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Pat Anderson



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:40 pm    Post subject: Daydream's Great Loop Blog! Reply with quote

OK, not an actual Grand Adventure yet, but one in the making!

Planning and preparation are worth blogging too, so here it is...Post #1 on Daydream's Great Loop Blog.

The actual adventure starts around April 1, when we meet Flint and Leslie Firestone on Grace Full to cross the Okeechobee Waterway in Florida! That is when posts on the actual adventure will start, but I will have some more posts on planning, navigation, boat modifications and so forth between now and then. Stay tuned!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the best to Pat & Patty on their adventure starting this spring. I know you'll have a wonderful time touring/cruising and meeting friends, old & new. I look forward to your blog & safe travels. Larry
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Pat Anderson



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wigeon wrote:
All the best to Pat & Patty on their adventure starting this spring. I know you'll have a wonderful time touring/cruising and meeting friends, old & new. I look forward to your blog & safe travels. Larry


Thanks, Larry - I am having a ball just planning and thinking about this adventure!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A suggestion - bring along a simple field guide to the birds of the eastern US. The Okeechobee, for starters, is full of great birds in the Springtime, and a knowledge of the birds you will be seeing and 'camping' with will add to the pleasure of your cruise.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pat , are you doing The Loop non-stop?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Pat. I will be following along. Thanks for sharing this. Just wondered if you got my PM about the book, "Crossing the Wake" by Tanya Binford, from MCP Books. It is the story of "one woman's great loop adventure. She did the Loop single handing, on a Ranger 25, in about 6 months. Easy, fun read, and educational. It is not a travel log, although it is a chronological account.

Back to your thread, Enjoy the southern heat for now. Colder up this way. Stay safe.

Harvey
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:32 am    Post subject: Grand Adventure Indeed! Reply with quote

Really wonderful to see this Pat & Patty. April 1st will be here before we know it. Greatly looking forward to following along w/ your adventures thru your Blog and envying your being able to do this finally.

in the meantime, enjoy the rest of the "winter" suffering thru the extreme cold of Arizona!

Take care and safe travels,
Dan, Tanya, and Hannah on Echo
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

South of Heaven wrote:
Pat , are you doing The Loop non-stop?


Yes, we were originally going to start at Apalachicola, but now we are thinking of starting on the Caloosahatchee River so we don't start with a Gulf crossing. But it will be one continuous cruise around!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hardee wrote:
Cool Pat. I will be following along. Thanks for sharing this. Just wondered if you got my PM about the book, "Crossing the Wake" by Tanya Binford, from MCP Books. It is the story of "one woman's great loop adventure. She did the Loop single handing, on a Ranger 25, in about 6 months. Easy, fun read, and educational. It is not a travel log, although it is a chronological account.

Back to your thread, Enjoy the southern heat for now. Colder up this way. Stay safe.

Harvey
SleepyC Moon



Harvey, I just saw the PM this morning! Sorry! I will look at the blog. Dr. Bob gave me a great book, very humorous but also very useful, called "Honey, Let's Get a Boat." Highly recommended!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Grand Adventure Indeed! Reply with quote

ddenver wrote:
Really wonderful to see this Pat & Patty. April 1st will be here before we know it. Greatly looking forward to following along w/ your adventures thru your Blog and envying your being able to do this finally.

in the meantime, enjoy the rest of the "winter" suffering thru the extreme cold of Arizona!

Take care and safe travels,
Dan, Tanya, and Hannah on Echo


Thanks, Dan. I have a few posts to do before actually starting the trip, sort of all the preliminaries! Then it may go dark for awhile until we actually get on the water! Hope you enjoy!
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El and Bill wrote:
A suggestion - bring along a simple field guide to the birds of the eastern US. The Okeechobee, for starters, is full of great birds in the Springtime, and a knowledge of the birds you will be seeing and 'camping' with will add to the pleasure of your cruise.


Sounds like good advice as always, Bill! I am a little more concerned with a field guide to the alligators! I hope Baxter does not get mixed up with one!
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Pat Anderson wrote:
hardee wrote:
Cool Pat. I will be following along. Thanks for sharing this. Just wondered if you got my PM about the book, "Crossing the Wake" by Tanya Binford, from MCP Books. It is the story of "one woman's great loop adventure. She did the Loop single handing, on a Ranger 25, in about 6 months. Easy, fun read, and educational. It is not a travel log, although it is a chronological account.

Back to your thread, Enjoy the southern heat for now. Colder up this way. Stay safe.

Harvey
SleepyC Moon



Harvey, I just saw the PM this morning! Sorry! I will look at the blog. Dr. Bob gave me a great book, very humorous but also very useful, called "Honey, Let's Get a Boat." Highly recommended!


That on sounds fun. I will see if I can find it.

Harvey
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pat Anderson wrote:
South of Heaven wrote:
Pat , are you doing The Loop non-stop?


Yes, we were originally going to start at Apalachicola, but now we are thinking of starting on the Caloosahatchee River so we don't start with a Gulf crossing. But it will be one continuous cruise around!


From Apalachicola you can cut up the crossing by making a quick jump to St Marks, then down to Steinhatchee, and then to Cedar Key. This is "Old Florida" and very cool not to mention much cheaper than other parts of FL. Shallow draft boats get to see more things than big ass trawlers Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best advice for folks starting a Great Loop (In our opinion):
TAKE YOUR TIME!!

You will enjoy your cruise and see so much more if you simply SLOW DOWN! See the side channels, circumnavigate NYC, dock at the Statue of Liberty, visit West Point, go up the Potomac a short distance to see Mt. Vernon and the Washington Monument, circumnavigate Long Island, relax on Lake Champlain, visit El's relative Elizabeth CADY Stanton hometown in Seneca Falls, NY as you cruise the Erie Canal, and see the Museum commemorating her experience with Women's Rights,etc. etc.

TAKE YOUR TIME - 5 knots with only one engine down. We have cruised the Loop several times, slowly, and still have more to see on that delightful cruise. The joy is in the day to day, not simply the circumnavigation of those historic and delightful states en route.


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Ken, the route from Apalachicola down to Cedar Key and back to the protected ICW is a great route, though we went from Pensacola direct to St. Pete. Nevertheless, to cross their wake, P&P will have to come down that way. They just want to do it at the end than the beginning, even though they'll have to drive farther.

BTW, that elbow (or crotch) of Florida is rated as receiving the most lightning strikes in the USA. Maybe coming through there in the Winter. is best.

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