Day 2 of CT Reconnaissance

Day 2 of our reconnaissance research for our upcoming Florida Circumnavigational Trail (CT) paddling trip took us pass Manatee Springs State Park, where John got to see his first Manatees. It also took us to the remote tiny village of Horseshoe Beach in the Big Bend section of Florida. We’re camped at a tiny public campground with restrooms and cold showers but no drinkable water, right on the water, which was really nice and wasn’t mentioned in the guide book as anything more than a rest stop (if in fact the rest stop they mention is one and the same …

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Let the Florida CT Paddle Planning Get Real!

Let the Planning Get Real! For our upcoming next grand adventure that is: paddling the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail (referred to in the future as the CT)! Yes, finally after an unusually cold December and January the weather trend here in Florida is warming. And our logistical planning for this trip we’d originally hoped to begin in late December after Cliff’s graduation and our Christmas family reunion kicks into higher gear.   The full 1,515 mile circumnavigation from the Alabama border on the Gulf to the Georgia border on the Atlantic takes at least 4 months. The prime paddling …

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Skies Clear, Power Returns & Work Begins

After the devastation of Tropical Storm Nate, the sunsets returned to our home in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, and so did the clean up and repair. The Chocolata Road gets a facelift The rutted dirt road, full of horrid, repetitive potholes and thick mud, which crosses in front of our development, is finally getting a face lift, but how thorough a job is done is yet to be seen. It’s supposed to be, eventually some day, maybe, paved. But I’m not holding my breath for that. Besides, the road is in such bad shape right now that traffic goes …

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Tropical Storm Nate hits San Juan del Sur

All but one boat in the bay either sank or was washed ashore. The wind howled. The rain poured. The power and water were out for three days.   Our house flooded from both the front doors and through the back concrete walls. We feared that our porch awning would break loose and crash through our glass doors. So we stood watch throughout the night. I’ve learned how to properly wring out a mop and a towel or two or three. And John got his daily 10,000 steps just by squeegee-ing the water off of the top terrace, night and day for …

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