The Motor Vessel "Once Around"

The Motor Vessel "Once Around"
The Motor Vessel "Once Around" in the Florida Keys

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Where U At?

After our night run into Joe Wheeler on Sunday, we decided to hang out and catch our breath for a while. 
Carrie tried to make some new friends on the dock...but they weren't too interested.

The weather was sunny and warm, but rain, wind and colder temps were forecast, so Tuesday we decided to leave the boats and visit Jolly Tolly in Goose Pond by car.  We hadn’t seen Jolly Tolly since Michigan.  We knew getting the crews of Jolly Tolly, Moonstruck and Once Around together again would be good times, which was confirmed when Captain Ron and Jan (the Pumpout Queen) met us at the top of the gangway of their dock with a tray of Margaritas. 
We spent a couple of hours on board Jolly Tolly, sippin’ and dippin’ on the drinks and snacks Jan had prepared.  We had a lot of catching up to do, and more importantly, a lot of planning for the next several months.  They are headed out again mid-November and should catch up with us before we make the Gulf crossing to Florida.  They are bound (eventually) for the Bahamas, but we all will probably enjoy a lot of Florida together.  Ron and Jan are now “Gold” Loopers, meaning they have “crossed their wake” by completing the full circle of the Great Loop.  We just had to have a picture as they are the first of the crews who we have spent a lot of time with on the Loop to reach gold status.
Jan and Ron from Jolly Tolly, Gold Loopers

To celebrate Ron’s birthday, he bought us all dinner at the Goose Pond restaurant (thanks again Ron).  I had their specialty, shrimp and grits (with some Cajun sausage chunks thrown in for good measure).  It was really tasty.  The menu was pretty varied, and the others had everything from gumbo to flounder fingers.  Ya’ gotta love the South! 
Speaking of loving the South…some of the churches here get pretty creative with their signs.  Here is our favorite which we sighted on a small church just outside Rogersville, Alabama:

When I get time I’m thinking of changing the words “Find Us” on the locator link on this blog page to read, “Where U At?”.

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