A simple sailboat Christmas, No. 24 and 25

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We are thrilled to host some friends on the sailboat this Christmas, and we all decided to watch the sun rise from Hutchinson Island…None of us had ever seen this incredible funnel shaped light before. How glorious!

David and Beirong love photography as much as I do!

Beirong in action!

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David in action!

Beirong caught this one of Bob and Charles on her cell phone.

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Wishing everybody a season full of light and love.

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Weekly photo challenge: The sea

Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave until it gets to shore.

Rumi

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Last winter, when we were living on our sailboat, I became quite entranced with a section of the beach on Hutchinson Island, Florida called the Bathtub Reef. The contrast of the craggy coral reef and the smooth, long-exposure waves, really captivated me.

There’s a museum in this spot that is the last remaining House of Refuge along Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Called Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge, it was a life-saving station staffed by a “keeper,” who, with their families, led solitary lives in order to find, rescue, and minister to those who fell victim to Florida’s treacherous reefs and shoals. It was damaged in two recent hurricanes but has since been fully rebuilt and is well worth a visit today.