Easter Sunday

When we first woke up we went into Grandma Cathy’s room.  Then Mommy and Daddy woke up and we ran upstairs and saw something awesome.  We got boogie boards from the Easter bunny!  Then we opened our presents from Mommy and Daddy.  We opened our presents from Grandma Cathy the day before. After that we went on our Easter egg hunt. There were 48 eggs.  We each were supposed to find 24.  I only found 23 and Maddy only found 22.  Yesterday Mommy found another egg.  Now we are down to only 2 missing.  They are Maddy’s when we find them.

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Then we went to church.  After that we went to brunch.

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Then we came back to the boat and grabbed our stuff to go to the beach.  We tried out our new boogie boards.  It was awesome.

Then we went back to the boat and made rice krispie treats with jelly beans.  Then we ate dinner, had our rice krispie treats we made.  I had such a fun Easter.  It was the first Easter on the boat.

Ft. Pierce

We arrived in Ft. Pierce on 3/30/17.  We traveled with the Wilsons there.  AnnaMay and Ella rode with us.  We played together the rest of the day.  Then we ate dinner together.  Friday we went to the library with the Wilsons and then we went to look at a boat.  After that all the parents had a date night and Nina babysat all five of us.  On Saturday there was a huge farmer’s market.  Later that night we had a cookout with the Wilsons on our boat with the food from the farmer’s market.  It was delicious.

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On Sunday we went to see Mike and Leann from Rowe Boat.  We ate lunch together and visited on their boat.

On Monday we paddle boarded and kayaked on the Wilson’s paddle board and kayak.  It was so windy we attached them to lines.  The line to the paddle board came unattached and I floated away.   But thankfully only to the next pier over. Daddy was able to take the line and walk me back around.  We all ate dinner together at the other restaurant at the marina.

On Tuesday we went to the Manatee Center with the Wilsons.  I learned a lot about manatees.  We also got to see some other sea creatures.  There were a lot of other animals.  We only got to see a manatee skeleton, not any actual manatees that day.  But we have seen a lot of manatees in our harbors.  Maddy and I made videos about our visit.   Hopefully you can see them here.

Mine: https://www.facebook.com/laura.stein.925/videos/10212475702317136/

Maddy’s:  https://www.facebook.com/laura.stein.925/videos/10212531760038544/

On Wednesday we went to another farmer’s market which wasn’t as good as the one on Saturday.  But we did get really good Italian ice.  Then AnnaMay went to the library and the rest of us played.  We all ate dinner together on our boat and Nina babysat for us again.

On Thursday we had to say goodbye to the Wilsons.  A little before 8 we got off the boat and went to the end of the dock to see Ella and Wendy.  Everyone else was still sleeping.  Then we went over to the fuel dock.  AnnaMay woke up and we said our goodbyes.  I had an awesome week.

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Anchoring with the Wilsons

On Wednesday night we got anchored and tied up with the Wilsons. Then we got down the lily pads and swam.

We ate dinner together on the back of our boat. Then we swam some more.

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After that we got dressed and played on our boat. The next morning we went kayaking and paddle boarding on their kayak and paddle board. Mommy didn’t get any pictures of me kayaking but I got to do that too.

Then AnnaMay and Ella rode with us we played with our dolls the whole time. We played hair salon then fed them colored water. Then once we got to the marina we went to feed the fish and played on their boat. Then AnnaMay and I went on a walk we counted sea urchins we found 14 of them. After that we went back to their boat and played with her watch and made her bed. Then we went to dinner together. I had a awesome day.

Manjack Cay

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(Madelyn)

We got to see baby goats.  Their names are Abner and Sadie.  The mommy’s name is Daisy.  The aunt’s name is Mae.  Mae ran up on their goat house and was standing up on the roof and then she jumped off of it.

Then we saw Fred the rooster.  I pet him!

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In the garden I saw stevia leaves and a flower and I ate both of them.  On our way back to the boat we stopped at a swing over the water. We swung in them.  Then we went back to the boat.

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I loved the farm!

(Molly)

We arrived in Manjack and anchored and got the dinghy down.  We dinghied over to land.  We walked on this path that looked like you were in the woods.  Then all of a sudden you were on this beautiful beach.

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Then we walked back and found the farm.  We got to hold the baby goats.  Their names were Abner and Sadie.  Their mom’s name is Daisy and their aunt’s name is Mae.  Mae ran up the side of the roof and stood on the skinny part of the roof and then ran down.  She was acting all crazy.

Then we got to meet one of the super fluffy roosters.  His name is Fred Astaire.  We got to pet him and feel his comb and his skin.

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Next we got to see the owner’s garden.  We ate things fresh off of the plants.  She had strawberry plants and tomato plants on a timer for being watered.  It only runs a couple of times of water because they don’t want it to use up all their electricity.  They had a mulberry tree and they grow all their food.  It’s amazing to me how that size of garden is all the food that they live on for most of the year.  I really loved it!

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Back to Treasure Cay

We got back to Treasure Cay last Monday.  We walked around, got ice cream and went down to the beach.  Then we went to Bingo at the harbor.  Maddy and I both won one round.  Maddy won the second round.  I won the last round.  We each won a bottle of wine (not the best prize).

The next day we did school.  Then went back to the amazing beach.  We ate lunch there and then played in the sand.  We didn’t get in the water.  I buried Maddy as a mermaid and she buried me as a dolphin.  Then we were all white covered in sand so we got in the water to rinse off.  I was so happy to go back to Treasure.  We also got the delicious cinnamon rolls again!

Man-O-War and Tahiti Beach

3/2/17 – Madelyn – Man-O-War

We went to the school in Man-O-War.  There are two classrooms and a library.  They showed us their science projects and they were cool.  Then we saw the other classroom.  It was younger kids.  They also have PE and a playground.  The younger kids told us they were wearing their PE uniforms that day – shorts and t shirts.

3/2/17 – Molly – Man-O-War

My family and I went to the Man-O-War Elementary School.  It is a lot smaller than the schools in the US.  There were only two classrooms.  One classroom was grades 1, 2, 3 and the other classroom was grades 4, 5, 6.  The older grade teacher is also the principal.  They have a library with a big book shelf.  They have an outdoor play set as their playground.  They have P.E. too.  The kids in 4th and 5th grade showed us their science projects.  5th grade was the layers of the atmosphere and 4th grade was doing the solar system.  In the 1-3rd grade classroom there is only 1 girl!  The people in the 7th grade or older take the ferry over to Marsh Harbour because the high school on Man-O-War is closed.  I thought it was really cool to visit.

3/2/17 – Molly – Tahiti Beach

When we first got to Hopetown we went to a beach where our friends were beaching their dinghy and having a picnic.  Mike and Cathy from Trawler Life were there.  They went snorkeling with me.  Maddy didn’t want to get in the water.  We found sand biscuits.  We found one that we got to keep and one that was still alive.  When they are alive they are chocolate brown and hide in the seaweed so they are very hard to find.  We also found a lot of little conch.  One of them was a different kind of conch – a welk.  Cathy also found a sea cucumber.

 

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Sea Cucumber

When she picked it up out of the water it spit water out from its end.  We learned that if the sea cucumber gets really upset it spits out its insides and regrows them.  I always thought they were plants attached to the bottom.  But they are actually animals that move around like a worm.  All the things we found were super cool.

 

There was a lady named Robin who brought a really big delicious watermelon.  She sliced it on the beach to share and Maddy and I ate a lot of it.  I had a great time at Tahiti Beach.

 

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Cathy from Trawler Life enjoying water melon too!

 

3/2/17 – Madelyn – Tahiti Beach

We went to Tahiti Beach.  There was a big tree that I climbed. There was a lady named Robin that had a huge watermelon that Molly and I ate a bunch of.

I was scared to snorkel but Molly and Mike and Cathy snorkeled.   We found a sand biscuit. When they are alive they are brown and pokey.  If they are dead they are a very light brown.  We also found a sea cucumber that spits water.  I did not touch the sea cucumber.  We went out on the sand bar and swam in the water.

 

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Live sand biscuit

 

Wild Pigs and more

By Molly:

First we anchored the big boat.  Next, Daddy got down the dinghy.  Then we got some food to feed the pigs and got in the dinghy.  We rode in the dinghy to the beach.  We anchored the dinghy and walked up to the beach the rest of the way.  We did that because if you beach your dinghy the pigs will climb all over it.  After that we fed the pigs.  There were piglets that were so cute.  The other older pigs were massive.  The pigs will follow you into the water.  Also they will take food right out of your hand.  We fed them old bread, cucumbers and avocado.  One of the pigs ate the avocado pit whole.  Then we got back in the dinghy, took it back to the boat and left.

After seeing the pigs we went to Great Guana Cay.  Sunday some of our friends pulled into the harbor.  Maddy and I got invited over to Corkscrew to make jewelry with Phyllis.  Phyllis makes jewelry and then ships it to a place in Panama City for them to sell it.  She gets the money back and uses the money to buy more beads.  On their boat she uses their bunk room for her jewelry station.  Maddy and I each got to make a necklace and a bracelet.  We put an anchor charm on the necklaces we made and a starfish charm on the bracelets we made.  Maddy and I made the necklaces out of wire and the bracelets out of elastic.  We had a couple of fails with the bracelets.  The beads kept on falling off so Phyllis made a loose knot so that the beads wouldn’t keep falling off.  I also asked Phyllis what inspired her to make the jewelry.  She said that she and her friend decided they wanted to make jewelry.  They went to the store and bought some beads and then kept on going.  She has so many beads!  I had a bunch of fun getting to make the jewelry.

Sonny and Phyllis also have a dog named Marena. They spell her name a little differently than a boat marina.  Maddy and I love her.  She jumps up on us and kisses us a lot.

Here is a picture of what we made:

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Crossing to the Bahamas

By Madelyn:

We crossed the Atlantic Ocean to come to the Bahamas. We crossed the Gulf Stream. We came to West End.  The Bahamas was hit by Hurricane Matthew. Our marina still doesn’t have power to the slips.  One of the bathrooms has a hole in the ceiling.  There is a beach and kayaks and I really want to ride a kayak.  2-9-17

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My family and I went kayaking.  I saw a red starfish.  The water was super clear.  I felt happy.  It was a lot of work for my arms but I had a lot of fun.  There is a pool with a waterfall and we got to jump off the waterfall.  2-10-17

By Molly:

Yesterday we went to the Bahamas.  I was a little nervous.  We had to wait for a bridge to go up so we followed this huge boat out.  Then we got fuel and left for the Bahamas.  It got a little rough on our last 20 miles.  My stomach also started to hurt a little but when we got to the Atlantic Ocean the water was so pretty.  It got prettier and prettier as we went.  It also got clear.  We had to wait forever it seemed like to get off the boat while my dad was clearing customs.  Then we got to fly our kites.  Then we went to the pool and the beach.  So far I’ve had a bunch of fun in the Bahamas.  Maddy and I are hoping to fly our kites and kayak today.  2-9-17

Yesterday we went kayaking.  This is my second time kayaking.  The first time I couldn’t row at all but this time I got to row by myself.  I kayaked with daddy.  While we were kayaking daddy spotted a red starfish.  I thought it was super cool.  That was the first llive starfish I had ever seen.  We didn’t go out super far.  It was hard to kayak against the wind when we were going back in.  I used my stomach muscles a lot and the next day they were super sore.  I had a great time kayaking.  2-10-17

(This is Laura) Unfortunately no kayak pictures as Ben and I were on the kayaks and I didn’t think my phone would fare too well.  I’ll take the waterproof camera next time!

The Keys

By Molly:

I’ve not done a blog post in a long time. my family and I have done a lot of stuff since my last blog post. First thing that happened was we got to meet friends that we’ve been wanting to meet, the Wilsons. Then daddy’s friend Ron came and stayed with us for 9 days. We had a bunch of fun with him. He stayed with us from Naples to Marathon. We had a bunch of fun in Key West. We saw a bunch of wild roosters.

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I got to throw swords to a street performer.  It was a little bit scary but cool.  They didn’t look too sharp but they had a huge blade.

In Marathon we got to see the Wilsons again.  We swam almost every day with them.

We also went to the Coast Guard station.  Here are three things that I learned there.  First, they have a rope that they throw so if a boat is trying to get away from them they throw the rope and it gets wound up in the boat’s props.  Second, there is a 45 foot boat that they don’t use that often and a 33 foot boat that they use most of the time.  Last, if one of the coast guard boats flips over it will flip itself back over because of the air tubes on the sides.  At the Coast Guard station I got to sit in the coxswain’s seat.  I learned that means captain.  I also got to try on a life vest.  It holds knives, whistles, flares, flashlights, an epirb, and a couple of other things.  It was very heavy.

Also in Marathon we went to the Turtle Hospital.  It used to be a motel.  The people that work there that are on call 24/7 have two motel rooms to live in.  I learned a lot at the turtle hospital.  There are 7 different species of turtles.  Loggerhead turtles can get up to 400 pounds and 4 feet long.  They eat crab, lobster and shrimp.  Hawksbill turtles eat sponge.  Kemp’s Ridley turtles get up to 100 feet and 2 feet long which is not that big for a turtle.  Kemp’s Ridley turtles lay their eggs in the middle of the day, not at night when it’s all dark outside.   Green turtles can hold their breath for up to 5 hours.  Green turtles only hold their breath that long when they are resting.  They don’t actually sleep, they only rest because they have to remember to come up for a breath.  Other species can hold their breath for 5-45 minutes. I learned that leatherback turtles are named that because their shells are soft like leather.

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The turtle hospital finds the turtles that need to be rescued because they tend to float to the top.  One reason they float to the top is that they eat a lot of trash out of the ocean causing infection and bubbles inside of them.  The people that work there give them vegetable oil, Beano and Gas X to help clear what is blocked.  Many of the turtles have growths almost like warts called FP tumors.  They can grow on the fins and the eyes.  The hospital removes them and then they have to stay for one year to make sure no tumors grow back.  If a boat hits a turtle and takes a piece of the shell out that piece will not grow back.  Also when a boat hits a turtle they can get a condition called “bubble butt”.  Fun Fact, one of the turtles is actually named Bubble Butt.  Bubble butt happens when a boat hits the turtle.  Air gets trapped under their shell from muscle and nerve damage causing them to float to the top.  The rehab workers put weights on the turtle’s back when they have bubble butt so that they can still dive.

If a piece of fishing line falls in the water off a boat it will take up to 600 years to break down.  It gets smaller every year.  Turtles have pretty good vision under water but it’s not the best above water.  Turtles can swim up to 30 mph but they usually just laze around.  Mayonnaise is used to clean off an oil spill.  There is a special kind of net that lets a fish in and can’t get out but the turtles can come in and get back out of the net.

I had fun in Marathon.  We are now in Islamorada.  AnnaMay and Ella got to come with us yesterday on the boat and we got to swim and hang out with them for the whole entire day.  Then we had to say goodbye to them. Boo hoo.

 

By Madelyn:

We walked to the turtle hospital.  We learned they need sunscreen too.

 

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A little hard to see but zinc oxide sunscreen all over the shell

 

Next I learned there are 61 turtles at the turtle hospital.  Leatherback turtles can dive down 4,000 feet.  If a boat hits them part of their shell can break off and it won’t grow back.  Also, if they get hit by a boat they can get something called a bubble butt where their bottom floats to the top.  They can also get these things that bubble up and they are called pink tumors.  There are seven types of turtles in the world, one of them are green turtles and another is leatherback.  Green turtles can stay underwater for up to five hours.  I loved the turtle hospital.

 

Ernest Hemingway House

We visited the Ernest Hemingway House yesterday.  We jotted down some facts that we learned but Madelyn (and Molly) were most interested in the cats!

Hemingway House by Madelyn:

First we got our tickets.  Then a cat walked up to us.  Next we went into the house.  We saw a typewriter and his fishing pole and a model of his lighthouse.  We went upstairs and saw his bed.  He put two twin beds together and put a gate from a church as the headboard.  We got to give a cat treats on the bed. Then we went into another room and saw another cat.  There are 53 cats.  Half of them have 6 toes.  His first cat’s name was Snow White.  The cats are really soft.  He wrote every day for 6 hours.  He wrote 500 to 700 words a day.  He had four wives.

Hemingway House by Molly:

Today I learned some things.  The first thing I learned was that Ernest Hemingway was a large man.  He made a king sized bed.  He put together two day beds.  Then when he went to Spain he got a church gate for the headboard.  The next thing I learned was he was a writer.  He wrote from 6 am til noon every day.  He wrote 500-700 words every day.  Then I learned that there are 53 cats there.  About half of them have 6 toes.  One of the cats bit me when I was petting him.  His first cat was named Snow White.  The last thing I learned was that when he installed his pool there was no running water so they dug a path from the pool to the ocean and put a pipe so the ocean water would just flow through and into the pool.  His first wife had the pool built.  He had four wives.  I really enjoyed the Hemingway House.