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Road trip, Florida, 11feb 2018
In English below
 
 
Key West
Kul att vara hÀr igen. Att strosa runt i den vackra, gamla staden med trÀhus. Undrar pÄ att Hemmingway trivdes hÀr. Det Àldsta huset Àr daterat 1829.  Idag börjar dock vissa delar av Duval Street vara mer som New Orleans; fullt med barer med levande musik. 
 
 
It’s high season and there are lots of bikers around. Safety is not an issue for them........ apparently!
 
Yes, its one dollar bills - everywhere! Key West is becoming more and more like New Orleans :)
 
 
Many beautiful old wooden houses. The oldest was built 1829.  
 
 
Key Lime Pie, of course. Yammy!
 
 
 
 
Everglades City
PÄ vÀg till Everglades City sÄg vi massor av alligatorer, smÄ och jÀttestora, överallt i den smala bÀcken bredvid vÀgen. Alltid tillsammans med stora fÄglar av nÄgon anledning.... HÀftigt! SjÀlva staden var en besvikelse, ett jÀtteturistjippo med karuseller, billiga burgerrestauranger och parkering för 25$. Nix! No deal!
 
 
In the Everglades. Hopefully the Egret sees the Gator before it’s too late đŸ˜±
They even have live Pumas living here.....
 
 
In Florida there is over one million of these guys. They are even allowed to be hunted (to some extent) nowaday..
 
 
We did not take an Airboat ride this time but when we did, we liked it a lot :)
 

It’s all over đŸ˜„đŸ˜Š

Key Largo, FL, 07feb 2018
In English below
 
 
Hur kan ett helt Ă„r gĂ„ sĂ„ fort?!  Det Ă€r nĂ€stan exakt ett Ă„r sedan vi köpte Ambika Explorer för att göra The Great Loop.... och det kĂ€nns som för max en mĂ„nad sedan! ÄndĂ„ har mycket vatten flutit under kölen sedan vi startade och vi Ă€r enormt glada att ha genomfört projektet och fĂ„tt möjligheten att bekanta oss med USA ”innifrĂ„n”.
 
NÀr lugnet lagt sig hÀr sÄ ska vi försöka sammanfatta intryck och upplevelser, dels för oss sjÀlva men ocksÄ för er som Àr intresserade av hur vi upplever landet och kanske inspirera nÄgon att göra Loopen :)
 
VÄrt sista dygn pÄ Loopen var minnesvÀrt! En magisk sista kvÀll med en solnedgÄng över havet och över en strandremsor med vajande palmer..... NÀr vi vaknade den sista morgonen, ankrade i en vacker vik, fick vi kaffet i vrÄngstrupen nÀr vi tittade över relingen. Vi stÄr pÄ botten, skrek vi bÀgge i munnen pÄ varandra! Vi visste ju att viken var grund nÀr vi kom in, drygt 7 fot (Ambika drar 4,5). Vi visste ju ocksÄ att det skulle vara lÄgvatten pÄ morgonen.... men ÀndÄ! Det kÀndes som om vi kunde ta pÄ sandbottnen om vi bara stack ner handen. Vi var helt enkelt tvungna att loda för ekolodet gav inget utslag alls. NÀr vi drog upp lodrepet och mÀtte vattendjupet visade det sig att vi faktiskt flöt, vi hade t.o.m. tvÄ fot, 60cm till godo I det absolut kristallklara vattnet! Trots att vi visste det var det ÀndÄ vÀldigt spÀnnande att segla ut ur viken....
 
 
NÀr vi kom fram till vÄra vÀnner, tillika de nya Àgarna till Ambika, i Key Largo möttes vi av katten JJ, som genast flyttade in i bÄten och goda vÀnner frÄn jordenruntseglingen. Alla var dÀr utom Àgarna till huset som sjÀlva Àr pÄ semester i Vietnam :) JÀttekul att trÀffa alla!
 
Mindre kul att stĂ€da och putsa Ambika till överlĂ€mning.... och lite sorgligt dessutom! Ännu en fas i livet, ett Ă€ventyr, som oĂ„terkalleligen Ă€r över.....
 
 
Nu ÄterstÄr bara att göra lite mer upptÀcktsfÀrder, fast denna gÄng pÄ landbacken, med bil. Det fanns bl.a. platser som vi inte kunde gÄ till pÄ vÀgen pga av att orkanen Irma stÀllt till det. Everglades City Àr en av dem. Det var alldeles för osÀkra uppgifter om sandbankar pÄ bÄtvÀgen dit samt att en av de tvÄ smÄ marinorna var förstörd av Irma, prognosen visade pÄ frisk vind....
 
Landrapport följer :)
 
 
 
 
How can a whole year go so fast ?! It's almost exactly a year since we bought Ambika Explorer to do The Great Loop .... and it feels like a month ago! Nevertheless, much water has flowed underneath the keel since we started and we are immensely pleased to have completed the project and got the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the US "from within".  
 
Once the dust have settled,, we will try to summarize impressions and experiences, both for ourselves, but also for those who are interested in how we experience the country and maybe inspiring someone to do the Loop :)  
 
Our last day at the Loop was memorable! A magical last night with a sunset over the sea and over a beach strip with the silhouette of palms trees ..... When we woke up the last morning at sea, anchored in a beautiful bay, we got a shock when we looked over the railing. We stand at the bottom, we both shouted! We knew that the bay was shallow when we entered, just over 7 feet (Ambika draws 4.5). We also knew that there would be low tide in the morning .... but anyway! It felt like we could touch the sand bottom... We simply had to do manual depth sounding, the electronic one did not show any depth at all! When we pulled up the rope and measured the depth of the water it turned out that we actually floated, we even had. two feet, 60cm to spare in the absolutely crystal clear water!
 
Even though we knew, it was very exciting to sail out of the bay ....     When we arrived at our friends, including the new owners of Ambika, in Key Largo we were met by the cat JJ, who immediately moved into the boat and good friends from the circum navigation. Everyone was there except the owners of the house themselves, they are on vacation in Vietnam :) Great fun to meet everyone!  
 
Less fun to clean and put Ambika in order to handover .... and a bit sad too! Yet another phase of life, an adventure, is irreversibly over .....    
 
Now time to do a little more exploration, still this time by car. There were places we could not get to by boat due to Hurricane Irma. Everglades City was one of them. It was just too insufficient information about sandbanks on the way there and that one of the two small marinas was destroyed by Irma, the forecast showed fresh wind.  So, we’ll just have to do it the other way :)
 
Lots of Man of War at sea...
 
Ambika on the Gulf side, going under the Overseas Highway to the Atlantic Ocean.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ambika has crossed her wake! We’re back to where we started!
 
Great to meet old and new friends 👍👍👍
 
 

Closing in

Matathon, FL, 02feb 2018
In English below
 
 
Jepp, vi skippade Naples som enligt Wiki har lockat vĂ€rdens rikaste mĂ€nniskor att bosĂ€tta sig dĂ€r. SĂ€kert vĂ€ldigt posh och vackert men troligtvis inte sĂ„ anpassat till vĂ„r plĂ„nbok.. skĂ€mt Ă„tsido, vi fick ett ovĂ€ntat vĂ€derfönster att gĂ„ direkt frĂ„n Marco Island till Marathon, strax öster Key West, och vi bestĂ€mde oss för att haka pĂ„. Det blev tio timmar pĂ„ öppet hav. Först en spĂ€nnande avfĂ€rd vid lĂ„gvatten, sĂ„ blev det tidvis riktigt stökigt pĂ„ Mexikanska Golfen som Ă€r grund hĂ€r (max 10m djupt) och med plötsliga enmetersvĂ„gor som kom frĂ„n sidan, blev det lite obekvĂ€mt och vĂ„r lilla skokartong for omkring som tokig. Hela tiden fick vi ocksĂ„ vĂ€rja för de tusentals ”crab pots” som fiskarna lagt ut, helt random. En del var slitna, omöjliga att se och andra lĂ„g med bojen under vattnet đŸ˜€đŸ˜€đŸ˜€ vilket var Ă€nnu vĂ€rre! Puh, det var en liten pĂ€rs det se :) En boj höll vi pĂ„ att ramma men vi fick stopp pĂ„ karuttan i sista stund, innan linan hann in i propellern!

 

VĂ€l i Marathon fick vi sista platsen i marinan, men bara en natt, sedan var det fullt. Det Ă€r högsĂ€song för ”Snowbirds” nu, dvs mĂ€nniskor (pensionĂ€rer) som bor i norr Ă„ker ner till Florida över vintern... Idag har vi letat plats överallt utan att lyckas. Alla marinorna som finns kvar efter orkanen Irma Ă€r fulla. Alla bojar som lagts ut Ă€r upptagna.... och dĂ„ pratar vi över hundra bojar bara hĂ€r inne i lagunen. JĂ€drar vad mycket folk och bĂ„tar det finns! Alldeles för mycket av bĂ€gge! En natt i marina kostade oss 153$, och dĂ„ har vi Ă€ndĂ„ hotellrummet med oss.... och utcheckning Ă€r kl.1100 nĂ€sta dag. De ska vĂ€l stĂ€da bryggan innan nĂ€sta gĂ€st anlĂ€nder... WTF! Ni hör att jag Ă€r förbannad đŸ’„

 

Nu ligger vi för ankare utanför Matathon och funderar pÄ nÀsta move.... PÄ den positiva sidan hör att det Àr varmt nu, havet Àr turkost och det finns gott om delfiner, pelikaner och flygfiskar... Key Largo, vÄr slutstation, ligger bara en dagsetapp bort........

 

 

 Marathon, one of the marinas totally destroyed by Hurricane Irma!
 
 
 
Jepp, we skipped Naples which, according to Wiki, has attracted the wealthiest people in the US to settle there. Certainly very posh and beautiful but probably not so adapted to our wallet .. joke aside, we got an unexpected weather window to go straight from Marco Island to Marathon, just east of Key West, and we decided to take it. It was ten hours on the open sea. At first an exciting departure at low tide and then with sudden one-meter waves from the side, it became a bit uncomfortable as our little shoe box was wobbling on the seas.
 
Throughout we also had to avoid the thousands of "crab pots" put out completely random. Some were worn, impossible to see and others lay even under the water đŸ˜€đŸ˜€đŸ˜€ which was even worse! We almost hit one but stopped the boat at the last moment before getting the line into the propeller!  
 
Once in Marathon we got the last slip in the marina, but only for one night, then it was full. It's the peak season for "Snowbirds" now, ie people (retirees) living in the north go down to Florida over the winter ... Today we have searched everywhere without success. All the marinas left after Hurricane Irma are full. All mooring balls are busy .... and there are over a hundred buoys inside in the lagoon.
 
Now we are at anchor outside Matathon, planning the next move .... On the positive side, it's warm now, the ocean is turquoise and there are plenty of dolphins, pelicans and fly fishes... Key Largo, our final destination and where we cross our wake, is just a day trip away ........
 
 
 
 
 
Anchored outside Marathon with the Overseas Highway to Key West in the background.

 
Below a few pics from Marco Islands
 
 
 
 

Fort Myers Beach - by mistake :)

Ft Myers Beach, FL, 30jan 2018
In English below
 
 
Nu fĂ„r det vara nog! Nu sticker vi till Naples, Ă€r trötta pĂ„ att vĂ€nta! Vi lĂ€mnar Cape Coral dĂ€r vi bara ankrat över natten för att fortsĂ€tta till Naples och i tidig morgon drar vi vidare söderut. Efter att nĂ€stan fĂ„tt in bĂ„tgrannens osynliga triplina i propellern kommer vi ivĂ€g. Men vi kommer inte lĂ„ngt innan vi kĂ€nner kulingen vina kallt frĂ„n norr och US Coast Guard som varnar pĂ„ VHF om ’Small Crafts warning” med hĂ„rt vind och höga vĂ„gor.... och just denna strĂ€ckan pĂ„ drygt 30 miles mĂ„ste vi dra utomskĂ€rs....!
 
Okay dÄ! Vi vÀnder nosen mot nÀrmaste hamn = Fort Myers Beach (inte att förvÀxla med Fort Myers lÀngre norrut i Okeechobee River). DÀr ska finnas över Ättio (!) bojar till gÀsternas förfogande. Vi passerar en stor motorbÄt som just draggat och ligger skadeskjuten vid en brygga och nÀr vi nÄr bojomrÄdet ser vi efter lite letande att varenda boj, alla, Àr upptagna. Hamnkaptenen bekrÀftar det! Vad Àr oddsen?
 
Med lite tur fĂ„r vi en plats i en marina, ”Salty Sams Marina”, och det blir en dramatisk tillĂ€ggning i hĂ„rd sidvind och motström som kaptenen klarar med bravur, bara grannbĂ„tens Ă€gare (i den nya fina bĂ„ten) sĂ„g ut att slita sitt hĂ„r och stirrade stint pĂ„ oss tills faran var över :)
 
Men vilken bonus, Ft Myers var verkligen en trevlig bekantskap. Vi tog cyklarna till stranden och gick en lÄng promenad i svensk högsommarvÀrme (och kuling). RÀktrÄlaren hade just landat sin fÄngst nÀr vi cyklade förbi pÄ vÀgen hem och vi köpte 1kg prima rÀkor som sedan blev en fantastiskt god middag som avslutning pÄ en ovÀntad dag
 
Imorgon Naples?!
 
 
 
 
 
Now that's enough, we’re tired of waiting! We’ll leave Cape Coral where we just anchored overnight to continue to Naples and in the early morning we continued south. After almost getting a boat's invisible trip line in the propeller.... But we did not get far before we felt the cool breeze from the north and the US Coast Guard warnping via the VHF about the "Small Crafts warning" with hard winds (up to 35kn) and high waves .... and just this distance of more than 30 miles we have to go off shore...!  
 
Okay then! We turned our nose to the nearest port = Fort Myers Beach (not to be confused with Fort Myers further north in the Okeechobee River). There should be over eighty (!) Buys at the disposal for transient boat. We passed a big motorboat that had just dragged apand when we reached the mooring area, all bouys we’re occupied. The harbor captain confirmed that! What are the odds?  
 
With a bit of luck, we got a slip in a marina, "Salty Sams Marina", it was a dramatic arrival in hard side wind and counter current, but the captain did it and did it well! Only the neighbor (in the new nice boat) seemed to tear his hair, staring at us until the danger was over :)  
 
But what a bonus, Ft Myers Beach was really a nice acquaintance. We took the bikes to the beach and went for a long walk in “Swedish high summer weather”. The shrimp Trawler had just landed it’s catch when we biked home and we bought 1kg of prime prawns which then became a fantastic good dinner as ending on an unexpected day!
 
Tomorrow Naples ?!
 
 
 
I wish..... ! 
 
 
 

Punta Gorda

Fishermans Village, Punta Gorda, FL, 28jan 2018
In English below
 
 
Åskan mullrar hotfullt och blixtarna lyser upp salongen nĂ€r vi Ă„t middag ombord.  Det kĂ€ndes i den varma, lite tryckande luften idag att det mĂ„ste bli en urladdning... och nu kom den. Efter tre blĂ„siga dagar kom regnet, nerhĂ€llande! Alla hĂ€r, urinnevĂ„narna, undrar vad som hĂ€nder, sĂ„ hĂ€r brukar det inte vara sĂ„ hĂ€r Ă„rs!
 
En del lÄnga promenader och cyckelturer har det blivit. En dag gick vi till ett Wild Life Reserve dÀr de rÀddar vilda djur som farit illa. Mest fÄglar. Bra att det finns eldsjÀlar!
 
Vi har tur för vi blev bekant med Dee Smith pĂ„ lite omvĂ€gar, dĂ„ han och hans fru Jocelyn ville köpa vĂ„r bĂ„t för att göra The Great Loop. Nu blev det inte sĂ„ men vi fick kontakt och nĂ€r vi nĂ€rmade oss Tampa bjöd han oss till Punta Gorda dĂ€r han just seglade smĂ„ "2.4" (enmanssegelbĂ„t) i Paralympics klass. Dee har varit professionell seglare och Ă€r nu seglingskonsult med massor av stora oceanseglingar i sitt CV, bl.a. Whitbread/Volvo Oceanrace med bl.a. Roger Nilsson och mycket, mycket mera. För tio Ă„r sedan fick han cancer med smĂ„ utsikter att överleva. Men överlevde gjorde han och fick tyvĂ€rr en del funktionshinder pĂ„ kuppen. 
 
 
Inget kan hindra Dee frĂ„n att segla! Han tĂ€vlar aktivt och nu har de köpt en Mainship dessutom och planerar göra Loopen. Underbart! Vi blev bjudna till seglingsklubben, som anordnade det aktuella racet, pĂ„ middag och sedan drink i deras nya bĂ„t. SĂ„ kul och intressant att ta del av deras brokiga (milt sagt) seglingsliv ;)
 
 
 
Dee and a tiny 2.4 and he is winning all the races!
Link: www.deesail.com
 
 
The thunder and lightenings lit up the salon when we ate dinner on board. We felt today that there must be a discharge... and now it came. It’s been really windy for several days and now thunder... Everyone here are  wondering what's going on, what is the matter with the climate? While waiting for better weather we have been doing some long walks and cycling trips. One day, we went to a Wildlife Reserve where they help wild animals that have been found injured. Mostly birds. 
 
We are lucky because we became acquainted with Dee Smith when he and his wife Jocelyn were interested in our boat to do The Great Loop. Now they found another boat but we got in touch and when we approached Tampa he invited us to Punta Gorda where he sailed small "2.4" (single-handed boat) in Paralympics class. 
 
Dee has been a professional sailor and is now a sailor consultant with lots of great ocean racing in his resume. Whitbread / Volvo Oceanrace and much, much more. Ten years ago, he got cancer with little prospects to survive. Luckily he did! Unfortunately the illness gave him some physical disabilities. 
 
Nothing can prevent Dee from sailing! He competes actively in paraolympics class and now they have bought a Mainship in addition to sailing and they are planning to do The Loop. Wonderfull! We were invited to the sailing club, which organized the current race, for dinner and then drinks in their new boat. So fun and interesting to hear about their fantastic sailing life;)
 
 
The Yacht Club in Charlotte Harbor and the 2.4’s waiting for the next race :)
 
 
Dee and Josh in their New boat, a very nice  Mainship 40!
 
 
To be able to handle all these lines (when disabled) is hard but necessary in order to sail the boat"........ Impressive!
 
 
The Fisherman’s Village Marina in the little City of Punta Gorda is a very nice place to stay a few days!
 (The shoe shop here is magnificent:)
 
 
Itching like crazy...!
 
 
My beak may be a little crooked, but I have beautiful eyes  :)
 
 
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A big heuron in the marina... 
 
 
And the seas, even the ICW, is full of these funny creatures. 😄 Makes you happy every time!
 
 
 
 
 


The four stages...

Punta Gorda, FL, 25jan 2018
In English below
 
 
Vi nĂ€rmar oss Punta Gorda dĂ€r vi ska stanna nĂ„gra dagar i vĂ€ntan pĂ„ att vinden (nordlig) ska bedarra. DĂ€r ska vi ocksĂ„ trĂ€ffa en spĂ€nnande person, Dee, som tĂ€vlingsseglar i Paralympics. Punta Gorda ser ut som överallt hĂ€r, som hjĂ€rnvindlingar. Överallt har man grĂ€vt kanaler i den lĂ„ga trĂ€sk, sand och mangrovenaturen för att fĂ„ plats med hus med egen bĂ„tplats :)
 
 
Punta Gorda ahead....
 
 
 
Vi konstaterar att vi nu nĂ„tt fas tvĂ„ i vĂ„rt fritidsliv 😬. Bara tvĂ„ kvar.....
 
We have done phase one in our lives; sailing!
 
Just now in our second phase; travelling with a Trawler...
 
This is supposedly the third phase, a Motor Home.... hmmm, why not :)
 
.....before we enter the fourth and last stage 😬
 

A big wow for Sarasota

Anchorage south of Sarasota, 24jan 2018
In English below
 
Vilken stad Sarasota Àr! Helt underbar! DÀr finns en gammal stadskÀrna med trevliga butiker, konstgallerier, barer och restauranger. Runt omkring Àr dock höghus (condos) för bÀttre belevade... Marint liv, massor av bÄtar men, framför allt, ett stort kulturutbud. Det största vi har upplevt bortsett frÄn metropolerna förstÄs :)
Jag sÀger bara en sak; stackars Lasse!
 
 
Welcome to Sarasota! This is a must do on the West Coast of Florida. It has a quiant historic city with low rise old houses (its hard to tell from the city sky line) and it offers lots of nice restaurants and bars. But above all it’s a cultural gem. 
 

The Ringling Brothers, who owned the biggest circus ever in the good old days. They acquired all small circuses until they had it all. The youngest of the brothers decided to invest his money from the circus business in real estate and oil, etc. and with the fortune he made he built this museum and collected a amazing amount of art, mainly from Europe from paintings dated from 1350 to 1800. And not only painting!
 
 
Lost in space.... Poor Lars, he had to spend five hours at the museum AND then, in the evening, another two hours in the theatre, watching a play :)
 
 
 
 
Pictures from the Intra Coastal Waterway, ICW. There is only a narrow sandbar or an inhabited strip of land that sheltered us from the ocean, the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Extremely shallow waters on the ICW! Even when the ICW is a lake they have dredged a ditch through it, 9 feet deep (3m).
 
..and with many bridges to pass. Most of them are low but have enough space for us to pass under. 
 
Osprays again, building a nest for the babies to come.
 
We can’t believe how many wealthy people there are in this country! The ICW here is completely crowded with houses along the channel. Not all of them as big as this, but big! And many!
 
This poor sailing boat had just stranded and the crew is probably trying to do something about it but it futile without help! We saw two more stranded boats today :(

Easy as a pie - a walk in the park!

Clearwater, FL, 21jan 2018
In English below
 
 
Det blev en otroligt lÀtt översegling över Golfen! Vi fick lÄna en förlÀngningssladd av Halleluhja vilket gjorde att vi kunde ha vÄrt bÀrbara element uppe pÄ flybridge, vilket gjorde resan mindre kall. Inte varm men i alla fall OK med tillÀgg av varmt tÀcke för den lycklige som inte var pÄ skift :)
 
Havet var kav lugnt. De största vÄgorna var pÄ sÀkert hela 10cm. I tillÀgg fick vi en makalöst vacker solnedgÄng. Vi var tre bÄtar som var inom synhÄll av varandra hela natten, vi kom sist som varken har radar eller autopilot. Men genom natten var det minst tio bÄtar som tog sig över. Halleluhja som hade bÀst radio i vÄr grupp pratade varje timme med det andra gÀnget. 
 
Det blev dessutom en snabbare överfart Àn planerat och 20 timmar efter vi kastat loss kunde vi förtöja vÄra bÄtar i Clearwaters Municipal Marina. Det blev en trött dag men vi samlades flera för att besöka stranden pÄ andra sidan, dÀr alla barer och restauranger var. Massor av skaldjur stod pÄ menyn, sÄklart!
 
 
 
 
It was an incredibly easy crossing of the Gulf! We borrowed an extension cord from Hallelujah, which meant we could have our portable heater on the flybridge, which made the trip less cold. Not warm but at least OK with the addition of warm blanket for the lucky one who was not on duty :)  
 
The sea was very calm. The biggest waves were at most 10cm. In addition we got a beautifully beautiful sunset. We were three boats that were in sight of each other all night, we sent last with neither radar nor autopilot. But through the night there were at least ten boats that crossed over. Halleluhja who had the best radio in our group talked every hour with the second gang.  
 
The crossing was faster than planned and 20 hours after we threw off, we were able to the our boats up at Clearwater Municipal Marina. Next day was a bit ”torde” but late in the afternoon we gathered several to visit the beach on the other side, where all the bars and restaurants were. Lots of seafood stood on the menu, of course!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In Clearwater It was still cold but not freezing like in Carrabelle. 
 
Our new pals from Fancy Free and Hallejuhja on the Ferry over to the beach side of town.
 
 
It’s all about fishin’
 
For him as well...l:)
 
Downtown Clearwater...
 
Yeah, it’s cold. I promise!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ready to go! All set!

Carrabelle, FL, 19jan 2018
In English below
 
Det Ă€r ”bara” tre minusgrader idag pĂ„ morgonen. Dagen för för vĂ„rt Ă€ventyr över Mexikanska Golfen. Det Ă€r vindstilla och prognosen över dagen och natten ser bra ut. Om allt gĂ„r som det ska Ă€r vi framme i Clearwater imorgon mitt pĂ„ dagen. Vi Ă€r minst tre bĂ„tar som sĂ€llskapar över, det kĂ€nns bra! 
 
Problemet Àr att vi kommer att sitta pÄ ett kallt flybridge hela natten, men what the heck, det Àr ju bara ett dygn!
Om det blir riktigt illa sĂ„ KAN vi styra nerifrĂ„n bĂ„ten men dĂ„ fĂ„r vi stĂ„ upp, det finns ingen möjlighet att sitta och vi har ingen autopilot i bĂ„ten. Det blir ”hands on” hela vĂ€gen :)
 
AvfÀrd Àr satt till kl.1430 frÄn marinan!
HĂ„ll tummarna!
 
Vi hörs frĂ„n varmare breddgrader 👍
 
 
 
 
”Only" three degrees minus today in the morning. The day for our adventure over the Gulf of Mexico. It's calm and the forecast over the day and the night looks good. If everything turns out according to plan, we'll be in Clearwater tomorrow in the middle of the day. We are at least three boats in the company, that feels good!
 
The problem is that we will be sitting on a cold flybridge all night, but what the hell, that's just a day! If it gets really bad then CAN we steer down from inside the boat but then we have to stand up, there is no possibility to sit and we have no autopilot in the boat. It will be "hands on" all the way :)  
 
Departure is set at 2.30 pm from the marina! Keep your fingers crossed!  
More news from warmer latitudes 👍
 
 
 
Potluck party yesterday evening together with our newly found friends. Bill and Jackie on Fancy Free and Doreen and Tank on Halleluhjah.
 
 
After dinner a game of pool :)
 
 
 

Waiting for a weather window

Carrabelle, FL, 18jan 2018
in English below
 
 
Det Àr sex grader kallt nu pÄ morgonen! Det Àr snöstorm i North Carolina och i stora delar av södra Alabama och norra Florida Àr det utfÀrdat frysvarning och staterna utfÀrdar varningar för att Àldre far illa och att sÀd fryser.... Herregud! Utan fullt ös pÄ element och AC:n hade vi fÄtt ta in pÄ hotell och vinterkonservera bÄten. SÄ illa Àr det!
 
Men nu har vi vÀrme i bÄten och ett stort gÀng bÄtar har samlats i trakten för att vÄga sig pÄ hoppet över Mexikanska Golfen. Tre bÄtar hÀr i Carrabelle och ytterligare ca sex bÄtar i Apalachicola, tre timmar österut. Det Àr en strÀcka pÄ ca 160nm pÄ öppet hav som Àr grunt och Àr 10-12 grader "varmt", i en liten fyrkantig lÄda som hoppar pÄ varje vÄg. Det tar ca ett dygn att komma till Clear Water som ligger vÀster om Tampa.
 
 
Senaste planen Àr att Äka i konvoj med start imorgon, fredag, kl.1600 med möte utanför revet söder om Carrabelle. There are safety in numbers. Eftersom vi varken har radar (det kan finnas fiskegrejer och skrÀp i vattnet) eller autopilot (vi fÄr styra i skift) sÄ gÄr vi inte först i ledet :). Det kommer att bli en kall natt, var sÄ sÀkra! Men vÀl framme förvÀntar vi en temperaturhöjning pÄ 10-15 grader - minst. Det Àr skillnad det!
 
 
 
 
It’s six degrees below zero this morning! North Carolina has snow storm and south Alabama and North Florida has issued freezing warnings and warnings for elderly in the cold weather, the grain freezes .... my God! Without a full blast on the Electric heater and the AC, we would had to book a hotel and winterize the boat. That's how bad it is!  
 
But now we have a warm boat and a large bunch of boaters (Loopers) have gathered in the neighborhood to venture the jump over the Gulf of Mexico. Three boats here in Carrabelle and another six boats in Apalachicola, three hours east. It is a stretch of about 160nm on open sea which is shallow and is 10-12 degrees, in a small square box that jumps on each wave. It takes about 24h to get to Clearwater located west of Tampa.    
 
The latest plan is to go on a convoy starting tomorrow, Friday, 4pm, with a meeting outside the reef south of Carrabelle. There are safety in numbers. Because we do not have radar (there may be fishing tackle and debris  in the water) nor autopilot, we will not go in the lead :). It will be a cold night, be so sure! But well ahead we expect a temperature rise of 10-15 degrees - at least. That is a BIG difference!
 
 
Shallow waters in Carabelle 
 
 
 And some unfortunate Captains are without ships...
 
 
Fancy Free and Ambika waiting for a weather window
 
But we can play pool...
 
..and enjoy breakfast here, included in the marina fee. That has never happened before 😄
 
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...and visit the worlds smallest police station :)
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Even the croks is having a hard time!

Meeting other Loopers

Apalachicola, Florida, 14 jan 2018

VĂ€rldens bĂ€sta ostron! De finns hĂ€r i Apalachicola. Det vittnar alla om och det kan vi bekrĂ€fta. Vi sĂ€ger bara wow sĂ„ gott, med lite citron, tabasco och pepparrot.
Vi startar tidigt pĂ„ morgonarna, ibland mĂ„ste vi ta bort is frĂ„n flybridge innan vi Ă„ker.... men a man (women) gotta to do what a man (women) gotta do :) The show must go on o.s.v.

Vi har nu hunnit till nĂ€st sista stoppet före vĂ„r "crossing". Vi mĂ„ste lĂ€mna de skyddade inre vattenvĂ€garna för ta oss över öppet hav till Tarpon Springs. Det kan man göra via ett större hopp (ca ett dygn) eller via tre till fyra mindre hopp, Eftersom vi trodde att vi var helt ensamma i kylan hade vi bestĂ€mt oss för de kortare hoppen pga kylan, fiskenĂ€t och okĂ€nda vatten. 

NÀr vi angör Apalachicola trÀffar vi massor av Loopers som tillsammans ska göra det större hoppet. Klart att vi hakar pÄ :) Med lite tur har vi ett vÀderfönster öppet pÄ fredag!

HĂ„ll tummarna!


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The coolest of all the cool guys.... It’s just above freezing temperature and they are out there, fishing!


The world's best oysters! They are here in Apalachicola. We can confirm that, its a wow, with some lemon, tabasco and horseradish. 

We start early in the mornings, sometimes we have to remove ice from the flybridge before we leave .... but a man (women) must do what a man (women) has to do :) 

We have now reached the second last stop before our "crossing". We soon have to leave the protected intra coastal waterways to make it across the open sea to Tarpon Springs.  Here in Apalachicola we meet a lot of Loopers. Together with them we’ll make the 90 mile jump and with a bit of luck, we have a weather window open on Friday!


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Everyone wants to be a pilot! As soon as they hear that Lars is a pilot they want to tell him that they also fly :) and how they did a roll (or what ever it’s called).

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Are we back in Sweden?

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Destin, Florida 13jan 2018
 
 
Hur kan det bara vara sÄ hÀr kallt? Men vi mÄste vidare, vi mÄste komma söderut för att slippa vakna i en bÄt som Àr sju grader! Vi mÄste hÀrifrÄn! Det Àr bara marginellt varmare Àn inne i kylskÄpet. Ute var det minus tvÄ och vattentemperaturen Àr tolv grader. Vi kollar pÄ kartan Ànnu en gÄng och konstaterar Änyo att vi faktiskt befinner oss i Mexikanska Golfen. 
 
PÄ med de varmaste klÀderna vi kan uppbringa, inklusive lÄngkalsingar, mössa, tÀckjacka, handskar och halsduk. Om fötterna frös vi oavsett. Det blÄser hÄrt frÄn nord men vi ska ju bara följa de inre vattenvÀgarna dÀr ett sandrev skyddar oss frÄn "det stora havet". Vi skickar mÄnga tacksamma tankar till att "övfre deck" Àr inplastad till skydd för vinden! Stackars delfinerna som hÀlsade pÄ ibland! SÄ synd att det inte Àr varmt för maken till vackra sandstrÀnder, kritvita, fÄr man leta efter.
 
Efter sex timmar frÄn Pensacola förtöjer vi vid vad vi trodde skulle vara en liten fiskeby men som visade sig vara ett veritabelt tivoli Ža la Amerika. Men dÀr fanns fÀrska ostron som blev lite plÄster pÄ sÄren :)
 
 
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No, this it not snow even though the temperature indicates it could have been :)
 
 
It’s so beautiful. The white beaches, the sea and the dolphins. But it’s also freezing cold! We have to get out of here, to a warmer climate. Fast! 
 
So we decide to leave Pensacola in spite of the strong northerly wind. We endured thanks to the eisenglas that sheltered us from the wind on the fly bridge. We cannot believe we are in The Mexican Golf! 
 
Six hours later we arrived to Dustin, Florida. We thought it would be a tiny fishing village but it turned out to be kind of a amusement park..... They had an oyster bar with fresh, delicious oysters and that made it all worth wile again :)
 
 
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In USA again 😊

Pensacola, Florida, 12jan 2018
 
 
No, despite the above picture, Kenneth and Marie-Louise did not arrive with Air Force One :)
 
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Jaha, det blev vÀl inte riktigt som vi tÀnkte.... I Sverige tittade vi förvÄnat pÄ vÀderprognoser dÀr vÄr Ambika vilade ut, i Orange Beach, Alabama; minusgrader! Mer minusgrader, i Mobile hade det snöat.... Vad hÀnder? Det har inte varit sÄ kallt pÄ 30 Är!
 
NĂ€r vi landade i Miami med vĂ„ra gastar Kenneth och Marie-Louise frĂ„n HĂ€radsskĂ€r, Ă€r det varmt och skönt men nĂ€r vi nĂ€rmade oss norra Florida och Alabama, efter tvĂ„ nĂ€tter pĂ„ hotell och 100 mils bilkörning, var det kulet, regnigt och blĂ„sigt, bara 13-16 grader....
 
Efter vi fÄtt stÀdat, fyllt pÄ vatten i tankarna och handlat mat och vin, tuffade vi ivÀg i regnet och med tidvis bara 50m sikt en kort distans via de inre vattenvÀgarna till Pensacola i Florida. DÀr, i Palafox Marina, blev vi inregnade och inblÄsta..........
 
 
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Well, it was not the way we thought it would be..... In Sweden we looked at weather forecasts where our Ambika rested, in Orange Beach, Alabama; it was cold! Very cold and in Mobile it was snowing .... What's up? It has not been as cold in 30 years!
 
When we landed in Miami with our guests, Kenneth and Marie-Louise, it was warm and nice, but when we approached Alabama, after two nights at hotel, it was cool, rainy and windy, just around 60 degrees.
 
Anyway, after some clearing, water tank filling and grocery shopping we left Orange Beach and sailed 25 miles to the east, to Pensacola, where we still are awaiting better weather......
 
Kenneth and Marie-Louise’s stay was short. Due to the shitty weather they decided to rent a car earlier than planned and drive off to a warmer climate, down south. We wish them a nice and warm rest of their stay in Florida 😊
 
 
Fog in Pensacola, we’re stuck!
 
We are in the Deep South, who would have guessed?
 
 
But Santa is still going strong, despite the weather!
 
 
To pass some time in the cold and rain we went to the fantastic National Naval Museum in Pensacola, one of the larest in the world! Guess who was in seventh heaven!!! It took four hours to get a Lars out of there :)
 
 
Hundreds of old and modern air crafts on display, with focus on air craft carrier airplanes. We were truly impressed!
 
 
 
 
 
 


Bye y'all - For Now

The Wharf, Orange Beach, 01nov 2017
In English below
 
 
SÄ tog det roliga slut för denna gÄng! Nu lÀmnar vi ett soligt och varmt Alabama (fast det blir faktiskt riktigt kyligt ibland har vi fÄtt erfara), för ett höstruggigt Sverige. Det har varit en fantastisk tid och vi har fÄtt massor av insikter som vi hoppas kunna kondensera och sammanstÀlla nÀr hela resan Àr klar. Ca 6000 nm har vi gÄtt, gjort av med 11 000lit diesel och ett oÀndligt antal Snickers Mandel. Merparten Àr gjord med 25 stater i USA och sÄ Ontario i Kanada och dÄ har vi bara rört oss i en fjÀrdedel, pÄ östra kanten av USA....
 
Men vi har ytterllgare Mexikanska Golfen och hela Floridas vÀstkust att avverka innan sagan Àr helt slut. Vi ÄtervÀnder i Januari, efter Jul- och NyÄrshelgerna och dÄ kommer den rafflande fortsÀttningen pÄ Ambika Explorers resa till Key Largo, dÀr vi ska lÀmna henne för alltid!
 
PÄ Äterseende pelikaner, delfiner, mÄsar, tÀrnor, rÀktrÄlare och goda vÀnner vi mött pÄ resan!
 
Tack för att du tagit dig tid att lÀsa om vÄra Àventyr! Vi hörs nÀsta Är!
Lasse & Erja
 
 
PS Vi har nog "moved over to the dark side" för alltid. VÄr tid som seglare Àr över (tror vi) men med motorbÄt planerar vi flera eskapader framöver (tror vi :) 
 
 
 

We are leaving a sunny and warm Alabama (though it's actually really cool sometimes we've experienced), for a cold (and rainy?) Sweden. It has been a great time and we have learned a lot and we hope to compile when the entire trip is complete. Approximately 6000 nm we have sailed up to this point, mainly on rivers and The Intra Coastal Waterway, used 11,000 liters of diesel and an infinite number of Snickers Almond. We have visited 25 states in the United States and Ontario in Canada. And imagine, we've only moved in a quarter, on the eastern edge, of the United States.... 
 
But we still have the Gulf of Mexico and the whole west coast of Florida to "do" before the story is over. We are returning in January, after Christmas and New Year, and when we arrive to Key Largo (in the Keys) the journey on Ambika Explorer's has come to an end and Ambika will stay there with er new owners.
 
Until soon, dear pelicans, dolphins, gulls, terns, Loopers and good friends weÂŽve met on the trip!
 
Thank you for taking the time to read about our adventures! See you next year!
Lars & Erja

 
PS We've probably "moved over to the dark side" forever. Our time as sailors are over (we think) BUT with a motor yacht we are planning several escapades in the future (we think :)
 
 
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Just approx. 600nm left of the adventure - from Pensacola to Key Largo 😄
 
 
 
Pictures from The Wharf Marina, celebrating Halloween the 31st of October 
 
 
 
 
 
ItÂŽs all over, youÂŽve got lotÂŽs of treats, been scared... but now itÂŽs time to go to sleep :)
 

In The old days in Louisiana

Mobile, AL, 29okt 2017
In English below
 
Vi hade date med vÄra vÀnner Susan och John pÄ Eagle Heart i New Orleans. De hade sin bÄt i marinan i nÀrheten sÄ de bjöd oss av sova över hos dem! Perfekt! Tillsammans gjorde vi New Orleans By Night (barnförbjudet:), the Evergreen Plantation och the French Market. 
 
VÄr guide, Desiré, pÄ det 2,5 timmar lÄnga besöket pÄ plantagen var helt enkelt magnifik i hennes sÀtt att bildiggöra och förklara livet pÄ plantager i allmÀnhet men, i detalj, livet pÄ Evergreen i synnerhet! Plantagens historia hur de levde pÄ den tiden nÀr slaveriet var ett faktum. Fast Desirés berÀttade att de franska kreolerna i Louisiana var lite annorlunda mot övriga slavstater i söderna med det franska inflytandet blev det kanske lite mer blandat, lite mer "humant", lite mer mixat med fria fÀrgade, slavar, fria fÀrgade som var vita (i hyn) och vita.... Eller inte......
 
Idag Àgs plantagen av en mycket rik kvinna som dedicerat sitt liv till att bevara nÄgra plantager för eftervÀrlden. Evergreen plantage Àr en av dem. Vi tackar!!
 
 
 
 
Susan, John and Lars hiding in the banana palms...
 
 

We had date with our friends Susan and John at Eagle Heart in New Orleans. They had their boat in the marina nearby so they invited us to sleep over at them! Perfect! Together, we did New Orleans By Night, the Evergreen Plantation and the French Market.
 
Our guide, Desiré, on the 2.5-hour visit to the plantation was simply magnificent in her way of story telling and explaining the life of plantations in general, but in detail, the life of Evergreen in particular! How they lived at the time when slavery was a fact. Desirés told us that the French creoles in Louisiana were a little different to the other slave states in the south with the French influence, perhaps it was a little more mixed, a little more "human". A little more mixed with free slaves of color, slaves and white .... Or maybe not ......
 
Today, the plantation is owned by a very rich woman who dedicated her life to preserving some plantations for the aftermath. Evergreen plantation is one of them. We thank her!!

 
Evergreen Plantation, where the owners lived..
 
Desiré explaining the history... very vividly :)
 
..and showing us the red "microwave oven" in the house, that was the kitchen. It is model pre historic, with no back cover. Just place food on the shelves inside and turn the back to the furnace... and it will keep the food warm :)
 
Inside living in stile.
 
The slaves lived behind the fence, impossible to see from the masters road, the cabins hid in the avenue of Evergreen Oak trees with Spanish Moss... It was so invisible that after the owners went bankrupt in the 1930ÂŽs and the bank did not find a new buyer, the slaves lived there for 14 years, minding their own business and farming the land with no rent to pay :)
 
If you came a bit closer you could see them all. Two families in each cabin.
 
..each with a fireplace inside. Perhaps not as elegant as the masters house.... They had 100 slaves with different skills and the main crop was cotton.
 
It all started with the Portuguese in the 16th century and peaked in the 18th, with over 10 miljon slaves captured in Africa and transported mainly to the West Indies. IŽve heard that 40% died on the journey... 
 
The rules in Louisiana! 

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