Merry Christmas

We would like to wish all of our family and friends a Joyous Christmas.

It is Christmas Eve Day and I am sitting in “Adventure” and getting her ready for the new year and all of our plans.  Tam has gone home to be with our family and I miss her very much.

She returns on January 2nd and we will be leaving for Washington DC for a couple of weeks.

I am sorry I have not been posting but will get back to it again.  A lot has happened and plans are on the move again..

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“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

We’re on the Go Again

We have left Daytona Beach, by car, for a trip for graduations and to visit our family and our friends.

We left Daytona Beach on Thursday April 23rd initially headed for Washington DC on the first leg of the journey.  We stopped at Myrtle Beach SC for the night of the 23rd then continued on to Washington DC on Friday morning.

We arrived at about 8PM Friday at Brandy and Dale’s house in Laurel MD just outside Washington DC.  It is great visiting with them here.  Many of you may recall that we stopped here as we sailed south in “Adventure”.  It is great getting back together with them and we will be staying here for a few days then going up to Hershey PA were they will be flying to to spend time with us before we all return to their home in Laurel, MD.

Saturday we spent time running errands in the morning then on Saturday night we all went to our nephew and his family Matt, Sheila, and Griffin, in Arlington, VA.  When we arrived at their home our nephew Joshua was there to greet us.

After our arrival we got to test out our fist bumping and high five’s abilities with Griffin, who is 19 months old. the and we had a tour of their new home and had an opportunity to try several different types of beers.  Then they prepared an awesome roast beef dinner with potatoes.  Because we have no oven in “Adventure” we don’t have much opportunity for a meal that requires baking. Sheila topped it off with a wonderful Cream Pie.  Something we don’t do for just the two of us it topped off the meal wonderfully.

That was fun and interesting.  Some great family time.  Thank you for the invite Matt, Sheila and Griffin.

 

“Living The Dream”

Steve & Tammy

I have to say I am remiss in posting to our blog

I am not sure whether it is writers block, a lack of subject matter or possibly to much to do around the boat.  Ok it might be I’ve just been lazy.  So I’m going to give the blog shot today and try to refine them in the future.

I have been taking photo’s where ever we go and have started formulating blogs on birds, trees, boat projects, and travel.  As a writer I prefer illustrating in pictures as much as possible.  Mostly because I’m not a very accomplished writer.  So please be patient with me and I will get back to the blog again.

A special note to our family and friends back in Minnesota.  Stop sending your weather our way!!!  Just because your jealous does not mean we wish to have you share it with us.  So until further notice KEEP THE COLD UP NORTH IN MINNESOTA where we know you’ll enjoy it.

So until Monday have a great weekend.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

Welcome to take a walk with us on Saturday morning in Daytona Beach

Each morning, after we get up Mat stops by with Buddy and invites us to take a walk with them.   I thought you might like to tag along on this Saturday and see the sights.  Sorry I couldn’t send the weather along.

As we walked along the Halifax River I realized there were other  early risers already out and active.   The first picture shows them in sweep meaning each person has two hands on one oar.  Sculling is when each person is rowing with two oars one in each hand.

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Sweep each person has two hands on one oar. They are being monitored by the chase boat.

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Sweep each rower has two hands on one oar. The “coxswain” is the person who sits in the boat and directs the rhythm of the rowing crew as well as steers the boat.

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Again they are using “Sweep”.

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This the International Speedway bridge that is the road that goes past the Daytona Beach Speedway.  It is a beautiful bridge with the supports all having Aquatic themes mosaic’s on them.  They also have the shell shape in intervals along the rail.  It makes for a pleasant walk in the park as it is on the northern edge of the park with beautiful palm trees throughout.  More of the park in a different blog.

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Tammy and Mat were with me that day enjoying the walk.

They are standing next to the Volusia County Library.  It’s nice having a library only 3 blocks from us.  We need to get our library cards but we have so much to do on the boat and lots of reading materiel in our e readers.

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There are also several walking bridges across the river that people can walk or bike across.

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The seagulls are lined up along the railing watching us.

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Then we arrive at the Farmers Market.  It’s the end of January and we are getting fresh picked fruit and vegetables.  that is so great we are there every week getting it fresh picked.  Most of it is grown right near Daytona Beach with the vendors hawking fresh grown locally to everyone.  It includes not only vegetables and fruit but booths with Homemade Honey, Peanuts, Shrimp, and all sorts of natural organic foods as well.

Thanks for joining us on our walk today.  What a beautiful place Daytona Beach.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

 

Manatee’s in Florida

Saturday Jan 17th 2015

We asked Matt and Rita about Manatee’s here in Florida and told them how we wanted to see them in the wild.  First they informed us that in a few months they will be coming into our marina and we will actually see them beside our boat.  But right now the water is not warm enough for them as the water temp has to be above 70 degrees for them to survive.

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Matt, Rita, and Buddy decided to take us to Blue Spring Park on the St John River.

It was unbelievable what we saw.  We started at the first pool with water so clear you could take pictures all the way to the bottom.  The following pictures are of the same pool.  It is spring fed with water at 72 degrees all year long.  The perfect temp for Manatee’s.

These springs are located in several places here in Florida.  As we were looking at them I do believe they are the foundation of the “Fountain of Youth” idea by Ponce De Leon.

But now for some pictures.  Tell me what you think of them!

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The water is about 8 to 12 feet deep through out the pool.  There are several babies.  They nurse by the mothers back flipper and they all go out to the river in a herd to eat river grass.  They have no predators except the props from motor boats.  They move to slowly to get out of the way of power boats.  Most places they limit the speed of boats to 6 knots to protect the manatee population.  They were endangered for a long time but the population is coming back.  There are over 200 Manatee in the blue Spring but it started out with only about 14 a few years back.  It is a very protected area.

Also located in the spring area are

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Alligators.

Many species of fish

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I am trying to identify this bird.  It was about 10 feet below me on the path.  I am trying to get some wildlife identity APS for the computer and IPad.  Any help you folks might have will be greatly appreciated.

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I could not believe all these Manatee’s here and how clear the water is.

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This is a Manatee by a depth stick. The Manatee is on the bottom and the depth stick measures the water at 8′ 3″ deep.

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They come to the top every 5 minutes or so and breath through these two nostrils then go back down.  The only thing that comes above the water are the 2 breathing holes.

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These are Manatee Baby Photo’s.  When they are full grown they weigh about 1300 pounds.

For more information this link is very helpful. http://www.savethemanatee.org/manfcts.htm

I will do some additional blogs about the Manatee in the future.  What an awesome creature.

More to do in Florida than Disney.

“Living The Dream”

    Tammy & Steve

 

 

 

 

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

 

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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Dennis & Nicole

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.

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George

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 with Tammy

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.

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Marjorie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Paul

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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

 

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.

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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.

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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