Day 5 of my Keys adventure was a long day on Friday. What started out as a leisurely sail from Key Largo to Key Biscayne ended up as a race to get home. I was planning to spend the night at Key Biscayne and then have an easy downhill half day run to Fort Lauderdale… Continue reading Key Largo – Fort Lauderdale 10feb2023
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Islamorada to Key Largo 9feb2023
Day 4 of my Florida Keys sailing trip was at TRIP. Time to head home – the wind forecast was east to southeast. Hoping for an early switch to SE wind, I left the Scouts Sea Base and went through Channel 5, between Lower Matacumbe and Long Keys. The bridge is 65′ high, easy access… Continue reading Islamorada to Key Largo 9feb2023
Key Largo to Islamorada 8feb2023
As I wandered about the keys the weather was sooo nice, and I had nothing on my calendar so it was off to Islamorada Wednesday. I was running low on food, and I hadn’t had a shower since I left Fort Lauderdale on Monday, adding sunscreen day after day. It was nice that the gang… Continue reading Key Largo to Islamorada 8feb2023
Key Biscayne to Key Largo 7feb2023
On Tuesday morning I pulled anchor and left Key Biscayne and sailed south in Biscayne Bay, passing a few keys: Soldier, Boca Chita, Elliot, Adams, and others. The bay is shallow in spots, so it’s important to navigate through the channels at Featherbed Bank, etc. Leaving lower Biscayne Bay, next is Card Sound and then… Continue reading Key Biscayne to Key Largo 7feb2023
Ft Lauderdale-Key Biscayne Sail 6feb2023
One recent Monday, the weather report was perfect for a sail south for a few days (northerlies) then predicted a wind switch to southerlies later in the week. So, off I went in the sailboat leaving Fort Lauderdale and heading south in the Atlantic bound for Key Biscayne, near Miami. I anchored for the night… Continue reading Ft Lauderdale-Key Biscayne Sail 6feb2023
August 10, 2022 BSA Staff Certification Dives
July 2022 – Troop 8
It was a blast to have Troop 8 aboard and watch them progress through their SCUBA skills, and enjoy the salt life. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, Troop 8 or the BSA Burglar crew!
July 19, 2022 – Troop 70, Day 3
July 19, 2022 was a nice day for SCUBA diving. With certifications done, all dives at this point are fun dives, no more instruction – time to implement new skills. First on the itinerary was a dive spot named Labyrinth, and spur and groove reef. Then, on to a similar type of reef named Boink.… Continue reading July 19, 2022 – Troop 70, Day 3
July 17, 2022, Troop 70 Dallas, Texas
July 13, 2022 – April Cathy & Ernie in Islamorada
Wednesday Cathy and I went snorkeling at Cheeca Rocks, about one mile from Breezy Palms Resort. I went and got the boat from Caloosa Cove Marina and ran it about 5 miles up to our place. It was a wonderful dive, the visibility was good and the reef was alive with life. We saw: grouper,… Continue reading July 13, 2022 – April Cathy & Ernie in Islamorada
July 12, 2022 – April Cathy & Ernie in Islamorada
Cathy and April came to the keys for a visit with Ernie and we went out in the boat to make sure the sun went down 🙂 After checking in to the Breezy Palms Resort near BSA Sea Base, we went boat riding to see the sights. We stopped and toured the Boy Scout Sea… Continue reading July 12, 2022 – April Cathy & Ernie in Islamorada
July 12, 2022 Troop 5 Wake Forest NC
The gang from Troop 5 was lucky to get good weather for 3 days and did a great job in the water getting SCUBA certified!
July 6, 2022 BSA Staff Certs
July 6, 2022 – Keeley, Louis, and Sean got certified by instructors KL and Spencer at Pillars dive site, diving from BSA Burglar! See link below for a Google photo album 🙂
June 2022 Boot Key Harbor
Reggae at sunset at Book Key Harbor – good vibes!
Troop 70-University Park TX
June 19-21 brought nice diving conditions and Troop 70 from University Park in Texas. The gang did great!
Breakfast at Anne’s Beach
Today, I had breakfast at Anne’s Beach. I brought my bicycles to SeaBase, which allows me to take rides in the area. Today is June 13, Mom’s birthday so it was nice to grab some fresh guava with cream cheese pastries from the corner store and some coffee and reflect on Mom’s life.
Quote from The Gentleman’s Guide to Passages South: The Thornless Path to Windward by Bruce Van Sant
“Far Out Islands” — The Gentleman’s Guide to Passages South: The Thornless Path to Windward by Bruce Van Sant https://a.co/guFWorE Sent from my iPhone
29may2022 dinner bayside
There is a small park near the sea base with a nice gazebo and a waterfront view! Nice cool cloudy rainy day and a sub for dinner, and easy bike ride from sea base Sent from my iPhone
Newton Dive Boats at Sea Base
I’m going through orientation and training this week, preparing for participants in the last week of May
I got to Sea Base and am looking forward to spending the summer with Boy Scouts learning to SCUBA dive. https://www.bsaseabase.org/
Rita Hayworth & Fred Astaire dance to Led Zeppelin
BSA Burglar dove Alligator Reef and Rocky Top dive spots. Farther below is a comment box, please drop me a note! It was great to have you aboard… Captain Ernie