Sun, Sand, Shells, Swimming, Snorkeling, Shopping, Special Friends and family, getting ready for Christmas

There are many things to do in the Dunedin area.   Popular attractions include Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island—both state parks.  There are miles of beaches on Honeymoon Island.   We took our dinghy over to Caladesi Island which is also accessible by ferry. While there, I captured quite a few bird pictures and shells.

A few days later when Amanda arrived, we took the dinghy to Honeymoon Island.   We collected shells on both islands, but found the north end of Honeymoon Island scattered with hundreds and hundreds of Fighting Conch Shells.   Scott and Karen from Last Call also took their dinghy along for the trip.    We took lunches and enjoyed a long day on the beach.   After swimming, snorkeling, and shelling, we continued around Honeymoon Island in the dinghies completing a circle of the island.

We visited the stores in downtown Dunedin with Bob, Vicki and Angie Rehkopf who drove over from their place in Lakeland Florida.  There are many unique shops to investigate, and unlike many waterfront towns, they are not all T-shirt shops.

Sanctuary is looking very festive with a decorated tree and many Christmas presents.  Since our one and only tree is rather small, the presents are up on the dash area instead of under the small tree.   Stockings (shell collector bags) hung from the ship’s wheel with care. Current Christmas Day weather prediction: 81 degrees and sunny!


We are excited to share our lovely weather and venue with our son Andrew, wife Bethany, and the grandkids!  They’re currently making their way down to us by land, so we are getting ready for their visit.  This will be our first Christmas spent in Florida. Normally, we gather in either Michigan or Minnesota. Just think: opening gifts on a boat Christmas morning … space will be tight, but that is okay. All are eager to soak up sun and each other’s presence as we celebrate together the birth of Jesus, God’s only son.

Wishing you and yours a Very Merry and Blessed Merry Christmas!





Birds on the Beach




Teresa and Amanda enjoying the beach



Dinghys on the beach



Shell Collection



Collecting Shells



Loopers on the beach at Honeymoon Island



Loopers on the beach at Honeymoon Island Steve and Teresa with Scot and Karen from Last Call




Snowman “Olaf” on Sanctuary

Christmas in Florida



Heron visiting boat next to us in marina




Just another Sunset……….



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