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Feel the Burn

In Uncategorized on 17/04/2017 at 14:55

 

 

 

A few days ago I thought I would walk one of the trails and trim some saw palmettos back off the footpath. I ended up getting sidetracked walking the perimeter of the prescribed burn that was done about 4 weeks ago.

Florida is in a wildfire emergency at the moment but without fire the flora and fauna of the state could not remain in balance. Here are some pictures from my hike.

These pictures although obscured by leaves show the depth of fuel on the forest floor that form a surface that appears just like ground with leaves. It is actually layers of dead vegetation that burn like peat below the surface and can spread the fire underneath with out surface visibility. This layer once removed allows new growth of other wise restricted plants like new pine and fern. This cover is the equivalent of putting mulch on your garden.

After about 5 weeks you see ferns growing,the saw palmettos coming back and pine cones opened to release seeds.

One last thing about the fecundity of the forest. I found this foot long piece of tree branch with 4 separate flora growing in harmony.

The actual last thing. Don’t worry about the critters. The controlled burns allow most animals to get out and the ones that are smaller and at times don’t get along well will seek shelter in dens. One popular spot is the gopher tortoise den that is actually quite large. So feel the burn with good feelings.

Dr Brad standing by on 16

todays vibe is Taj Mahal ” Going Up to the Country – Paint My Mailbox Blue

 

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The Three T’s of Volunteering

In On the river, Uncategorized on 29/03/2017 at 16:54

I was sitting on my boat in rapt attention to my computer contemplating the three t’s of volunteering .” They are Tourists, Trash, and Toilet Paper.

I looked up and there were about six people looking around my boat. ” What’s up?” Behold the manatee. She was floating around the stern of my boat basking in the sun. I tried to get some good pictures but the sun and water were too reflective. I did get a shot of her flank that shows propeller marks from getting too close to modern man creating an unpleasant result. I occasionally have a similar experience.

Well that’s that.

Today’s tune for Dan Wagner – Fresh Air …. QuickSilver Messenger Service

Dr Brad standing,sitting ,and just rolling over on 16

St. Johns Update

In Don't waste poverty, On the river, Uncategorized on 18/03/2017 at 17:11

 

Well I’m three weeks into a slice of river volunteer heaven. I can’t think of a better place to clean fire pits, toilets, picnic and campsite areas, and don’t forget I’m driving the ferry.

Got my grey volunteer uniform shirt. I am stylin’ and profilin’.

To other matters we have ¬†living on the boat and traveling forever thing. Had to rally for an eye appointment- glasses broke- and I’m making up with the dental – cash pay- negotiating stuff. Had some problems with an Rx at the local CVS. Can’t transfer a prescription more than once. So I’m calling doctors trying to keep up the meds. And the doctors always want tests . Now I gotta get find a doc and so forth and so on , blah blah blah.

Hey, wake up Dr Brad, it’s a small price to pay unless you want to live in a stick house. Took a dinghy ride today, catfish pole in the water, listening to Motown on the XM. Maybe a Canadian and water, fresh veggies for dindin; come on man.

Dr Brad standing by on 16

todays tune ” I’m sitting on top of the world” by various artists

pick me a good one Mark

Off the Island

In On the river, Uncategorized on 03/03/2017 at 08:48

“I’m sitting in a railroad station got a ticket for my destination”

Waiting for the Amtrak to Tampa and then bus to Fort Myers. I’m getting my vehicle and heading back. I am now well and good at Hontoon Island State Park. I passed my safety test and will be able to drive the ferry.

There are no cars on the island and I tell you peace and quiet are ubiquitous. I volunteer twenty hours a week for free dockage. The rangers are great, the other volunteers are great,and the guests are great.

We refer to people being off or on the island. Isn’t that ūüėé. “Where’s Bradley.” “Well I think he’s off the island.”

I talk about how good showers and restrooms are at marinas I visit. Well guess who cleans them ” on the island”, go ahead and guess.

Dr Brad standing by on 16

Tune of the day “Cool Change” by The Little River Band

Another Top Ten

In Uncategorized on 24/02/2017 at 16:28

Well the rain has passed and left breezy clear skies,low humidity, and a need to get off the boat.

I took the dinghy over to Parramore’s Fantastic Fish Camp and bought a day pass. For a fiver I did laundry, took out the trash,filled up with four five gallon water, and took that long shower. Once more I hit a top rated – in top ten- shower room and well kept laundry. ¬†I’ve been on a streak this trip. When you shower out of a bucket or in campgrounds and marinas over the years you get picky. I good day was had by all.

Dr Brad standing by on 16

Stay forever young

Today Rain Tomorrow Ibid.

In Uncategorized on 22/02/2017 at 14:55

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Dr Brad standing by on 16

https://www.facebook.com/bradley.schuller.1/videos/1211180898969222/

In Uncategorized on 12/02/2017 at 15:12

Interesting Times

In Uncategorized on 10/02/2017 at 17:24

Update from February 7th

New Smyrna beach became an excercise in boating and physics. My location by the bridge became very interesting. { find my live broadcast on Facebook Bradley Schuller } and around sundown the boat needed to be moved. The tide and the wind were equaling each other and the boat was moving in circles by the anchor. The boat spun off .

p1030814 You can see the boat spinning off in this chartplotter image.

I figured no problem after I reset but the night was not over. Around one  in the morning the thunderstorms came and pushed me into the shallows. The tide had just turned and was going down. I had to move or be grounded.

I went out in the storm and moved the boat. Wind rain and tide kept me up all night.

The next day I headed to Fort Mantanzas . The fort was built in 1742 by the Spaniards to protect the city of St. Augustine from the meddling colonists of Georgia led by   Olgethorpe.

The anchorage was wide and the current was a little rippy. I was the only boat within eye shot.

On  2/9 I headed to Pine island . I passed through St Augustine and ended up 50 miles later at a wilderness anchorage. I am still here.The tides have been 5 to 6 feet and the landscape has changed to tidal flats and pines.

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The moon visited last night.

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Florida likes to burn stuff that grows.

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Dr Brad standing by on 16.

Mooring Field ?

In Uncategorized on 06/02/2017 at 16:57

Stopped at Titusville after a slog of a day. Just did some rubbernecking of the shore line and the large sailboats heading south. There is a so called mooring field here. The field is huge and shallow and not weather protected and 20 dollars a night. I passed it up and like a dog I circled around the perimeter and lay down on the outside.

Good thing the wind is down tonight. Wish there was a space  shot. This is supposed to be a great place to watch.

Well here I am

Dr Brad standing by on 16

Heading North

In Moving on, Uncategorized on 05/02/2017 at 15:14

Stopped at the Melbourne Bridge. Not too many miles today because there are few good anchorages that have good wind protection.
Last night’s ¬†anchorage had a momma heron on the nest. She waved goodbye. Ran into a fog bank about 9 this morning but it disappeared about one hour later.
I am about 140 miles south of St Augustine.

Momma

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Fog forward

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My anchorage

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Southeastern side of the bridge

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Enjoy the Super bowl.
Dr Brad standing by on 16

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