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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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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Summer Plans Change Again

Our summer workamping plans have changed again. We will not be spending the summer in Wisconsin this year. Instead, we will be spending this next summer in Yooperland, Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Yah were're goin'a be Yoopers (derived from "U.P.-ers") for the summer. Between now and then Barb will be working the Florida State Fair in Tampa from February 7th through the 18th this year as a ticket taker. From here, date yet TBD, we will be heading to Norman, Oklahoma to be with family. Around the first of May, we will be going up to Two Rivers, Wisconsin to move the Shangri-La to the Mystery Ship Marina in Menominee, Michigan, her new home for next summer. We have a RV site reserved in a city-owned RV park right next to the marina. From there I have been eyeing future marinas to call home as we cruise the Great Lakes.
"Say yah to da UP, eh?"

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Tampa was Invaded by Pirates AGAIN!

For the 93rd time since 1905! The City of Tampa Florida was invaded by pirates yesterday as the 2008 Gasparilla Pirate Fest got underway.

On Saturday, January 26, at 11:30 a.m., the world’s only fully-rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla, magically appeared at the south end of Hillsborough Bay. A multitude of pleasure crafts, all intent on defending the city, boldly sailed forth to meet the ship. But quickly seeing the error of their ways, they turn to join forces with the Captain and his Krewe’s flotilla. The colorful Gasparilla Flotilla then made its way north across Hillsborough Bay and into Seddon Channel (channel between Davis Island & Harbour Island). The Gasparilla Invasion had begun!

In this annual re-enactment of Tampa’s historic pirate invasion, the Gasparilla Flotilla – led by the Jose Gasparilla teeming from bow to stern and capstan to crow’s nest with swashbuckling YMKG pirates – creates a spectacular sight as she heads up Seddon Channel towards downtown Tampa. When the Jose Gasparilla docked at the Tampa Convention Center, the Mayor surrended the Key to the City of Tampa into the hands of the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Gasparilla...the pirate. The name and foundation of Tampa's traditional Gasparilla Carnival come from legendary pirate Jose Gaspar, "last of the Buccaneers," who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th century. Gaspar, given to calling himself "Gasparilla," served as a lieutenant in the Royal Spanish Navy for five years until 1783 when, upon seizing command of a Spanish sloop-of-war, he with his fellow mutineers set sail for the Florida straits. And so the young Spanish aristocrat-turned-pirate began an adventurous life as outlaw of the sea.

Although few facts are known of the life and death of the famed Gasparilla, accounts from his own personal diary boast the capture and burning of 36 ships during his first 12 years as a pirate. Crews of captured ships were given the option of joining Gaspar's ranks or walking the plank; fates of captive ladies were determined largely by his moment's fancy.

In 1954 the Krewe commissioned the building of the world's only fully rigged pirate ship to be built in modern times. Named the Jose Gasparilla, the ship is a replica of a West Indiaman used in the 18th century. She is constructed of steel at 165' long by 35' across the beam, with 3 steel masts standing 100' tall. During the year she is usually docked at the Tarpon Weigh Station on Bayshore Blvd. for the public's viewing pleasure.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Change in Summer Plans

As we were leaving Wisconsin last September, our plans for this year were to spend the summer at the Seagull Marina and Campground in Two Rivers, WI. That way we would be close to our boat, the Shangri-La, so that I could work on it. Well plans are made to be changed.

A couple of months ago, I found an ad for a Campground Host position with the Fond du Lac County in Wisconsin and I submitted our Workamper resume. Last week I received an email from the county showing interest in us if we were still interested. I called the county and sent them an email giving them our past workamping references letting them know that we would be interested. Today I received another email from Fond du Lac County letting us know that we have one of the positions.

Of course with these changes, we will probably change our plans of leaving the Shangri-La out of the water this year and return again to the docks on the Sheboygan River. I will still be able to do some of the work that I wanted to do and we will be able to spend our days off in Sheboygan aboard her.
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