David and Michelle Visit!

David and Michelle afloat aboard Blue Wing in Biscayne Bay.

David and Michelle afloat aboard Blue Wing in Biscayne Bay, with Miami lurking in the background.

April 14 – 18.

We love to share our sailing journey, so when our friends David and Michelle asked if they could come see us while we were in Miami, we said, “Come on!”

As their visit grew near I started to worry. We had spent almost all of our time in Miami working on the boat and really knew little about the place. What were we going to do? Where would we go? What if the anchorages were too rough? What if the head grossed our friends out? What if they if they didn’t get the whole conserving water thing? What if they wanted showers every day? What if they needed more space? What if more things broke?

But I forgot that our friends are campers. And that the things that are mundane, boring, difficult, frightening, and unknown can be adventure for people who don’t live on a boat. And sometimes just floating on the water, hanging on a hook, watching the sun slowly drop from the sky and pop up on the other side each day can be all the excitement one needs.

It wouldn't be a sailboat adventure without problems and the problems for David and Michelle's visit started as soon as they hit the water. The dinghy motor wouldn't start. Luckily we have oars and we could row out to Blue Wing. The next day were able to utilize the Dinner Key shuttle to get from the boat to shore (to take showers and provision - buy beer) and back again.

It wouldn’t be a sailboat adventure without problems and the problems for David and Michelle’s visit started as soon as they hit the water. Our dinghy motor wouldn’t start. Luckily we have oars so we rowed out to Blue Wing. The next day were able to utilize the shuttle at the Dinner Key Marina (where we had rented a mooring ball for D & M’s visit) to get from the boat to shore (to take showers and provision [buy beer]) and back again. – photo by David Littlejohn

Sunrise over Dinner Key Marina. - photo by David Littlejohn

Sunrise over Dinner Key mooring field. – photo by David Littlejohn

David takes the helm as we sail on Biscayne Bay.

David takes the helm as we sail on Biscayne Bay.

Greg relaxing on deck. - photo by David Littlejohn

Greg lounging on deck after a relaxing sail across the bay. – photo by David Littlejohn

Duwan at anchor off of Key Biscayne. - photo by David Littlejohn

Duwan at anchor off of Key Biscayne. – photo by David Littlejohn

Hanging out below decks.  **Click to enlarge this picture**

Hanging out below decks. **Click to enlarge this picture**

Greg strumming the uke.

Greg strumming the uke. – photo by David Littlejohn

Greg rows out to rescue a green float drifting in the water. We called out on the radio, but no one claimed it. It got loose during the night, but we saw it again the next day on another boat tied up in No Name Harbor which was being crewed by an acquaintance of ours from Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart. - photo by David Littlejohn

Greg rows out to rescue a green float drifting in the water. We called out on the radio, but no one claimed it. It got loose during the night, but we saw it again the next day on another boat tied up in No Name Harbor which was being crewed by an acquaintance of ours from Sunset Bay Marina in Stuart. It’s a small world when you live on a boat! – photo by David Littlejohn

Yay! It's pizza night! - photo by David Littlejohn

Yay! It’s pizza night! – photo by David Littlejohn

A little trip ashore at No Name Harbor. Greg secures the dink, Jethrine. - photo by David Littlejohn

A little trip ashore. Greg secures the dink, Jethrine, at No Name Harbor – a haven in the past for pirates and smugglers, but now serves mostly as a weekend destination for Miamians and a jumping off spot for cruisers heading to the Bahamas, as well as a great place to see manatees, dolphins, fish, and tropical birds. – photo by David Littlejohn

The lighthouse in Bill Baggs Cape park on Key Biscayne - photo by David Littlejohn

From No Name Harbor we hiked to this lighthouse in Bill Baggs Cape park on Key Biscayne – photo by David Littlejohn

And another view of the lighthouse. - photo by David Littlejohn

And another view of the lighthouse. – photo by David Littlejohn

The lighthouse over looking the beach on Key Biscayne. - photo by David Littlejohn **click to enlarge this photo**

The lighthouse over looking the beach on Key Biscayne. – photo by David Littlejohn **click to enlarge this photo**

Dinking back to Blue Wing in No Name Harbor. (Greg fixed the outboard earlier that morning.)

Dinking back to Blue Wing in No Name Harbor. (Greg fixed the outboard earlier that morning.)

Jamming on the boat - Duwan's view.

Jamming out on the boat – Duwan’s view.

Jamming on the boat - David's view. - photo by David Littlejohn

Jamming out on the boat – David’s view. As usual Greg has more fun than everyone else combined. – photo by David Littlejohn

Michelle relaxing in the twighlight as Miami lights up in the background.

Michelle looks out over the bay as the night sky darkens and Miami lights up in the distance.

Another day of sailing. Michelle works on her "burn." - photo by David Littlejohn

Another day of sailing. Michelle works on her “burn.” – photo by David Littlejohn

Biscayne Bay is a busy place. We we in the middle of a regatta before we realized it - the International Star Class Western Hemisphere Regatta, with 38 teams from 7 countries competing. - photo by David Littlejohn

Biscayne Bay is a busy place. We we in the middle of a regatta before we realized it – the International Star Class Western Hemisphere Regatta, with 38 teams from 7 countries competing. – photo by David Littlejohn

Back to the mooring field at Dinner Key. - photo by David Littlejohn

Back to the mooring field at Dinner Key. – photo by David Littlejohn

The last night, David and Michelle treat us to dinner off the boat. -- photo by David Littlejohn

The last night, David and Michelle treated us to dinner off the boat. — photo by David Littlejohn

Michelle at Scott's Landing - Miami - Apr 2015

Michelle discovered a new beer – Presidente. – photo by David Littlejohn

Continuing to have fun taking pictures and playing with the panorama features on our cameras. - photo by David Littlejohn

Continuing to have fun taking pictures and playing with the panorama features on our cameras. – photo by David Littlejohn **click to enlarge this photo**

4 thoughts on “David and Michelle Visit!

  1. Capt Robert said:

    Nice update, looking forward to you Jax visit.

    • Duwan said:

      We are looking forward to visiting also! Boat goes on the hard Monday. We are almost land people again.

  2. jo said:

    Duawn, that picture of you standing at the front of the boat could be on a magazine cover!

    • Duwan said:

      Thanks Jo!

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