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SkiptocontentHaveAnotherVoyageThevoyagesofHaveAnotherDay×CayoCosta,FLMay1,2019May1,2019LauraStein0CommentUncategorizedAsweheadedsouthfromVeniceontheICWonaSaturdaywewererocked,rolledandwakedbyalloftheboattraffic.Wetrynottotravelonweekendsbutafterwaitingsolongwehadtogowhentheweatherwasgood.Ourpoorlittledinghywentairborneafewtimeswiththehugewakes.WegotsettledanchoredbetweenUseppaIslandandCabbageKeyinthesameplaceweanchoredacoupleofyearsago.OurdraftistoodeeptogetintoPelicanBaysowewentwhereweknewwe’dbejustfine.Therewerequiteafewboatstherealreadybutplentyofspace.WetookthedinghyovertoCabbageKeytoexplore.Lasttimewewereherewejustatequicklyandgotbackouttotheboat.Wewantedtowalkaroundtheislandabitthistime.Wegotdockedandimmediatelymadefriendswiththegophertortoises.Therewerefiveofthem,namedaftertheTeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.Thegirlshadnocluewhothatwas.Thenwetookaquickhiketothetopoftheoldwatertowerandtookintheviewoftheislandsaround.I’mterrifiedofheightsandeventhisnotveryhighwatertowerwasenoughforme.Nextupwetookoneofthetrailsaroundtheislandtofindtheshelltree.Wespottedacouplemoretortoisesonthewayandstoppedtowatchthemforabit.Afterfindingtheshelltreeonoursecondlaparoundweheadedbacktothemainlawnandgotsomedrinksandcooledoffforaminute!WeheadedbacktotheboatforthenightwithplanstobeatCabbageKeyrightwhentherestaurantopenedthenextdayforlunch.Wegottherearound10:50AMandgotournameonthelist.Perfecttimingaswegottherejustbeforethetourboatfloodedin!Weorderedourveryoverpricedburgersandataquickearlylunchandthenheadedbacktotheboat.WeweresoexcitedtogofindtheTunnelofLoveandCayoCostabeach!LasttimewewereherewewentintoPelicanBayviadinghyandtooktheshuttletotheothersideoftheislandtothebeach.ThistimeIfoundTunnelofLoveonourchartssooffwewenttoexplore.Wearesolimitedbydepthinthebigboatthatwealllovejustzippingaroundandnotcaringwhathappenstothedinghy(forthemostpart).Wehitbottom?Ok.Wegetstuckinamangrove?Ok.It’skindofrelaxingtobeabletomotoraroundanddealwithwhatevercomesourwayinaninflatableboat.TheTunnelofLovewasgreat.Whataneatexperience.Wewereprettysurewemaynotmakeitthroughsomespots.Mollynavigatedalotofmangrovebranchesandweallplayedsomelimbowiththebranches.WehadtopushourselvesoffafewtimesbutwekeptfollowingthelittleGPSdotandfinallyfoundwherewecouldtieupandhopoutonland!Not50stepsawaythegrassesopenedintobreathtakingbeach.Andwehaditalmostalltoourselves.Itwassoamazingtobehereinsteadofwheretheshuttleletsoffwithallthepeople.Ican’tgetoverhowbeautifulitwas.Shellseverywhere.Shelljackpot.Wewalkedandwalkedandwalked.Shells.Crabs.Younameitwepickeditup.Shells!Ilovethistree–Lookhowthecloudsaredifferentnow!WechattedwithafewscatteredpeopleandthenwentbacktowherewecameintothebeachandletMaddyplayinthesandforabit.Shelovestoimagineandcreate.Shewasbusybuildingahorsejumpoutofshellsandsticks.Eventuallywewerehotanditwastimetoheadbackthroughthegrassestothedinghy(whichwasthankfullystillthere!).WalkbacktothedinghyWaterissoclear…andsofullofgrass!Bythetimewegotbacktotheboatwewerehotandthekidswerereadytojumprightin.Theyhadagreattimeswimmingoffthebackoftheboatandwerethrilledtodiscoveranadultfavorite….thelifevestdiaper.Theythoughttheyweresocleverwearingtheirvestupsidedownwithlegsthroughthearmholes.Littledidtheyknowthatadultshavebeendoingthatforages!BenandIenjoyedsittingoutbackandwatchingthemandjustrelaxing.ItwasSundayafternoonatthispointandalltheboattraffichadcalmed.Whatalovelywaytospendanevening!Venice,FLMay1,2019May1,2019LauraStein0CommentUncategorizedItwastimetosaygoodbyefornowtoGulfport.Itwasafantastic2.5monthsandreallyfeltlikehome.Onefinalsunriseoverthegorgeouspoolandafinalpictureofourslip.OurdinghywasinthewaterandneededtobehoistedsoIstayedonthedockwhileBenpulledtheboataroundtothet-headsoIcouldcatchlinesandtietheboatupthere.Lowandbeholdthedramaofmovingtheboatstartedrightthenandthere.Benwenttohoistthedinghyandthecranewouldn’tloweratall.Seemsthatwhileitsatstilldoingnothingthecablebounduponitself.Thefirstoptionwastostayput…butwehaddonethatforsolongalready.Iwasreallynotinterestedinthatoption.Secondwastotrytofixit.Bentackleditrightawaybuttonoavail.Itwouldn’tbudge.Thirdoptionwastotowthedinghy.Feelingsomewhatfrustratedanddiscouraged,Benhookedupourtowlineandoffwewent.HaveAnotherDayatSunriseItwasabeautifuldaytocrossTampaBayandthedinghydidjustfinebeingtowed.Onceacrossthebaywepulleduptoarestaurantdockandmetafueltruckthere.Itwasatoncheapertogetfuelthatway.Theguyjustdraggedthehosedownthedockandfueledusupandwewereonourway.SunshineBridge–itwasmydad’sfavoriteWetooktheICWtoVeniceandstoppedatamarinarightontheinlet.Notidealforacalmnightbutwewantedtoberightbythebeachandtheinletifwedecidedtorunoutsidethenextday.AssoonaswegottiedupandsettledthegirlsandIhitthebeach.ItwasawilddayontheGulf.Hugesurfandcrazywinds.Iwasonahuntforshark’steeth.Thisbeachisknownforthem.Isearchedandsearchedbutdidn’tfindasingleone.ThegirlstookturnsrunningandjumpingdownthesandridgeandthenMollygotrightinthewaves.Maddywasmoretentative.IaskedMollyhowstrongthecurrentwassincetheywerenotinlifevestsandIwasnotinthewaterwiththem.Toochillyforme.ThewaterwassupershallowexceptwhenawavecameinsoIheldmybreathandkeptacloseeyeonthem.Theyhadablastjumpingthewavesandwatchingthesurfers.Aftergettingbacktotheboatwetookthedinghyovertothislittleislandrightacrossfromthemarina.Mollywaschilledfromthewindandwatersowetookaquickwalkaroundandheadedbacktotheboatfordinner.ThenextmorningbeforeheadingoutIwalkedintotowntostopbythepostofficeandstumbleduponafabulousfarmer’smarket.DowntownVeniceisadorableandIwishedwehadadaytospendtherebutwehadoursitessetonCayoCostaandanchoringforacoupleofnightssoItookaquickwalkaroundtown,stockeduponlotsofgoodiesatthefarmer’smarketandwalkedbacktothemarinaluggingeverythingIbought.AfterenjoyingcroissantsandcinnamonrollswetookthedinghyonabriefrunoutintotheGulf.ItwassmoothandcalmbuthadbigswellssowedecidedtheICWwithallit’sweekendboatersthrowinghugewakeswaslikelybetterforthoseofuswhohateswells!WeuntiedlinesandheadeduptheICWtoCayoCosta.I’mgladwehadaquickstopoverinVeniceandlookforwardtospendingmoretimethereatsomepoint.Gulfport,FL–PartVIApril30,2019April30,2019LauraStein0CommentUncategorizedBenheadedtoChicagoattheendofFebruarytodealwithsomethingsthere.ThegirlsandIweredreadingthecoldsowespentanextraweekinFLbeforewehadtoflyhome.Itwasajampackedvisitspendingtimewithbothfamiliesandourgoodfriends.WesqueezedinacoupleofdinnerswithBen’sfamily,alastminuteroadtriptoDetroitforacoupleofnights,avisitwithmycousinandhiswifeandtheirpreciousnewbaby,anda70th/40thbirthdaypartyformyuncleandsister.BenandIevenmanagedtoseeaplaywehadticketsfor.Amazingtheticketsfellwhenwehappenedtobehome.Andthegirlsmadeittotheircookingclass.Maddy’sorthodontistappointmentwascanceledahalfhourbeforeshewasscheduledtobethereanditwasonthedayweflewoutsothatwastheonefrustratingpartofthetriphome.Phew!Itwastimetoheadbacktothewarmthandsunshine.WemadeitbacktotheboatmidMarchandstartedwatchingweathertomovesouth.ItwasfinallytimetoleaveGulfportandheaddowntoFt.Myers.OurfriendRonfromChicagocamedowntovisitandjoinusforthetraveldays.Asfatewouldhaveitthewinddidn’tcooperateandwedidn’tmoveabit.WhenthewindwasdecentinGulfport,itwasgoingtobekickedupfurthersouthbeforewewouldgettoFt.Myers.Wehadstopsplannedthatwedidn’twanttorushthroughsowedecidedtojustwaititoutuntilwehadastretchofgooddays.Butwefeltawfulthatwedidn’ttravelasplannedwithRon!Insteadwecontinuedtoenjoythepool,playedinthedinghyandattheislandandjustenjoyedhangingout.Firstupwastakingonthetaskofcleaningthedinghy.WehadtoleaveitinthewaterinGulfportandwithBengonefortwoweeksitdidn’tgetmovedatall.Andweforgottoliftthemotor….oops.Bigoops!Whenwegotbackwefounditcompletelycoveredinbarnaclesandmess.Itwouldhardlymove.Wemadeitouttotheislandwithlotsoftools,beacheditthereandwenttowork.Weallpitchedin,Roncomplainedalotabouthowwetoldhimtocomevisitandthenputhimtowork(allourevilplan,andyes,hewasmostlyjoking)andBendidthelion’sshareoftheworkwhenweallgottired.OncethedinghywascleanedenoughtoactuallymovewetookitandheadedtoJohn’sPass.WetiedupatJohnandGabi’smarinaandallwalkedovertothepierforlunch.Afterhavinglunchtherewepromisedthegirlswecouldheadouttothesandbarrightthere.JohnandGabijoinedusintheirdinghy.Wetossedouttheanchorandhoppedoutin2feetofwater.Wespenttheafternoonhangingout,playinginthewaterandvisitingwithotherboaters.Oncewewerefinishedtherewetookalongcruisebackwanderingthroughbackcanalsandunderlowbridgesjusttoseewhatwecouldsee.Sundaywasagorgeousday.Justbeautiful.WeweresofrustratednottobeatCayoCostaanchoredaswasplanned.Butweknewthatnightthewindswerekickingupandwewouldhavebeenmiserableatanchor.Isuggestedwetakethebigboatout!Wehadn’tmovedsincearrivingovertwomonthsprior.Andwithathirdsetofhandswefiguredwhynot.Wejustheadedoutforaboutanhourbutitwasgoodtobeonthewater.WeheadedtowardstheinletandgotoutontheGulfforabit.Itwasaquickcruisesowedidn’tspinthestabilizerandMaddywasunhappywhenfishingboatsstartedwhippingpastustossingusaroundsoweturnedaroundandheadedbackin.WhenRonarrivedhecasuallymentionedhis50thbirthdaywasTuesday!Saywhat?!?!?!Wemaybeneededabitoftimetoprepareforthatnews!Mollybakedhimsomescones(hesaidnocake),wegotcards,andhungtheHappyBirthdaybannerandlitcandlesandsangatbreakfast.Itwasarainy,cool,kindofcrummyweathermorning.Itclearedupatadandweheadedoutforanicedinnerthatevening.ItwastimeforRontoheadhomethenextmorningsincethewindwashowlingandwestillweren’tmoving.Ashewasleaving,Benspottedamomandbabymanateeintheharbor.WegavehugsandsaidourgoodbyesandthenthegirlsandIwatchedthemanateesforages.Wekeptwatchingtheweatherandmadeaplantofinallyheadsouthinaboutthreedays.Staytuned…wemightactuallymove!Gulfport,FL–PartVApril25,2019April25,2019LauraStein0CommentUncategorizedTimeforournextvisitors!Butfirst,IcompletelyforgotabouttheamazingeclipsewewitnessedbackinJanuary.So,alittleoutoforderbutwantedtomentionithere.BenandIstayedupandwaitedtoseeitaround11:30PM.Wepromisedthegirlswe’dgetthemup.Itwasincredible.Aroundmidnightwegotthemoutofbedandallwentoutsideinthecockpitoftheboat.Thecloudshadclearedandwehadaperfectview.MelissaonLivin’theDreamhadtextedandsaidtouseourbinocularsforabetterview.Theyhadatelescopeaswell.WesettledforBen’sgoodstabilizedbinoculars.Thissoundskindofridiculousbutthroughthebinocularsyoucouldseethesphericalshapeofthemoon.Weallknowthat’sthemoon’sshape,buttoactuallyseeitwasreallyreallyneat.Thegirlseachtookturnsaswell,wrappedinblanketsbutenjoyingtheview.Bentriedforawhiletotakeabetterpicturewithhisgoodcamerabutwesettledontheseasthebestwecouldget.Verycoolexperience.Backtoournextguests!MyfriendDebbieandhertwokids,Laurel(Molly’sage)andNate(Maddy’sage)weresupposedtoflydownonaWednesdaymorninginFebruary.ItwassnowinginChicagoandIwasupwatchingherflightstatus.Astheyarrivedattheairportthestatusflippedtocanceled.Theycouldn’tgetrebookeduntilSaturday!So,weanxiouslyawaitedSaturdayafternoon.Wehavealotofvisitorsandthegirlslovethemall,butit’salwaysspecialwhenkidstheiragecome!Theyarrivedandwegotswimsuitsonasquicklyaswecould(ourswereprobablyalreadyon)andheadedtothepoolforalatelunchandswim.Thenspenttherestofthedayjusthangingoutandrelaxing.Sundayweawoketocloudsandfogbutnorain.Justsortofgloomy.Wepiledintothedinghyandtookthemouttotheisland.Fogneverstoppedanyonefromplayinginthesand.Anotherboatshowedupwithkidsandapaddleboardandthekidsallplayedtogetherandtookturnsswimmingandpaddleboarding.Thisledustoheadbacktotheboatafterthefogburnedoffandgrabourpaddleboards.Thekidsdid2and2onthepaddleboardsswitchingupwhowasonwhichboardforthenextcoupleofhours.Theyhadsomuchfun.Laurelwinsthecontestformosttimesinthewater….althoughmanyofher“falls”wereselfinflicted.Theyallhadablast.WeheadedintotowntoO’Maddy’sfordinnerthatnight.Andwhocanresistabigchair?They’reeverywhereandrequireapicture.MondaywascoolinthemorningsoweheadedtothelibraryandthentheplaygroundforabitandthendroveovertoSt.PeteBeachwhenthesunwarmedusup.WetookawindywalkonthebeachtoseetheGulfandcollectsomeshells.Andseedolphins!!!Theywererightthereintheswimmingarea.Alwaysfuntowatch.Thekidsdidsomerockclimbingandposedforsomecutephotosandweheadedbackforanafternoonatthepool.Nooneevertiresofthepool.DebbieandIhadagreattimesittingpoolsideandvisitingwhilethekidstookturnsbetweenswimmingandpoolsidegiantJenga.Goodbyesarealwaystoughbutwearesothankfulthatpeoplewanttocomevisitusandmaketheeffort.Itmeansalot!RightafterDebbie,LaurelandNateleftfortheairportitstartedstorming.Itrainedtheentirerestofthedayandnight.Whenitfinallystoppedthenextdaywegotsomebeautifulpostrainpictures.WewereguestfreeforabitaswehadtoheadbacktoChicagoagain.SoIwillendwithacollageofsunsetandsunrisepicturesfromthisbeautifullocation.Theyjustneverevergetold.Gulfport,FL–PartIVApril24,2019April24,2019LauraStein0CommentUncategorizedInbetweenguestsandthequickChicagotripwehadacoupleofweeksonourowninGulfport.ThegirlsandIhavebeenworkingthroughalongMarineBiologyunit.Waybackatthebeginningoftheunitwestudiedallthevariouslevelsandpelagiczonesintheocean.Thegirlsbuilttheirowntidalpoolupontheflybridge.Theycollectedsomesandandbuiltatidepoolandthevariouslevelsoftheocean.Theydemonstratedwhathappenswhenthetidecomesinandgoesout.Andthenweletitbakeinthesunforafewdaysandwatchedhowmuchwaterevaporated!BenheadedtoMiamifortheboatshowduringourdowntime.Hehadabusyweekandmymomwassweetenoughtocomehangontheboatwithmeandthegirls!Wecaughtsomebeautifulsunsets,Icaughtsomebeautifulsunrises,andwecheckedoutthefabulousSt.PeteBeachCommunityPool.Thepoolatourmarinastillwasn’topenandthisonehadmushroomfountainsandwaterslides!Wehadalittleexcitement…oneofMaddy’snotevenweekoldbracketscameloosewhileatthepool.IfoundanamazingorthodontistinSt.Petersburgwhofixedherrightup.Iamsogratefultohavestumbleduponher.ShegotMaddyinimmediatelyandwassosweettoher.Wecontinuedtopassthedayswithschoolinthemornings,walks,bikerides,rollerbladingandswimmingintheafternoons.Itwasfuntohavegrandmastayingwithus.OnenightfordinnerwegottosharethefishJimcaughtthatday.Yum.ShealsospentValentine’sDaywithusandJimbroughtusalltreatstocelebrate!AfterBenwasbackwehadafewextradaysbeforeournextvisitorsarrived.TheirflightwascanceledbecauseofstupidwinterweatherinChicagosowehadafewextradaystokillbeforetheycouldgetrescheduled.WehadafundinnerontheboatwithGabiandJohn.Wereallyenjoyhavingfriendslocal.WeintroducedthemtoLittleBeers!It’sa“looper”drinkthatsomeonefirstgaveusinNiceville.GabiandJohnlikedthemasmuchaswedid.Countdownisonforournextvisitors:myfriendDebbieandherkids,LaurelandNate,fromChicago!Gulfport,FL–PartIIIApril15,2019April15,2019LauraStein0CommentUncategorizedTheafternoonwegotbacktotheboatfromCaptiva,Ben’sparentsarrived.Gulfportwasstillchillyanddidn’tfeelmuchlikeFLbuttherewasahugepolarvortexhappeninginChicagosoweallputonourthinpackabledowncoatsanddealtwiththestiffFLbreezeandonandoffrain.TheyarrivedonaMondayafternoonjustintimefortheTuesdayfarmer’smarketindowntownGulfport.Assoonasthegirlsfinishedupschoolworkweheadedovertothemarket.Stockeduponsomegoodies,atelunchatthecrepecartandthenheadedtotheplaygroundtoburnoffsomeenergysinceitwastoochillyforanyswimmingordinghyrides.Nevertoooldforapushontheswings!ThegirlshadjustfinisheduptheirCubaunitforschoolandwewereinterestedintakingadaytriptoYborCity.YborCityisaneighborhoodinTampawheremanyCubanssettledyearsago.DuringtheCubanRevolutionmanyCubansfledfirsttoKeyWestandthentoTampawhentheyrealizedKeyWeststilldidn’thavebasicnecessities.YborCityturnedintoameltingpotandbuiltanamazingcommunity.TheCubansbroughtcigarmakingtoYborCity.Ben’sparentsandthegirlsandIheadedthatwaytocheckitout.Weparkedinthehistorictownsquare.Thegirlslovedalltheroostersrunningaround.TheycommenteditfeltlikeKeyWest.FittingsincemanyoftheCubansettlersfirststartedinKeyWestbeforemovinghere.WetouredtheYborCityMuseumandlearnedallaboutthehistoryandcultureandwhateachsetofimmigrantsbroughttothetable.Themuseumissetina1932-erabakery.WestartedwithaninformationalvideoaboutthesettlingofYborCity.WelearnedthattheYborCityflagsrepresentthefirstsettlerstothearea–American,Spanish,CubanandItalian.Aftertouringthemuseumincludingthebakeryexhibitsandthecigarmakingexhibits,wewalkedaroundtownabit.Welovedtheoldstreetcarsthatarestillrunning.Andwespottedanumberoftheoldbuildingswelearnedaboutatthemuseum.WefoundtheSteinbuilding!TheJewishimmigrantsweremerchants–providingclothingmoreupscalegoodstoYborCitycitizens.Benwasabletomeetusafterfinishingworkfortheday.WedecidedonCubanfoodfordinner.Wehesitatedongoingtothetypicaltouristyplace,TheColumbiaRestaurant,butNikki’ssecondcousinwaswithusandassuredusitwastherightchoice.Wehadafantasticmeal!Therestaurantishuge,butwewereluckytobeseatedintheoriginaldiningroom.WehadincrediblygoodmojitosandreallygreatCubansandwiches.Toppeditalloffwithperfectflan.WelovedourlittlesidetripexploringYborCity!NextupwiththegrandparentswasheadingintodowntownSt.PetersburgandgoingtotheDaliMuseum.WewenttwoyearsagoandthegirlsstillremembertheselfguidedtourthatisledbyDali’smustache!SowediditagainandenjoyedanewexhibitwithMagritteandDali.Andthen….itwasfinallyWARM!ThegirlsandIhoppedinthedinghywithFredandheadedtotheisland.MollyandMadelynwereexcitedtoshowhimthetreehousesandplayinthesandwithhim.Itstayedwarmandwewereabletoinflatethepaddleboards.Wehadn’tusedtheminmonthsandthegirlshadsomuchfungettingbackoutonthem.IcaughtagorgeoussunrisethenextmorningandthenanxiouslyawaitedmycollegeroommateDeniseandherhusbandJohntoarrive.TheyhaveacondoinTampaandit’softensimplertogettogetherinFloridathanChicago!Wewantedtotakethemoutinthesunshineforabitsowewenttononeotherthentheislandyetagain.TheybroughttheiradorabledogChampwiththemsothegirlsplayedwithChampandwehadachancetovisitforabit.SundaywasSuperBowlSunday.Mymomjoinedusandwehadaminiwatchpartywithmymom,FredandNikkiandthefourofus.WemadelotsofgoodiesandMolly,NikkiandmymombakedaKeyLimePiefordessert.Mondaymorningbroughtanotherroundofgoodbyes.FredandNikkibegantheirdrivenorth.TuesdayMaddyandIflewtoChicagoandactuallyarrivedbyairjustbeforeFredandNikkiarrivedbycar.Wehadaquick28hoursontheground–icestorm,cold,andaminisetofbracesputonandwehightaileditbacktoFlorida!CapeCoral&Captiva,FLMarch28,2019March28,2019LauraStein0CommentUncategorizedWetookaquickdetourfromGulfportbycartoCapeCoral.WewereheadingtoLooperpaloozainFt.MyersandmymomandJimrentacondoeachyearinCapeCoral.Sowepackedupthecaranddrovedowntostaywiththemandrunbackandforthtotheconference.Itisabsurdhowfullourcarwasfor5quickdays(schoolwork,swimbag,snorkelgearhadtocome,luggage,etc).We’vebeencominghereforaslongasthey’vebeenrentingandthegirlsknowtheirwayaround.Theywereinthepoolasquicklyastheycouldgetchanged!ThenextmorningweallheadedtotheconferenceinFt.Myers.BenwasspeakingonmarineelectronicsandthefourofusdidaquickpresentationonthestoryofourLoop.Asusual,peoplehadquiteafewquestionsforthegirls!Welovehavingtheminvolvedandgettingcomfortablewithspeakingtoadults(andaroomfullofthematthat!).Afterthepresentationsitwasgreattowalkaroundthemarinaandcatchupwithsomanypeoplewehadn’tseeninawhile.WeranthegirlsbacktostaywithmymomanddrovebacktoenjoydinnerandtheeveningwithfellowLoopers.SunsetontheCaloosahatcheeRiverAftertheconferencewrappedupmymomandJimkeptthegirlsandBenandIheadedtoCaptivaIslandfortheweekend.Itwasgreattogetawayandhavealittleadulttimeasweareusedtobeingwiththekids24/7.Theweatherdidn’tcooperatetoowellhowever!Itwascold,dampandblustery!Butinbetweenrainwewereabletodartinandoutofthecarandwalkaroundabit.Weevenmanagedtogetacoupleofquickwalksfromourhotelin.Whatwecouldn’tdooutsidewemadeupforwithmeals.Wehadanumberofgoodmeals,somemoreinterestingthanothers!WewenttothisplacecalledTheBubbleRoom.Uniquewasonewaytodescribeit.Butithadgreatfood,fundrinksandamazingdesserts!OnarainySundaywecheckedouttheDingDarlingWildlifeRefuge.Whatagreatfind.Weduckedintothevisitor’scenterandlearnedsomuch.ImmediatelyIknewIwantedtobringthegirlstherewhenwemovedtheboatdowntoFt.Myers.Wesatthroughatalkwithoneofthevolunteersandlearnedabouttheanimalslivingintheestuary.Wetookthedrivingtouraroundthegroundsandagaindecidedwewantedtocomeback….whenitwassunny!Wedartedthroughaquickpathdowntothewatertolookatthemangroves.Andweclimbeduptooneofthelookouts.Icanimaginehowprettyitmustbewhennotraining.Sowelookforwardtotakingthegirlsandlearningnewthingsalloveragain.AbigthankyoutomymomandJimforkeepingthegirlssowecouldhaveacoupleofdaysaway.WepickedthegirlsupMondayaroundlunchtimeandheadednorthtoGulfport.Ben’sparentswereournextguestsarrivingthatafternoon!Gulfport,FL–PartIIMarch28,2019March28,2019LauraStein1CommentUncategorizedThenextcoupleofweeksbroughtmorevisitors.FirstupwasavisitfromBen’suncleGeff.Geffplaysoboeinatravelingbandthatperformstwiceayear.ThegrouphewasperformingwithplayedinconjunctionwiththeSailorCircusinSarasota.WelearnedallabouttheSailorCircushistoryandtheCircusArtsConservatoryinSarasota.In1927theRinglingBrothersmovedtheirwinterheadquarterstoSarasota.TheCircusArtsConservatorypayshomagetothecircushistory.Itprovidesanumberofclassesandoutreachprogramstostudentsinthearea.Theconcertwasallcircusthemedmusicandweallgreatlyenjoyedit.Adifferentmemberofthebandcomesupanddirectseachsong.Therewereanumberofstylesofcircusmusicincludingmanywellrecognizedupbeatmarches.OncetheconcertwasfinishedGeffjoinedusinthestandswhilethecenterringwasresetforthecircusperformers.Wehadsomuchfunwatchingthegymnasts.Bikes,unicycles,tightropes,gymnastics,hoops,giantswings,etc.Ihadtoholdmybreathandclosemyeyesquiteafewtimes.Thegirlsabsolutelylovedit.Theywouldbegtotakeclassesthereifwelivedhere!AftertheperformanceweheadedbacktotheboatandcookeddinnerforGeffandBarbara.TheyrentedanAirbnbinGulfportsowegottospendmoretimewiththemthenextday.WetookthemtotheCubanrestaurantinGulfportforlunch.ThegirlshadjustfinishedtheirunitonCubaandmadetravelbrochuresforafinalproject.TheybroughtthemalongtoshowGeffandBarbaraastheywenttoCubawithBen’sparentsacoupleofyearsago.Randompictureofahomeschoolproject.Thegirlshadtodesignawaterfilter.Theychosetouseadoublelayerofcoffeefilters,twineandsomerubberbands.Theygatheredupsand,dirt,rocksandsomegrasstotestitout.ItwasVERYslowbutworkedreallywell!Thewateritfilteredthroughwasquiteclear.Andyetnoneofuswasbraveenoughtotrydrinkingit.Thegirlshavelearnedplentyaboutwaterfiltrationoverthelastcoupleofyears.WhenwewenttotheBahamastheytookanactiveroleintestingallofourwaterwhenweusedthewatermaker.Thatwaterwasthecleanestwaterwe’veeverhad.Weliketograbthetesterhereandthereandtestthewaterinvariouscitieswearein.OurfriendstheZeeffshaveourtesterrightnowsoweweren’tabletotestoutthegirls’water!Nextvisitors….theWilsons!TheymovedfromClearwatertoGulfportforafewdays.WewerealltoohappytomeetthemattheGulfportfarmer’smarketandthentakethemto….theisland!They’dcertainlyheardustalkaboutitlongenough.Crepesatthefarmer’smarket!Weallgatheredatourboatandtooktwodinghytripsouttotheislandtodropeveryoneoff.Ninaandthefirstloadofgirlsfoundadeadpigontheothersideofthebeach!What?!AftermyshockworeoffIrealizedlikelysomeonehadapigroastandthenleftalltheremains.Ninagavethegirlsasciencelessonwhiletheotherhalfofuswereonourwayout.Head.Spine.Pelvis.Itwasprettygrossandyetcool.Poorpig’sheadNextupwasshowingthemthetreehouses.Thegirlswentfromtreehouseclimbingtospendingalongtimechoppingcoconutsopen.Someoneleftanaxebyoneofthetreehouses.Wewereatadnervouslettingthemuseitbutnoonelostanyfingers.Nina,WendyandIhungonthebeachwithMiawhilethegirlsworkedaway.Theyweresoexcitedwhentheybrokeitopen.Weallnibbledatadbutnoneofusactuallylikecoconutthatmuch!Wewatchedabeautifulsunsetonthetwodinghytripsbacktothemarina.WhilewewereattheislandBobbyandBenwereworkingonreplacingBobbyandWendy’sfreshwaterpump.Wegotthebetterendofthedeal.NinakeptallofthegirlsthateveningandBobby,Wendy,BenandIgottohaveadatenightoutfordinner!Itwasthentimeforanothergoodbye.BenandthegirlsandIwereheadingtoCapeCoral/Ft.MyersforLooperpaloozaandtovisitmymomandJimandtheWilsonsplannedtoleaveGulfportbeforeourreturn.Iwasskepticalbecauseofthewindforecast!TurnsoutIwasright…theywerestilltherewhenwereturnedandwegotonemoredinnertogetherbeforetheydidindeedhavetoheadsouthwhilewewerestayingputforacoupleofmonths.Butwe’llseethemagaininAprilwhentheyheadnorth!Gulfport,FL–PartIMarch25,2019March25,2019LauraStein0CommentUncategorizedWejustspent2.5monthsinGulfport,FLonBocaCiegaBay.Itwasoursecondtimetherebyboatandfourthtimevisiting.We’vebeenluckyenoughtostayatMikeandLeannRowe’shouseinSt.PeteBeachonBocaCiegaBaythetwotimeswewerenotonourboat.Andattheirmarinathetwotimeswehadtheboat.Wesettledintoboatlifethere.WelovedowntownGulfport.It’sfunkyfeel,it’sfantasticfarmer’smarketandgreatrestaurants.It’salessthan10minutebikeridewiththegirlstothelibrarywhereallthreeofuswereabletogetlibrarycards.WeopenedaPOBoxsowecouldeasilygetshipmentsofproductsforBenforworkandsomemail.Itreallyfeltlikehome.Andsincewewerestationarywehadalotofvisitors!InanefforttokeepmybloggingfromcarryingonandonIthinkI’llgroupblogsfromthelastcoupleofmonthsbyvisitors.Thefirstthingwedidafterwearrived(andschoolworkwasdone)washeadtotheisland!AnyonewhohascomethroughGuflporthaseitherbeentoldabouttheislandbyusortakentherebyus.Mygirlsfirstplayedtherein2016.Theydiscoveredanawesometreehouseandhadsuchfunexploring.Thisyeartheydiscoveredthreetreehouses!Theywereexcitedtosigntheirnamelikesomanyothers.Notacluewhymyimageisupsidedown.Mollyispartmonkeywithherclimbingskillsandsheclamberedrighttothetop.MaddyisalittlemorecautiousandnotasagilesoIencouragehertojusthangwithmeandonlyclimbashighassheiscomfortable.Thankfullyshedoesn’ttrytokeepupifshedoesn’tthinkshecan.IevenletMollyscrambleupwithmyphoneandtakeaselfie.Shedidn’tdropit…Aftersomeplaytimeinthesandwecalleditaday.Thepoolatthemarinawasclosedthefirst5weeksweweretheresohavingtheislandtozipouttowaswonderful.Itwasalsocoldmostdaysthefirst5weeksweweretheresoitwasagaingreattohavesomewheretorunandclimbandplayinthesandwhenitwasn’twarmenoughtoswim.OurfirstvisitorsweretheZeeffs!WemanagedtojamourwatermakerinourcarwhenwedrovebacktotheboatinDecember.TheyborrowedittotaketotheBahamas(we’regladthewatermakercouldmakethetrip…we’resorrywedidn’tgettogotoothisyear!).TheZeeffsweredockedinFt.MyerssotheydroveuptoseeustheSaturdayafterwearrived.Theybroughtsomewarmthfromfurthersouthwiththemandwehadagreattimetrekkingouttotheislandwiththem,hangingoutontheboatandtakingthemintotowntoO’Maddy’sforlunch.WeweresupersadtosaygoodbyetothemasweknewtheywereheadingacrossLakeOkeechobeeassoonastheygotdecentweather(andthewatermaker)tomaketheirwaysouthforaBahamascrossing.So,onawhimacoupleofdayslaterthegirlsandIhoppedinthecarwhenweweredonewithschoolworkanddrovedowntoFt.Myerstospendthedaywiththem.TheyweredockedonFt.MyersBeachsowewentacrosstothebeachandplayedinthepowderysandandflewkites.Aftersomehangouttimeontheirboatwecheckedouttheirpoolandthenheadedtodinnerbeforewereallydidhavetosaygoodbye.OurplanismakeourwayacrossLakeOkeechobeeandmeetupwiththemontheeastcoastofFLaftertheyarebackfromtheBahamas!Whenweweren’tdrivingtoFt.MyerstoseetheZeeffsorClearwatertoseetheWilsonswegottoseeGabiandJohnrightthereinMadeiraBeach.Wekeptsuperbusyourfirstweekintown.GabiandJohnhavealovelyheatedpoolsowhenthesunwasshiningonSundayweheadedover.Gabitookthegirlsforaswimandthenwetookawalkonthebeach.ThegirlsandIalsogotthebikesoutandzippedaroundtheneighborhoodandMollywaswelcomedintotheGrades6-12craftnightatthelibrary.Iwasproudofherthatshewantedtogo.Ourgirlsarethebestoffriendsbuttheyarebothoftennervoustodoanythingalone.Mollywasexcitedanddidn’tletherselfgetworkedupoverit.WehadtoleaveourvisitwiththeWilsonstomakeitintimeandshewasdetermined.Inshewentandshehadablast.Theymadeadorablekeychainsoutofclay.Theyevenusedatoasterovenatthelibrarytobakethemandappliedglaze.HeadingtothelibraryforschoolAren’ttheycute?!Clearwater,FLMarch23,2019March25,2019LauraStein0CommentUncategorizedWespenttwonightsinClearwatersothatwecouldhaveadaytocheckoutClearwaterBeach. ThegirlsandIheadedthatwayrightafterschoolworkwasdonethenextday.  Itwaswindybutwewantedtogiveitatry.Wesettledononesideoftheboardwalkandthekidsgotbusyplayinginthepowderedsugarsand.Prettysoonafamilyshowedup,walkingbackfromlunch.Oneoftheirboyswasholdingabagofchips.Immediatelytheseagullsdescended.Itwasawful.Maddywasterrified.TheywentawayforafewminutesandMaddywentbacktoplaying.Webroughtacooleroffoodaswellbutmadesurenottoopenitonthebeachafterthatcraziness.Maddyhadonemoreclosecallwithonechasingher.Shethrewhersandtoysanddoveintothesandhysterical.Ifeltsobadlyforher.MollyandIgottoherasquicklyaswecould.Wethenpackedupourstuffandmoveduptotheplaygroundareaawayfromthebeach.Thegirlshadtheirlunchthereandthenwetriedthebeachagainontheotherside.Thebeachissupposedtobefun!Theywentbacktoplayinguntilmoreseagullsappearedonthatsidetoo.Oneladywasunderattack.Shewasonabeachchair.Shehadanumbrellaupblockingthefrontofherandtowelswrappedallaroundher.Itisabeautifulbeachbutwehadhadenough.Wepackedupandheadedbacktotheboat.ThatwasitforusandClearwater,butwepromisedwe’dcomebackwhentheWilsonsarrived.MollyandItookalongwalkearlythenextmorningandspottedtheboatfromthecauseway.Beautifulmorning(exceptagainwindy!)tomovetheboattoGulfport.Mikemetusatthesliptohelpusgetsettled.GabicamebynextanddrovemebacktoClearwatertopickupthecar.WehadagreatreuniondinnerthatnightwithTim,MikeandLeannandGabiandJohn.AllfriendsfromourfirstLoop.Itwasgreattocatchupwitheveryone!AndsinceweplannedtospendatleastamonthatMikeandLeann’smarinainGulfportweknewwe’dgettospendplentyoftimetogether.Aspromised,whentheWilsonsgottoClearwaterwecamebacktovisit!Twice!ThefirsttimethegirlsandIdroveupfortheafternoonforaplaydate.Wetookthegirlstothebeachandspentalotoftimeattheplayground.Wefinishedofftheafternoonwithicecreambeforewehadtoheadbacktotheboat.WewereabletomakeonemoretripoverthatweekendsoBenandBobbycouldhangoutaswell.Weheadedtothebeachforanhourorsoandthentookalongwalkaroundandendedupatagreatrestaurantfurtherdownonthebeach.Afterwalkingbacktotheirboatitwastimeforgoodbyesagain.But….weknewthey’dbecomingtoGulfportandwe’dgettoshowthemourislandandhangoutabitmorebeforetoolong!←PreviousSubscribetoBlogviaEmailEnteryouremailaddresstosubscribetothisblogandreceivenotificationsofnewpostsbyemail.Join155othersubscribersEmailAddressSubscribeRecentPostsCayoCosta,FLVenice,FLGulfport,FL–PartVIGulfport,FL–PartVGulfport,FL–PartIVRecentCommentsKelliraeonGulfport,FL–PartIILauraSteinonApalachicola,FL&GulfCrossingGregDentononApalachicola,FL&GulfCrossingUncleBillonTheIllinoisRiverCarrieonLeland,MIArchivesMay2019April2019March2019February2019January2019November2018October2018September2018August2018July2018CategoriesUncategorizedMetaLoginEn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