Welcome to Waves of Grace!

We have moved from Eagle's Wings to Waves of Grace, a Catalina 42 which will extend our winter ocean cruising grounds to the southern Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Please join us on our adventures! We would love to hear from you via cell phone or e-mail and when you get a minute come on down and visit!

Catalina Swap

Catalina Swap
The two gals share a dock at Navy Point. Leaving Eagle's Wings was bittersweet, but new adventures await us on Waves of Grace.

Fiesta Key 1/27-29/2015

We took a road trip this week to visit our good friends, Don and Stella, who have been hiding out from the cold and snow in New York at a great condo in Fiesta Key just south of Bradenton.  Fiesta Key is a beautiful resort community situated on a very wide and stunning Gulf of Mexico beach.  We decided to tour Mixon Orchards where we learned about orange groves and then tasted orange swirl ice cream.  Included on the tour was an up close introduction of some Florida wildlife including crocodiles, alligators, and an 80 pound, 11 foot python.........

Car vs boat bikes

It's always a dilemma for us .......use our boat bikes for transportation here in Marathon or bring our car down from Green Cove Springs near Jacksonville.  The bikes give us a great workout especially on Sundays when we bike 12 miles round trip to church.  The bikes are fun to ride and there are lots of bike paths and sidewalks near us.  But this year we decided to bring the car down and yes, we have not put on as many bike miles as usual but we've been able to explore the Keys more than ever.  One of our favorite spots is Key Colony.  We've discovered the great early bird special at the Key Colony Inn for $14.95 which includes wine, salad, entree and dessert!  Now that's a deal!  Two weeks ago we attended an open house for a 3 million dollar home on Hawk Channel in Key Colony.  Then we drove to Duck Key and toured the upscale Hawk's Cay Marina and Resort.  The beach, pool, and tennis courts were very inviting!

And there were 7 on the boat.....

We hosted our two daughters, our son-in-law and two grandchildren for 10 days on Waves of Grace for Christmas.  Bonnie & Sid generously offered Stacey a bed on FIU since they were away for the holidays and we were tight for space.  But we had plenty of room for all 7 around our table for dinner every night.  Anna & Ryan kept us all busy at Sombrero Beach, Sombrero Reef, Sunset Tiki pool, and the Dolphin Research Center.  Stacey & I visited the Turtle Hospital which gave a wonderful tour.  All of our family members have returned to the chilly northeast.......and we seem to have a much bigger 42' sailboat than we did last week!

Christmas in the Keys

Marathon is a very special place to be during Christmas.  There is no snow but there is magic everywhere.....like the miniature railroad set up at the local Home Depot that took five men four hours to assemble or the prayer gardens at San Pablo Catholic Church that is lit by thousands of lights decorated lovingly by parishioners.  The sunsets at the Seven Mile Bridge are always wonderful any time of the year!

The Keys........12/11/2014

Our youngest son, Steven, is visiting us this week in the Keys.  He has been getting tennis lessons every day from Coach Bill and enjoying the challenge of trying to beat Mom and Dad on the courts.  Yesterday we sailed Hawk Channel in 15-23 knot breezes, dodging the crab pots that were everywhere.  Today there was no wind so we headed to Sombrero Reef where the views were breathtaking.  Steve snorkeled but it was so calm that Walt & I could see all the fish and the coral right from the boat.  There were yellow tail snappers, gray snappers, sergeant majors, eels, sharks, and sea turtles-amazing!

New York Thanksgiving 2014

What a surprise to see snow in upstate New York for Thanksgiving......at least we don't have the 6-7 feet of the white stuff that Buffalo received.  The sun is peeking out and the grandkids can go sledding so all is not bad!

Iguana Invasion 11/16/2014

I counted 21 iguanas today in less than two hours.....a record!  This guy is a big one who was sunning himself in front of one of the mansions in Sister's Creek but most of the iguanas are small to medium this year.  It appears that the fellows are multiplying quickly.....they seem to be everywhere.  I have to be careful when I'm riding my bike as they blend in well with their surroundings and then when they move they surprise you.....

Marathon 11/15/2014

It's hard to believe that we have been here in Boot Key for over a week.....time flies in paradise!  The mooring field is already at 70% capacity and it's only mid-November.  FUI and Yasmine Ann came in this afternoon and have joined us here near Sister's Creek.  The sunsets are spectacular and the Sunset Tiki Bar still has great specials for Happy Hour including $2.00 drafts.  I took this photo from the marina deck.

Miami-Marathon 11/7-8/2014

We sailed out of Lake Worth very early and by noon we were at Ft. Lauderdale where the ocean was full of tankers, sport fishermen, divers down and para-sailors....a real maze!   At 3:00 we were directly in front of Miami so we kept on motor-sailing and anchored in Hawk Channel at Elliott Key Friday night.  There was a beautiful full moon with no breeze so anchoring on the outside was a great choice.  On Saturday we made the 83 mile run into Boot Key Harbor.  Between Key Largo and Tavernier there were hundreds of blue-black jelly fish everywhere.  They looked like huge hair nets swaying in the water with a ring of slender tentacles.......  We entered Marathon at 4:30 and took ball N-12.  We were surprised to see the mooring field so full already with some rows already filled to Sisters' Creek.  I guess that Marathon has become a destination!

West Palm Beach Sunrise

We had a good ocean run yesterday from Vero to Lake Worth although the wind wasn't strong enough to use the sails.......we hate to motor in the ocean!  But today we left the anchorage at 6:15 and we are sailing down the coast to Miami with 5 other sailboats.  It's great and we're making good time.  The sunrise was beautiful as we headed out the Lake Worth Channel.