15 January 2007

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

January 15, 2007

It looks like we’ll be stuck here in sunny Ft. Lauderdale for at least another week waiting for a good weather window to cross to the Bahamas. Snow Day weighed anchor yesterday morning towards Miami and Key Largo where they’ll cross to the Exumas. We’ll all meet up again on an deserted cay somewhere in the Bahamas. We’ll magically have frozen pina coladas and cold key lime pie when we arrive! Until then…fair winds & following seas. It will definitely be a little lonely without Snow Day and her crew, we’ll miss them tons.

Two iguanas sunning themselves on a dock. These iguanas are wild and everywhere...of course we didn't notice them until Matthew and Abbey pointed them out to us.

The crew of Snow Day dinghying to town and checking out the iguanas. Abbey and Matthew have taken over the duties of Captain for the dinghy, including getting the engine started (it's not a turn-key operation, but a pull-start, like a lawnmower), no easy job and mighty impressive for an 8 and 10 year old!

Kit Kat "helping"

Snow Day weighing anchor en route to Miami. Bon Voyage!

Goodbye Snow Day, see you soon!

Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer (sil-vur sur-fur), noun. Gray-haired, slightly immobile individual, male or female, of the species homo-sapiens, engaged in the practice of operating small inflatable watercraft while in the upright position, utilizing the left hand for bracing and the right hand for operation of the craft. (see illustration below, Plate 3.7)

First observed in their natural habitat in Vero Beach, Florida, Silver Surfers have been reported along the eastern seaboard of the United States, extending into the Bahamas and the West Indies. It is suspected this practice evolved from the sub-species’ desire to remain dry whilst powering their vessels over bodies of water at low speeds. Scientists suspect that the life-span of this sub-species will be short since the behaviour itself will eventually result in capsizings and drownings.

Plate 3.7 Silver Surfer, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sighted 15 January 2007 (note the distinctive gray markings near the head which gives the sub-species its name).