Merry Christmas

We would like to wish all of our family and friends a Joyous Christmas.

It is Christmas Eve Day and I am sitting in “Adventure” and getting her ready for the new year and all of our plans.  Tam has gone home to be with our family and I miss her very much.

She returns on January 2nd and we will be leaving for Washington DC for a couple of weeks.

I am sorry I have not been posting but will get back to it again.  A lot has happened and plans are on the move again..


“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve

Conclusion of Paul Baliker Studio

Today we are concluding our series on the works of Paul Baliker.  We have shown you his wood carvings, today we are ending with bronze works we seen in his studio.  This is another blog that will probably not have a lot of talking in, but more of the works speaking for themselves.  So, get a beverage, sit down & relax for a bit. Enjoy.


Woman meditating in the garden. Outside the studio


Little boy fishing.

When you first walk into the studio, there is a room off to the right.  In this room is all kinds of different bronze works.  The name on the different pieces was Joan Baliker.  We asked Paul who Joan was.  He replied, that’s my mom.  With out a doubt incredible talent runs in the family.  Here are more works by his mother.


A self portrait maybe?


Dolphin & swimmer


Girl with her dog


Mother Theresa


Woman blowing a horn


Woman & Child


Mother giving baby a bath


Mahatma Gandhi


The Dalai Lama






Lion’s head







The gambler




The Explorer



These are a couple more that Paul had in his studio that caught our eye.




We found this in his work shop, in progress.

We hope you have enjoyed the Paul Baliker series as much as we have had sharing it with you.  If you would ever happen to be in Paul’s area, we would highly recommend a stop to check out his works for yourself.  I know we will go back again another day in the future.



“Living The Dream”

Steve & Tammy

Wood Sculptures continue

Saturday afternoon Steve & I set off to find Paul Baliker’s studio.  We found it! What a trip.  On the blog yesterday we posted the first sculpture, it had all kinds of different sea life finds in it.  It reminded us of one of those hidden pictures that you had to find different creatures inside the picture.  We are staying out side, looking at a few of Paul Baliker’s works.


It seems the wood was already shaped into a body and all it needed was a face.



Mother earth? Mother nature? Tree spirit?






The great heron



The great heron




Wind dancers


We hope you have enjoyed the Baliker works out side of his studio. We still have a lot more to show you, stay with us!!



  “Living The Dream”

Steve & Tammy

Mind Blowing Wood Carvings by Paul Baliker

We introduced you to Paul Baliker a couple of blogs ago.  We were so interested and excited by what we saw that on Saturday we traveled to Paul Balikers Studio on the Palm Coast, 40 miles north of Daytona Beach.

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We will start with his business card, for anyone interested in more information.  The web site is phone 386-446-0069.


His works run the range of single simple woodcarvings, (for those in Minnesota it does not incorporate bears chainsawed out of trees), to many intricate designs with many elements carved into a large single piece of work.  From wood carvings to bronze pieces.

We took many pictures and feel we need to do several blogs to truly do his work justice, so this will be one of multiple blogs on his works.

Starting at the entrance the size and scope of several of his works capture such imagination and creativity that we will begin by focusing on them today.


This piece greets everyone outside his gate.  Not only does he have the carving but he incorporates it into God’s creation and blends them together.

In this one he starts with the tree trunk and includes the roots.  How many carvings can you see incorporated into the sculptures.  We will give you several photo’s to look at.





Now take your time and look closely.  A hint Some are on the back of the sculpture.  We have several more defining photo’s next.  We thought of adding the others tomorrow but we will give you all the photo’s we have of this sculpture today.


see the fish?


Angle fish, seal, & squid


seal head & squid


fish, octopus tentacles & penguin


fish, turtle & sting ray


fish & octopus


fish, dolphin & octopus. the “tear” on the octopus is a tiny fish.


fish & penguin


fish & octopus


humpback whale & seal


Dolphin & fish




Fish, turtle, & sting ray


Fish & octopus


Dolphin & fish






Fish,otter, penguin, & Tammy

This is just one of his sculptures outside before you enter his studio. We will continue tomorrow.  Come along with us for another scavenger hunt.

“Living The Dream”

Steve & Tammy

Paddle Boards

Every morning around 11:00 a group of paddle boarders come paddling by our boat. We have taken pictures of them as different groups go by. Most students in the group are concentrating on the water & their board as well they should, but some will see the back of our boat, seeing we are from Minnesota and ask questions.  How long did it take to get here? Which way did you travel? We quickly answer their questions as they paddle by.  The other day as Eric the instructor and a group were going by, I thought we should check out that place, that would be a great blog. Sooo, we did!


Eric (without the life jacket on) the instructor, with a class


Eric with a young student

Different size & styles of boards they have available. Looking at them, I thought they’re too pretty to put in the water.

Thursday afternoon Steve & I went to Three Brothers Boards.  On our way, we saw their truck with another group out.IMG_7348IMG_7362 IMG_7364Inside the store are gorgeous boards and everything you would need for your paddle board needs.IMG_7368


Different size & styles of boards they have available. Looking at them, I thought they’re too pretty to put in the water.

We talked to Eric. He said these are the size of the board that you start out on. Eric said, anyone over 6yrs. and up can take classes.  The Three Brothers have quite a few different kinds of classes.  They offer Dolphin & Manatee Adventure Tours, Three Brothers SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Nature Tour and Three Brothers SUP Paddle Fit Tour and Class. (that’s an exercise class on a board on the water! I have a hard enough time in a gym!) There is also a skill limit to all classes, from beginner to advanced. Eric said a person can also serf with these boards.IMG_7377Paddle Boarding looks fun and something maybe sometime we will try. To take a class the boards are provided and the cost is $50.00.  If you are wondering, the boards at the store run about $1,249.00-$1,799.00. If you are interested in checking them out you can at

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“Living The Dream”

Steve & Tammy

Wood carvings around Daytona Beach

As we walked down Beach Street about 2-3 blocks from the marina there is an art gallery that has wood carving in the front windows. They are so cool! It’s amazing how the artist can take a chunk of wood and make something incredible out of it.  His name is Baliker. We found out that he has a studio/gallery in Flagler Beach.  We made a trip to his studio one Sunday afternoon, but being too late in the afternoon it was closing as we arrived. So we will have to have another field trip another weekend.


Elephant~ Art Gallery on Beach St


Dolphin~Art Gallery on Beach Street


Fish~Art Gallery on Beach Street


Pelican~Volusia County Public Library

On our first trip to the local library about 4 blocks from us, we walked in and saw this Pelican also carved by Baliker.

One Saturday Morning we went to breakfast with our friends Matt & Rita.  Walked into the restaurant and all around us was wonderful works by Baliker.

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Steve & I will take you along when we take our field trip. Until then we will keep looking for the wood carvings of Baliker!

“Living The Dream”

Steve & Tammy

I have to say I am remiss in posting to our blog

I am not sure whether it is writers block, a lack of subject matter or possibly to much to do around the boat.  Ok it might be I’ve just been lazy.  So I’m going to give the blog shot today and try to refine them in the future.

I have been taking photo’s where ever we go and have started formulating blogs on birds, trees, boat projects, and travel.  As a writer I prefer illustrating in pictures as much as possible.  Mostly because I’m not a very accomplished writer.  So please be patient with me and I will get back to the blog again.

A special note to our family and friends back in Minnesota.  Stop sending your weather our way!!!  Just because your jealous does not mean we wish to have you share it with us.  So until further notice KEEP THE COLD UP NORTH IN MINNESOTA where we know you’ll enjoy it.

So until Monday have a great weekend.

“Living The Dream”

   Tammy & Steve