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Author Archives: john-and-ria

Farewell to the Exumas

We are often asked which places and events from our travels stand out as ‘the best’. This is difficult to answer, as we can honestly say that most have either been beautiful, inspiring, exciting, or at the very least, interesting. In June we had the opportunity to cruise with our son, Ryan, his wife, Joanne, … Continue reading »

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More From the Exumas…..

We made it to Elizabeth Harbour, Georgetown, the southern terminus of our Exumas cruise, on May 17th. This section of the trip included stops at Great Guyana Cay and Cave Cay, before making a run of about 35 miles down the deep – and somewhat rough – waters of Exuma Sound. Most of the PDQ … Continue reading »

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On to the Exumas!

After 450 miles of cruising from Stuart we have roughly reached the midway point of the Exuma Cays. The trip so far has been exciting, interesting, entertaining and a visual feast for the eyes. The nature of the cruising is quite different from anything we have experienced so far – very long open water passages, … Continue reading »

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The End of the Beginning – Tarpon Springs to Caloosahatchee River to Lake Okeechobee to Stuart

As you can see from the title of this post, this was a stretch of travel with a host of hard to pronounce names. Many come from the Seminole Indians who inhabited this region when the Europeans arrived. Tarpon Springs, the start of this leg of our journey, was founded in the late 1800’s as … Continue reading »

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The Emerald Coast and the Big Bend

This portion of our journey was bookended by two delightful towns, Fairhope, Alabama and Tarpon Springs, Florida. In between were the broad bays, bayous, rivers and barrier islands of the Emerald Coast, followed by a series of ‘open water’ (i.e. mostly no land in sight) hops along the more remote regions of Florida’s Big Bend. … Continue reading »

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