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Year 2020 – Wishing You LOVE and PEACE

Leaving Fort Lauderdale Airport on January 1st, 2020.

(January 1, 2020) New Decade, I started a new chapter in my life today. Fort Lauderdale Airport was quiet on New Year’s Day: one way ticket to Santa Marta via Bogota, Colombia. John’s sailboat (in Santa Marta) has been waiting for me.

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Pictures from Gainesville Area in Florida

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, near Gainesville, Florida, USA (*There are Buffalos here.)

Campground in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, near Gainesville, Florida, USA

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Display of Shells, Florida Museum, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Korean Art Room,

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Trial Camping – Sleeping with Animals in Nature

New Purchases for My Car-Camping Trip: 2003 Grand Marquis and Marmot Limelight 2P Tent

(January 15 – 17, 2019) For the first time I am car-camping alone. I picked Dupuis Campground in Florida, two hours’ drive from my home. This was to see (1) if I am capable of camping alone,

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95 Express Bus and Public Transportation in South Florida

Traffic is heavy and driving is stressful in South Florida; yet is not easy to live without a car here. Many people would like to use Public Transportation but prefer to drive because of the added time as the schedules and locations are not really convenient.

Starting year 2019,

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Brightline, Fast Train Ride in Fort Lauderdale

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Taking a short break from the boatyard, I am visiting Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Flying from Trinidad to Fort Lauderdale is about a 3-4 hours trip, nonstop. Each time I visit my home and meet friends,

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Motor-Sailing at Sunrise (Stuart-Saint Martin Trip, December 2014)

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Sailing Movie from Stuart, Florida to Saint Martin in December 2014

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Outdoor Exercise, Gore Betz Park in Fort Lauderdale

I am taking a break from sailing and staying at my home in Fort Lauderdale this winter/spring. Enjoying the warm weather in South Florida, I often see many visitors in town. Of course, that comes with busy traffic. Luckily, not owning a car, I don’t deal with the traffic.

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Gathering Rain Water from Tropical Storm COLIN

What is the average daily water consumption per person? It depends on your location. Living on a boat, we have to be frugal with water. We have three water tanks on the boat for a total of 200 gallons (=757 liters, 1 Gallon = 3.785 Liters) of water. On the boat,

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Visiting Friends and Shopping in Walmart in Stuart, Florida

It takes about two hours by car from Fort Lauderdale to Stuart. Going by sailboat with no wind, it took two days. We motored one day to West Palm Beach and another day to Stuart. Stuart is quiet and easy-going place without heavy traffic. We have friends to meet in Stuart.

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Yachting Capital of the World, Fort Lauderdale, USA

Fort Lauderdale is known as the Yachting Capital of the World. The whole city is boat oriented: boat brokers, boat related retailers, boat insurance, jobs, services, and etc… You name it. It is here.

Being a resident of Fort Lauderdale, entering the Port Everglades, is like coming back to my sweet home.

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Pictures of Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida, USA

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Welcome back to America! Key West, Florida, USA

Things are big in the USA. Entering the channel, we were so amazed how big the channel markers are and the satellite radar is. The anchorage in Key West is wider than anywhere in the Caribbean. All of these conveniences cost nothing to us. It didn’t even cost anything to clear the customs.

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Sailing from Rio Dulce River in Guatemala to Key West, Florida, USA

An adrenaline pumping sailing trip!

April 26 to May 3, 2016: I found that weather forecasts are about 50% accurate. Maybe it will rain, maybe it will not. Maybe it will be windy from the East, or maybe from somewhere else. Our sailing from Rio Dulce,

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A Christmas Meal with Grilled Fish at Sea

Before my trip, a friend gave me a book ‘Sailing a Serious Ocean’ (Author: John Kretschmer). By reading it and other books, I learned it takes a lot to sail cross an ocean. I am relatively new here but in my mind, I was ready for sailing blue water. Last summer,

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Christmas Dinner at Sea?

Invitations are open to whales, sea turtles, dolphins, and Mother Nature…

We are almost ready to leave the USA. We plan to sail directly east to Longitude 65 from Stuart. (Some call this route ‘I-65’). Then, going south to Saint Martin. That way, we don’t have to struggle with the wind direction in the Bahamas.

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‘Viva’ Holiday Spirits in Saint Augustine

The wind led us celebrate Thanksgiving in Saint Augustine, VERY OLD city. Wandering the city with the crowd, it is as if I came to Europe. I am thankful for this journey. Unexpectedly and painfully, we are staying St Augustine an additional two weeks to replace an anchor windlass system.

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A Near Miss During the Night

We woke up to this shrimp boat which washed up on the beach during the night in Amelia Island, Florida. The boat was CHAINED to a fellow shrimp boat, and according to the owner, someone cut the chains—someone must really not like that guy. The prevailing winds and tide washed the boat across the channel and onto the beach while we were sleeping.

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Night Sailing and 675 Pounds of Paper a Year

During a pitch dark sky, a crescent moon arose around 4 A.M. while sailing from Charleston to Fernandina Beach. John did most of the night watch on his BIRTHDAY. (We celebrated it with pineapple cake later.) When I was on duty, I set my timer every eight minutes and went out to check if there are any other ships nearby and things are okay.

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Perez Art Museum Miami

Perez Art Museum Miami (Driving Time from Fort Lauderdale: 40 Minutes): New addition in South Florida. PAMM was first opened in December 2013. The building was designed by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron who attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

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