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
"Say yah to da UP, eh?"
Sunday, January 27, 2008
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
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.