Kenny and Nancy call Oconto, Wisconsin home during the summer boating season where together they enjoy recreational boating on the Oconto River and the Bay of Green Bay. When boating season is over they become snowbirds and head south for the winter in their Monaco Windsor luxury motor coach named OWFISH.
Kenny lived and traveled in OWFISH with his late wife Barbara from 2002 until she had a disabling stroke in 2011 and passed away the following year. From then the OWFISH set, except for a short trip in 2013, until Kenny started traveling again with his new wife Nancy in 2014.
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Friday, October 26, 2007
Yesterday we drove 250 miles down to Fort Lauderdale, FL to attend the 48th Annual International Boat Show. The weather and traffic was great until we got into West Palm Beach where we encountered a lot of road construction and heavy traffic. We arrived at the Motel 6 in Fort Lauderdale and luckily got a room on the first floor. I was excited, the a/c and TV worked great. Today you would have thought Florida had never received a rain. It rained so hard, you could almost swim in the motel parking lot. After about 15 minutes, the rain died down, and off we went to the boat show. The convention center had two floors with lots and lots of vendors. We looked at a few boats, and did so much walking, Kenny may have to carry me home ha ha. We took the water taxi up the inter-coastal waterway, and saw so many yachts and beautiful homes, it made the rain tolerable. Again many buildings with lots of vendors, but the rain was coming down hard, and it was impossible to enjoy the show, wet and tired with not too many places to sit down, we decided to come back to the hotel around 6pm and ordered Chinese food. Kenny and I enjoyed a couple of drinks, and watched some TV. Saturday we will return to Brandon, where it is supposed to rain again. Oh well, we will live to go another day I suppose. Our spirits are doing better and we are over the Windjammer cruise drama. It is a shame that we can't take the cruise, but we will do something else, life is a bit strange at times, and I suppose we wern't meant to take this cruise. Sucks, but could be worse I guess.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
We paid for our cruise in full in June for a cruise leaving right after Thanksgiving. We searched and found some low cost air fare tickets leaving from Tampa, FL to St. George's, Grenada. The bad thing was the tickets are non-refundable. We bought trip insurance just in case. We also bought trip insurance for the cruise.
We received an email today from Windjammer Barefoot Cruises stating that our cruise had been canceled in Grenada but that they could rearrange our cruise to leave from Costa Rica. We didn't want to buy more tickets to fly to Costa Rica so we asked for a refund.
Come to find out Windjammer Barefoot Cruises has been in financial difficulties for the last several years and none of their ships has even sailed in the last couple of months leaving passengers and crews high and dry in the ports where their ships were. Groups were taking up donations to fly the crews left with no pay home.
When we asked for a refund they told us in so many words if we didn't rearrange to cruise out of Costa Rica it would be next April at the earliest before we will see a refund. Well they are still taking people's money telling everyone that their next cruise is set for Nov 3rd from Costa Rica but scuttlebutt has it they still don't have clearances to leave port. We are still going to fly to Grenada in November but we have found and made other arrangements while there.
I don't think we will ever see a refund from Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. As for the cruise trip insurance that we purchased through Windjammer Barefoot Cruises does not cover us if the cruise line goes out of business.
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises Ltd is still taking bookings and processing credit cards through PayPal, not letting buyers know that their ships have all been arrested and cannot leave the ports they are in until they pay their debts.
(Please read the attached comment regarding trip insurance.)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Next Thursday we plan on heading down to Fort Lauderdale for 4 days and 3 nights to attend the Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show. This boat show is the world's largest boat show featuring over 2 billion dollars ($2,000,000,000.00) worth of boats, yachts, super yachts and boating accessories from just about every manufacture in the world.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
When we got up this morning it was pouring rain so we got a late start on todays journey. When the rain lightened up I tore down the satellite systems and got everything packed. We got on the road around 10am and the traffic going towards Dallas was still bad. I think people in Dallas only see one thing in front of them when they drive and that's their nose. We had a close call a couple of times before we got out of the Dallas area. Our first stop was for fuel at the TA in Terrell, TX. The pumps in the truck stop would not take my fuel card and the line at the fuel desk was so long the we left before getting fuel and went down the road to the next truck stop where we fueled up and got a late breakfast. By that time it was already noon. After breakfast we continued on until we got to our overnight stop at the Interstate RV Park west of Minden, LA. The computer map showed the RV park 1 mile north of the Interstate but when we turned off a sign said it was a mile south. We headed south but the road "T"ed at US-79 about a half mile down the road. We made a U-turn and headed back to go north of the Interstate when we spotted it behind a trailer sales just before the Interstate but we missed it. The road wasn't wide enough to make another U-turn so I got back on the Interstate to go to the next exit 5 miles away to make a U-turn and try it again. The RV park had 50 amp full hookups for $20 a night. The office was unmanned so registration was by honor box. Right across the street is a small fuel stop with a full service diner. Tomorrow morning we head to Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The blacksmith shop was built at the village in the 1980s. It contains many of the original tools that were used in the nineteenth century. Coal was burned in the foege to heat the iron. Once the iron was literally "red hot," it was placed on the anvil and bent and shaped with a hammer and other tools.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This morning we left Seminole and headed to Denison, Texas where we wanted to look at a 1960 Chris-Craft Roamer just like ours. Well it wasn't quite like the Shangri-La but it was close. The main thing we wanted to look at was how they had built the shower in it. On this boat the shower pan folded down in front of the toilet and the shower curtain went around it to keep the rest of the head dry. We stayed at the Grandpappy Point Marina and RV Park on Lake Texoma. Tomorrow we head to Lewisville, Texas just north of Dallas for the weekend.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007