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Monday, March 9, 2009

ENDLESS MOTORING

THis section of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is incredibly beautiful with clear water and many spoil islands. These islands, now covered in plant growth, were built out of the dredged material when the ICW was dug out to a depth of 12 feet. In many places, this is no longer the case, as we found out, but nevertheless the scenery is picture book stuff and each island is a little paradise for peeps and birds alike..... Oh, to be a kid again and be able to explore each one and build little hideaways.....



Of course, some peeps bring their own little make-believe hideaways with them, picket fences included, and line them all up in a row along a beach and live out their dream. All of them with wheels on, TV antennas rigged and power connected. They all bring lots of fishing rods and boats to enjoy the beauty of it all. Double click on the photos and you'll see for yourself.



We have made it as far as VERO BEACH MUNICIPAL MARINA where we are rafted up three boats deep on a mooring buoy. A beautiful tranquil anchorage with great facilities. Even the bus into town doesn't have a set fare. It works on whatever you want to throw in the jar. Need to suggest that to the IRS or somebody. Here we will stay untill problems with SVEA's exhaust and air getting into the diesel fuel line have been taken care of. We are also going to put a wind-generator on SVEA's mizzen mast. This is in line with the new President's policy of energy self-sufficiency. Not sure if there is a rebate in the offing on this one and we won't wait for it, but it should allow SVEA to generate enough electricity to keep the battery bank charged as long as the wind blows.



Called AVIS, HERTZ, BUDGET, THRIFTY, ENTERPRISE, and one other for renting a car in the morning in order to pick up stuff and there is not a car to be had for the next five days. They wouldn't even put me on a waiting list. Going to try U-HAUL tomorrow to rent a truck. Now if all the trucks and vans have left town too, we have a much bigger problem than a recession...... we have an exodus.

4 comments:

tom white said...

Sorry to hear about the problems with Seva and the car rental. Though you are starting to sound more relaxed. Don't worry about the rebate check for the wind generator I will hold on to it for you. lol In fact I have it right here with me. Keep posting. Sir Tommy Lipton white

sir tommy said...

Sir Tommy said...
Hope for the vessels Seva and Arita are running thin with no respose from either vessel all may be lost. Or on abrighter note the rum may still be flowing and they are sleeping it off in some pub doorway. We can only hope. The search will continue. No s.o.s. has been transmitted. sir thomas lipton white.

sir tommy said...

March 13, FRIDAY have not heard from captain or crew in days. beginning to worry. Being onshore for extended lengths of time can prove to be dangerious. beware.Hope all is well.full stop
concerned Sir thomas

jhinton2 said...

Cap'n and crew--remember that you have good marine resources there on the south end of North Hutchinson Island, where we last met at Faye and Boo's open house. I have emailed contact info to you and they would love to help! Especially with transportation!!
Thinking of you--eager to hear from you. Judy and Pat (we came back from CO once again)