Sunday, July 10, 2011

Snake-Ridden Florida Island Provides Unlikely Haven for Birds

Snake-Ridden Florida Island Provides Unlikely Haven for Birds

Yesterday, Lisa and I decided to take our Hobie Adventure Island to Cedar Key - more specifically to Seahorse Key where only twice a year they have an open house for their marine laboratory and lighthouse. Lisa sat on the trampoline while I peddled over to Snake Key by mistake, but soon realized we were heading the wrong way. We couldn't read the warning signs as we pulled up to Seahorse Key. We were in about a foot of water when Lisa saw a shark dorsal fin. I ignored her shark ignorance figuring it was probably a sunfish or sea walleye. We decided to relieve ourselves and go back to Cedar Key since I was peddling and there was no wind for the sail and it was getting late. We started seeing dorsal fins - lots of dorsal fins. Then, the drivetrain got buried and we had to push with our paddles to get off the bottom since we were experiencing low tide. More sharks. We kept pushing and neither of us were volunteering to walk in the shallow water to get to deeper water. We ended up zigzagging back to the channel and peddling back in.

Oh, and then the cottonmouth snakes on Seahorse Key: http://www.fws.gov/cedarkeys/wildlife.html

I think in the future we are going to plan a bit better when we do something like that. It was a last minute thought since we were originally going to go to nearby Atsena Otie, but decided to see the open house light house that is only open twice a year on Seahorse Key. We should have brought more fluids, binoculars, camera, whistle, and other emergency supplies. Don't know what the he77 we were thinking.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sailing Minnetonka

We managed to slip away from packing on Sunday and slip down to SYC and raced with Mark and Rose. We led the yellow fleet, but about 300 yards from the finish, they yanked the mark and said we were over 30 minutes after the first boat. LIARS! Good sail trim and helmsmanship was our secret key to victory. We had a nice dinner out there and met up with all our old friends down there. What a bunch of great people. We finalized the day by going out on Nepenthe with Linny and Marty and watched the sun set. We were quite tired and headed home so we could get up to finish the packing.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jerk Salesman at St. Pete Boat show

 


This is the cad we talked, er I mean, he talked down, to us. Let's call him the "Annointed One" and works at the Tackle Shack representing hobie and its fine line of products. Love Hobie, but they have to do something about their reps. This guy said because we didn't buy our AI from him, we probably messed it up and would need to throw it away and buy a new one. Can't fix it. He sees that hundreds of times a day and they have dumpsters of  thousands of boats just stacked up and they just "quit counting."
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Thursday, October 21, 2010



We made the cover of the Excelsior, MN Area Resident's Guide. We were trying to get on the cover of the phone book, but that didn't pan out.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Long walk

Walked the beach for over 6 miles. Wow. My knees a a tad sore, but other than that, nice walk.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

back from cedar key

went to cedar key and had a shrimp pizza at frogs landing. i surpassed lou malnattis pizza in chicago and i am moving it up to the top 5 pauls pizzas of all time. we came home and the oven started on fire. gotta get that fixed.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Strictly Sail, St. Pete, FL Nov 2006

We put away our Hobie and had Gambler, our old quarterhorse, tow it into a barn around Oct. 2006. We decided to go to the St. Pete Strictly Sail Boat show and look at big cruising boats and were intrigued by the Gemini Catamaran. We hadn't even given a thought to the Telstar and didn't even look at it. In fact, I remember poo pooing it when Lisa mentioned we should give it a looksie. On the plane ride home a week later, I was looking at Sail magazine and realized that it was trailerable. That meant we could easily set it up and launch it in 5 or 10 minutes just like our Hobie! (We found out quite quickly that just is not the case).