Sailing Along

“Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main; For many a stormy wind shall blow, ere Jack comes home again!” Godfrey Marks During the fourth consecutive sea day, the waves moderated a bit, still leaving a slight chop. Shortly before noon, the Coral crossed the equator. As a ‘shellback’, the crossing means far less than to a […]

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Adventure and Rum on the Bounding Main

“Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else – above all, a travel bureau – arrange everything before-hand?”     Richard Aldington   On Saturday morning, the Coral Princess headed due east, leaving […]

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Five Million

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.” Ellen DeGeneres Last year in mid December, after a Lois and Justin conspiracy culminated in a treadmill being rolled past my desk, I conceived a simple but cunning plan, worthy of […]

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Martinique

“Well now, if I ever live to be an old man, I’m gonna sail down to Martinique. I’m gonna buy me a sweat stained Bogart suit and an African parakeet.” Jimmy Buffett   The island of Martinique is an overseas area of France, part of the European Union, using the Euro as its currency with […]

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St Kitts and Nevis

“A promise must never be broken.” Alexander Hamilton   Invasion : an incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity; inundation; inrush; rush; flood; torrent; deluge; stream; avalanche; an unwelcome intrusion into another’s domain.   The smallest sovereign nation in the Western Hemisphere in both population, about […]

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On the Ocean

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” John Steinbeck The Coral Princess, launched in 2002, departed from Fort Lauderdale on Monday, heading south. With […]

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Back to the Mainland

“Good night, sleep tight, Don’t let the bedbugs bite Wake up bright In the morning light To do what’s right With all your might”.      Unknown On Friday night, the last supper in Marathon brought out more seafood, scallops and fish, along with grilled pineapple, salsa, deviled eggs, and anything else still lurking in […]

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Thanksgiving in the Keys

      An early Thanksgiving Day wake up call followed by a short drive to Duck Key, allowed us to participate in the Hawks Cay Resort 5K Turkey Trot Walk/Run. From the youngest Arnold, Elliot, age seven to the oldest, Earl age 66, nine Arnolds approached the starting line at nine in the morning. […]

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A Week in the Keys

“THERE’S TOO MANY THINGS I HAVEN’T DONE YET. THERE’S TOO MANY SUNSETS I HAVEN’T SEEN.” — SARA BAREILLES   After suffering through quality seafood deprivation for many months in Germany, Justin introduced Julia to an old, tasty acquaintance, a Red Snapper, from Catch of the Day in Miami, shortly after they arrived on Friday evening.  […]

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Southern Trek Continues

“Fear is just excitement in need of attitude adjustment.” Chinese Fortune Cookie Returning from the Dominican Republic, we spent a night at the Airport Marriott Gateway in Atlanta as the unseasonably cold weather covered the city. The multi day rain ended as we cleared customs. The hotel check-in merged with a special event in the […]

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