Saturday, April 20, 2019

Such a Bummer

The Red Head crew has been forced to endure days onboard without a trip to shore. Mom and Dad were able to make a reconnaissance dinghy ride to the islands and found a beach that looked promising at low tide. Unfortunately, the winds haven’t died enough to make safe passage with a dinghy filled with the crew.


This morning saw a menacing front come through with only a slim chance for an afternoon trip.


Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora have done fine. The advantage of a seasoned crew. Dora tries to start a play session, mainly by biting her playmate. First with Dee Dee on the well deck.


Then with Dylan in the salon. Each joins in for a bit. We’re hoping to move to Man-O-War tomorrow. The Abacos are proving not to be ideal for Red Head’s rather rambunctious crew members.

Wanted: One large, isolated beach with safe approach for a fun loving canine crew!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Water Cay



The Red Head crew left Hope Town this morning to head 16 miles to Water Cay, a small, uninhabited (we hope) cay off of Archers Cay.


The plan is to take Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora ashore tomorrow for a beach romp. Dad chose Water Cay because...


“someone” could be left off leash as there is really no where to go. We’ll see if the plan works tomorrow - fingers crossed.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Hooray!



After several days “stuck” on Red Head, Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora finally got to take a dinghy ride around Hope Town.


Unfortunately, there was no good spot for getting off and romping, but the crew still managed to tire themselves out...

Monday, April 15, 2019

Boring...



We’ve been anchored off Hope Town for a couple of days. Red Head is too big to try to take her into the crowded harbor. Unfortunately for the crew, it has been too windy to take the dinghy down and go to shore.


It hasn’t been very exciting. Certainly not the fun they had at Great Harbour Cay.


There are hopes for tomorrow. Meanwhile, Dylan thinks it’s the perfect time for a snooze.

Friday, April 12, 2019

To the Abacos!



The Red Head crew pulled anchor at first light and headed for the Abacos.


The trip was a bit more lumpy than predicted. So Dad sat with Dora who immediately climbed onto his lap. Spoiled girl...

Thursday, April 11, 2019

So Long GHC!



Today Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora left their beloved Great Harbour Cay. There’s a lot the crew will miss.


Top on their list is good buddy, Mico, who came to see them off. Don’t worry the crew will be back. For now they’re off to new adventures in the Abacos.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Favorite One

Tomorrow is still looking like a good day to leave Great Harbour Cay and head to the Abacos. The Red Head crew has much more exploring to do. How will Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora remember their time here?

Like this...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Finish with a Bang!

Today was (probably) the crew’s final trip to the beach here at Great Harbour Cay. Thursday is shaping up as the perfect day to leave for the Abacos and tomorrow is a walk day. Mom was looking forward to getting some final photos to remember the fun times we all had.


Dee Dee and Dora chased the bumper.


Dora put in a bit of coconut digging.


Dylan and Mom wander down the the beach and found a pyramid. It was looking to be the perfect end to our stay. Then all hell broke loose.

Mom heard a commotion and turned around to see the beach empty of the crew but Dad’s red shorts disappearing into the dunes way down the beach. She ran as fast as poor old Dylan could keep up. Turns out Dee Dee decided to run after a couple walking the beach and Dora somehow slipped her collar and joined in. Eventually, all dogs were corralled and beach time was over. The silver lining - Dee Dee and Dora were so tired they hardly pulled a bit on the way back. Dylan was dragging too.

Listen up girls, this better not be an omen for the rest of our time in the Bahamas...

Monday, April 8, 2019

Alligators?



Dylan encountered an alligator during his walk on the beach. He had no idea there were alligators in the Bahamas...

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Mighty Happy Dogs



Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora sure love a dinghy ride. Just look at those faces!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Wasted Money?

Mom spends loads of money buying a variety of bumpers and other floating toys so the crew can have fun on the beach.


So what’s the favorite one? The old water bottle or flip flop or other floating trash that washes up on the beach. Sigh....


Friday, April 5, 2019

Big Sister, Little Sister



Dora is the little sister who wants to emulate her big sister, Dee Dee.


Dora really wants to follow Dee Dee into the waves but she’s missing that Lab gene.


Things usually go fine but occasionally there is a tussle requiring adult intervention. It would probably happen a lot less if Dora stopped biting Dee Dee’s ear...

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Rough Seas

The past couple of days have been calm which always means boats leaving and boats coming as they take advantage of the weather window. Today the predictions were for the winds to increase.

The Red Head crew certainly saw rougher conditions at the beach this morning. That didn’t stop Dee Dee!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Playing Catch Up

Since Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora are skipping a beach day now and then, the crew can catch up on some favorites that haven’t made it into the blog.
Like Dora vs the coconut...

Monday, April 1, 2019

After the Seas



Dylan has been such a good boy about his beach restrictions.


Today the beach was covered in great mounds of seaweed following a couple of rough days. Makes for even better smells according to Dylan.


Dee Dee and Dora were happy retrieving the old flip flop they found.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Poor Dylan

Dylan continues to have skin issues that appear to be related to his beach swimming. New patches are coming out as fast as old ones are healing. Mom and Dad have decided he needs to stay out of the water for now. The problem is what to do with our handsome guy on a beach day.


Today Mom kept Dylan on the leash once the crew got to the beach. But Dylan kept pulling towards the water whenever Dee Dee and Dora went in.


Instead of making the poor boy just watch, Mom decided to take Dylan for a walk down the beach.


She waited until the two girls were engrossed in the bumper and slipped away.


Dylan enjoyed his own solo time while checking out the many beach smells. After all, there are lots of ways to enjoy the beach.


Unless you’re Dee Dee, who only wants to swim. She truly does carry Dyna in her soul.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Clampetts...



We like that Red Head is not a spit and polish kind of boat. She works well for the crew. What we didn’t anticipate was that one day she would have a Beverly Hillbillies kind of look. It’s not just the dog paraphernalia everywhere.


Or the beach towels flying from the bow.


Since Dora joined the crew there’s been an ever increasing combination of barriers. Some to keep her on the boat.


Some to keep her off the roof.


Some to keep her away from her dad’s current project.


We sometimes have to resort to an oddly placed fender.


Given Dora’s Houdini ways, her dad constructed a maze of line to keep her from climbing between the rails and off the boat. Yes, she did that one day...


There’s even barriers inside the boat to (try to) keep Dora out of trouble. Red Head may never make the cover of House Beautiful, but she sure is full of love!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Solo



Since Dylan has been having issues with his skin, the Red Head crew has been modifying their morning routine. Some mornings, Dad has been taking Dee Dee to the beach on her own, while Mom takes Dylan and Dora for a walk.


Dee Dee loves being solo. No sharing toys or sticks or Dad.


She’s not sure how she ended up in the midst of this motley crew when she was born to be an only child.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Swimming!



Today Dora did more actual swimming than all other mornings combined. What got her motivated? The coconut. Dad threw it and the three crew members raced to see who could grab it first.

Dora swam so long that Mom was able to dig her phone out of her pocket, remove the plastic bag, power it up, and get a video!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Rough Seas



The water was pretty rough at the beach this morning.
Dad kept the bumper tosses close. The crew still had a good time.
Even Dora, who continued her quest to dig to China...

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Just Walking



Dylan is getting some dry patches from the saltwater, despite a good fresh water rinse and weekly bath with medicated shampoo. Today, we took a break from the beach and just had a long walk. Bad news, no beach time. Good news, no rinse off or ear drops. The kids hate ear drops...

Friday, March 22, 2019

Beach Fun

Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora love the beach - each in their own way.
Dee Dee only wants to swim to retrieve the bumper.
Dora loves to dig in the sand, don’t know why...
Just give Dylan a good stick or a coconut and he’s happy. Not a bad life for the Red Head crew.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Beach Treasure



Trips to the beach always include several toys for retrieving. But nothing beats found treasure. Dee Dee and Dora found a hunk of plastic floating in the water. Dora even swam out to retrieve it - alas, Mom had her camera in her pocket. A hunk of found plastic sure beats expensive throw toys...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lucky Dogs



The Red Head crew woke to rain but no wind. By 9:00 am the rain had stopped and Mom and Dad decided to take the crew to the beach.


Dylan, Dee Dee, and Dora sure are lucky dogs!