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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, (2) if I like it, and (3) what I must carry. About 80% of my friends didn’t understand my new adventure and/or showed some negativity on my plan. I know that I am happiest when I am in the middle of nature. So, I focused on listening to those who actually have gone camping before.

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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, I immediately see the fast-evolving technologies in our lives. It makes me feel somewhat outdated. However, I don’t mind living low-tech lifestyle because I have been practicing to live simple. I still prefer calling to texting on the phone.

It appears Fort Lauderdale is growing very fast.

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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). After clearing the Bermudian Customs and Immigration, we anchored at St. George’s.

First thing’s the first; John opened a bottle of icy cold Voodoo IPA beer from the USA (his favorite beer now,

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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) – Azores (July) – Portugal (August) – Madeira (September) – Canaries (October) – Cape Verde (November) – St. Martin (December) – Puerto Rico (January 2018) – Panama Canal (February 2018).

The first destination (Bermuda) is about 700 miles away. It will be about 5-6 days of sailing.

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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. Until we visited Norfolk, we didn’t know much about this city. After spending a couple of days in downtown, we liked Norfolk a lot. The best thing we liked here is taking a self-guided tour of the humongous IOWA class battleship ‘USS Wisconsin’, one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S.

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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. We visited the recently renovated ‘American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’. (Replacement of Yorktown Victory Center)

The fresh look and videos in the museum, took me back to the 18th century in America without making me tired or bored. This Museum’s grand opening celebration will be in 2017,

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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. Kinsale was named after Kinsale in Ireland.


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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, Port Tobacco River/Popes Creek, and Gunston Cove (not far from Mount Vernon). Mount Vernon is accessible by a boat or a dinghy but we didn’t know this at that time. Later, we rode bikes to Mount Vernon. (About a 40 mile roundtrip bike ride from DC)

Approaching Alexandria,

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