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New FotoScrap Album (1.9u79) Available

I’ve been working hard on my FotoScrap Album program and have just posted a new update!  The Help file is now up-to-date (hooray!) as is the ReadMe file (which is now a PDF file).  Most of the changes concern the vastly improved handling of  Movies, but there are also lots, lots, lots of bug fixes as well.

I hope you enjoy this new version !

Boat House Moving

Monday mid-day with the slack currents, and with probably too much help, Jim and Suzy’s boat house was moved to new buoys put down for that purpose.  They have been slowly building a floating cabin and now with roof, floor and some walls it was ready for being separated from the work boat.  Buzz and Maureen from Encore and Bill and I helped with the move.

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Bill and Suzy very easily moved the boat house to the first buoy of the two that it was to be tied to.   The wind was a help here as well!!!

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The work boat that the house had lived tied to over the last year of construction moves further and further away as the house is pulled to its new moorings.

Pulling the house around to the second buoy took more effort and Jim and Doreen did the pulling there, with Bill pushing with the dinghy for much extra power.

Rain and Friends

Yesterday afternoon Encore arrived into the bay and anchored nearby.  Suzy, Jim, Buzz, Maureen, Bill and I went to dinner at Frank’s to give us a chance to visit and enjoy another fish dinner.  Bill and I went over to the restaurant a little early to relax with a cold cervesa.  As we were getting ready to head over to the restaurant there was a dark cloud to the north with a nice rainbow.  We therefore closed up Lanikai for possible rain. The other four arrived just as the rain was starting and we did get a nice short boat-cleaning rain.  By the time we left the restaurant about 9 PM the rains were finished and the boat was even dry, but now clean.

Boca Chica

Yesterday about noon we left Parida and headed the short distance to Boca Chica.  It has a tricky entrance lined with reefs and needs to be transited at near high tide.  We got the hook down in the Boca Chica anchorage and our friend Suzy showed up in her kayak to welcome us.  We decided to get together with her and Jim at “Frank’s” Restaurant.  It has new managers now and a new name, but we all know it as Frank’s.  It was the only building on the shoreline of the anchorage when first we came to this area 9 years ago.  Now each time we show up more buildings are appearing.  Boca Chica is actually a small village up the estero from here,  a short dinghy ride, where there is a small store and several more restaurants.  Here in the anchorage area there are at least two sources for internet access, but it remains to be seen if we will get reliable service on the boat.

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We enjoyed dinner with Suzy and Jim and spent well into the evening catching up on information.  The happenings of various other cruiser friends topped our list but we also discussed local happenings.

Cleaning Lanikai

We had moved to a bay off Isla Parida where there is little current so that we could clean the bottom of Lanikai before we moved into Boca Chica.  It has been over 3 weeks since we last dove on her, and with the poor shape of her bottom paint it was time to give the underwater parts a cleaning to catch up before the hard stuff got so stuck that it would be hard to clean off.  We waited until the heat of the day to jump overboard to clean and were about 2/3 finished when Bill came up under a swimming iguana.  He scared him off but not far.  The iguana had for some reason taking a liking to Lanikai and kept returning so we got out of the water and will finish the cleaning in the morning, as neither of us wanted to come up with the lizard on our backs.

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After we got out of the water we got some nice photos and even a video of the persistent Iguana.

Later:

This poor iguana was so determined to get onto Lanikai that he finally succeeded by climbing up the snubber line.  I caught him as he was sunning himself at the top end of that line where it passes over the toe rail, and knocked him back into the sea.  He now seems to have given up and swam off toward shore.