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Jan 29, 2015 - Sanford Still

As we come up on the end of our Sanford stay, a quick review of our activities may be in order. Jean has kept up a steady reading schedule including "Unbroken" and "American Sniper" while Bill bounces between Grisham, Ludlum, Turow and Baldacci. We have to admit though that most of this activity takes place in the horizontal. For the last two weeks here, we have moved to a slip close to the industrial part of the marina. Our neighbors on the live aboard section had tired of the sanding and noisy boat repairs, close aboard. The new place has...

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Jan 16, 2015 - Sanford Stay

As noted previously, not much had changed over the two years in Sanford or the marina that would be our home until the first week of February. Sited on Lake Monroe at the south end of the St Johns we find a town struggling to capture some of the tourist overflow from Orlando. It is clear that the city has a plan as main sections are freshly renovated, and now sport brick paved streets and sidewalks. An extended Riverwalk along the shore runs, wide for a couple of miles and is a popular stroll for all. The Riverwalk is also a great start for...

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Jan 4, 2015 - Jan 2nd

Today we took the grandchildren to the airport for their flight home but first we went down to the dock to do some fishing. Devin gave it a good try but the best he could manage was pulling a small fish out of the water before it came off and dropped back in. I coudn't even get a strike. After we were done fishing we headed back to the RV, on the way we made a diversion to an observation tower. We all climbed to the top which looked out over an open meadow. This was very near where Tori and Devin had seen a doe and a fawn the previous...

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Jan 3, 2015 - Sanford in sight

The departure from Welaka Town Dock was uneventful as the tide turned and the fog lifted by mid day. We had our mind on a run to the Hontoon Island Park, but a delayed departure on Friday meant that we would arrive after dark. We chose instead to anchor in one of the oxbows off the main channel just above Astor. The cul-de-sac chosen was little wider than two boat lengths so the setting of the anchor could be a problem. Jean was at the controls as Bill manhandled the anchor on the bow. With it underfoot, it was time to set it deep into the...

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Jan 2, 2015 - The St Johns Trail

Well our plans for an anchored out New Years Eve were changed by a cold and windy evening. Instead, we headed south to one of our favorite hangouts, Outback Crab Shack on Six Mile Creek, to celebrate the new year. The Shack had a live band and half of the long face dock roped off for the fireworks. We parked at the far end to avoid any errant missiles and ambled down for some great football and a rowdy bunch of youngsters that had little interest in the games. Their specialty is gator tail which we rounded out with some tasty ribs. After...

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Apr 6, 2014 - April 5 - Day 2

Up early on the train for breakfast and packing up. Pulled into Sanford a little late, no worries, we're on vacation! Most amazing thing is who you meet along the way. Our car comes off the train and as we are walking to it, Chooie notices a sticker on another car (In memory of LTC James Walton). The car belongs to his parents so we introduce ourselves because although we didn't know Jim, we know their older son Don. He and Chooie were LT's in Germany. For those of you at our wedding, Don was the "boy with the nice eyes", as Butzi...

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Jan 26, 2014 - BlueMax Air Show - Sanford, FL

Hello Everyone, Today we left Disney’s Fort Wilderness and traveled about an hour south to Sanford, FL to watch a WW1 Model Airplane show. We got the unique pleasure to be able to dry camp right on the side of the runway to watch all the action! Gordon & Angela White from Truck Camper Magazine accompanied us as well with their Truck Camper, and we also met our friends Ron & Shelley Phaff who were exhibiting their hand made pens! These WW1 RC (remote control) planes were all exact replicas in sizes that ranged from ¼ to 1/3 size. Each was...

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Mar 20, 2013 - Heading Home, Part One

With the car safely back in Maryland, it was time to begin the trek north in the boat. Mid morning on 21 March we cleared the dock at Ortega and motored down the St Johns to the ICW. It was an overcast and windy day so the internal route was in order. Just before stopping we hailed Willi at Consolidated Petroleum in Fernandina for some fuel and a place to overnight on his dock. In rough weather this would not be an ideal place, but the wind died down and all we had to contend with was an extreme tide shift and fast current. Nice long spring...

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Mar 9, 2013 - Visitors and a New Arrival

Our neighbors from Solomons, Marianne Varley and Amy Mchenry came for the last week of February to sample life on the boat and the Florida sun. Amy stayed with the Esaus on Cheers and Marianne got the top bunk on Chapter III. Their visit meant lots of barbecue and other dining experiences for the six of us. On 27 February the gang headed over to the Jacksonville beaches for lunch at the old Sea Turtle and new Oceans One on the Atlantic. We spent the night at the BOQ in Mayport and walked the beaches. Which incidentally, were undergoing a...

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Feb 20, 2013 - The Return to Ortega

After the battery incident, we were reminded once again that boating is serious business. And, the constants that we take for granted ashore, don't always hold true in your own little mobile system on the water. The next day, we decided to go pier side at Reynolds Yacht Center in Green Cove Springs. This place is sited on a former naval station and has high fixed piers with bits and bollards for battleships. Our purpose in the stop was to rent a car and retrieve our wheels from Sanford. But first, getting safely alongside in a wind was...

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Feb 15, 2013 - Time to Move

Our month-long stay at Sanford was coming to an end. It had been a period of pretty good weather and lots of variety in our activity. Valentines Day involved a road trip and overnight stay with Jim and Jo Roorbach in The Villages, just south west from us. Jo is a gourmet cook and she had prepared a seven course meal for ten. Lots of good wine, story swapping with old and new friends and a wonderful meal. We left early on Friday just as Jim, who faced a knee replacement in days, was heading out for his last round of golf in a long time. The...

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Feb 4, 2013 - Our Stay in Sunny Sanford

Over the last few weeks the character of Sanford has begun to sink into our consciousness. At first the place seems like many towns off the beaten path today, rich in history but down on their current luck. The difference here is that the town is trying very hard to capture past prosperity by deploying a broad spectrum of artistic, cultural and social events. Some believe it is the effect of the Orlando-Disney environment, others may attribute the progressive nature to a few civic minded or otherwise financially endowed citizens. Whatever...

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