We are safely back in the United States after cruising the Bahamas for eight weeks. We had a very special trip and ended up essentially making a loop of the islands. We started in Bimini, trekking through Nassau, the Exumas, Long Island, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Harbour Island, Abacos and ending up in West End. We crossed back over to Stuart on Thursday, July 22 and have settled in at Sunset Bay Marina… Read More

Last time we posted, we admitted we didn’t have any idea what our plans were when June 1st rolled around. After spending the last part of April in the lower Florida Keys and the month of May in the Stock Island/Key West area, we literally got a wild hair and headed for the Bahamas. The islands loosened their requirements for fully vaccinated folk and we took that as our sign, to make… Read More

Time does fly when you are quietly navigating through our changing world. We are hoping this long past due check-in finds each of you well and enjoying all the newness and hope spring has to offer. Let’s just totally ignore what Mother Nature is dropping on our friends in Colorado and the Midwest.  We are checking in from an anchorage called Newfound Harbor in the lower Florida Keys. After five months mostly… Read More

Finally, after researching the vast world of publishing, Ocean Spirit: A Journey of Challenge and Joy is available for purchase. Thank you for your patience with the project. It’s taken a bit of time to correct the 11,985 grammatical or spelling errors 🙂 I can only describe this as the most challenging labor of love I have ever attempted. We have chosen to self-publish through Lulu, a print-on-demand company, based in North… Read More

Christmas Greetings! We have settled back into our winter homeport of Legacy Harbour Marina in Fort Myers. We came back a bit earlier than planned due to Tropical Storm/Hurricane/Tropical Storm Eta. She/he was an interesting one: visiting once to our area, swooping back around by Cuba, then coming back with a bigger punch to get more of our attention. Another 2020 record was set for being the busiest hurricane season ever. More… Read More

Oh. What. A. Year. As today unfolds, all of our Thanksgiving gatherings will be different. Remember last year when life was so simple? The word Covid-19 hadn’t passed through our lips yet. The XXXXL elephant will be in every room today. The dining rooms of those who chose to keep their normal traditions intact. The rooms where the gatherings will be fewer in number, in hopes of lessening the risk. The makeshift… Read More

Happy Birthday in Heaven Jamie Benson! It was November 9, 1985, when you came into the world and made our lives complete. Today, we celebrate your 35th birthday. On this special day, I want to share a project I’ve been working on. A book I’ve written. It’s about you. It’s about us. It’s about the dream you inspired. It’s about persevering. It’s about trust. It’s about finding unbelievable joy after sorrow finally… Read More

Three weeks ago this morning, Ocean Spirit headed out of Shelter Cove Marina on Hilton Head Island. Phew, are we ever thankful Shelter Cove lived up to its name of being a shelter. We hid out all summer from hurricanes as well as keeping a very low profile in the world of covid. That was except of course, for a bike ride or two. I will miss their beautiful trails and the… Read More

Greetings to all in the midst of Fall 2020. This year of covid has been such a challenge for so many. Who could ever have predicted the changes our world has endured? We hope and pray this finds each of you well. We have been tucked in tight on Hilton Head since June 22nd, but will be heading out in a few days. Our decision to hide out here has been a… Read More

Greetings from Ocean Spirit. We have been in Hilton Head six weeks tomorrow and have thoroughly enjoyed our time here. We still maintain a very low social presence during COVID preferring to stay close to home. The daily exception is a long bike ride. The sixty miles of trails have not disappointed. There are many directions to turn to find the beauty of the island: …isolated trails…the best kind in 2020… …a… Read More