Monthly Archives: December 2011

Saturday, December 31st

Musical entertainment along the canal continues into the early hours of the morning.  One of the final songs in last evening’s repertoire is Stairway to Heaven,  a popular Led Zeppelin tune from the early 70s.  The music ends, but in the silence, I … Continue reading

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Friday, December 30th

There is no rush to weigh anchor this mornning.  Our destination is Tavernier, located at the southern tip of Key Largo, a scant seven miles south of our anchorage at Rodriquez Key.  We will dock Cutter Loose on a residential canal … Continue reading

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Thursday, December 29th

At 7 AM, the anchor is up at dead low tide in Dinner Key.  The Miami skyline disappears astern as Cutter Loose moves south through Biscayne Bay.  This is ideal sailing.  The coral reefs and islands to our east provide protection from … Continue reading

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Monday, December 26th through Wednesday, December 28th – layover at Dinner Key

Cutter Loose remains at anchor near Dinner Key on the western shore of Biscayne Bay.  The dinghy dock at Dinnner Key Marina provides convenient access to Coconut Grove with its trendy shops, restaurants, theaters, galleries, Starbucks, private schools and academies.  … Continue reading

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Sunday, December 25th – Christmas Day

On this, our first Christmas in the subtropics, we extend a hearty Merry Christmas to family, friends and other followers of this blog.  It is emotionally difficult to be so many miles away from loved ones on Christmas Day.  For … Continue reading

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Saturday, December 24th – lay day in Miami Beach

The morning begins with a relaxed, perfectly flat 20 mile bicycle tour of Miami Beach from South Point Park along Government Cut, then north to 79th Street via Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue.  Once north of South Beach, Collins Avenue becomes a continuous … Continue reading

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Friday, December 23rd

After a restful night’s sleep at our Las Olas mooring, we are underway at 7 AM in order to make the 7:30 AM opening of the 17th Street Bridge.  Once through this bridge, we steer Cutter Loose into the turning … Continue reading

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Sunday, December 18th through Thursday, December 22nd – lay days in Ft. Lauderdale

Eight action-packed days have passed since our arrival in Fort Lauderdale.  This is by far the longest stay in any one location of our journey thusfar.  It is both a productive and enjoyable visit, due largely to the hospitality extended to us by … Continue reading

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Saturday, December 17th – lay day in Fort Lauderdale

Each day spent in Fort Lauderdale makes it more difficult to think about leaving.  We are being spoiled by the amenities of the City, the support of friends and convenient access to interesting events ashore. Today is a delightful day to tour … Continue reading

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Friday, December 16th – lay day in Fort Lauderdale

Shortly after daybreak on Friday, we lift anchor in Lake Sylvia and retrace our steps to the Las Olas Boulevard Bridge where Cutter Loose is now secured to a City mooring.  Lake Sylvia is very secure, but the closest dinghy dock … Continue reading

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