Thursday, January 4, 2018

Christmas '17 & New Years '18

It was extra special having Russ and Cindy Varney drive from Tampa to spend the day with us.
They were the first Gold Loopers we ever met, sharing their amazing adventure and words of wisdom at an anchorage in Pelican Bay in 2013.

Sis Mary and Bro Fraser came to share a fun afternoon and beautiful Gulfport sunset!

One of the many things we love about Gulfport is riding our bikes and exploring nature.

Eddy stopped to take a picture of a unique sight . . . . 

. . . . a Pelican tree!?!?!

Spiritus is safely secured to the transient floating dock, surrounded by sailboats!
Lyft provided an early morning ride from the marina to the Tampa Airport.  We flew to Las Vegas to spend Christmas with our family.

It was fun being together with the family in Mom's new home at Sunlake!

Be assured, we ate well ... extremely well!!

And the Pennington family knows how to make MERRY!!!

The Cirque Du Soleil performance, Beatles LOVE, at The Mirage was absolutely spectacular!
We've seen 5 different Cirque Du Soleil performances and this was indeed our favorite!

Upon returning to Spiritus, we were excited to see cousin Julie and goddaughter Elizabeth!

One last "Eddy concert" before 2017 ends!!

Wishing everyone a wonderfully blessed New Year!!!

Friday, December 15, 2017

December 2017

Getting ready to cheer for our Auburn Tigers as they play against Georgia
for the SEC Championship!

Watching the sunset with my honey at The Tiki Bar on Honeymoon Island.

Cousin Julie invited us to join her at a "fancy" faculty Christmas party at the University of Tampa!

Celebrating the 23rd birthday of our youngest goddaughter, Sarah, at Ozona Blue.

Sister Mary & her husband Fraser stayed at an RV campground very close to our marina.
One of our many bike rides took us to the Tarpon Springs sponge docks.


A "girls day out" resulted in a trip to the hair salon for the two gorgeous sisters!

The glass says, "One Glass away from AWESOME"!

Linda & I took selfie stick photos on Spiritus with Fraser & Mary . . . .  

. . . . and Mark & Lezlie.

Departed our beloved Marker 1 Marina on December 14th on a beautiful, sunny day.
Destination: Gulfport, Florida

Looking back at the Treasure Island bascule bridge that opened for Spiritus.

Our favorite breakfast café, Stella's, in Gulfport is eclectic in every way!
Doing their best to "Keep Gulfport Weird!"

A perfect day for a walk in downtown Gulfport.

Something tells us this homeowner isn't much interested in winning "Yard of the Month"!

Getting into the Christmas spirit with the neighborhood lawn ornaments!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Dunedin - Nov '17 Part 2

Spiritus feels pampered here at Marker 1 Marina in beautiful Dunedin...

....and so does her lucky crew!!!

Cousin Julie lives in nearby Clearwater and gets to play with us on weekends.
Every day is not a weekend for Julie since she is not retired!

Toasting to Eddy reaching Medicare age!!

Linda enjoyed her first grouper reuben at the popular "Frenchy's" . . . pure deliciousness!

We love the fabulous Arts & Crafts Shows in Dunedin.
Downtown streets were closed to traffic this weekend so a variety of artists could highlight their talents.

Captain Eddy tries to figure out how to get one of these cool metal sculptures on Spiritus!

Some of downtown Dunedin's charming old homes have been converted into coffee shops and cafes.

We discovered "Honu", a restaurant which features mouth-watering Hawaiian dishes!

Did we mention how "dog friendly" Dunedin is??

It was so much fun to reunite with Gold Loopers, Jim & Connie, originally from Michigan.
They fell in love with the area while on the Loop and have retired here. 

In true Looper spirit, our Gold Looper friends met our pre-Looper friends and offered guidance, encouragement and inspiration.  Mark & Lezlie will set sail in January!!

Lucky Us!!!  Our dear friends drove down from Navarre and brought Mom Johnsen.
We felt so blessed to celebrate Thanksgiving week together and share our paradise with them.

A Bloody Mary toast kicks off our Thanksgiving day!!

Goddaughter Sarah joined us for Thanksgiving dinner at Cricketers.
The oldest and youngest embrace in a sweet, reunion hug!!

Linda and her bestie share smiles at our "home-is-where-the-boat-floats"!

Riding the handy dandy Jolley Trolley from Dunedin to Tarpon Springs for some Greek culture....

.... and delicious Greek food!  OPAH!!!

Eddy and the two moms window shopping after visiting Hellas Bakery.
Maybe someone went into at least ONE store!

Merry Christmas from the Johnsens on the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs!