Carpe Diem

Whenever, I get the chance, I love to ask other sailors about their boat name. Our name, Carpe Diem, may seem self evident. However, it really goes much deeper than just “good advice”. A few years back, Scott was told he had less than 6 months to live. Colon cancer had gone undetected for too many years. After 6 months of intense chemo... he finally made it. Then a few years later, complications from a double-by-pass almost killed him again. Today he doesn't let his BP and severe diabetes slow him down. Two years ago he lost most of his vision in one eye and partially in the other...and the list goes on and on and on.

Having a boat to work on (along with a regiment of insulin and dozens of medications) keeps him sailing and out of the ER. This boat probably saved his life! I often think “SURVIVOR” would be a good name for our boat. But that would be a constant reminder of the past struggles. So, for now we try to live one day at a time, and carpe diem, “seize the day”.

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2011 NEWEST PAGE Visiting the Treasure Coast

After 6 years in the Keys, we felt a need to explore. We headed north. Our first sojourn was along the Treasure Coast of Florida. This is a piece of heaven that runs from Palm Beach (home to the rich and famous) all the way north to Vero Beach. The first marina we stopped at was the Ft Pierce City Marina. (I think you can click on any of these pics to enlarge...if you desire.)

Following are some pics of this clean, comfortable and boater-friendly place.

The next pic shows our slip before we slipped in it.

 The next pic shows the view from our aft deck.
The next pic shows the view from over the bow. Showers and laundry at our doorstep. I was spoiled!
 Our car was just a few feet from the boat.  Not always the case in a larger marina.
Next you see Carpe Diem "snugged in" for a few weeks. I mean that literally. Our boat has a 13.5' beam, and the pilings were 14' apart! Tight fit.
 Home Sweet Home.
The Tiki Hut Restaurant here was fabulous. The marina has another tiki bar right on the docks. These tiki huts are made of palm thatches and can only be built by the Seminole Indians. They are waterproof and the roof will last at least 10 years.
It's quite a status symbol here to have an authentic tiki hut in your back yard.
 Palm trees everywhere. Do you know what that means? NO SNOW here!
This is the marina river-walk where we tried to walk every evening. On Saturdays there is a huge farmers market here...great fun.
Not a bad place to hang out, wouldn't you say?

1 comment:

  1. What a dream come true, Annie. Sounds wonderful.