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Posted by on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Florida, Georgia, Visiting Family, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

3 Weeks Away From Sandflea

Watch episode 75 here!

We go home, we stay 3 weeks, then we go back to Sandflea. That’s the jist.

Let’s see, what else?

Oh, Tambi drives a car for the first time in over a year. It was terrifying. She did alright though. Once the gravel stopped flying, and we tightened our seat belts to the point of maximum tension, things settled down. It was funny because we felt like we were FLYING, even though we were doing 35 in a 55mph zone.

This was a tough period of time to be away from the boat. Prior to this trip, we’ve not been away from the Sandflea for more than a few hours at a time. It’s stressful, and there are so many bad things that can happen while your away. It’s just part of the life though, and something we’ll have to get used to.

So after our 3 weeks back home, we return to the boat to see how she faired after being all by her lonesome. Hopefully there aren’t cockroaches, spiders, mold, and who knows what else on the inside.

-Ben

July 24-August 13

We spend in Georgia. We visit with friends and family. We have playdates. I get sick. Ben and I celebrate our 12 year wedding anniversary. Molly spends tons of time with Grandparents. It was a great 3 weeks!

August 14-28

We head back to the boat. We do some boat work, check out the town of Green Cove Springs, and try (thanks rain!) to witness the eclipse. We also drive down to Melbourne, FL for my aunts surprise birthday party. On the way there is when our phone died and we lost all the photos I hadn’t yet had a chance to export onto the computer.

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Posted by on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Florida, Georgia, Visiting Family, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Leaving our Sailboat and Traveling to Georgia

Watch Epidsode 74 here!

In this post, we prepare our sailboat to be alone for a while, then we travel back to GA to visit our family.

Tambi cleans the oven while wearing her alluring mermaid leggings. Always entertaining. That’s probably the highlight of the video to be honest. You can go ahead and leave a thumbs up after that bit, then move onto something else.

Yes, it’s painful to drive away from the boat after it’s been such an important part of our lives for the last 9 months.

What the heck is it about boats that gives them a kind of human quality? I mean, we call the boat “her” and “she”. Why is that? It’s tough to explain the bond that you form with a boat, but none-the-less, the bond is certainly there. For whatever reason, it’s that bond that makes it difficult to drive away and leave the boat behind.

Lastly, we make a spontaneous stop at my Grandparents house. They are undeniably very happy to see us.

-Ben

7.19.17 So today, we cleaned the stove/oven. We took it off it’s gimbal, and did a major deep cleaning. Ben also installed “heat shields” because the oven gets a little hot and kind of burns dark spots in the wood by the door opening.

7.20-7.21.17 These two days we were just cleaning and organizing everything on the boat getting ready to go back to Georgia for a much needed visit with family and friends!

Since we were so busy working on our to-do list, we didn’t record anything.

And (incase you didn’t read this in an earlier post) sadly, at the end of August 2017, our phone died, and we lost ALL of our photos from the end of June through most of August. I cried. Really. A lot. So there are no photos of these days.

7.22.17 Today we did a major clean out of the composting potty. We’ve put it in “no-use” mode. As long as we’re tied up to a dock with marina bathrooms within walking distance, we’ve decided not to use the potty on the boat.

Tonight we met up with some fans for dinner! We had a great time!

7.23.17 Driving home back to Georgia today! We are so excited to see everyone! Yay!

Our MAJOR to-do list we needed to complete before we could come home to GA.

Saying goodbye to the good ship Sandflea. See you soon girl!

Finally being able to see family was such a treat!

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Posted by on Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Georgia, ICW Travel, Photography, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Cumberland Island by Sailboat

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It’s time to explore Cumberland Island – land of the wild horses – and to see if the cousins of the Carrot Island herd are as bloodthirsty as their kin.

No joking now… Cumberland is WONDERFUL. This is a place we would definitely like to revisit for at least a week, to thoroughly explore, and to experience this wild and wonderful place all over again.

It’s just great, and I’m sure anyone else who has been there before would certainly agree!

12.6 There was so much rain and lightning last night. It was so close that it was scary! Today we left for Cumberland Island, but it started raining so hard about an hour into our sail, that we couldn’t see anything. So we stopped in front of the waterpark on Jekyll Island. N31*02.338 W81*25.497

12.7 Finally on our way to Cumberland today! YAY! I have been looking forward to Cumberland Island since we left Maryland. I hope that it doesn’t disappoint.

We got here early enough that we went over to the island to check it out. We saw the horses, the ruins, armadillos, deer, turkeys, walked on the beach and all the cool trees. Cumberland is so beautiful and did not disappoint! I am so excited to go back tomorrow! N30*45.411 W81*28.613

12.8 We did some school work this morning, then went over to the island. We had such a great day! First we walked over to the ranger station to get a map, then we walked through the campground over to the beach. We walked along the beautiful untouched beach for probably an hour down to the other beach entrance. We saw horses near the beach. From the beach, we waked to the salt marsh, the cemetery and back to the ruins. We saw so many horses and turkey’s today. I love Cumberland! It’s our favorite stop so far!

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Posted by on Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Georgia, ICW Travel, Visiting Family, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Visiting Family at Saint Simons Island

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The good news – we’ll get to visit our family one last time before we head to the Bahamas for a while.

The bad news – now we have to say goodbye all over again!

In this post, we cruise to Saint Simons Island and meet up with Ben’s family for a few days. We also celebrate an early Christmas and exchange a few gifts. A lovely get-to-gether for sure.

Also, we climb to the very top of the St Simons Lighthouse!

11.28 Duplin River by Sapalo Island

Today we saw cows on an island on the way to our anchorage. Tonight was really windy, the wind was gusting at 29 knots and coming from the South, right up the river. The waves were building so high and it was so rocky! We went outside to check the anchor we saw the coolest glow coming off the anchor line. As it was disturbed by the anchor chain, the stuff in the water would glow. It was beautiful. Too bad it doesn’t show in photos though. N32*25.548 W81*17.685

11.29 Today was a long tough day. Getting out of Duplin River was dificult and it took us close to an hour to get the anchor up. It was so windy and the waves were so rough and high. Georgia is proving to be a difficult state. I can see why a lot of people skip it and choose to go outside into the ocean. Maybe if there wasn’t so much gusty winds it wouldn’t be so bad. There isn’t a lot of places that are protected from the wind to anchor. It’s just a lot of flat marshy land. As difficult as Georgia ICW has been, it’s also been beautiful!

Today we anchored near the Fredrica River. We are preparing for Ben’s Mom, Dad and Sister to visit! N31*10.733 W81*24.743

11.30 We didn’t have anywhere to be so we stayed here. We just hung out on the boat and got ready for Ben’s family to get here tomorrow. 

12.1 We got up this morning and decided to go around to the marina to get fuel and water. Ben was bringing up the anchor and it was really tough. It took him awhile to get the anchor onboard, when he finally did, it was stuck in an old crab pot. Ben was trying to rip the pot off the anchor and we were drifting. He finally got the pot off and was covered in bait. After that close call, we went around to the marina to get our fuel and water. After that we came back around and we anchored close to the public dock that we will be using while our family is here.

When they called to tell us they were here, Ben, Molly, and I went walking towards the condo. As we were walking they were on their way to us, we finally caught up to each other. Everyone was so excited to see each other! After they picked us up, they took us to their condo and we hung out. We had showers (!!) and went out to dinner. Molly stayed the night with them at the condo, Ben and I went back to the boat because we were worried about leaving the boat alone overnight in an unfamiliar place. N 31*10.141 W 81*24.762

12.2 Today Ben and I walked over to the condo from the boat. When we got there we all went out to run some errands. We went to the Mall to JC Penny’s so Ben could get some new jeans and while we were there, we went to T-Mobil and got the hotspot added to our account, then we went grocery shopping, went to home depot, and got some Christmas shopping done for Molly. They brought us back to the boat so we could put away our groceries and the other things we got today. We showed them around the boat and Molly loved showing Mimzie her quarter-berth. After that we all went back to the condo. Mom and Kathy prepared a delicious Christgiving meal. They also had a “dirty Santa” game prepared. We had so much fun! Molly got her Christmas presents from Mimzie, Grandad, and Aunt Kat. Molly got to stay the night with Mimzie again. 

12.3 Ben and I walked back to the Condo this morning. When we got there, they had a great breakfast prepared. After we ate it was time to go sight seeing in St. Simons. First, we went to the Pier, then Molly and Mimzie played at the park, after that we went to the lighthouse. Ben, Molly, Ben’s Mom and I walked up to the top. It was beautiful! After that, we went to the beach. Then we had lunch at Chic-Fil-A. After lunch, we went and got a fan for the composting head from radio shack. We went back to the condo and hung out. We had leftovers from last night for dinner and took another shower. Molly got to stay the night again with the family.

12.4 This morning Ben and I walked back to the condo. We had breakfast and packed up. We said our sad goodbyes to the Clardy Family. After they left we had to clean up the boat! It is a mess from all the presents and groceries and stuff that was bought. We decided to stay here another day tomorrow because of some wind and rain coming in.

12.5 Today we went on a walk and played on the workout trail by the hospital near the public dock. We hung out on the boat, and started to put up our Christmas tree. Molly also played with the thousands of rubber bands that she got for Christmas from Mimzie and Aunt Kat.

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Posted by on Monday, July 31, 2017 in Georgia, ICW Travel, Living Aboard, Visiting Family, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Tybee Island and Turner Creek Georgia

Watch Episode 25 here!

Tybee Island- Turner Creek

I hate to say it, I really do, but our home state of Georgia has been the least fun section of the ICW for us. We’ve grounded 3 times, and had to be SUPER on top of our navigational skills to make it through this tricky GA stretch.

Georgia is beautiful, but it’s also the most treacherous part of the ICW in our humble opinion.

In this post, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the boat, we eat king crab legs, we explore Tybee Island, and we meet up with Tambi’s family for a while.

11.19 Anchored in Herb River tonight next to Baila. N32*00.775 W81*02.791

 

11.20 Stayed in Herb River today and hung out with Baila crew tonight.

11.21 Went to Turner Creek today. Went grocery shopping. Mom and Jimmy came down today on their way to Florida for Thanksgiving. We had a great dinner at the Crab Shack on Tybee Island tonight. N32*00.893 W80*59.394

11.22 Went to Tybee Island and Downtown Savannah today with Mom and Jimmy. Mom and Jimmy left to go the rest of the way to Florida this afternoon.

11.23 Today we walked to the Friendship Coffee Shop here on Wilmington Island. Ben did some YouTube uploads and I got a blog post up. Got a chicken from Publix today for dinner tomorrow.

 

11.24 Thanksgiving Day! Today, we took a walk around town. Then we had a delicious meal of Chicken, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy! We had an apple pie for dessert. While I cooked dinner, Ben and Molly scrubbed the deck. We also got to talk to my family via Facetime! We were blessed with a wonderful sunset to end a beautiful day!

11.25 Today we went to the Coffee shop again and did Molly’s Minute uploads, and a blog post. Ben got the propane tank filled. We also took another shower today.

11.26 Left Turner Creek and anchored in Redbird Creek tonight. N31*50.611 W81*09.320

11.27 Anchored in Walburg Creek for the night. Tonight was such an uncomfortable anchorage because it was so windy and the current is so strong. We were “sailing at anchor” which is where you are actually being pushed around by the wind and the current to where you are moving in every direction. It’s really scary when you sail over your anchor chain and when you get to the end of the chain your boat comes to an abrupt stop! It’s so loud and it feels like the anchor is going to rip right off the boat. So, needless to say, We were up most of the night watching the anchor. I guess it was around 1:30 in the morning when we got up, turned on the engine and put out a stern anchor to help us not move so much. N31*40.131 W81*10.740

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