A bit about Us
When we were growing up in our respective hometowns of Mobile, Alabama and Rochester, New York, we
both spent a lot of time in and around the water, he on the Gulf of Mexico and me on Lake Ontario. This
gave us each a life-long love of "all things water".
When we married, he began to talk about crossing the Gulfstream and I got a little bit nervous. But the
captain is one smart guy, and he devised a plan. He purchased a nice, zippy powerboat, and soon
convinced me that with the right weather window out of Palm Beach we could be in the Bahamas in a
couple of hours. That began an 8 year period of 2-3 Bahamas trips a year for 10-14 days each. We
dry-stored the boat in West Palm Beach by Peanut Island, which was a sleepy anchorage hangout at the
time. We fell in LOVE with water all over again.
During our working careers we lived on the East coast of Florida, and docked the boat on the St. John's
We did much of our prep work either at the dock or up the river at the Green Cove Springs DIY Marina.
|The captain and chief engineer at the Hope Town Lodge tiki
bar. Usually he is hard at work doing maintenance or catching
dinner for us but sometimes he relaxes. Circa 1990,
The navigator and talented chef takes a break from chart
reading and food preparation to read (favorite diversion), and
catch a few rays on the foredeck before the sun goes down.
In the early 2000's we finished up a major overhaul on our Morgan 33' Out Island. We love this boat! It has
tons of room down below and is plenty big enough for the two of us. Being a 33' she is very easy to
handle under sail and in traffic and docking situations.
We purchased the boat from a couple that had lived aboard her for 10 years and had taken her to
Venezuela and back. Since the fellow was 72, they decided to swallow the anchor and buy a house
The overhaul was long overdue! Not being a "handy" fellow, the prior owner developed the fine knack of
ignoring the problems. This presented us with a splendid opportunity to get to know our boat, from the
keel on up. We have finished replacing the engine and many of the other systems. The captain had been
researching, plotting and planning the details for years, so he had a great deal of satisfaction seeing
things done his way.
The "Why Dreamtime" page describes our philosophy to a small degree, and clues you in on some of our
musical tastes as well. It's great to listen to smooth jazz during sundowner-hour and new age/ambient
music while stargazing!
By 2002, we had both retired and were working on getting our house ready to sell. Obviously, this cut
into the time we were able to devote to getting Dreamtime ready for the big "cast-off" but she did get
ready, As every realist knows, the "list" never goes away, it's got it's own little ebb and flow going on.
In 2005 we sold the house and cars, put a few things into storage, moved aboard and took off... we're
now exploring the Caribbean.
Well, the years have passed by since I wrote up this little introduction piece and I thought that I'd just do an update.
This will be the last time I will update this as the Yahoo Sitebuilder tool I use will become obsolete as of 3/31/21.
From now on, our happenings and travels will be published on we2travellers.blogspot.com
YES - we did fix the boat up over the course of 10 years (see the many boat pages). YES - we did finish up our
careers, sell the house and move aboard full time (2005). YES - we did cruise the Caribbean up and down all the way
down to Venezuela and hang out in the island chain for almost 10 years, and YES - we did thoroughly enjoy
ourselves while at it.
When our Mom was widowed for the second time and approaching her mid-80's we decided to cruise halftime in and
around Puerto Rico (easy flights back home) and the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Martin and spend half the year in
our home in Orange Park, FL (bought in 2012 and made ready for this eventuality) which was about 10 miles away
from her house. We stuck to this plan for about 5 years until she eventually passed away - RIP Mom. We got to the
point that we couldn't maintain the boat up to our standards anymore, after which we sold our beloved Dreamtime
and moved ashore for good.
Since that time we have purchased the Keystone Cougar RLS26 for our summertime retreat (way too hot in FL!) and
parked it up in a canyon in Colorado.
Now you are all caught up.
The rest of the site is fairly self-explanatory and contains lots of pics and not too much descriptive blah-blah for
those of us with shorter attention spans.
|MEANWHILE - Back in the day (2000 & earlier)
"ROCKY" - Keystone Cougar 26RLS
|Us, taken during our 2018 trip to Italy