Where is YOLO?

...Off to the Sea for Adventure

...Off to the Sea for Adventure

Monday, November 29, 2010


No time for writing, so much to see here.  But lot's of pictures. We made it safely across to Bimini!
 Marathon at Blackfin Marina. Sweet place.

Titls and her mom Deeksha loving life

Andy and Deeksha getting ready to head off to Miami

Grilling out in Marathon

Andy rocking out atop the mast after a successful install of the LED anchor light. We're that much more energy efficient now!

after dinner drinks...

I think I said something offensive

Andy and the inlaws in Miami for Thanksgiving dinner, Indian style.

Deeksha painted us a naked lady to decorate our vessel's salon. Nude women (actual or in art form) are supposed to bring good luck to ocean going boats. It is said that they please Posieden, the god of the sea. Conversely, a clothed woman upsets him greatly.

naked lady art.

Andy's finished product

snorkeling on the reef a few miles off Key Largo

"The Christ of the Deep". A statue in 15-25 feet of water in the John Pennecamp State Park off the coast of Key Largo.

Holy High Five

Raising the yellow Quarentine flag (or "Q Flag"). You raise this yellow flag upon first landfall in a new country indicating the need to clear customs and immigration.

The Bahama "Cortesy Flag". This flag is raised after we clear customs.

A couple of frendly strays.

"Uncle Stinky" and "Sucka Bobby" those are 3 seperate mountains of Conch shells. Allegedly Uncle stinky's life's work. 30+ years of collection.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Keys in pictures

The anchorage in Key West that Lance and I found in the Dark was amazing.  It was near Sunset Key and after quite a long and harrowing dinghy ride we always tied up to a dock 1 block away from the action of Duval Street.  We had many visitors that braved the dinghy ride and had wet butts on the island.  They included my girlfriend Titli and her mom Deeksha who are still with us here in Marathon.  Also we had a surprise visit from 4 Red Wing Aeroplane pilots.  Thank you Wes for sending both of those jets to Key West whilst YOLO was waiting for a visit.  The timing was perfect, we did it big, and had a blast with those dedicated employees who had to fly out Sunday as we finally weighed anchor and continued our expedition.  

The wind was dead on our nose and our new crewmembers Titli and Deeksha were good sports about getting beat by the waves and travelling at only 3 knots toward Miami.  Had a great lunch stop at a beautiful beach called Bahia Honda state park, and it took us 2 days to cover only 50 miles.  We decided to Wait here in Marathon for the winds to change.  We may rent a car and drive to Miami for Turkey day when i'm sure we shall get a chance to update this blog again.  The pictures say it all...

Parrotfish at the reef  near Key West

We got a package with 10 lbs of bacon and other southern goodies from captain Jimmy of Aquahoilc!  What a great guy he knew exactly what we needed.  

Cap'n Johnny and his copilot Bill Perry got a flight into Key West for the weekend , perfect timing!  

Fort Zachary Taylor beach in Key West

We Spent 9 days anchored here for free, but spent way too much money on Key West.   

YOLO is looking good sporting her new name on the stern at the anchorage in Key West where we spent 9 days

Titls onboard rockin her new hat 

basking in the sun I think the guy on the upper left must be European

Fins up! at Margaritaville where Deeksha treated us to Margaritas

The original Red Wing Aero kings with buffett in the background

The whole crew one night in Key West when two of Red Wings jets were there to visit us.  (from left to right:  Cap'n Johnny, Bill, Lance, Rick Truex, Johan, Andy, Deeksha, and Titls)

Deeksha was at the helm on one windy day

Cutout in the old bridge at Bahia Honda Key

This was a Shell I found while snorkeling and it had a Hermit crab inside which soon became a spectacle for everyone on the beach

Bahia Honda beach was spectacular and felt like paradise with all the palm trees

another underwater picture at the reef

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Key West shenanigans!!!

Sunset over YOLO at Sunset Key (photo taken from dinghy, she had to learn how to drive it for this photo op)  This has been our anchorage in Key West all week! PERFECT SPOT near Duval Street.

The most dangerous part of our expedition so far.  

Lance had to go to the airport and fly to Houston to do paperwork for work  (so I called him a suit)

Snorkeling at Sand Key

This guy almost ate us up, so Titls jumped onto my back.  This shark was about 6 feet long, but I think it was a harmless variety!