Monday, August 31, 2015


Hello Everybody

Well, we sold High Spirits last week, got our cash and decided to start some new adventures by travelling all over the world over the next 5-10 years.

We had a great five year adventure, met a lot of friends and enjoyed some great sunsets in the Bahamas.

We will never forgot the places and the people we have spent time with and hope that in our future travels we will cross paths with  you.

Fair winds to everybody

Joe and Joy

Sunday, May 3, 2015

life at Green Turtle

We are in Green Turtle Cay at the Green Turtle Club for the past week and for another 5 days or so.

Waiting for the weather to improve to cross over to the Florida.  Had thought about leaving High Spirits in Marsh Harbor, but it looks like we are still going to Ft. Pierce but not until May 12 or so.

Our friend, Madonna, is here for two weeks.  The is Cleveland Madonna, not the "Like A Virgin: Madonna who now lives in London. this Madonna is a friend of Joy's from Lactation Consulting in Cleveland, Ohio for twenty years until we retired.

No new pictures today, but we did go on a big wave ride in a powerboat to go to Nippers Restaurant at Great Guana Cay.  The waves were 6-8 feet and we were doing 12 knots so just plowed into them.
It was an interesting ride, coming and going. 

The current plan is to leave on Thursday and start moving west to position us for a crossing on Saturday/Sunday.  Using our forecasting tools, we should have a better idea on Tuesday or Wednesday if this is going to be possible.  Our forecast tools only go out for a week.  There are a lot of weather oriented apps on the IPAD or on the PC that are free and helpful.

Friday and Saturday was the Island Heritage Festival at Green Turtle.  Here are some pictures from last night Junkaroo parade.

Joy, Madonna, and Margie( she is a sailing friend from Nova Scotia.  She and Mark are leaving their boat in Green Turtle Cay for the summer and will be back in Jan.)

Time to go watch Call the Midwives, first tv in 8 months


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Life at the Job room - Marsh Harbor

Well here we are again at the Job Room, eating ribs On Wed night cookout and steak night for Joy on Saturday. all of a sudden, my pc has come back to life, although it is helped by a new plug in keyboard and plug in mouse.  Looks like the water damage from the storm may not be permanent.

We are waiting for our last friend, Madonna, from Cleveland to arrive tomorrow. She will be with us for two weeks or so.  Trying to start to head back after next week.  Island Festival is next weekend at Green Turtle and we are headed there on Tuesday, which looks like a good day to cross Whale Cut.

The Whale Cut is part of the Abacos that is open to the ocean swells from Africa. It is about 2 miles of unprotected ocean , so you need to go through with low waves.

just got a flash on the Internet that Bahamas may have very strong winds next weekend.  Should be interesting.

Spend yesterday with Steve and Lisa Wallace.  Went to lunch at Sandy Point, a real small settlement at the end of Abaco Island, then an art show at a high end development, Schooner Bay, and finally trying to find the parrots at  Bahamas Palm Shores

did find the parrots

They love whatever these berries are called.

It is definitely getting to the end of the sail cruising season in the Bahamas. After a short lull, the fisher people start coming over in the big power boats.

More later on the storm coming next weekend


Monday, April 13, 2015

Life in Hopetowntr

We are in Hopetown until the weekend. Our
friends, Stev and Lisa Wallace, stayed with us on High Spirits for three nights.  we had sailed over to the villa they are renting in  Treasure Cay to pick them up.

anyway, we are in Hopetown  till the weekend, and then going over to
Guaya Cay for a couple of days.  then
Over to Marsh Harbor to await the arrival of
Madonna who is coming over to sail back with us across the Gulf Stream.

got to figure out the photo upload procedure for IPads and Blogspot.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

In the Abacos

Well it has been a while since I wrote something.  a lot has happened, all of it good except for the loss of my computer.

We had a rain shower early in the morning and we thought we had latched the center hatch tightly.  however the latch was not tight, and the water poured in, right on top od the laptop.

it already was not working properly, bad keyboard.  Nick and Sue brought me a plug in keyboard and that  worked until the rain storm.  thought it might work, packed it in rice for a couple of days, but alas, it would not turn on.

fortunately i had backed up my important files on a flashs drive.  Will get a new PC when we return to the States in mid May.

Nick and Sue came and stayed for two weeks, one week in the Blacpoint Settlement area and then one week traveling north throughout Exumas Lake and Sea  Park and flying home out of Nassau

 I have problems accessing our photos via the  blog.  So new picture ofNickand Sue.

We will be spending the month of April here in the Abacos.  One of Joy's college friends, Lisa is coming on High Spirits for a few days with her husband,SteveN.

Lisa was a bridesmaid in our wedding 45 years ago.

The at the end of April, Madonna is coming for two weeks to help us  sail back to Florida.

More later after I figured out how IPAD and blogspot work together to load up pictures.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Life at Blackpoint Settlement

getting ready to leave this wonderful little Bahamian town, past Staniel Cay but before Georgetown.

this past Sunday we went to a special Bsptist service on Sunday at the local church.  the three churches got together to close  a 3 day women's retreat. lots of great music.  Sorry that we did not get pictures but everyone was  dressed up.  not us boaters of course.

We are moving out of here  and waiting for Nick and Sie tsar rive next Momday.

wanted to thank Larry and Annette on Islsnd Breeze and Charlir  and Jane on Ibis for hanging with us for the  past 2 weeks. Ibis heading north and Island  Breeze is heading south.  we are just staying  in the local area around Staniel Cay to pick up the Behlers


Ps. will load some pictures when I figure out how to put them on the IPAD.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Laundry at black Point

today is sheets and towels day at the Rockside Laundry, BlackPoint Exumas.  Ida Patton and her husband opened up a 10 washers, 10 dryers facility in the middle of the Exumas.  so now everybody stops here. she has expanded into fresh water showers and a small store with boat parts.

did not talk about Staniel Caywheer we stayed beforeBlackpoint but that is also a great place to stay

well just figured out how to laid phots using the IPAD.  here is a picture of Nate the Bread guy in North bimini.

Her is Joy with a fish she caught for supper.

laundry is finished and goipng ovetScorpio's for Happy Hour