Hello to each and every loyal Ocean Spirit-er! Today, marks exactly four weeks of being on the road again. We have spent 18 nights at anchor, 5 nights on a mooring ball and 5 nights in a marina. So far we have traveled 862 miles through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and now, we are checking in from the town of New Bern, North Carolina. This is where it all started in 1971… Read More

As planned we left our home port of Legacy Harbour Marina on Thursday, April 19th. We were treated to a beautiful sunrise and the welcome help from our dock neighbor’s to toss us the lines. Thanks…Rich, Ed and Bill for making our departure easier. Well, that would be with the lines, no so much in the parting of friendships.We headed east on the Okeechobee Waterway also known as “The Ditch”. There is… Read More

The Benson Family gathered in Oklahoma City and said our farewells to Pops. We had a small service celebrating a true patriarch. He had requested only a simple picture with the following saying: “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming…Wow, what a ride!”The above picture was taken just… Read More

We have lost one of the greatest men I have ever known…William James Benson, lovingly known as Pop Pops, died on Friday afternoon surrounded by his wife of almost sixty-six years and his three children. There truly was no better man. He loved his Florence, his family, the OKC Thunder, a good gin martini and his beloved four-legged best friend, Winston. He spent his working career serving the United Way. He loved… Read More

I write today for thoughts and prayers for one of the loudest cheerleaders of the Ocean Spirit dream. Jim’s Dad, Bill Benson (aka Pop-Pops), is ill in Oklahoma City. I haven’t posted in a long while as our family has been involved in moving Pops and Buddy (Jim’s Mom, Florence) into an assisted living facility in north OKC. The  move was  difficult as many of you know who have crossed this path… Read More

The last day of the year. It’s that time to say goodbye to another twelve months in this journey called life and start thinking ahead to the next year we are going to usher in tonight. We wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures taken in 2017. As a recap, we traveled 2626 nautical miles, were out on the water making a wake more than half of the year, had… Read More

~ From Ocean Spirit, on the Third Sunday of Advent ~ ~ We wanted to share some JOY with you ~ ~ And send each of you our Best Wishes for the Spirit of the Season ~ Joy to the world, the Lord is come! …As our hearts prepare to receive the King in the coming days… …May we repeat with sounding joy and proclaim the glories of His righteousness…. Praying your… Read More

Tomorrow is my very favorite day of the entire year. I love Thanksgiving. There are no gifts involved, it is only about gratitude as we all gather together. Many of you will be with family, many of you will be with friends, many will be alone. Some will be celebrating life, some facing major challenges and some grieving. For each and everyone reading this, please know an extra prayer is being lifted… Read More

As we quickly shared with you in our last post, we had a successful crossing…..certainly the best kind! Below are pictures of the vessels we made the passage with. Buddy boating at its best. The parade of boats included Ocean Spirit, TOSCA II hailing from Calgary Canada and DC CURRENTS from Beloit Wisconsin:The players were Duane and Criss Johnson of DC CURRENTS and Alexandra and Rowland Harrison of TOSCA II:Winter had arrived… Read More

Just a quick note to say we are glad to report in from Clearwater Harbor Marina. Our crossing began from Carrabelle yesterday at 2:10pm and we arrived today at 11:30am. We started off with smooth conditions & the wave action picked up in the wee morning hours. Approaching Clearwater we had about 4000 crab pots, well maybe 400….ok at least 40 that were successfully dodged.😉Bottom line: We celebrated the 8,000 nautical mile mark… Read More