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February 23, 2010

Our Weekend on Moon River

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I was too close to get a good full photo of Moon River, but here she is at the dock.

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View from the bow

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This is what you see when you enter the boat on the starboard side. The first thing I noticed was the beautifully tiled floor! And then the cozy reading nook on the right with a great selection of books.

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Looking back toward where you entered, and the reading area to your left,

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and this magnificent bar is to your right.

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Again looking at the entrance, to your left is a flight of stairs going down, and to your right is a flight of stairs going up. Let's go down first...

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To find a washer and dryer!

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This is one cabin,

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with a lovely head with glass shower stall (one of 4 showers on board, amazing)!

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And the second cabin in the bow of the boat, with a second head behind me.

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If we go up the flight of stairs we end up in the operating room. Not sure what the proper term is for this room, but it's where Eddie drives the boat.

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Here is Eddie in the captain's chair;

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and the control panel that includes a view of the engine room. We'll get there...

OK, back down the stairs to explore the rest of the boat. Passing where we entered the boat, we find the electrical panel:

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Don't Touch!!

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And into the galley (looking at the door we entered through). I'd love to have this beautiful wood paneling in my apartment!

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Here are the boys in the connected dining area of the galley. Please notice the wonderful prints on the wall behind Eddie;

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They are Hirschfeld prints of Audrey, my favorite actress.

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She's so Cute!

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Past the dining area and down a few steps we enter the living room, with lovely horsehair furniture.

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Wondering where the TV is? Well, let's push a few of these buttons...

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Pop! Here it is, rising up from these cabinets. George also managed to put the blinds up and down while playing around with the remote control.

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To the right of the steps where we entered the living room is the door to the engine room; I think this was the boys' favorite room on the whole boat.

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Eddie and Engine One

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Eddie and Engine Two

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Yes, the boys LOVE IT! They could spend all day down here.

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Like a kid at Disney World;

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Scott is eyeing these batteries; he'd love that power on his VW.

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George just has to touch everything, even these... um, oil filters.

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From the living room, descend a few steps to the remaining two cabins. This is where Scott slept;

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more beautiful artwork.

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And his head with another glass shower.

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And here is where we got to sleep! I think this was the nicest state room on the whole boat! I didn't want to fall asleep; I just wanted to sit up and look at how fancy the room was. I was also wishing I had fancier pajamas.

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Here is our bathroom; all mirrored walls and beautiful tiled floors.

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And the biggest bathtub I've ever seen on a boat. Hmm... OK, the ONLY bathtub I've ever seen on a boat.

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That concludes the tour... but not only did Eddie invite us to stay on the boat, he also invited us to join him and Linda, and a few of their friends, on a nice afternoon cruise the next day.

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Captain Eddie

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George peeking down

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The boys are ready to go!

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Linda is ready to go!

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Can it get any better than this?

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HA HA!! OH YEAH!!! Linda and her friend Mickey, who brought two bottles of Veuve Cliquot to enjoy on the cruise.

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It was a tight fit through the bridge!

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Linda with our first toast

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Cheers!

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George had a great time; no sea sickness because we were so big you could barely tell we were rocking! Maybe we were so big we weren't rocking!

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Lounging with Linda

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Lounging with Scott

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Linda with George and Scott

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Hey Chrissy! I think that's Brad Pitt's house!

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"Hi Brad! I'm on a bigger boat that yours!"

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I think Scott might have found... Madonna's house from the 80's?

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Hmm... that's a nice house too; Better wave to them! So easy to make friends when you're on a yacht!

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Some more lounging...

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and a second bottle of Veuve!

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and back to lounging...

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So hard pretending to be Glamorous!

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Ahhhh.... life is good...

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Into the reading area for some more lounging.

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Of course I had to try out all the seats.

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You can see the champagne is catching up with me...

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George caught the lovely sunset...

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Looks lovely from here...

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too bad I missed it...

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Where was I?

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Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams (actually, more realistically Champagne INDUCED dreams)

Thank You Eddie and Linda SO MUCH for your generous hospitality!

Posted by Heather at 11:56 AM | Comments (1)

February 22, 2010

Jack Maravell at the Osceola Street Cafe

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On Friday night we went to the Osceola Street Cafe in Stuart to see Jack Maravell perform. He is our friend from Essex Nick Maravell's brother.

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He covers a lot of Beatles songs and his band recently performed in a series of Beatles Tribute concerts. http://beatlesqueband.com/fr_press.cfm

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We met our friends Eddie and Linda for dinner there. We met Eddie and Linda in Essex this past summer, and they live within walking distance to the restaurant. It was during dinner that Eddie invited us to spend the night on the boat he captains, Moon River. Check out these links, while I work on getting lots of great photos of our weekend on the boat online: http://www.wellfoundyachts.com/wfypalmer101.htm

http://www.superyachttimes.com/yachts/details/3467/

PS: It's up for sale!
http://www.boatinternational.com/superyacht/523/motor-yacht-moon-river

Posted by Heather at 03:00 PM | Comments (0)

February 18, 2010

Lily and Alison's Visit

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Cannonball! Lily and Alison arrived on Saturday, and jumped right into the fun that was waiting for them.

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George got into the action too, with a little help from a noodle or two... or three.

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The slippery turtle at the turtle park; we had a bit of difficulty staying on this guy, as you can see below:

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Valentine's Day dinner with George and Edy

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Time for the beach;

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First a nap,

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then a sandcastle with double bridges connected by a tunnel through the castle.

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Here is our campsite where we spent two nights.

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George and Lily having fun,

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Alison looks relaxed,

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I'm having fun too!

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Lily likes Scott's camera,

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and she's off taking pictures!

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Alison did the cooking that night; what great shrimp and chicken!

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Cheers!

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A walk around the park took us to the canoe dock on the Loxahatchee River.

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And a short nature walk.

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Here we are checking out the alligator's;

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this is the mama, (didn't get a photo of the papa but he was about 5 times bigger);

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Who can find the baby? There were 5 or 6 but we couldn't find them all this time.

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Of course we had to have sushi! It was great, and we got to sit on the floor!

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We miss you both already! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks; be home soon!

Posted by Heather at 09:04 PM | Comments (0)

February 12, 2010

Jonathan Dickenson State Park

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This is where we camped this week. We'll be back on Monday.

Lily and Alison are arriving tomorrow and we can't wait! We'll spend two nights with George's parents and then camping for the rest of the week.

Posted by Heather at 04:25 PM | Comments (0)

February 04, 2010

On the Road Again

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First night camping at Wal-Mart! Only a few steps away for whatever you might need, from ice to McDonalds!

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Headed north on A1A, we stopped for some sun at a beach in Deerfield.

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Our next stop was the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center near Boca Raton, where we learned a lot!

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This is wild coffee! I also learned that potato beetle larva doesn't have a hard shell until adulthood, so to protect itself from predators it smears its own toxic poo all over it's back; just an interesting fact.

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George on the top of the lookout tower.

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Heather at the bottom of the lookout tower.

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We also saw lots of animals;

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Humungo lobster

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See anything here?

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How about now!

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Hee hee, and here are his feet sticking out.

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Nighty poo little racoon, don't poo in your nighty.

Posted by Heather at 12:52 PM | Comments (0)

Last Night in Key West

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This is our last sunset in Key West.

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We had our good bye dinner on Sunday night with Stu and Terry. Terry lent us two bicycles to use while in town and riding around Key West was the most fun I've had! Stu gave us his beautiful painting of Higgs Beach that he painted himself. We'll miss you until next year!

Posted by Heather at 10:00 AM | Comments (0)