Brad, Dan and Scott's Sailing Adventure

"There she is boys! The SS More Powerful than Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and the Incredable Hulk combined." This space will be used to post updates of our odyssey.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Southern FL


Ft. Lauderdale or somewhere close at least

The first and second of the month were spent traveling through opulence.
Every house we passed competed for the title of world’s worst use of
resources. Not only did the speed boats in front of these houses have
four outboards on them (fuel prices are of no concern to Americans
apparently) but they managed to enlist Greek sculptors to carve their
stone statues. Architectural Digest could not cover these houses because
120 pages would not due these houses justice. The distribution of wealth
in America is shocking. Even harder to bear is the knowledge of what a
sailing to Haiti would reveal about the distribution of wealth in the
world. We spent one more night in the Indian River and then continued on
to Pompano Beach. Our anchorage in Pompano Beach is surrounded by
residential neighborhoods. It seems like people in Florida take their
coconuts for granted for they often litter their lawns. Local apathy
towards coconuts helped rationalize the coconut gathering expedition.
Three ripe coconuts were “harvested” from a shore side property. Eating
a coconut is only half the fun. The other half, opening, required the
tool bag to be fully utilized to unlock the tropical fruit.

We visited our first real beach on the 3^rd with temperatures in the low
80s. The surf was choppy which prevented us from spending too much time
in the water. We were able to occupy ourselves by having a rock throwing
contest like true men.

Provisioning has begun for the jump to the Bahamas. The wind generator
we purchased was delivered missing a part and we are stuck in the
Pompano/Ft. Lauderdale area until it arrives.