GREETINGS FROM DOCK SLIP #26

APRIL 12, 2017     ST AUGUSTINE MUNICIPAL MARINA

Well hello again from dock slip #26 , St. Augustine Municipal Marina.   This has been home to Salt Lick for the past 34 days.   Tonight we ended the MTOA Southern Rendezvous with a roof top cocktail party overlooking the Bridge of Lions and the Marina followed by our final dinner and awards night.  We have made a few new friends and reconnected with some old friends.   An enjoyable fun group of individuals.  One evening during this big party is always a “theme” night.   This year, it was “dress for your favorite decade” night.   One guy showed up in  footed light baby blue pajamas with a matching bonnet and a very large pacifier to suck on.   Said his favorite decade was when he was a wee babe in his mother’s arms.  Yours truly and Hank favored the 60’s hippy look!!     ARN’T WE HIP???

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PEACE BABY!!!!!!!!         PICTURE BLUE JEANS AND FLIP FLOPS FOR HANK AND FLARED BELL BOTTOMS BEGINNING AT THE KNEES FOR ME!    

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HERBES DE PROVENCE JOINT???

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WHAT OLD FOLKS DO WHEN LEFT WITH A BUNCH OF BALLOONS AND AN AIR PUMP — GETTING CREATIVE!!!!!!!

Last week while doing one of my many walks around St. Augustine,  I toured the “Oldest House” in the USA!    Initially built and owned by a Spanish family, then a British family and then back again by a Spanish family.   There were additions over the years but the original two room structure is still there.

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GONZALEZ-ALFEREZ HOUSE – SPANISH COLONIAL HOME BUILT IN THE EARLY 1600’S.                   OLDEST HOUSE  – ST. AUGUSTINE, FL.

PALM SUNDAY – APRIL 9, 2017

On this day it is traditional for St. Augustine to have its Blessing of the Fleet.   Following the Mass and church service the procession marches a few blocks to the marina, down along the docks right past where we are docked and out to the T-dock where the priest conducts  the blessing of the fleet ceremony.  This was taking place while MTOA was also conducting registration.   I missed  the procession but did catch a photo of some of the costumes worn for the Blessing event.   A beautiful grand display of pageantry!!!!

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COSTUMES WORN FOR THE BLESSING OF THE FLEET.   ST. AUGUSTINE, FL.

 

 

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YEP —–IT’S OFFICIAL – SALT LICK IS FOR SALE.  After having Salt Lick for 10 years and with us  finishing the Great Loop, we have decided it is time to let her go to new owners.   A couple of days ago the sign was attached to her stern, and I must say it rather took my breath away!   OH< gee,,,,,no need to worry as Hank is already searching for another boat.   The next one will have less or NO teak, will move along faster than 8-9 MPH and will be smaller.   HA — at least that is the plan.

We will be departing St. Augustine tomorrow.     I have a surprise visitor coming in the AM, but will save that photo op and info for my next blog!!    Cumberland Island here we come.

SOON TO BEGIN THE FINAL LEG>>>>>>

THURSDAY    APRIL 6, 2017     UPDATE FROM ST. AUGUSTINE

Hank, the M.O. (managing owner  🙂 ),   has returned to Salt Lick from his business trip.   He also had a chance to visit with his oldest daughter, Katey, and to help her celebrate her birthday last Sunday.  We will enjoy the  upcoming week by attending the MTOA (marine trawlers owners assoc.) rendezvous here in St. Augustine.  At the end of next week we will untie the dock lines and begin the final leg of this adventure.

Thru the end of March, we have cruised  5368.5 miles.  There is perhaps another 200 – 250 miles to go!!    Pretty amazing.

The streets of St. Augustine have been explored via my two feet over these past couple of weeks.   Not certain if I have seen everything there is to see, but feel like I have given it a good try!    Neat old, old city.   Definitely geared to tourism – it is their main industry.   One must be on safety alert to horse carriages, long open tractor like trains / trollies and masses of automobiles plying the streets.   It is not frenetic,,,, in fact, everyone is very laid back and seems to go with the flow.    I think most autos are looking for a place to park, as parking is at a premium here.

This past weekend I met up with one couple that used to live on Hilton Head Island, but now are in St. Augustine.   That was fun.   Thanks Dave and Ashley for making the effort to stop by the boat.   Sunday brought my old childhood friend Jeanne and her husband,, Russ, down from GA for the day.   We had a good visit and enjoyed a very late lunch at O.C.Whites.

HA — I failed to eat anything that evening and by 4:30 AM on Monday I was wide awake and hungry!!!     Messed up my whole day.

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RUSS AND JEANNE LEONARD IN THE BRIGHT SUN!!!    ST AUGUSTINE, FL

Mail Call is scheduled for today – most likely the last time we will have our mail shipped to us.   So bookwork and correspondence will be on our agenda!