Friday, June 3, 2016

November 2012 - June 2016: What a great ride

Today is the end of our voyage on Glory Days.
We have sold Glory to a new owner and we hope they enjoy her as much as John's family and my family did.
In life, everything has a beginning and an end.
Once it ends, it's the memories left behind that define if it was a good life or not.
Glory Days was definitely glorious days!
Best of memories and best of wishes for this beautiful boat.
We'll miss her very much.

Here are the last pictures of Glory!

Here's the last picture...
as she looked before handing over the keys.

Flybridge... the views were great

Leaving behind the best of memories!

New owner... he looks happy!!!
Enjoy and take good care of her Skip

Our last marina: Florida Keys - Tavernier

Last time under John's watch - Ft. Lauderdale

Final resting place - up for sale in Pompano Beach

Survey time!

Done with survey

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Looking for lobster

Sandra and John both have spears so they are on lobster duty. I was the expedition photographer.   

This was about 10 feet of water

Sandra leaves no lobster hidey-hole unexamined

I LOVE this Angelfish


This stingray was buried in the sand. I swam above him and startled him. Or her.

 I swear it was as big as I am.

Do you see the tiny starfish?

As long as you don't touch them, they won't bother you.
 John Ryan, intrepid spear fisherman.
Off the north end of Great Harbour Cay

Monday, March 14, 2016

Fishing and Lobstering in the Berry Islands

We haven't caught too much but it's fun to be on and in the water in warm weather.

John caught 2 small fish that we threw back

Strawberry Grouper

Rick caught a 3 ft long Barracuda that was SCARY! He removed the hook with pliers and let it go.

The lobster huntress of the Berrys speared a big one.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Shark Creek to Hawksnest Cay

Rick and Sandra took me in their dingy to Hawksnest Cay in search of shells and turtles.  Shark Creek at high tide is 1 foot deep, so it's a dingy or kayak trip.  We can't go through there in the Key West.

We saw lots of small fish, a nurse shark, and a small turtle.

We were the only people on Hawksnest Cay.  There were lots of sea biscuits there.

Ocean side of Hawksnest Cay

Purple fan coral

I guess I like taking pictures of snails on rocks
We saw many turtles and stingrays in Turtle Creek but they are hard to photograph because they move so fast! 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Spearing Lobster

We went out with Rick and Sandra on the Key West in search of lobster.  John and Sandra both have Hawaiian Slings and Sandra is the Jedi-Zen-Master of spearing lobster.  She knows the good spots!  The water was an uncharacteristically 73 degrees (last year at this time it was 80) so we put on our wet suits. 

No, this isn't a giant manatee, it's me.

Sandra speared this 7" lobster!
You have to tear their heads off, then they look like this:
A couple of days ago, we rode our bikes to the north end of the island, about 4 miles from the marina.

Then we rode to Sugar Beach where there is a cave and lots of limestone.


More snails

I also like riding my bike to Sugar Beach at low tide to look for shells.  Low tide is CRAZY LOW!
This is what low tide looks like
Crab Tracks? Lizard?

The tide was coming in from 2 directions:

We are looking forward to decreased winds on Monday and Tuesday so we can go to Hoffman's Cay where there is a blue hole.