One couple, one boat, one plan: to travel from Portland Oregon, through the Panama Canal, around the Yucatan, and through the Great Loop of the United States. With little experience, a commercial grade life raft and more than enough fuel to make it to scene of the crash they begin their journey. What's to come next no one knows but if we stay tuned we'll be sure to find out...
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
11/16/2010 CALADESI ISLAND STATE PARK MARINA
TUESDAY TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY:O NM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAN!
Image via WikipediaWe had a totally peaceful night in our isolated little hideaway, waking to the sun peeking over the trees and the green heron squawking to its mate.
After a few more chores around the boat we took off on the island’s 3 mile nature walk.The small area covered much in the way of diverse flora with everything from palms, to pines and oak trees.The fauna was lacking until a huge snake (at least 6 ft) slithered across our path.Woke me right up! Neil later told us it was a Coach Whip snake. As we veered off the nature trail towards the beach we spied a pond with Roseate Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets, Blue Herons and ducks. We ended our trek on the beach, watching the aggravated waves rushing in.
Our best wildlife sighting was the large tortoise lazily wandering at on the lawn at the office.We humans didn’t seem to alarm him at all as he munched on the grass and weeds.
THE RESIDENT TORTOISE
Dan made contact with Jim Gilmore today and, lucky for us, he is in St. Petersburg this week.We hope to meet him for dinner tomorrow, schedules and winds willing.
We are so happy that we made the journey across the Gulf when we did because the winds are now blowing strong.We are well protected back in our burrow but it would have been a wild ride on the big water today.
THE "LOOPERS" ON DOCK "D"
Cocktails were on Quest this evening and I had made Squivot’s yummy sausage cheese balls.They were a hit with all!Two boats left today and only one came in to join us.It is such a serene setting with the beach just a half mile walk and birds serenading (or yelling) all around us.