23 June 2017

Bloggy Encounters On Boats

I've said it before and I'll say it again - blogging is a great way to meet (either in person or virtually) some really amazing people who share your same interests and passions.

Blogging is also a great way to procrastinate chores that you should be doing, but don't want to do, like cleaning out the bilge, raking the leaves or doing the dishes.

Fortunately, we live on a boat and not in a house, so I don't have to rake leaves. But there's a huge pile of dishes piled up in the galley and water and hair in the bilge which I really should be taking care of. So guess what I'm doing right now. Yep, you guessed it, writing blog posts.

{Random questions: Why do I shed so much hair? Why does all of it end up in the bilge? Should I start shaving my head like Scott does?}

After crossing the Gulf Stream from the Bahamas, we slowly made our way back to Indiantown Marina. We lazed about for a couple of days watching shows on the laptop, did a lot of cooking and spent a lot of time on the internet.

That's when I discovered that some folks I know through blogging were actually anchored near us. I've been in touch with Chris from Mangoes, Marley and Mermaids for a while now and she ad her husband actually keep their boat at Indiantown Marina, but we'd never actually met in person.

We had out dinghy up on deck and were too lazy to get it down and go over and visit, so instead of saying hello properly, we ended up "meeting" them on the water as we passed them heading up the ICW on our way back to Indiantown.

Saying hello while standing on deck was kind of a fun way to introduce ourselves and sort of exemplifies the cruising lifestyle to me - random encounters with fascinating people in the most unexpected locations.
Cruising Log | Thursday, 4 May 2017 – Sunday, 7 May 2017

Watched Empire Strikes Back in honor of May the 4th Be With You day. Tidied up boat. Cooked up a storm – hummus, curry chicken salad, onion bread and cookies. Bread not rising in oven. What’s the deal? Yeast proofed fine. First and second rising fine. Put it in the oven and you get something resembling hard tack at the end. S/V Radio Waves from Indiantown Marina came into the anchorage with their buddy boat, S/V Spirit. Nautical miles = Nil. Engine = Nil. Spending = Nil.

Rainy day. Binge watched Lost. Had to run the engine to power the batteries. Nautical miles = Nil, Engine = 1 hour 30 mins. Spending = Nil

Anchor up at 7:45 AM. S/V Radio Waves and S/V Spirit ahead of us. Noticed mysterious black ooze under one of the engine mounts. Reminded me of the X-Files. Anchored briefly in Peck Lake to check it out. Everything seemed okay, so we carried on. Checked out Manatee Pocket. Lots of boats and skinny water so we left. Anchor down at Pendarvis Cove at 3:30 PM. Made bread and cookies. Nautical miles = 37. Engine = 7 hours 45 mins. Spending = Nil.

Anchor up 9:10 AM. Good timing on St Lucie Lock – got there when they were just about to start lock. Anchor down on west side of the lock at 11:00 AM. Gas can started leaking in dinghy. Swell. Had to clean spill up and transfer gas to other containers. Made bread. Nautical miles = 6. Engine = 2 hours 15 mins. Spending = Nil.

Have you ever met a fellow blogger/vlogger/tweeter etc.? What was that like? Did you celebrate "May the 4th Be With You" day?

Internet connection has been really scarce lately while we've been cruising in the Bahamas, so apologies if it takes a while before we're able to respond to your comments and/or visit your blog.
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  1. We finally got to meet Mike and Melissa from Little Cunning Plan a few weeks ago and it was great -- like meeting an old friend for the first time. I also met a local cruiser once who wrote a book that I'd read as a reference, which was pretty cool. But I didn't feel the same "connection", presumably because blogs are more personal.

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

    1. This is a great description of what it's like --> "Meeting an old friend for the first time." It's such a strange experience knowing something about the person, but also not really knowing them either.

  2. I've met many bloggers. Went on a bloggers cruise some years back and there have been many others over the years that have come to visit us or we've visited them on our way through where they live. I've met people from other countries. It's grand fun.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. This must have been an awesome experience! Keep up the great work and sharing your stories!

    1. It was a lot of fun. Hope to see more of them in the fall.

  4. One of our favorite experiences was totally random people dinghying up to tell us they recognized Hastings in the West Marine calendar. He's a celebrity!

    1. Well of course he's a celebrity - he's Hastings after all. You two are just there to chauffeur him around and tend to his needs :-)

  5. Number of bloggers met in real life: 4
    Number of awesome bloggers met: also 4!

  6. About 7 years ago, some people i'd "met" online decided to get together in real life. We've gotten together every year since. It's a great way to make friends!

  7. I guess hurricane season is upon everyone in the Caribbean and it is time to return to safer climes. :-( Bye, bye, Bahama blue. Is your mind still on Kiwi-time, when you think about raking leaves? It had me smile wide, because the only place you certainly never have to rake leaves, spring or fall, is on a boat.

    Yes, I have met two other bloggers so far and both encounters were fantastic! So much better to meet in person than online. Enjoy your meet-up, whenever it happens!

    1. There's hardly anyone here in the Bahamas. It seems like everyone we meet is either on their way south to Granada or the like or heading back to the States. I guess it's time for us to go back too :-)


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