Here are the Blogs in the Florida Loop 2012
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Since Thursday we are at a new park, Live Oak Landing, near Freeport. There are 50 motorhomes here just like ours. Many of the people we have met before at similar events. It is much like boating rendezvous with pot luck dinners, presentations, and tours of each others' units. The park has a beautiful ...Read More...
Posted on 03/03/2012 9:30 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 1 March 2012
This property was spotted near Live Oaks Landing. Questions you will want to ask before visiting.
How many bedrooms does it have?
Is it on the beach?
Does the owner live on the property?
Is the nice sign included in the deal?
Are the alligators included?
Posted on 03/01/2012 9:21 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
We toured the Greek shops for our fifth time since 2003, bought balaclava, and had lunch at the same restaurant we ate at on the Great Loop after 24 hours cruising across the Gulf of Mexico. That evening we stopped at the Village Pines Campground RV park at Inglis with full hookups, no reservation, ...Read More...
Posted on 02/29/2012 9:10 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 27 February 2012
We spent the day with friends, Bart & Ellie, in St Petersburg on their 49ft Defever MY. We took the dinghy out for a spin around the harbor and saw the sailboat Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior out of Amsterdam. Dinner that evening was at the Red Mesa Cantina & Lucha Bar. We ate at a garden table beside ...Read More...
Posted on 02/27/2012 9:05 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 27 February 2012
It's been a busy week for boating. Monday we had lunch with CruiseGuide writer, Fred Myers, in Cape Coral at Perkins. While in the restaurant, Great Loopers Bob & Ann came by. They are spending the winter in Cape Coral on their 42 ft catamaran. It seems there are so many Loopers in Florida there are ...Read More...
Posted on 02/27/2012 3:13 AM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 27 February 2012
It's been a busy week for boating. Monday we had lunch with CruiseGuide writer, Fred Myers, in Cape Coral at Perkins. While in the restaurant, Great Loopers Bob & Ann came by. They are spending the winter in Cape Coral on their 42 ft catamaran. It seems there are so many Loopers in Florida there ...Read More...
Posted on 02/27/2012 2:57 AM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Our 6" Aligator Tonight we are camped at Gator Park in the Everglades about 6 miles east of Miami. Since this is a holiday weekend it was hard to find a campsite. I called about 4 RV Parks and they were all booked up, didn't answer the phone, or told me they only accept 40 ft Class A motorhomes and ...Read More...
Posted on 02/19/2012 8:36 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Tonight we are camped at Gator Park in the Everglades about 6 miles east of Miami. Since this is a holiday weekend it was hard to find a campsite. I called about 4 RV Parks and they were all booked up, didn't answer the phone, or told me they only accept 40 ft Class A motorhomes and ours doesn't qualify. ...Read More...
Posted on 02/19/2012 8:29 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 16 February 2012
A good part of the afternoon today was spent on the Rickenbacker Causeway that goes out from Miami to Key Biscayne. There is parking right beside the beach. The sea breeze kept us cool. In between telephone meetings I put together a 5 minute video of the Olympic Sailing Trials I attended on the committee ...Read More...
Posted on 02/16/2012 9:29 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Saturday was very windy. Ed and I sat around and he got me started on Apple's new multimedia authoring system. Apple is going to try to repeat its success in taking over the music business with the text book business. They have a free authoring tool, and an iTunes like ecommerce site where books cannot ...Read More...
Posted on 02/14/2012 4:23 AM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 11 February 2012
Easterlin proved to be a good stop right in the city and not far from the farthest north water taxi stop. Jeff & Marla picked us up and we had a superb dinner at the Greek Islands Taverna in Fort Lauderdale. Wednesday we headed south for the Keys and camped in the rain at Fiesta Key RV Park. It was ...Read More...
Posted on 02/11/2012 2:14 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
This was my second day on the water. Joined by Larry and Marsha from Nashville, we cruised all around the Intracostal Waterway and New River on the Yellow Water Taxi. It's a good deal. For $17 each you can get on and off at any stop all day long. The boat is an interesting design as it is a diesel-electric ...Read More...
Posted on 02/07/2012 4:17 AM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 6 February 2012
What a great day. I spent most of it on the KBYC committee boat watching the Olympic Sailing Womens' Match Racing Trials. It was the last day of the event and the main competition was Denmark vs Argentina. There was a crew of 3 in each Sheboygan Class 6 meter boat. These boats were strictly for racing. ...Read More...
Posted on 02/06/2012 2:24 AM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Today was my talk. The room was set up for 150 people and over 60 attended. 80% of the audience was there looking to buy a boat. My talk was about cruising the Great Loop and giving people a good reason to buy a boat. Mavis ran the store at the back of the room and did a lively business. Tomorrow we ...Read More...
Posted on 02/05/2012 2:41 AM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 4 February 2012
We were out at 7:15AM and arrived at Yacht Haven RV Park and Marina at 1:00PM. Checking in at the Bahia Mar where TrawlerFest is held, I then had a chance to see the boats. By far the most spectacular trawler for sale was the Wanderbird. I wish I could have taken photos inside it is magnificent. It ...Read More...
Posted on 02/04/2012 2:33 AM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 3 February 2012
The brochure reads "Blue Spring State Park is the winter home to more than 200 manatees". This year that claim is slightly exaggerated. We saw 2, a mother and baby. It seems that the warm weather has kept the St Johns River above normal temperatures and it is unnecessary for the manatees to seek out ...Read More...
Posted on 02/03/2012 1:21 AM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 2 February 2012
In the morning I did the month end accounting, printed checks, and visited the post office. The we drove 60 miles or so toe Tomoka SP. The road in goes for miles through the jungle with live oaks and Spanish moss shading the road. This is a beautiful park with the oldest live oak trees in East Florida. ...Read More...
Posted on 02/02/2012 3:59 AM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
We had a nice short drive to an misnamed park in RVparking.com. It called it State Park but it turned out to be Cooksey's RV Park. It 95% extended stay and only opened the office 8-10 and 4-6. It was inexpensive and we had a good site with satellite TV access. I had a work project and spent the rest ...Read More...
Posted on 02/01/2012 3:55 AM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Gail's Fabulous Breakfast It's hard to believe I could get so screwed up over the time of day. Breakfast was set for 7:00AM, I set the alarm on the iPhone, checked all the clocks and watches but didn't wake up until 7:45 EST. It seems that the iPhone unlike regular cellphones didn't change with the ...Read More...
Posted on 01/31/2012 3:52 AM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 30 January 2012
We packed the View yesterday, slept on it so we could see what we had forgotten. About 2 blocks from home, Mavis remembered 2 things we had forgotten. We stopped at a very nifty new Tennessee Welcome Center. The old one welcoming visitors from Alabama was wiped out by a tornado. At Chattanooga we stayed ...Read More...
Posted on 01/30/2012 3:49 AM by Bob Duthie