A Day on the Bay with Tim and Annie

Five weeks have passed since we last had Beatitude out on the water. Yesterday, we were able to take her out again. We were so happy that Tim and Annie, our wonderful friends and neighbors on C-Dock, were able to join us yesterday.

Tim and Annie are kindred spirits. Earlier this year, they sold their home and belongings, packed their bags and moved from Texas to Florida, bought a lovely sailboat, and have been living aboard since. They are leaving next month for a circumnavigation. (I must confess that it takes all that is within me to contain my jealousy.) Seriously, we are very excited for them. Come February or so, they’ll be making their way across the Panama Canal on their way to the South Pacific. Hopefully, we’ll meet up with them in some tropical paradise someday.

A calm bay and the Sunshine Skyway

A calm bay and the Sunshine Skyway

Tim and Annie on the Starboard Bow

Tim and Annie on the Starboard Bow

Barry and Cindy on the Starboard Bow

Barry and Cindy on the Starboard Bow

Yesterday was a magnificent day. It was not, however, the most conducive day for sailing. The river and bay were glassy with about 2 knots of wind most of the day. The sails never had a chance to offer their canvas to the wind. Instead, we had a delightful day of motoring down the river and across the bay. We anchored at Egmont Key, dinghied ashore for a little while, and returned to Beatitude for a couple of games of Bananagrams and “Golf.” I took the Bananagrams title and Annie was the golf winner. Afterwards, we returned to the marina and enjoyed a nice dinner together before our day was abruptly brought to a halt by an attack of the “no-see-ums.”

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Egmont Key Lighthouse

Egmont Key Lighthouse

What you don't see is that I was mostly soaked due to a slip in the water pulling the dinghy ashore

What you don’t see is that I was mostly soaked due to a slip in the water pulling the dinghy ashore

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Today’s wildlife sightings included Dolphins, Rays, the usual Marine Birds, Jellyfish, and Gopher Tortoises. The jellyfish were everywhere around Beatitude as we anchored. I was hoping to jump into the refreshing bay waters, but thought differently when it became obvious I would be swimming with a smack of jellyfish. (Did you know that a group of jellyfish are called a “smack”?) It’s amazing what can be learned by reading this blog!

One of hundreds of Jellyfish

One of hundreds of Jellyfish

A dolphin surfaces by Beatitude

A dolphin surfaces by Beatitude

Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

Until next time…

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