife it was a noteworthy day.  Tam and I saw a pod of dolphins swim past the boat yesterday.  They were right up and close and so great to watch.  We were so busy watching we didn’t get the camera.

These were a couple of sculptures that we saw as we were traveling. The one on the right is a bit creepy.

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Sails were out again yesterday.  That always makes it for more fun.  Not overly busy with new sights just a lot of traveling.

We miss all our family and friends.

Today turned into a catch up day and we stayed put while we worked on the fan belt and fixed the external microphone on the VHF radio.  So there will not be a post tomorrow but will catch you on Sunday.

Our inspirational quote of the week... "Dream higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean" #quote #landnsand

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve


Barnegat Bay NJ to Cape May NJ.

We were very concerned about our travels down the New Jersey shore.  It was the first open ocean cruising we have really done.  The New Jersey shore is about 100 miles long from Sandy Hook NJ to Cape May New Jersey.   Everyone had warned us to be careful when we made that transit.

The ICW (Inter coastal Waterway) is to shallow along New Jersey so it all must be done offshore.  We also learned that most of the ports that we could use were very shallow and poorly marked.  So we had to be cautious even to go into any bays along the coast.  We went aground in Barnegat Bay but thanks to some help we got off and anchored out.

We got up early Friday morning in an attempt to get all the rest of the way to Cape May in one day.  It was a long way about 65 NM and we were concerned about daylight running out.  One of the difficult things about this late in the season is we have gone from 15 hours of daylight down to about 12.  At 6 knots 3 hours of daylight translates into a lot less miles per day.

Those were our notes and thoughts about this transit.

The good news.  The weather was perfect both days of our ocean exposure.  The second day we traveled down the coast from Barnegat Bay to Cape May in perfect conditions.  We motored averaging 6.1 knots with calm seas and light winds of 5 knots.

About half way to Cape May we passed Atlantic City.


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Trump Tower

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The rest were the Atlantic City towers.

I realized that we were passing the Monopoly Yellow Group.  Along the shore in New Jersey is “Atlantic City”, Ventnor , and Marvin Gardens.  Well an interesting fact anyway.

This also presented a couple of new experiences for us as well.

I caught my first fish from Adventure at least that was not just bait.  They are Bluefish and are about 12 inches long.  They have to be quick as I was trolling behind Adventure at 6 knots.

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We had to catch 2 for supper last night.  We only caught what we felt we could eat.

When it came time to filleting them we realized that we only had a small cutting board.  Tam was thinking quick though.  She went below and took the bottom out of her Aldi’s bag and it worked perfectly.  So Emmett your real has now caught fish.

Our galley is a little small so Tam has to do everything.  But what a feast.


We only have a 2 burner stove so it was a bit challenging.

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So we had Bluefish, Asparagus, and Rice Pilaf.  Wow fit for a King and Queen.  You can be assured that the rod and reel will be coming out again.

While we were traveling I saw our first Dolphins surface about 150 feet from the boat.  What a thrill.  Tam didn’t catch site of them as they only surfaced once and very quickly went back down.  That’s okay as there will be many more opportunities.

So quite a list of accomplishments for open Ocean water.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve