Boating across Florida on the Okeechobee Waterway to Chesapeake Bay

Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway north from Florida to Maryland We left friends in Fort Myers, FL and went across the Okeechobee—despite its low water levels— because we were ready to go home and return to our land lives. But we didn’t want to rush north and miss the sights—or the chance to spend time with […]

Choosing binoculars for stargazing

What to consider and look for in “Jumbo” binoculars Astronomy binoculars for gazing at the night sky are a specialty optic, often a first step for budding amateur astronomers who don’t want to commit to investing in the cost and time required to learn how to operate a telescope. They jokingly say two eyes (lens) […]

Road Trip to the Small Harbor Towns on Maryland’s Eastern Shore 

Play, Stay and Stargaze in Chestertown, Rock Hall, St. Michaels, Tilghman Island, Oxford and Cambridge The harbor towns on the Eastern shore of Maryland are known for crab feasts, maritime history, boating, biking and craft beer. You’ll find plenty of wineries and distilleries, too. But the historic towns on the water are also hidden gems […]

Boating the Small Craft Route of Georgian Bay to the North Channel

Cruising to Killarney, Little Current, Manitoulin Island and Drummond Island MI At Port Severn, on the eastern end of Georgian Bay, some Loopers turned off to attend a Loopers rendezvous at Beacon Bay Marina in Penetanguishene; others, like us, entered the Small Craft Route. Still others shot across the bay to Killarney. Here was our […]

Choosing Binoculars for Bird Watching

Best binoculars for birding are lightweight, accurate and easy to handle I like my 8×42 binoculars for bird watching and walking on nature trails because they give me a bright image with a wide field of view. That allows me to locate a bird and follow its path when it moves through a bush or […]

Boating on the Intracoastal Waterway

Cruising your boat from Norfolk to Miami on the ICW When I think about the first time we went boating on the Intracoastal Waterway I laugh at how nieve we were. We quit our jobs, rented our home and took off on a year-long boating adventure. That was uur first ICW trip in 1975 on […]

The Drowning Lady in Annapolis Harbor

It was a dark and stormy night in Annapolis Harbor in 1975. Gene and I had returned to our Pearson Rhodes 41 sloop, Gusto, after a day at the U.S. Sailboat Show. The foul October weather drove us back to our boat to change into dry clothes and warm up for the night. Gene lit […]

Florida Keys Road Trip on A1A, the Overseas Highway

Special Stopovers in the Florida Keys The Florida Keys have a magnetic field that pulls us back time and time again. Many call it the “keys disease” you can’t escape. Over the years we’ve visited the Florida Keys many times by car, RV, boat and airplane. We continue to watch it evolve (sometimes for the […]

Binocular Accessories

Binoculars accessories can expand and extend their use    Here’s our short list of nice but not necessary, binocular accessories and adapters to help you get the most out of using your binoculars. Online you will discover an array of online sellers, many from manufacturers.  For example, type an accessory name like “cell phone adapter” […]

Where to Find Dark Skies

For the best stargazing look for dark skies If you live in a remote rural area surrounded by open land you have an ideal location for sky watching.  But most of us live in suburban and urban areas consumed with light pollution. It’s hard to find dark skies close to home with excessive outdoor light […]