Thursday, June 25, 2009

Family Time

Valerie/Bathing Beauty

As I posted earlier my little brother, Sam, and his wife, Paula, and kids, Nathan and Lindsey came to Key West for a short Vacation. Valerie showed up the next day to spend a week with us soooooo we were busy last week having fun with those we love.

We spent one day swimming at the marina, Boca Chica, where we keep Liberty Call. The kids practiced snorkeling so they would be ready the next day to go to the reef to see sharks and stingrays.

We ate a lot of meals downtown Key West, saw the chickens and enjoyed the sunset and street performers at Mallory Square. My sister-in-law was a little weary of spending to much time on Duval St. Did not want to educate the kids to early on some of Key West local know whata mean!

Anyway, I think a good time was had by all.

I loved spending time with Valerie. She is so special to me. We saw a movie at the Tropic, an old restored theater downtown, then we had a yummy vegan meal at The Cafe. In fact it was so yummy we talked the meat-luvin-captain into eating dinner there on Valerie's last night. He had tuna steak!

Enjoy the pictures.

Holland Family
Snorkeling the Reef Lindsey taking a snooz...something about sailing just puts you to sleep. Nathan at the helm. The captain is keeping a watchful eye on him. I think Nathan is interviewing for the First Mate job! Captain doing his Sea Hunt interpretation Captain/Dad and Valerie looking like navy seals. Valerie made us some vegan bloody mary's. Pretty Tasty
Captain and Valerie at the helm.

It was a great week! Everyone has gone home and I miss them all. Hope they come see us again. Now we are resting up for our friends, Howel and Jo, from Port A/San Antonio to come for a week visit. Mike and Donna are here as well as Tami and Thane and the Harts may be coming next week also. Port A party!!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Afternoon

It is a lazy Sunday afternoon here at the Boca Chica Marina. The Captain is scrubbing the bottom of the boat and...well I'm blogging.

This week will be a busy week, my little bro, Sam, and family are coming to Key West tomorrow and then on Tuesday my favorite and most beautiful daughter is coming for a visit also. So it looks like a week of beaching, swimming, snorkleing, and visiting the sites of Key West.

This is a picture of Valerie and Curtis. Curtis can not make this trip, his band, Theater Fire, will be on tour. Curtis stay safe and good luck err...break a leg.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Where Have I Been?

Well I see I have let time go by and I have neglected my blog. I have only one excuse, I am on Key West time and if you have ever been to Key West you will understand, if not...hmmm I guess you need to come on down!!!

The Captain and I took a road trip to Bremfield, Mass for a big flea market. A friend of ours sits up there and invited us to come up and see what was happening. What a blast it was, and shopper overload. So much to see.

We took Liberty Call over to the Dry Tartugas with Mike and Donna for some RR from our RR. We snorkled, explored the old fort and former prison. The only famous prisoner ever there was Dr. Mudd, the doctor who set John Wilkes Booth's leg after he shot Lincoln. The old saying...your name is mud comes from that time.


Pirate girl picture I found at the big flea...I got to take her home.

The one that got away was this cute little shelf shaped like a sailboat and painted red. Oh so cute. If I had a real kitchen I would have bought it in a heartbeat. Can't you just see it? Well I could!!

Flea Market shot, does not do the place justice.

The marina on Memorial Day. A few boats had their signal flags up...looked very patriotic.

Big Fluffy Cloud on Memorial Day

We flew our Signal Flags for the first time on Memorial Day

A dang big fish off the back of Liberty Call...see how clear the water is!

Approaching the Dry Tartugas

Mike, Donna and the Captain inside the fort at the Dry Tartugas

Liberty Call anchored at the Dry Tartugas

The Captain and First Mate at the Dry Tartugas...someone has been eating tooo much Key Lime Pie! The state pie of Florida, not sure if that is true but sounds right!

I never had my senior year yearbook until I found a copy on e-bay for a $1.99. Yeap thats me!!!

One afternoon the Captain and I were sitting outside when a group of old, salty Marines came by, they saw our Marine Corps flag flying,and invited the Captain to the bar for a drink and swap old stories. I got to go along because the Captain told them I was a former Marine also. What a hoot these guys were.

I took this picture because he was my favorite old guy, infact he was a corpsman in Korea with the Marines, and any good Marine knows corpsmen are their best friend and they are very brave.

These are a couple of starfish that we found outside our marina in the saltgrass. Donna dived in and got them. We took them back to the boat, but decided they were to lovely to keep, because they would die, we decided to take a picture and set them free. que...BORN FREE music.