Tuesday, September 23, 2014

But What About Istaboa?

Istaboa's fine, better than ever.
She's not going anywhere other than where she takes us.



Once again, Istaboa is our dream being realized. Some will remember...
And, yes I know, there are those who feel there's no better life than full time living aboard our boats, but we've been doing the cruising thing for many years. We like to think of the boat life as a dream being realized, but sometimes, for us anyway, it's fun to hop on the bus and say — there's no place like home — and our dream remains floating somewhere awaiting our return.
Istaboa also has a new home in Jupiter where we bought her a slip. She'll only be a couple of miles away and when we're not cruising, I'll enjoy her everyday as my office.
She'll return to her previous role, no longer our home — our escape.

And a great escape she is.

Adios,

Istaboa

Monday, September 22, 2014

Our House

Our house is a very, very fine house
with two dogs in the yard...
Okay, I took liberties with the old CS&N tune and the rest of it doesn't apply, but you get the point.


Picking up from the last post — The 'change is rising and about to wash over us' part?
Well, the little house in the above photo is the catalyst for these changes.

Meet 'Spearfish', our little bungalow by the sea in Jupiter, FL

Going on 15 years now, Crew Istaboa has cruised the watery stretches between the Gulf Coast, the Keys, the East Coast, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Bahamas.  All along the way, in every marina where we'd tie up, Mel and I would take time to imagine what it'd be like to reside in that particular place. We explored each one thoroughly and they were all contenders in the hunt for the eventual/inevitable dirt dwelling where we knew one day we'd settle in.
Yes, we've unintentionally annoyed many realtors throughout the course of our travels.
For the last couple of years, The Jupiter area has become our home-port to return to.
For Florida, Jupiter's a fairly progressive/live and let live kinda place. We enjoy it's good food, the nice folks, and it's seemingly kind attitude. Even during season the traffic's not too bad, and the water's truly beautiful.
Jupiter has one of the best beaches on the East Coast. It's a dog friendly stretch of shoreline and seems pretty human friendly as well. We've found we like it here much. The Boyz love the beach and they're really gonna enjoy the freedom that comes with the small fenced yard.

So unless something unforeseeable happens with our real estate transaction, it appears, on dry land anyway, we've finally found what we're looking for. Or, maybe it found us.

And, we'll call our new abode –––> 'Spearfish'.

Another chapter in our story.

More later —

Adios,

Istaboa

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Another Day

Well, the storm was a bust... not even rain. Maybe a sunrise?
It's nice being here at Old Port Cove; a distant horizon with a pleasant ocean breeze and a view of the rich and famous.
We've still not gone home to The Bluffs or Memphis yet.  But, I'm sensing changes -like the tide- are about to wash over us.
Ebb and flow, repeat...


More later

Saturday, August 23, 2014

'Tis The Season

Football? Yes, but no.

Hurricane Season is upon us and it started early with Arthur.
Now Cristobal.


Though it's too early to tell what it's going to do, if it will turn, or even strengthen enough to become a threat; I don't like all those magenta lines. Most are pointed in our direction, especially that white dotted one.

Currently Istaboa is tied up at Old Port Cove and crew is enjoying the ocean breezes and the view of Lake Worth, but The Bluffs and all the protection it provides is starting to look pretty attractive.

It may be time to start thinking wind.

Adios,

Istaboa

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Keys and Back

And we're done.


We finished our short leg from Lauderdale to N. Palm Beach putting an end to our latest cruise.
The Keys were fun and we made new friends and while there we realized we enjoyed the Keys in the summer without the crowds more than in season with them.

We caught Key West's Lobster Fest.


This was the first week of Lobster Season and it did bring out the crowds.


The folks in the pic below decided to bypass the festival and opt for the pool.




Miami was as interesting as always and Fort Lauderdale was like going home again.
We caught up with old friends there and enjoyed an early dinner at our old favorite watering hole, Southport RawBar.

It was a very productive trip. Conch Harbor Marina in Key West is now enjoying very fast internet and Miami and Ft Lauderdale appear to be ready to upgrade also.

I love these kinda trips. Work and fun... or fun and work? Anyway, I haven't enjoyed working this much since I quit the music biz 30+ years ago.

More pics later.

Cheers,

Istaboa