Little Bits of Info

November, 2015  –  I guess everyone is wondering what we are up to!  We are still in Marathon.

Flip got a great job with a general contractor who does work all over the Keys.  He is working in Key West today.  I am sitting here trying to make what I do all day sound good.  I’m having a hard time figuring out exactly what that is!  I spend a lot of time learning knots – the fancy and the useful kind.  I spend time shooting the breeze with other people here at the marina.  I literally spend hours watching the wildlife.  Manatees, iguanas, birds and fish (including the jelly kind) are abundant. Watching other boats come and go is great entertainment, too.  The pool here is beautiful, so it’s hard not to spend time there.  I clean and piddle around the boat A LOT.  I thought it would be easy to keep a small space clean and ship shape, but it’s really hard.    I’m getting (s-l-o-w-l-y) back into exercise and yoga.  And then there are my video games.  I just can’t not play them.  Since Flip is working full-time, I also cook dinner every night.   And then there are the sunsets, which I have way too many pictures of.  After the sun goes down, since we have good internet here, we watch way too much Netflix.

So now you know….


The marina pool
The marina pool
One of our views from our marina.
One of our views from our marina.

We arrived in Marathon on Monday! (actually, it was Sunday)

Staying at a beautiful Marina. Will post more soon.

WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE KAREN AND FLIP ??  (We are the blue dot!)

Saturday, 9/26/15
Saturday, 9/26/15
Made it to Key Biscayne Friday about 2p.
Made it to Key Biscayne Friday about 2p.
Sailing since 9a Thursday. We are just north of Boca Roton this beautiful Friday morning!
Sailing since 9a Thursday. We are just north of Boca Roton this beautiful Friday morning!
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Anchored just north of Daytona Beach, FL – Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On Sunday, September 6, Karen and I left Little Creek in Norfolk after living there for over 2-1/2 years.

I am writing the blog posts while Karen is journalizing everything in photos.

We are heading to Marathon, Florida by way of sailboat.     —  Flip


Our daily progress
09/06/2015 – 09/11/2015
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9/12/215 – 9/15/2015

Sunday, Sept 6 – Great Bridge, VA

Monday, Sept 7 – Buck Island, NC

Tuesday, Sept 8 – Belhaven, NC

Wednesday and Thursday, Sept 9 and 10 – Oriental, NC (the last sailboat drawn on the top map above).

Friday and Saturday, Sept 11 and 12 – Beaufort, NC (to the left of Morehead City).

Sunday, Sept 13 – Cape Lookout, NC, on the sharp point directly east of Emerald Isle on the map.

Monday, Sept 14 – Wrightsville Beach

Tuesday, Sept 15 – Southport


What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? ”

by Sterling Hayden, The Wanderer


This is our home now.  It is a 2000 50′ Beneteau, made in France.  We bought it in September, 2014 from Annapolis Yacht Sales.  It was in the Moorings fleet in the Caribbean from 2000 – 2007.  These are the boats that just about anyone can ‘rent’ for a week or so and pretend they own it.  After about 7 years, they are sold, usually in the private market.  We are the 2nd of the private owners.

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Our boat was originally named ‘The Reverie’.     Flip and I liked the meaning of reverie, but did not understand why the word THE was part of  the name. We decided to get new lettering and remove the THE.

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This is us - Flip and Karen
This is us – Flip and Karen

To save you the time of having to look up the meaning of REVERIE, here is the definition

REVERIE:  [REV-UH-REE], NOUN

1.  a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing

2.  a daydream. 

3.  a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea