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Staniel Cay to Fort Myers Florida
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Saturday August 08th
In Port - Staniel Cay
 
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photo shoot at SCYC
 
 
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14 more Lobster today
 
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dinner at Foul Cay
In Port - Staniel Cay Yacht Club - (242) 355-2024
 
the marina docks emptied out again this morning with the exception of a couple of small boats from Florida with a pack of kids that were renting cottages .. around mid-morning a Moorings catamaran docked with 5 gals in matching bikinis along with a guy with a video camera in hand and another fellow who seemed to be in charge ..  after Chubby (the harbormaster) got them tied up they walked around to the beach area .. looked like a photo shoot for something but no one seemed to know or really care ..
 
we got the last of our bread order from Rhonda .. total of nine loves .. which we stowed in the freezer and then took the dinghy to Pirate Trap Beach for one last dip at our Infinity Pool .. we picked up a few more sand dollars and got the dinghy cleaned up a bit .. when we got back to the marina we topped off the fuel tank on LIL DEE before we hoisted her up in preparation for leaving in the morning ..
 
they were cleaning lots and lots of lobster (we counted at least 30+) at the fish cleaning station but no sign of our "connection"  .. just as we were getting ready to jump in the shower and get ready for dinner we had 14 large beautiful tails delivered to our boat all cleaned and packaged in zip locks which we promptly deposited in the deep freeze!
 
at 1815 Pappy from Royal Plantation at Fowl Cay met us at the bar in the Yacht Club to ferry us over to the Hill House for dinner .. Pappy is also the bartender .. we spent a few moments visiting with Colette and her husband Phillip who are the new managers for the Sandals Resort .. she confirmed that the Sandals group had definitely purchased the former Emerald Bay property in George Town ..  this is very good news for the community of Great Exuma as they had previously employed over 500 people before it was closed in May .. Colette also told us of the expansion plans for their property which include a Barefoot Beach Restaurant and a Full-Service Spa .. this will also be a nice addition for the yachts that anchor off Big Majors Spot .. eventually we were seated for a lovely dinner of bronzed Sea Bass in their elegant dining room and then whisked back to our dock at the marina under a star-lit sky .. it was a perfect ending to our stay at Staniel Cay ..
Sunday August 09th
Travel - Staniel to Highbourne
 
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Autumn's tired
 
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Highbourne Plantation
Travel - Staniel Cay Yacht Club to Highbourne - 44.6 nautical miles ..
 
.. we departed the marina at Staniel Cay Yacht Club at 0900 and had a nice cruise all the way with about .. 18 inchers on our stern .. we arrived at the marina at 1200 and decided to fuel here rather than wait till we got to Nassau so we went directly to the fuel dock .. the fuel pump was so very SLLOOOOW!  but eventually we made it to our slip around 1400 .. the Marina here is all but full .. again with a lot a boats from Nassau .. also the Banana Quits are back .. Autumn doesn't even bat an eye as they flit in and out of wing doors looking for morsels to eat ..
 
after we launched the dinghy we took a walk to the beach with Autumn and talked with a boater from Nassau .. he is an electrical engineer on vacation with his family and has been here about 10 days .. we laughed as he described his college-age son and friend using the Bahamian term "biggety"  which means "bold or rash" .. we also met the owner of TAHITI a 130 foot Westport from Boca Raton .. when we told him we had been cruising since May he laughed and said "that's what I'd like to do when I grow up"  but unfortunately he still owns a business and has to go back to work ..
 
..when we got back to the boat we decided the bugs were not biting yet but lit the mosquito coil we picked up in Spanish Wells just to be safe and then enjoyed a nice dinner on the bow with a little color in the sunset .. 
Monday August 10th
In Port - Highbourne Plantation
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Highbourne Plantation
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so many beaches so little time
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so many beaches so little time
In Port - Highbourne Plantation ( 242-356-1008 )
 
after 97 days after we left our home port in Fort Myers we had our last Florida Grapefruit from Sun Harvest for breakfast .. we also took our last dinghy ride in the Exumas and headed to the south end of Normans Cay to McDuff's only to realize we forgot it was closed on Mondays .. but we also realized we forgot to bring any $$$ so  next time ..
 
 .. we next took the dinghy around to the east side of Normans Cay which has a nice anchorage .. Normans Cay was once owned and under the unfriendly control of the notorious drug lord Carlos Lehder and we took the dinghy over the remains of an airplane wreckage left by the drug runners .. we then tried to cross the sand flats to get to Norman's Pond and Half Moon Bay but finally gave up (too shallow) when we found a great beach at Boot Cay and Battery Point that looked over the surrounding reefs ... on the way back we stopped at Tea Table Cay and again we had to say "so many beaches and so little time" ..
 
.. we got back to the marina around 1600 to clean up .. stowed the dinghy and prepared dinner aboard DEE LIGHT .. after dinner we took a walk to the the fish cleaning station to feed the sharks our scraps and talked with Jerry and Nancy on the Sportfish ODIN .. we also talked with the boater we met last night from Nassau on LORETTA .. his mechanic flew in to make some repairs on his trawler while the rest of his crew flew home and they ended up removing 20 gallons of water out of his engines .. 
Tuesday August 11th
Travel - Highbourne to Nassau
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LORETTA at Highbourne
 
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DEE LIGHT at Atlantis
Travel - Highbourne Plantation to Nassau, Providence Island .. 
 
checked the tropical weather reports and noted the development of Tropical Depression Invest 99L which had formed early this morning .. will keep a close eye on it as we plan the remainder of our trip ..
 
we headed out for Nassau at 1000 in nearly FLAT seas and arrived at The Atlantis Marina at 1230 .. we are docked in a slip not far from our previous location which is right across the canal from the main entrance of the resort .. once we got checked in and settled we took a golf cart ride to the hotel to check out the happenings for the Miss Universe Pageant .. stay tuned for more ..
 
we gave Clay and Rita-Kay aboard CARLEIGH a call to let them know we had arrived  .. they are anchored right across the harbor from us and later they brought their dinghy over to join us for a drink and hor d' oeuvres aboard DEE LIGHT to catch up on everyone's travels before we all walked to the The Point overlooking the harbor for dinner .. after dinner we called for the golf cart and for a ride to the Atlantis Market Place and stopped in at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Parlor ..
 
Tuesday August 12th
In Port - Atlantis at Nassau 
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Gilligan's Island
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Dolphin Encounter Cove
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Sun Cay development
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Conch Salad at Blue Wave
In Port - The Atlantis Marina, Nassau, Providence Island - ( 242-363-6068 ) ..
 
sometime during the night a rain shower passed thru and this morning DEE LIGHT is again salt free .. we launched LIL DEE and at 1100 we left to pick up Clay and Rita-Kay .. we headed out the east channel of Nassau harbor and around the end of Paradise Island while admiring all the palatial homes overlooking the water and adjoining golf course ..
 
our destination was Gilligan's Island AKA Sandy Cay ..  this is the little island that was used for the opening shot of the TV program that ran for many years .. it still looks just like the TV shot with all the coconut palms still standing and waving in the breeze .. we spent some time taking photos and then took the dinghy to a large sandy beach on Rose Island .. we also stopped at the Dolphin Encounter Cove to take a look-see  .. unfortunately all the dolphins are held "captive?" in a pen and  we weren't greeted by Flipper .. instead as we circled the small private cove a security guard came out to ask if we "would like to spend the day with them?" .. we thanked him and said probably another time and were on our way ..
 
.. before we headed back to Nassau we stopped at Sun Cay which is in the process on being completed .. they are building a pen where they plan to keep Sting Rays to feed and swim with (after they catch the Sting Rays they remove their barbs) .. they plan to open in about 4 weeks .. after a stop at the marine store and the liquor store we finally we ended up tying off the dinghy to the concrete wall on Bay Street and walked over to Potters Cay where we were treated to "the very best conch salad" prepared fresh for us by Les at the Blue Wave ..
 
after we dropped off Clay and Rita-Kay at CARLEIGH we opted for a quiet evening ..  walked up to The Point to have a drink and watch the sunset and then ended the evening at Cafe Martinique's lounge for coffee accompanied by 7-layer Crepe Cake and Bananas Foster and listened to some live piano music with a great singer ..    
 Thursday August 13th
In Port - Atlantis at Nassau 
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Clay and Rita-Kay
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fun-in-the-sun
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MINE GAMES
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In Port - The Atlantis Marina, Nassau, Providence Island - ( 242-363-6068 ) ..
 
when we arrived a lot of the slips at the marina at Atlantis were empty but with the weekend approaching many of the mega-yachts are beginning to return .. one of the boats that came in last night was MINE GAMES a 50m (164’) luxury motor yacht built by Trinity Yachts  - one of the world’s elite builders of custom super yachts - it features the interior handiwork of Patrick Knowles Designs with five luxurious staterooms to accommodate 10-12 guests on board .. she is available for charter in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean for a mere $265,000 per week !! ..
 
we decided to stay at Atlantis today and Clay and Rita Kay joined us for "a day of fun in the sun" at the water park .. we enjoyed the Lazy River and several of the water slides and were joined by about a zillion kids!  - we were amazed at how busy the park is this week and estimated there must be at least twice as many people here this time compared to our visit in May (before school let out for the summer) but the property is so big it can accommodate thousands of bodies .. Clay and Rita Kay also took a tour of the aquarium which runs thru the property .. we met up back at DEE LIGHT and walked to The Point pool area for a cool dip and a soak in the Jacuzzi spa which turned out to be MUCH quieter than the water park ..
 
after Clay and Rita Clay left DEE LIGHT we later walked across the street to Hurricane Hole Marina before the sun set and and had dinner at the open-air bar at the Green Parrot .. along with serving good tavern-type fare it's also an after-work gathering spot for many of the local employees on the island .. we had a great grilled fish sandwich with a pile of French fries, a big dill pickle and a gigantic basket of onion rings .. along with a brilliant red-orange sunset over the harbor and the docked cruise ships ..   
Friday Aug 14th
In Port - Atlantis at Nassau 
 
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Straw Market
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dinner at Potter's Cay
In Port - The Atlantis Marina, Nassau, Providence Island - ( 242-363-6068 ) ..
 
today we took the water taxi ferry into downtown Nassau .. three Carnival Cruise Ships along with the Disney Cruise Ship were in port so the streets and shops were very busy today .. our first stop was the Straw Market for a couple of new hats to replace the ones we have just about worn out in the Exumas  ..  we also stopped at the camera department at John Bull but unfortunately they did not have the Nikon model we were interested in .. we did some other shopping and made a visit to the Ice Cream Shack and the Tortuga Rum Co. .. since we had a little time before the next ferry left for Paradise Island we spotted a Cuban Coffee Shop on the waterfront and relaxed with a cup of java while we "people watched"  before we returned to Atlantis ..
 
later we changed into jeans and walking shoes and grabbed a cooler bag to head down to Potter's Cay for dinner .. first we stopped to get some conch and watched while the young man cleaned a dozen fresh conch for us to take with us .. we then headed over to Raquel's Seafood Haven and ordered a dozen conch fritters and a whole fried Snapper .. finally ended up back at the Blue Wave and had Les make up two orders of "the very best Conch Salad in the Islands" for us to take home with us .. 
Saturday August 15th
In Port - Atlantis at Nassau 
 
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UUUFFDDDDA !!
 
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dinner at Cafe' Matisse
In Port - The Atlantis Marina, Nassau, Providence Island - ( 242-363-6068 ) ..
 
NOTES - Tropical Storm ANA was born this morning, when the remnants of Tropical Depression Two made a comeback and organized into the first tropical storm of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. Ana is the latest first named storm of the season since Hurricane Andrew got its name on August 17, 2009. The two storms have some similarities, as Andrew formed in the same part of the ocean, and also struggled in its early days with high wind shear and dry air. Let's hope the similarities end there .. for the last number of days the Tropical Wave over the Bahamas has been providing us with high winds that has kept us put right here at Nassau .. now we have Tropical Storm ANA and TD No. 3 have formed in the Atlantic and are tracking to the west and northwest .. expected to impact the Bahamas in 3 to 5 days .. UFFFDA !! ..
 
along with keeping an ear to the weather reports started to replace the power cord end and realized we had the wrong part so we took Dinghy to TPA Marina to return the part that we got at Harbourside Marine the other day .. we spent some time visiting with Clay nd Rita Kay aboard CARLEIGH and decided to meet back downtown for dinner at Cafe' Matisse .. when we returned after dinner we found out we a new storm has formed - Tropical Storm "BIG BAD BILL" ..
Sunday August 16th
In Port - Atlantis at Nassau 
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Trinity Methodist Church
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Miss Universe
Opening and Swimsuit
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Miss Universe
Evening Gown
In Port - The Atlantis Marina, Nassau, Providence Island - ( 242-363-6068 ) 
 
we awoke this morning to 3 storms on the map .. ANA, BILL and CLAUDETTE - Tropical Depression Number 4 developed into TS Claudette late last night in the Gulf of Mexico off the Tampa area and is headed for landfall in the Panhandle ..
 
we took the water taxi ferry into downtown Nassau to attend the 1100 service at Trinity Methodist Church built in 1861 and chatted with a nice local couple retired from the banking business .. she told us their congregation is small but very active .. many of the parishioners have moved to the outlaying neighborhoods and attend church closer to where they live rather than come downtown .. after leaving the church we stopped for coffee at Starbucks before catching a taxi to the Nassau Yacht Club where we had reservations for their Sunday buffet .. we were warmly welcomed by the manager Maxwell and were very impressed by what he described as the "smaller soup and salad buffet" as they have the BIG buffet only once a month .. but along with their famous conch chowder and large variety of salads they had fish, lamb, pork, peas n rice, mac n cheese, potatoes and veggies AND another big table with cheeses and at least 6 choices for dessert .. needless to say we ate too much!
 
after our visit to the Yacht Club we decided to forgo dinner and got ready to attend the Miss Universe 2009 Presentation Show to be held in the Imperial Ballroom at Atlantis ..this event is the preliminary competition where all 84 contestants compete in both evening gown and swimsuit .. from this event the judges pick the top 15 contestants who advance to the Finals Show to be televised next Sunday, 23 Aug .. it turned out to be great fun .. very festive with everyone in attendance dressed up in the latest fashions  .. saw a lot of high-couture gowns and "killer-stiletto shoes" .. and of course all the young women competing for the title of Miss Universe are drop-dead gorgeous including Miss USA  .. at the end of the show the fellows seated behind us said they favored Miss Italy !  
Monday August 17th
In Port - Atlantis at Nassau
 
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Rita-Kay and Carol
dinner at Potters Cay
 
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dinner at Seafront Sushi
In Port - The Atlantis Marina, Nassau, Providence Island - ( 242-363-6068 )
 
.. spent the morning monitoring the weather .. TS CLAUDETTE brought mostly rain and gusts around 35 mph to the Pensacola area and ANA has fallen apart overnight and been down-graded to a depression  .. the latest models have Hurricane BILL (a Cat. 2) curving to the north and possibly impacting Bermuda .. also finished the repair to the electric power cord ..
 
after watching a few light bands of rain pass thru in the morning we walked over to the Atlantis water park .. not as crowded as last week but still pretty busy .. we found a couple of canopied deck chairs and lounged around the pool deck .. the breezes kept it very comfortable ..
 
met Clay and Rita Kay at Potter's Cay where we purchased some more conch to take home and enjoyed the local fare before walking across the street to Seafront Sushi for sushi and fried ice cream ..  after we said good night to Clay and Rita Clay we walked back across the Paradise Bridge in a very light misty rain ..   
 
Today was the 40th anniversary of Hurricane CAMILLE .. in 1969 she made landfall on the Mississippi coast and remains one of the deadliest storms in history ..
Tuesday August 18th
In Port - Atlantis at Nassau 
 
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watching the weather
 
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dinner at Green Parrot
In Port - The Atlantis Marina, Nassau, Providence Island - ( 242-363-6068 ) ..
 
at 1100 Marv ferried Carol and Rita Kay to shore so the girls could do a little shopping .. started on East Bay Street well east of the downtown (and cruise ship) area and were pleasantly rewarded with some great end-of-season sales with beautiful selection and some great prices! .. Carol was quite successful and ended up with a new dress and a pair of shoes for under a hundred dollars .. while the gals were shopping Marv finished up the photos from the Miss Universe evening and went to the Marina Office and used the DSL Cable ..
 
.. late afternoon we started getting a few rain bands from the remnants of ANA so we grabbed our foul weather jackets and took the dinghy across the harbor for dinner .. we tied the dinghy to the floating dock at the Green Parrot and met Clay and Rita Kay for dinner .. after dinner we walked next door for dessert and an after dinner drink at Luciano's of Chicago .. this Italian restaurant is housed in a converted private estate and has a beautiful expansive dining terrace overlooking Nassau Harbor .. we elected to stay inside and have dessert in their cozy wood bar area ..
 
.. the rain held off long enough for us to walk back to the Green Parrot and then the skies opened up and let loose a torrent of rain .. when it finally let up after about 20 minutes of hard rain we donned our foul-weather gear and putted back over to Atlantis in a light rain where Autumn happily greeted us when we got back to DEE LIGHT ..    
Wednesday August 19th
In Port - Atlantis at Nassau 
 
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BIG BAD BILL
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last day at the Pool
In Port - The Atlantis Marina, Nassau, Providence Island - ( 242-363-6068 ) ..
 
we have made plans to FINALLY head back to the States .. while Carol worked on getting our Cruise Log up to date Marv finished up the boat preparations for our departure tomorrow morning for Bimini .. got the Dinghy hoisted onto the bow and spent some time in the engine room ..
 
.. by early afternoon the cloud cover from ANA was beginning to lift so we decided to spend our last afternoon at the Harbourside Resort pool and hot tub .. by early evening we could blue skies again and the rest of the cloud cover and threat of anymore rain had passed ..
 
Clay and Rita Kay came over in their dinghy to join us at the pool and for a farewell dinner and we ended up at The Point for their  Wednesday All-U-Can-Eat Buffet .. Carol went for the grilled corn on the cob and fried whole fish and Marv headed directly for the dessert table .. finally with a couple of Macadamia nut cookies and macaroons tucked in our pockets we gave Clay and Rita Kay a big hug good-bye with the promise to stay in touch .. they plan to stay in Nassau thru the football season as they are BIG Dallas Cowboy fans!   
Thursday August 20th
Travel - Nassau to Miami
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last view of Nassau
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first view of Miami
 
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South Beach
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dinner at South Beach
Travel - Nassau, Providence Island to Miami .. 165 nautical miles ..
 
checked out of Atlantis and left the dock at 0735 headed for Bluewater Marina on Bimini  .. hailed CARLEIGH on the Marine Radio to say farewell before calling Nassau Harbor Control for permission to leave the west end of Nassau Harbor .. watched as the BAHAMAS CELEBRATION cruise ship maneuvered in the turning basin before backing into their berth on the Prince George Wharf .. as we were checking out at Atlantis so were a number of other boats that had also been waiting for calmer seas to leave so several boats left the harbor at the same time as DEE LIGHT ..
 
.. leaving Nassau we had seas of 2.5 to 3.0 footers mostly on our aft quarter and made good time getting to The Tongue Of The Ocean and past Chub Cay by 1000 .. after passing the Northwest Channel Marker and entering the Flats of the Bahama Bank the seas laid down to 1.5 to 2 footers .. at 1155 we reached the Russell Beacon and began discussing our options .. after checking out the latest on the Garmin Weather Report, consulting our WeatherBuoy Reports and watching the noon WBBH local weather broadcast from Fort Myers on TV we decided to take advantage of the great weather window .. we looked at the charts, calculated our running time and decided to go thru the cut between Cat Cay and Gun Cay and head directly for Government Cut in Miami .. Carol plotted our course and calculated that we could make it by 1830 .. well before dark ..
 
we made it thru the cut at Cat Cay at slack tide and were well on our way to Miami before 1500 and as we traveled to the west we were greeted by a whole pod of dolphins on our bow .. a welcome omen for a delightful cruise all the way to Miami with mostly 1.5 to 2 footers with an occasional 3 foot swell .. as we entered the ship channel at Government Cut we were met by DESTINY a Carnival Cruise Ship and wisely moved out of the channel to allow them to pass .. after 165 nautical miles we arrived at the Miami Beach Marina and docked DEE LIGHT by 1730 .. 10 hours cruising time dock-to-dock!
 
after checking in and showering (and giving Autumn a much welcome walk) we grabbed a cab to South Beach and had dinner on the terrace of Quinn's overlooking Ocean Drive before turning in for a good night's rest after a  full day on the water   
Friday August 21st
In Port - Miami 
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Miami Beach Marina
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Carol's new Miami Beach look
( hair cut etc )
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Miami Beach shopping
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dinner at Monty's
In Port - Miami Beach Marina ..
 
during our evening walk with Autumn we spied a nice hair salon right at the marina so at 1030 this morning we went in for a much needed and appreciated mini make-over by the specialists at SoFi Salon and Spa .. Marv had a hair-cut and Carol got color and a cut .. too bad they don't do canines - Autumn will have to wait for Groomingdales ..
 
.. the Miami Beach Marina is a short walk from the South Beach Art Deco District or SoBe as it is also known (the marina is in SoFi or South of Fifth Avenue) .. when you are not on the beach, not in the shops, not in a club, not in a fashionable hotel lobby, not in a bar and not in a restaurant there are a gazillion other things to do from museums tours to charter boat fishing excursions .. hundreds of listings can be found on www.sobemap.net ..
 
.. we started by walking down to MacArthur Causeway and Fifth Avenue to a new shopping area where we saw a Publix sign .. however it is still under construction along with a number of other stores and will not open until October .. but Best Buy was open for business and we stopped in to check out the new Verizon MiFi system but they were too busy (welcome to the big city!) .. from there we walked down to Washington Avenue and after several stops and a couple of purchases we ended up on Lincoln Road around 1800 for a Hagen Daz fix ..
 
there is special bus service called SOUTH BEACH LOCAL with numerous bus stops and service running every 10-15 minutes and it circles the entire district .. the Local makes getting around South Beach a breeze and costs a mere 25 cents so we jumped on at Lincoln Road for a ride back down to Best Buy and then a short walk back to the marina ...
 
we finished the evening among the "Friday night party set" at Monty's Raw Bar - an open-air bar and pool deck pavilion adjacent to the marina .. the DJ and occasional live singers kept the crowd dancing the night away .. long after we retired back to DEE LIGHT for the night ..  
Saturday August 22nd
In Port - Miami
 
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 South Beach
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 shopping at South Beach
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 dinner at Hosteria Romana
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 nightlife at South Beach
In Port - Miami Beach Marina ..
 
spent the morning installing the new Verizon MIFi we got at Best Buy yesterday  .. once we got it working it on the computer it appears to work much faster than the Broadband system it replaced .. also called around to check prices and availability on a new camera ..
 
in the afternoon we took a walk to the beach at South Point which overlooks Government Cut .. the tree-lined walking path takes you past some spectacular condo high-rises and the park is lushly landscaped with lots of park benches .. we even found an ice cream vending machine at the park pavilion .. after you leave the park area it is a short walk over the sand dunes to the public beach .. Hurricane Bill has had no effect on the waves or weather in the Miami area  ..
 
.. we have been intrigued by a yacht docked directly across from DEE LIGHT.. there has been a party on the aft deck almost non-stop since we arrived on Thursday and when we returned to the marina in the afternoon  another party was in full swing .. it is a most unusual yacht called PLAN B and we were quite impressed by the Bell Helicopter on the upper deck and the 2 very high-tech inflatable boats on the bow .. when we "googled" it we found it had been a former Australian Coast Guard Cutter that was retrofitted and converted in 2002 to a private yacht by the new owner .. Carol thinks it might be owned by Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Airways and Records fame as it seems to fit his flamboyant personality .. does anyone know this boat or have any other ideas??!!
 
we have not had the opportunity to visit the Little Spanish District before so we took a cab to Espanola Ave to have dinner at Hosteria Romana .. their motto is "Where Italians go for Italian"  and the menu is literally a book .. we had the special appetizer of prosciutto and buffulo mozzarella and opted for the "Gypsy style" rigatoni while being serenaded and entertained by the lively (and good-looking) young waiters .. 
 
 after our meal of pasta and cheesecake we decided to head over to Ocean Drive and walk off some of our dinner while checking out the Saturday night life on SoBe .. it was such a pleasant evening we ended up leisurely strolling all the way back to marina .. and oh yea .. the party on PLAN B was still going strong !
Sunday August 23rd
Travel - Miami to Marathon
 
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good by South Beach
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Steve and Marny
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Lobster Season
Travel - Miami Beach Marina to Marathon  ..

the morning started with a few scattered light rain showers as we left the dock at Miami Beach Marina at 0745 .. as we were leaving we waved good-bye to the crew of PLAN B who were busy swabbing the decks and stowing all the toys - guess the party was finally over ..

the seas were calm all the way to Marathon and with the exception of having to dodge all the lobster pots between Islamorada and Marathon the cruise was uneventful .. with the new MiFi System we were able to stay online to check our email and upload all the data and photos for the log on our website ..

we arrived at Pancho's Fuel Dock in Marathon at 1345 and just as we were finishing refueling our Exuma cruising buddies Steve and Marny walked up to DEE LIGHT .. they had driven down for the day from Stuart where they are presently keeping SONG OF THE SEA to check out dockage in Marathon for the winter season .. we spent some time visiting on DEE LIGHT before they started back to Stuart ..

spent some time in the engine room (AKA "the sauna") in preparation for our departure in the morning for Fort Myers and the final leg of our trip .. as we were leaving for dinner we walked around the corner to where Miss Josephine had just pulled in to unload their catch - wow! - over  2000 lbs of lobster on the deck .. this is considered a "small catch" and we watched as they sorted and boxed up the "bugs" .. later we took a short walk down the street to Castaways Restaurant for an early dinner in order to be back in time to catch the Miss Universe Pageant on TV over a large bowl of ice cream ..  the winner was Stefanía Fernández we( Miss Venezuela ) ..

 Monday August 24th
Travel - Marathon to Fort Myers
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 diverted around Storm Cells
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 Autumn was happy to be back
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 Daddy Dees Ice Cream Parlor
 Travel - Marathon to Fort Myers ..
 
we left Ponchos Fuel Dock at Marathon at 0700 with a light chop on our bow .. as soon as we cleared the bridge at Moser Channel the water on the bay side was flat calm .. it is the height of the commercial lobster season so we dodged lobster traps scattered throughout the bay and saw several work boats busy pulling traps this morning .. we altered our route further to the west in order to avoid a couple of large clusters of thunderstorms just of the coast  Marco Island and Cape Romano .. by the time we got up to Cape Romano around 1130 the storms had slowly moved to the northeast and toward shore with all of the heavy rainfall moving over the mainland  ..
 
we arrived at the Sanibel Bridge about 1430 and noticed a large band of thunderstorms moving thru Fort Myers and across the River to North Fort Myers .. as we left the slow zone at Little Shell Island we were greeted by 4 large dolphins jumping along side DEE LIGHT .. we took our time traveling up the Caloosahatchee River and by the time we reached our home port of Legacy Marina the rain had passed well to the north of us and we were docked by 1615 ..
 
after walking Autumn who was very happy to be back (and showing off her new "shaggy look") we finished off our left-over conch salad along with a little Bahamian bread from the freezer and then headed over to Daddy Dee's for dessert .. tomorrow we begin to tackle the HUGE box of mail that was waiting for us at the Marina .. UFFFDA!
 Tuesday August 25th
In Port - Fort Myers
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dinner at Naples
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 In Port - Legacy Harbour Marina ..
 
just a few stats .. 111 days .. 24 ports of call .. approx. 1365 nautical miles traveled .. 4604 photos on website ( or 41.5/day) .. 29.5 cartons of ice cream consumed (with a 1/2 carton left in the freezer) and 26 12-pks. of diet coke left ..
 
went to Post Office to pick up the rest of our mail and began the process of sorting thru the magazines and other "junk mail"  .. made an appointment for Wednesday morning for Autumn to visit Groomingdales ..
 
still getting used to the higher temperatures and humidity along with the sometimes torrential afternoon thunderstorms that are common this time of year  .. while we were gone we received the sad news that Ritz Camera has closed all of their stores in the Fort Myers area so we took a drive (in the rain) to Naples .. after finishing our business at Ritz we met long-time friends Ron and Jean Bell for dinner at TGI Fridays ..
 
The End .. until next time ......
 
NOTE - this is the End of Log H .. and is the end of our Bahamas 2009 Cruise
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