Blogs from Englewood, Florida, United States, North America


North America » United States » Florida » Englewood October 13th 2020

On Friday the 13th of March our Regent cruise from Miami to Barcelona was cancelled and four days later Florida was put into quarantine. And here we are seven months later still dealing with the ramifications of this vicious virus. This has been a very difficult time for everyone, not just in this country but around the whole world. For us personally, it has been a real eye opener. This is our longest time in one place since 1966. Fortunately, we happen to be in a place that has allowed us to make a smooth transition to the Covid 19 lifestyle. In 2016 we decided to become bi-coastal and purchased a home on the Gulf Coast of Florida. After living on a boat in California for the past 35 years we became landlubbers in Rotonda West. ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Englewood May 15th 2019

Like so many dreams and adventures this one started months ago . Once the seed was planted it took on a life of its own , everything just came together ! From the start I want to thank ALL my friends and family for being so supportive , especially Greg , who did an amazing job of helping me get the camper ready and teaching me to drive it ! Truth be known i am still learning backing up ! Lol. Kathy is here to go with me and be my co-pilot . We haven’t done a sisters road trip in over 45 years ! We will leave early Friday morning , I will keep everyone posted and updated . Vickie’s Ventures ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Englewood June 22nd 2017

Englewood, Florida, United States Sunday, August 19, 2012 Mitzi, Ryan and Eda Adeline I had decided I wouldn't write about this trip; after all, it was just another road trip north from our home in Florida to see my family in Minnesota. What could possibly be so special or interesting about that? My attitude was suddenly adjusted just 45 miles from home when the first blow-out on the travel trailer occurred. Unfortunately, we were situated between traffic traveling 75 miles per hour on US 75 and an entrance ramp with little room for Bob to change a tire. He fired up the generator in the truck bed to use the electric impact wrench and I crossed my fingers, not daring to open the passenger’s door lest it be removed by the traffic whizzing by. Less than ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Englewood June 21st 2017

Englewood, Florida, United States Thursday, July 12, 2012 This is not a story of our travels but rather one that belongs to our children and grandchildren. When I married Bob almost 34 years ago, I promised him we would move to the beach when the children were grown. We left Springfield, MO, and settled in Englewood, FL in 1992. Our oldest, Kirsten Marie, remained behind, our middle child, Jeanine Carol, moved to Pine Island, FL, just 70 miles south, and our youngest, Evan Lyle, went to Boulder, CO, in 1995. It had been eight years since we had all been together at the same time, not since Kirsten’s marriage in 2004! That is much too long and, thankfully, we were able to meet at our home last month. Evan arrived first on June 8 in a ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Englewood November 29th 2016

It has been a week of adventures for us here in Florida. We have been moving along fairly quickly, and in between all the cruising we have seen a lot of interesting places and had some new experiences. After leaving Pensacola on Sunday, November 20, we headed east to Destin, where we anchored for the night. Early the next day, we left Destin and headed out for the first time into the Gulf. Up until now, we had been cruising on the Intercostal Waterway (ICW), which is a route you can travel from Texas around to most of Florida without having to go out into the ocean. Our trip in the Gulf that day was calm and beautiful, it was nice to be out in open waters again as opposed to the constant traffic of the ... read more
Fishing Boat in Apalchicola
Dolphin Greeting in St. Petersburg
Bridge at St. Petersburg

North America » United States » Florida » Englewood December 21st 2015

After four months at sea circling the globe, we arrived in Ft Lauderdale on May 1 and spent the summer in Florida. We bought a car and rented a house on the Gulf Coast and watched all the snowbirds head north as the temperatures rose. We had a wonderful LaGraff family reunion here with 35 brothers, sister, in-laws and out-laws and children and grandchildren. Lively dinner parties, beachcombing and boating excursions filled the agenda. We flew home to Sausalito at the end of July and spent four months catching up with friends and family, boating around the Bay and enjoying San Francisco Giants baseball games. In early November our sister Judy hosted an Atkins family reunion in San Luis Obispo. It was a great time for reminiscing, card playing and cooking favorite family dishes. We spent ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Englewood May 9th 2011

Once we got settled down in Ft. Myers Beach mooring field, we lowered the dinghy into the water and climbed aboard to go register and pay for our two nights there. The mooring field is managed by the Matanzas Inn, so that’s where we headed, tying up at the dinghy dock. The clerk at the inn, the fabulous Nathan, asked if we’d keep an eye on a couple on a boat nearby, who had just taken possession of a sailing catamaran, and didn’t even know if the dinghy motor would start. They had been taken out to their boat (Ruby Slippers) by the motel’s boat, but didn’t have a cell phone to call for help, and the inn doesn’t monitor VHF radio calls. So we stopped by on the way back to our boat and introduced ... read more
Sanibel Island Lighthouse
Old Port Boca Grande Light

North America » United States » Florida » Englewood March 13th 2010

Preparation is everything It is amazing how much you can put into a well designed RV. When I informed Paul that I took up only one-half of the closet in the bedroom, he insisted that I was never good at math - what a boy thing to say! Just because I need to take most of my clothes; I mean who knows what it's like in the Grand Canyon in April? We're from Florida. Reports range from a low of 26 degrees F to a high of 75 degrees F - jeans to shorts - Tee's to sweaters - must have them all. Besides, one big advantage to RV'ing is that you can't be charged for extra baggage (except in gas mileage). Paul can do with three pair of jeans and maybe some shorts to ... read more
Georgie Boy and Paul

North America » United States » Florida » Englewood March 28th 2009

Gust O'Wind is back on the hard for the summer. That is hard for us to deal with - winterizing the boat has been a routine in September for the first 8 years - this is the first experience of summerizing her. Since our last report we returned to Cayo Costa for 5 really good days to wind up our season. The fishing was successful - finally! - thanks to some good advice from a fellow cruiser from Lion's Head (just north of Wiarton) After a rough (30 knots) crossing to the canal system leading to our hauling yard we spent 3 full days prepping for the summer..... foil covering the hatches and ports to deflect the heat .. screening stuffed into all the through hulls and vents to keep out the mud wasps.. fresh water ... read more
fish fingers
clean up
new crew

North America » United States » Florida » Englewood February 14th 2006

More on our monastery travels soon ... we made it to two in North Dakota before the snows came and we have photos and stories to share (once we learn how to post photos!) But at the moment we're enjoying a unique kind of retreat. In November we got a letter telling us we'd been nominated to spend a month at an artist's retreat on The Gulf of Mexico. February in Florida sounded excellent, so sight unseen we accepted. Quite a delight to arrive in a tropical paradise on the edge of the sea, with 4 weeks to work on whatever creative projects we liked. The only responsibility is two presentations to the local community on our work. Everyone is interested in hearing about our Sanctuaries book series and all the monasteries we've visited, so we've ... read more

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