Conclusion of Paul Baliker Studio

Today we are concluding our series on the works of Paul Baliker.  We have shown you his wood carvings, today we are ending with bronze works we seen in his studio.  This is another blog that will probably not have a lot of talking in, but more of the works speaking for themselves.  So, get a beverage, sit down & relax for a bit. Enjoy.


Woman meditating in the garden. Outside the studio


Little boy fishing.

When you first walk into the studio, there is a room off to the right.  In this room is all kinds of different bronze works.  The name on the different pieces was Joan Baliker.  We asked Paul who Joan was.  He replied, that’s my mom.  With out a doubt incredible talent runs in the family.  Here are more works by his mother.


A self portrait maybe?


Dolphin & swimmer


Girl with her dog


Mother Theresa


Woman blowing a horn


Woman & Child


Mother giving baby a bath


Mahatma Gandhi


The Dalai Lama






Lion’s head







The gambler




The Explorer



These are a couple more that Paul had in his studio that caught our eye.




We found this in his work shop, in progress.

We hope you have enjoyed the Paul Baliker series as much as we have had sharing it with you.  If you would ever happen to be in Paul’s area, we would highly recommend a stop to check out his works for yourself.  I know we will go back again another day in the future.



“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

The “Anne” an Oyster Boat Built in 1884

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I would like to introduce you to the Anne out of Mystic CT  She was built in 1884 in Smithtown, Long Island and was first built as an Oyster Boat to serve in Long Island Sound.



She pulled and docked down the dock from us for about 3 days.  The owners son Captain Geoffrey Jones brought her into Halifax Marina.

He is out of Mystic CT.


This is Captain Geoffrey in the wheelhouse of Anne.

Some of the old photo’s from the wheelhouse.

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Anne’s Wheelhouse.

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Some photo’s down below in the cabin

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Anne’s dinghy



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What a beautiful old boat Geoff has restored.


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 “Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve







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

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


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.


Again the temporary bolts.

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.


Mat & Rita

We humbly thank you for everything.

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




Mat standing and George seated


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



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



Bright Creek North Carolina to Mile Hammock NC

We were very excited on Wednesday a couple of great things occurred.  First the wind came up and matched our travel direction.  Frequently the wind be on our noses or non existent,  Those are motor only days.  It defeats the purpose of a sailboat.  It is a true joy to have the sails out and the wind blowing in our direction.  That was Wednesday.  We still partially motor but when the wind pushes us up to 7 plus knots it is awesome.  We convoyed with a fellow sailor that is cruising his boat down to Myrtle Beach NC.  His name is Curt and he is moving his boat to Myrtle Beach South Carolina, were he will pick it up in January after he and his wife retire.  It is a beautiful boat, an Island Packet 38.  We visited him and saw it, a very nice boat that he has put a great deal work into.  After they retire they are sailing it down to Daytona Beach.  It would be nice to hook up with him again when they get down there.


The sail is out and we are traveling at 7 knots. Happiness!


Curts boat, an Island Packet 38. A beautiful Boat.


Tam had to take a picture when the sun came out.


The sail was out almost all day. A wonderful ride.


The colored strings on the sail are so you can determine your trim. The bottom green one is stuck but both the top green and red ones are straight back. That means the sail is in trim and you have the best wind in your sail.




When Tam first saw the shore she thought it had snowed, but no those are white sand beaches.


There are a lot of pelicans here. They are so graceful they just glide across the top of the water. UNLESS they see a fish in which case they

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Dive into the water making a huge splash. I know it’s hard to see in these pictures but it is really wild the way they dive in.  The interesting part is they don’t miss the fish either.

We came up to a swing bridge.  Its really neat watching them swing open.  Sometimes they open just on the houur or 1/2 hour and that can slow us down quite a bit.  We timed this one just right though and got right through.


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At this point we felt it necessary to point out that there are certain names you do not “give a BOAT”  This happens to be one of them.


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Then you have the colorful house.


We have now reached far enough south to see “PALM TREES”  So, of course we had to post a few pictures of some of them.  You will probably be seeing more of them as we get farther south.

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We were up early and saw these fishing trawlers at work. They were gathering there nets in from the morning fishing.


Helicopter flying over us. Tam asked me what kind it was but I’m sorry it is to new for me.

We stopped at Mile Hammock,  It was located just outside Camp Lejeune North Carolina. This was the first time we dove below deck after throwing the anchor.  It was after dark and every mosquito still alive in the world was there waiting for us.  I actually felt sorry for the guys serving there.

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this brought to mind two musical groups.

Flock of Seagulls and when ever I see a pink house i always think of John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses”

“Living the Dream”

  Steve & Tammy 




Our visit with Dale & Brandy and Oktoberfest “A Special Post to our Dear Friends at Centenary United Methodist Church”

We have been visiting Dale & Brandy since the 19th of October.

They had Oktoberfest at Brandy’s church today and she invited us to go with her.  Well they asked us to help serve the breakfast and dinner at the church.  So Deja Vu strikes.


Tammy, Steve & Brandy in the serving line serving pulled pork, Cole slaw and potato chips.


The local Chik Fi let cow with Tammy & Steve


My brother Dale pitched in and helped as well


Dale & Tammy at the Bazaar



Brandy and the “Kitchen Manager” Theresa

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and a few pics of the Bazaar

OK so we are back to working in a church kitchen!

We loved it and more wonderful new friends.

Besides that it has been stocking up Adventure and getting the new anchor installed.

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We will be heading over to Beth’s in Radford, VA on Monday.  We are anxious to see her.



 “Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve