Moose and Mussels

Say hello to Buttercup – Our sweet little mascot is a Cavichon – that’s much easier to say than Cavalier King Charles Bichon mix!

We are Heading North!

Our home port is in southwest Florida, but as the heat and humidity rises, we morph into waterbirds, migrating north to cooler weather.  This year our long-range boating destination includes two Canadian Provinces: Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Islands – visualize this: a quest for moose and P.E.I. mussels. 

Once again, we will cruise with our close friends Gail and David Bernstein, Tonto’s Reward, that is as soon as they overcome their A-SEA power board issues. By now, David probably has a more colorful name for the mother board challenges.

First, a little music trivia quiz related to our destination:  Can you name this Carly Simon song and finish this line “you flew your learjet up to Nova Scotia to see …”.  Music Trivia Answer at the end of this post :-0

Here’s where we are headed!

Before departing FL, we took a little side trip to visit family in Cleveland for the Passover/Easter holiday. Our youngest grandson, Tyler, turned 7!

Happy Birthday Tyler

Thanks to Scott and Cindy for visiting – our regular followers know that Rick loves ice cream; it’s official, the quest for the best soft ice cream has begun!

Buttercup said a quiet goodbye as the sun sets over our community in Fort Myers.

With this I am sending a little note to my very first friend in Fort Myers, who is always listening. Wishing you a wonderful new journey in your new life adventure!


We were extremely fortunate – sustaining very little damage compared to so many of our friends and neighbors. With that said, here’s an update on our oak tree that David Bernstein was confident would be fine. He was right.

Hurricane haircut, September, 2022
She’s a STRONG oak. April, 2023


We started the migration north on Tuesday, April 11. First stop:  LaBelle – formerly known as the Rivers Edge motel, they recently rebranded as the LaBelle Yacht Club, seriously!

Thank you to Caryl and Ray who met us on day two in Clewiston – to ensure our journey begins in style. Say hello to George, the resident mascot.  Photo by Caryl.


“Then you flew your Learjet up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun” refers to the total solar eclipse of July 10, 1972, visible only in Nova Scotia as well as Alaska and the Canadian Arctic.

In 1973, Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” was a No. 1 hit in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; it reached No. 4 in Ireland and South Africa.


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Thanks for following us! Capt Rick, Mary and Buttercup.

Author: Exhale49

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10 thoughts on “Moose and Mussels”

  1. Hi Friends!
    I’m excited to read about your next adventures! Your itinerary sounds amazing!

    First of all, your new family addition is totally adorable! And I love her name Buttercup! Reminds me of one of my favorite movies…Princess Bride! (And She’s already a great poser!)

    Loved that Ray & Caryl met you guys to start your trip! Sure wish we Could all get together again!

    I rocked your pop Quiz! “You’re So Vain” was hugely popular in Italy in the mid-70’s when we lived there, & I remember all the words!

    Travel safe friends! And we’ll be scheming on how & when we
    Can meet up w y’all. Miss you both!


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  2. Love, Love, Love reading these and living vicariously until I retire in 5 years and can do it myself. You give me insight and ideas. Great for planning. Looking forward to your next post. Trivia back at you. Do you know who “your so vain” was written about?

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  3. Yay! Glad you’re underway. As an aside, I’ve always thought that song made no sense. She wrote it about a guy, but then mocks the guy she wrote it about for being vain enough to probably think it was about him. That’d be like you writing a post about the awesome captain of your boat and then saying Rick is vain for assuming it was about him. Dumb.

    Enjoy the Down East Circle. We loved it. Let us know if you plan to stop in Trois Rivière and we’ll see if our friends Maurice and Rene can stop by.


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