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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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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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Watch auto steer the boat at 8 knots on the way to Bermuda

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High Five! Arriving at Bermuda after Four Days at Sea

We sailed about 660 miles from Morehead City, North Carolina, USA. Average speed 7 knots. Because of the constant rocking, during this trip, we didn’t sleep very comfortably. The two cats stopped eating their food (except cat treats and tuna water).

Entering the harbor, it appeared that Bermuda looked similar to Curacao (houses on the island) and somewhat like the Bahamas (clear water and sandy bottom).

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Upcoming Sailing Trip to Atlantic Islands

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. – Abraham Lincoln

It looks this Saturday (May 27, 2017) is the day for sailing to Bermuda. We have been monitoring the weather. Our plan is to the Atlantic Islands: Bermuda (June) –

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Movie of Dolphins Enjoying Bubbles

‘S/V Bad Bunny’ Sailing from Georgetown, North Carolina to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (November 2014)

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Navy Battleships and Chrysler Museums in Norfolk, Virginia

(October 23 – 25, 2016): Coming into Norfolk waterway, many Navy ships, submarines, a military hospital ship, and etc. cannot be missed. This is the biggest port I have ever seen so far.

The city of Norfolk is not too big not too small. It is comfortable and easy to look around the city.

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Liberty Fever, Sailing to Historic Yorktown and Visiting Williamsburg, Virginia

(October 15 to 19, 2016): “The Historic Triangle, also known as the birthplace of American Democracy, is comprised of three cities: Yorktown, Williamsburg, and Jamestown.”

Not having a car, we rode bikes all over in Yorktown and Williamsburg (25 miles roundtrip from Yorktown).

Both Yorktown and Williamsburg are like a live US history book itself.

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Small Village of Kinsale by the Yeocomico River, Virginia

(October 12 to 14, 2016): For a night stay, we carefully entered the Kinsale Channel without running aground and dropped the anchor on the quiet Yeocomico River. We saw many sticks on the water where it appears to be shallow. The weather has been beautiful. Next day, we rode bikes along the soybean fields.

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Cruising to Washington DC: Staying on Sailboat in Washington Channel

(September 23 to October 11, 2016): Cruising on the Potomac River was extremely smooth and very tranquil. We day sailed/motored about 100 nautical miles from Chesapeake Bay to Washington DC. On the way, we dropped the anchor at three different locations to rest for a night: Saint Mary’s City in Maryland,

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Visiting Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, USA

(September 21-22, 2016): We stopped here just for an overnight rest. After dropping the anchor near the Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, we took a dinghy to the school dock and walked in the city. Very historic! We also stopped by the school cafeteria and enjoyed the BUFFET foods.

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Blooming Flowers by Sassafras River and Visiting Georgetown, Maryland

(September 11 to 16, 2016): The C & D Canal connects the Delaware Bay to the Chesapeake Bay. Both bays are huge and look like open ocean. Without the canal, it would take a long time for a ship going from Philadelphia (Delaware Bay) to Baltimore (Chesapeake Bay) or vice versa.

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Cruising to Cape May from Atlantic Highlands (New York Harbor), New Jersey

(September 10, 2016): No wind! 25 Hours of motoring! Arriving in the Cape May Inlet and dropping an anchor near the Coast Guard Station, we heard unusual sound near distance. At first, I thought it was from an event on the shore. With a binocular, I searched the land and read ‘Coast Guard Training Center’ sign on the wall.

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Visiting the Public Library and Staying at Port Washington Anchorage, New York/Long Island

(August 31 to September 7, 2016): We were about ready to leave New York City but the tropical storm ‘Hermine’ was going to be heading our way. Funny, we came all the way up here to get out of the hurricane zone but it was going to come near us.

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Sailboat Anchoring Experiences at ‘Liberty State Park Anchorage’

(August 12 to 31, 2016) During our sailing trip to New York City, we had originally planned to stay at the 79th Street Yacht Basin. (Dock Space: US$3.50/linear foot per day + US$20 Electricity per day) or drop an anchor (US$26/Day) next to the Mooring Field. Our boat was too large (47 foot) so we couldn’t use a reasonably priced mooring (US$30/Day) in 79th Street Yacht Basin.

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The Statue of Liberty: Beacon of the Hope! Three Weeks in New York City on Sailboat

(August 12 to 31, 2016) Entering New York Harbor by sailboat, passing the skylines of Manhattan, and visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as a naturalized US citizen, I felt as if I re-entered the new world of hope. It was like reengaging myself after a long journey at sea by crossing the ocean and seeing the Statue of Liberty as ‘The Beacon of the Hope’.

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Awesome Sailing from Fort Macon (Morehead City, North Carolina) to New York Harbor

(August 8 – 11, 2016): A total of 430 miles distance (76 hours), half motoring and the rest sailing, mostly downwind like surfing. Proud ‘Bad Bunny’ did sail wonderfully, except one vang (preventer) line got broken. This line came with the boat. It might have been 24 years old as ‘Bad Bunny’ is.

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It’s a boat: Review of Sailing for two Years, Back to Morehead City, North Carolina, USA

I count ‘Right Now’ more than ‘Best Memories’. However, writing this, I am flashing about beautiful memories of blue water, island people, jungles, fresh fish, and culture from the Caribbean… For last two years, we sailed down from Morehead City (North Carolina) to Stuart, Florida, then continuously sailing to Saint Martin,

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Sailing to Charleston, the Cultural Capital of the South, South Carolina, USA

We left St. Helena Sound, South Carolina at 4 am to go out with the outgoing tide. Arriving in the Charleston Channel, we had the incoming tide behind us. Peaceful sailing of 56 nautical miles, we dropped the anchor at 2 pm, about 10 hours of sailing wing-on-wing with a job-pole.

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Pictures of Beaufort, South Carolina

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