|Holiday Greetings from Ithaka
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|Greetings From Ithaka
The holiday season reminds us to thank all of you so much for your support, your encouragement, and your kind invitations. They’ve meant the world to us, and they’ve made us feel that we’re writing the column for a group of friends.
We’re spending the holiday aboard, hopefully in the Bahamas! We’re celebrating quietly together our good fortune at being able to live out this dream, but at the same time we’re thinking of those whom we love and miss.
We wish you and your families happy and healthy holidays. We’re taking a hiatus fo...... Read More
|I Eye December 22, 2000
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Biscayne Bay, Florida
25 41.823 N 080 11.532 W
December 22, 2000
by Douglas Bernon
Cruising is a watching kind of thing. One is on watch. One keeps watch. One measures time and distance with a watch. But mostly, one just watches and gets watched. Bernadette and I wear our binoculars as necklaces, always on the lookout for markers, or shoals, or people, or manatees, or dolphins, or snowy egrets hunched in the Virginia marsh grass like little snowballs. We always watch other boats, and of course they watch us.
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|The Mailbag December 15, 2000
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Lake Worth, Florida
28 36 N 80 03 W
December 15, 2000
by Bernadette and Douglas Bernon
Hearing from readers when we download our e-mail every week or two has become a grand treat in our cruising routines, and we look forward to it with great anticipation. To date we've received hundreds of notes from readers, which thrills us.
In St. Augustine a couple of days ago, we dinghied into the only place in town you can tie up your dink, the municipal docks, which extort $7 a day for the privilege. We hiked over to the public library, logged on for free (one of the wonderful services ...... Read More
|Breaking Out Of the ICW December 8, 2000
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|Breaking Out Of the ICW
32 02.931 N 81 12.910 W
December 8, 2000
by Douglas Bernon
Sunday, December 3, 2000: Here is a vow. This will be my last cold rant, the final flog of a chilling refrain. It's snowing right now here at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and Ithaka has a frosty sheen. Unless the Second Coming takes places on the dock immediately adjacent to us, I can't think of a single reason to poke my head out the hatch. Instead, I'm worshipping at the altar of our electric plug-it-in-at-the-dock heater.
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|Flames on the ICW December 1, 2000
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|Flames on the ICyW
Beaufort, North Carolina
34 42.992 N 76 39.949 W
December 1, 2000
by Bernadette Bernon
We left Norfolk astern last week, slowly, and with a touch of melancholy. Eager and excited to press south, we were torn, too. Already we’ve learned that new cruising friendships are the most intense kind, and they’re to be savored, because cruisers all seem to know, intrinsically, that they may never pass this way again.
It rips you up a bit to leave a place when you’ve met such generous and warm people, as we did at Norfolk Boatworks. The owners rolled out the red ...... Read More