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Month: December 2018

Good Bye Em

Good Bye Em

December 29, Saturday Cape Harbour Marina, Cape Coral, FL   0 nautical miles.

26°32’45.1″N 82°00’28.3″W
26.545857, -82.007861
Elevation: 0 ft

Emily left today 🙁 Mary and Dale vegged out the rest of it. (Mary caught up on blog notes for the past week. )

Along the Way

French Press coffee shop – Today’s home made gelato flavor is ‘Sandbar’. I love the brightly colored chocolate shells.
Another poor choice. I once again ordered coffee instead of the gelato.
Enjoying morning coffee at the marina
Wedding boat and whole ant farm of other boats trying to get through the marina lock.
Bye Emily. Travel safe. By the way you forgot your Kindle.

Floccinaucinihilipilification

Pull out your old calendars!
Previous years with same starting weekday and equal number of days to 2019: 1991, 2002, 2013
Next year with same starting weekday and equal number of days to 2019: 2030

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/repeating.html?year=2019&country=1

2 in 1

2 in 1

December 28, Friday Cape Harbour Marina, Cape Coral, FL   0 nautical miles.

26°32’45.1″N 82°00’28.3″W
26.545857, -82.007861
Elevation: 0 ft

A two fun things in one day. We started the morning dingy down and exploring the Cape Coral canals. In the afternoon a bike ride about town to the Cape Coral Beach.

Dingy Down!

Cape Coral has over 400 miles of navigable waterways, more miles of canals than any other city in the world. Even more than Venice Italy.

Bike about

Safety Joe and Disney Princess

‘Safety Joe’ is a John Prine song. Emily is a avid bike rider. She was aghast at her parent behavior riding a bicycle on the side walk, even with no one coming, because it is against the rules. I guess she prefers to die being hit by a car.
And then there was the Disney princess drama by another family member (not Emily). “I don’t care. I’ll do whatever I want.”

Cape Coral Boat House – Emily
Cape Coral Beach to the north
Cape Coral Beach House to the South – Lace cover up didn’t do much for the thong.
Cape Coral Boat House – Patron using one of the many ‘Oh shit’ handles hanging from bar ceiling (like on a city bus)

Floccinaucinihilipilification

When was the thong invented?
New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia ( 1934 to 1945 ) ordered the city’s nude dancers to cover themselves and the thong was invented to just barely do the job. Fashion designer, Rudi Gernreich has been credited with introducing the first thong bikini in 1974.

Good Company

Good Company

December 27, Thursday Cape Harbour Marina, Cape Coral, FL   0 nautical miles

26°32’45.1″N 82°00’28.3″W
26.545857, -82.007861
Elevation: 0 ft

Mary’s niece Anna, husband Justin and daughters June and Zoey came to visit. They live in Miami and had spent Christmas Day at Justin’s parents in Naples, FL.

It was really fun to see them. Mary finally got a cup of gelato that she has been drooling over since we came to the marina at the French Press cafe. Zoey, 13 months, showed her how to eat gelato with her fingers.

Hanging out at Cape Harbour Marina – Zoey, Justin and June
Hanging out at Cape Harbour Marina – Dale, Anna and Emily
June at the helm
What’s a holiday without lutefisk and a little white lye?
Hostess gift dish cloth from Anna and Justin!!!! Thank goodness it wasn’t the real stuff. They also brought some Swedish cookies but they were eaten before it could be included in the picture.

Floccinaucinihilipilification

Scandinavians rarely eat lutefisk. Far more lutefisk is consumed in the United States, much of it in church and lodge basements. In fact, the self-proclaimed “lutefisk capital of the world” isn’t in Norway but in Madison, Minnesota.
– Smithsonian Magazine

Toe the line

Toe the line

December 26, Wednesday Useppa Island, FL to Cape Harbour Marina, Cape Coral, FL   25.8 nautical miles.

26°32’45.1″N 82°00’28.3″W
26.545857, -82.007861
Elevation: 0 ft

Off to an early start for breakfast at the Cabbage Key Inn and then back to Cape Coral/Fort Meyers for Dale’s follow-up toe appointment.

Dingying in for Breakfast at Cabbage Key Inn (Cabbage Key is the location where the toe injury occurred)
Breakfast at Cabbage Key Inn

Toeing the line to Cape Coral

Intercoastal Boat Ant Farm – WHEW. The boats are on the predictable side of the channel.
Intercoastal Boat Ant Farm – This pontoon boat just cut sharply right in front of us from the portside. Under navigation rules we had clear right of way. Ya always have to be diligent and watchout!
Inter-coastal Boat Ant Farm. YesDear needs to be on the left side the green to be in the channel. Water is really skinny here. Some of the little boats can navigate out side the channel but it is too shallow for us.
Intercoastal Boat Ant Farm – Our mission is to make it between the red and green daymarks without going out side the channel or hitting anyone.
Intercoastal Boat Ant Farm – No where to go and still remain in the channel! In this whole mess of ants there is a sail boat under sail!!! Boats under sail have higher right-of-way presidence due to their limited navigability. We had to get out of the WAY and NOT HIT any ants. The frightening thing is most of the little boat skippers don’t know/follow rules.
Intercoastal Boat Ant Farm – Tour boat captain running for cover outside channel markers. Water was really skinny in this area of the inter-coastal right outside of Pine Island. This tour boat pontoon was running for cover to get out the way of crazy boats. It should have been on the other side the red day mark to be in the channel. Luck for him pontoons don’t draw a lot of water.
Nice custom job. Pixelated
Niiiiice boat
Nice boat
Future Darwin Award Recipient commemorating those who improve our gene pool–by removing themselves from it in the most spectacular way possible.
Plowing sand through a BIG sandbar. Either this guy doesn’t know how to read tide tables and charts or doesn’t pay attention.
Intercoastal waterway – Little rough for a full pontoon. Notice how deep the front tips of his pontoons are.
Intercoastal waterway – It’s amazing how many pontoons you see out in the middle of no where in rough water.

Each bird has an assigned day mark and are expected to be in their
assigned location when tourist boats go by.

Whew. After all this to get back to Cape Coral, next step is Toeing the line to the podiatrist (only after self-medication at Fathom’s bar)

Mary and Dale left Emily in the company of other people with the promise to find her with them at the Tiki Bar when Dale’s appointment was over. Bad parental move.

Toeing the line back to the boat

Start of the Pub Crawl….

Tiki Bar. It’s filled with little dog people. Someone here recommended Ralph’s for a good dive bar.
Ralph’s dive bar is somewhere in this mall
Smile Dale! (Not Ralph’s dive bar, but it was near by)
CarWash DogWash Cape Coral, FL. Of course, never having seen a CarWash DogWash we had to explore; DogWash side anyway.
CarWash DogWash – Instructions
CarWash DogWash – Vending selection
CarWash DogWash – Warning
Ford’s Garage
Ford’s Garage – Ladies Room sink
Ford’s Garage. Dale liked the porter. Mary liked the label. Notice the metal surface between the blue lights. It’s chilled and keeps your beer warm.

We also stopped a Big Blue Brewing company. http://bigbluebrewing.com/

Mary quit at 2 drinks and then drank water and she was the only one with a hang over the next day. Go figure.

Floccinaucinihilipilification

Toe the Line – Most likely derived from putting one’s toe to a line, mark, or seam on a naval ship as a form of regimentation or punishment.
– wiktionary

The idiom meaning “to do what is expected” or “to follow the established rules”
——

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – In 1886, inventor Thomas Edison purchased land along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers and constructed a winter home. Wanting to spend the winters with the Edison’s, their friends Henry Ford and his wife purchased the adjacent property in 1915 and built a bungalow-style house.

Today these estates are museums

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

December 25, Tuesday – Cayo Costa Key State Park, FL to Useppa Island, FL  3.3 nautical miles.

26°39’30.5″N 82°12’57.0″W
26.658460, -82.215838
Elevation: 0 ft

Merry Christmas to Family and Friends. Missing you all and loving you all. It was nice to have Emily here to spend Christmas with us and we loved the phone calls with Sarah and Jake.

Along the Way

Cayo Costa State Park – Tradition was not broken. Mary making Christmas breakfast.
Cayo Costa State Park – Mary and Emily out for a dingy cruise. This was the first time Emily had driven a boat in several years. Dale passed on this cruise as he was taking care of his toe. 🙁
Cayo Costa State Park – All set for tram ride to Gulf side the key
Cayo Costa State Park – Yes, that is an alligator

Emily and Mary spent the most part of the day collection shells. Rather than collecting the largest they could find, they collected the smallest they could find. Just as amazing but takes up much less room.

Cayo Costa Key miniature shell collection

Just before sundown we decided to go to the Cabbage Key Inn for breakfast tomorrow morning. Tomorrow’s low tide is around 7:00 am and expected to be a low, low tide making it hard for us to get out of the bay early in the day. We pulled anchor and with navigation lights on we headed out for the 3 miles to the chosen anchorage.

Floccinaucinihilipilification

In Germany, Poland, and Ukraine, finding a spider or a spider’s web on a Christmas tree is believed to be a harbinger of good luck. According to one legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus, according to the other – a spider web on the Christmas tree turned silver and gold once the sunlight touched it. One way or another, decorating a Christmas tree with artificial spiders and spider webs will inevitably bring you luck and prosperity!

Mary is NOT German, Polish or Ukrainian. The Scandinavians do NOT believe this crap.

Abbreviating Christmas as Xmas does not take Christ out out Christmas. X is the Greek letter “chi” which is an abbreviation for the word “Christ” in Greek.

Quote

“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.”

― Bible, Psalms 107:23-24

Holy Moly! What star is that?

Holy Moly! What star is that?

December 24, Monday – Cape Harbour Marina, Cape Coral, FL  to Cayo Costa Key State Park  3.3 nautical miles.

26°41’12.3″N 82°14’35.9″W
26.686743, -82.243301
Elevation: 0 ft

Woo Woo! What better way to spend Christmas than at Cayo Costa Key State Park. The amount of Christmas Eve day boat traffic was surprising! It was also a little surprising that there were about 10 boats anchored for the night at the Key. None of them had a Looper flag.

Along the Way

Christmas Eve Day traffic
Emily dolphin hunting
Dophins bow surfacing-both sides at same time
Storm leftovers pine needs and sea grass. Lots of it.
Draining the dingy before we can put it down. We had forgotten to unplug it last time we lifted it and it rained.

Neighbors

Christmas Eve Star – HA! It was the light on top of a sail boat mast. The night was so dark and still it was impossible to readily tell what it was other than a star.

In defense, there have been some nights we have actually seen a planet this big on the horizon line. Jupiter when we were crossing the Gulf was the biggest ball of light we have ever seen. The Big Dipper is often phenomenal. But not tonight.

Floccinaucinihilipilification

Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. According to Roger Highfield, the author of the book “The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey” the world’s most famous reindeer has a red nose due to a parasite. However, Rudolf’s relationship with his parasite is symbiotic: after all, the red nose illuminates the path through the winter night for the whole reindeer team.

Happy Festivus Day

Happy Festivus Day

December 23, Sunday –  Cape Harbour Marina, Cape Coral, FL  0 nautical miles.

26°32’45.1″N 82°00’28.3″W
26.545857, -82.007861
Elevation: 0 ft

WOO WOO! Our daughter Emily arrived about 11:00 PM tonight! More on her tomorrow. I’m going to bed.

Today the new anchor went on!  WOO WOO! But the anchor saga continues. Mary accidentally double wrapped the chain and broke a piece off the anchor windlass. Stripped the screws straight out. Festivus Day grievances by Dale were not aired over Mary’s screw up.

New Anchor Vulcan25 – the baptism
New Anchor Vulcan 25. All 55 pounds of it.

Along the Way

We went in search for a Sports Bar to watch the Vikings play.

Cape Coral Fl power pole. The power line literal went down the center of the sidewalk????? I love the little curve around it on the inside.
Vikings Fans of all kinds – Vikings beat Detroit Lions 27 – 9

Neighbors

Cape Coral Marina – Dog Neighbors. A LOT of them. It must be a requirement to own a little dog if you want to live here.
Cape Harbor Marina Business Manager Stacy delivering mail. People here are so friendly and nice.

From the prior Poet Laureate – Tom F

Vi…olent night, ro….olly night.
All’s not calm……
Things aren’t right….

‘Round yon harbor ..
The waves …breaking high…
Lines won’t hold..
Despite how hard we try…
Christ this surfs getting ooo..old
Chri..ist this surfs getting old

BUT 
You… could be here…
With froze in Yes dear…
Cold to the bone…
Water like stone..

Not seeing sun for like …ever it seeems.
Just to feel warmth is like .. everyones dreams
So we all read, how each day unfo… olds
And hope..that your new… anchor holds.

Merry Christmas you two
Peace on earth and good will to aqua men
(and spiderwomen)

Tom! I think this was your best poem yet!

Floccinaucinihilipilification

An “angel” is another term for an anchor kellet or sentinel. This is a weight that is suspended from the anchor rode some distance down from the bow to lower the angle between the lower part of the rode and the sea bottom, thus increasing its holding power while also providing slack to absorb the strain caused by gusts and waves, especially when there is not room to let out sufficient scope.

With our new anchor plus the 120 feet of chain, hopefully, we will never need to sink an “angel”. If the wind is too strong, skip that! I’m going to a marina.

The lizards are out today

The lizards are out today

December 22, Saturday –  Cape Harbour Marina, Cape Coral, FL  0 nautical miles 16+ statute miles.

26°32’45.1″N 82°00’28.3″W
26.545857, -82.007861
Elevation: 0 ft

They’re baaaaack … Spiders. I hate spiders! This spider was exterminated about 6 seconds after its picture was taken.

The little lizards, like Mary and Dale, were out and about today, running around. It was a tad chilly but the sun on our backs was wonderful as we biked around Cape Coral. Dale’s broken toe doesn’t slow him down much. I promise no more pictures 🙂 .

Along the Way

Dale and Mary both took pictures today.

Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Beach (Mary took this picture) The beach was nice but Mary’s a bit spoiled from the beach at Clearwater Beach.
Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Beach (Dale took this picture.) HA. He preferred this beach to Clearwater Beach
Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Beach – Santa stopped by. (Mary took this.)
Cape Coral Yacht Club Community Beach – Santa stopped by (Dale took this.)

Things in people’s yards

Cape Coral, FL – Things in people’s yards – Burrowing Owl (Mary took this picture) Burrowing owls capture prey by hovering over open areas or by running along the ground to chase prey down. They are quick and can even snatch flying insects from mid-air. LOL Burrowing owls collect mammal dung and put it in and around their burrows.
Cape Coral, FL – Things in people’s yards – Bathtub Mary, a truly weird American tradition – HA. This was in the same yard as the burrowing owl. (Dale took this picture.)
Cape Coral, FL – Purple fire hydrants????? Cape Coral has 800 or so purple water hydrants. Water in the purple hydrants is non-potable. They are on the city’s irrigation system, fed by fresh water canals and the two reclaimed water treatment plants. (Of course Mary took this one)

Floccinaucinihilipilification

The Florida Keys are the only place in the continental U.S. where one can, on foot, watch the sun rise and set in the ocean.

Bump and Grind

Bump and Grind

December 19, Wednesday through December 21, 2018 Friday –  Cape Harbour Marina, Cape Coral, FL  0 nautical miles.

26°32’45.1″N 82°00’28.3″W
26.545857, -82.007861
Elevation: 0 ft

Bump and grind all night long for two nights and days in a row. We are really glad we are in a marina and not on the hook. Wave height in the Gulf from Tarpon Springs to Naples is 20+ feet.

Yesterday it rained for most of the day with 20+ mph wind gusting to 48 mph. Today has not been as rainy but the wind is still forceful. Fenders are deployed and monitored. Docklines are checked and rechecked. The wind gusts keep forcefully slamming YesDear against the dock/fenders, bumping and grinding away. The wind is kinda like that old high school bully that keeps walking by and giving you a solid shove; but about every 10 seconds to 2 minutes all day and night long. Some of the shoves are pretty hard! Still, I’d rather be tied up (to the dock than at anchor).

Speaking of anchors ….

The anchor saga continues from December 9, 2018. Gary, one of the Cape Harbour Marina employees, was kind enough to let us borrow his SUV to go West Marine and exchange our anchor. Yes, we did order a bigger anchor. Boat spec = Vulcan 25 Anchor (55 lbs) mfg spec that is intended to provide an anchor adequate for use in most all conditions based on 50 knots of wind, associated surge, and poor holding bottoms. If this anchor doesn’t hold, YesDear goes for sale!

Along the Way

Cape Harbour Marina – High tide on the dock, lapping along the top. I’m not really sure why the water level is so high as the water level in the marina and surrounding neighborhood is controlled by a small lock. All the rain? High storm surge over lock level?
Both. We went over to the lock and checked it out. The lock is completely open from both directions with a strong ebbing current even though it was not yet high tide.
Cape Harbour Marina – Neighbors and wind. Shortly after this picture was taken the umbrella and table blew completely off the balcony. You can also see the furniture and the Christmas tree in the other balcony askew.

Walk About

Cape Coral Marina – Walk about – Looking Up – Thee diversity of the palm trees was interesting (and the flowering tree). Mary found two coconuts that had fallen to the ground. She is going to try to open them later.
Cape Coral Marina – Walk about – Looking Down. All the little chameleons are in hiding today because of the cold, rainy wind.

Floccinaucinihilipilification

There is a Royal Navy superstition that whistling on a ship can summon strong winds. Traditionally, the only person allowed to whistle is the ship’s cook, as it means he’s not eating the food. 

I’m not whistling Dixie…..

Heebie Jeebies

Heebie Jeebies

December 18, 2018 Tuesday Cape Harbour Marina, Cape Coral, FL  0 nautical miles.

26°32’45.1″N 82°00’28.3″W
26.545857, -82.007861
Elevation: 0 ft

Today’s the day Dale got to see Dr Howard the podiatrist! Yes he gets to keep the toe, but not all of it.

Along the Way

Derek from Lyft picked us up for our ride across town to Doc Howard’s. In route Derek told us interesting stories about alligator hunting. You need a licence to alligator hunt.  You can only hunt on private land at night when its dark. Scarry. You can’t just shine them and shoot them. You need to shine them, snag them, drag them up to the boat and put a bullet in their head.

In a nutshell, Derek and two friends snagged and shot an alligator in the head with a 44 mag. Unknown to them, all it did was knock the alligator out as the shell didn’t totally pierce the skull. On their way back to the marina with their prize 12+ foot alligator tied to the gunnel of their 30 foot bass boat, the alligators eyes opened and it started to look around. The three of them grabbed it and tied up its mouth and legs! WHEW.

Doc Howard’s

It’s the busy season at the podiatrist. Cape Coral is a community of newly weds and nearly deads. They don’t see many of the newly weds. All the snow birds are back in town. Dale was the youngest person they had seen all day. With all old people around here the orthopedics and the podiatrists in this area world class!

Before the good Doc could determine if surgery was merited she needed to see under the big toe nail.  OFF WITH THE NAIL!!!!!!!

Dale battled hard to do the toe nail removal procedure the old fashioned way but Doc Howard was fresh out of Jack Daniels and leather boot straps.

Surgery is NOT needed. WOO WOO!

Another round of antibiotics and the good doc wants Dale back in one week.

Good Night

From the prior Poet Laureate – Thanks Tom F!

DT that’s for damaged toe not Dale Tobin:
Aquaman has busted his fin
I can’t imagine the pain he’s in
Right now I bet what would come in handy
Is knowing a guy with “post OP candy”
But if he’s selfish, keeps it all to his self
You’ll probably turn to the liquor shelf
With spiderwoman mixing you some killer mangrias
Don’t start wandering around the marinas
Or taking on more than you really should handle
And get a damn bumper on that orthopedic sandle

Dale I feel bad for ya buddy. I can’t imagine. Good luck.
That’s got to suck.

Floccinaucinihilipilification

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.