Sorry it's been a while since my last blog entry.....It's hard to post a lot about our "adventure" when we haven't yet left the dock!
|Thanks PAT- for the send -off party!|
............Whoa! What did I say? I forgot - I have a "Captain" and if I start to slack, the Captain cracks the whip and reminds me of our mutual goal and how much I need to do on my part to get us there. Thank goodness for my Captain! He does it all with the diplomacy and geniality of a well raised Brit!
So, what I have been doing daily is - readying our little ship for our voyage. This has been somewhat stressful for me, as #1- I’m not used to spending lots of $$$ on food, and #2 - It's a challenge stowing 3 months worth of provisions - with the hope that I will later know exactly where those f*%#ing canned peas are!
|Where to put it all?!|
My family members are concerned about WHEN we're leaving - WHERE we're going - HOW will they be able to get in touch with us - none of them being familiar with long-tem cruising. How can I tell them anything, when I'm not really sure myself?! ....at once I realize - even I'm not familiar with long-term cruising - I've never done it before! But I know it will all unfold and we are both so excited to start the journey....
|Pilot House Re-Do|
|Our new Bimini!|
Installing our new autopilot became a sort of a nightmare project for us, because they couldn’t seem to complete the job. We can't leave until we have a shakedown cruise and get the autopilot compass gyro working correctly. Jim – our technician (a really patient man!) –is so busy – he can’t return until the first week of February! So - I worry - and Richard gets upset that I do - because this is just the way of an older boat - no biggie.
Meanwhile, my daughter and her husband from Raleigh visited after Christmas and my granddaughter Grace came too - so we had one last time to be together before we cast off. Originally we tried to set the goal for Christmas in the Bahamas - but that didn’t happen, so I'm glad that we could be with family and good friends instead. After all – that’s what it’s all about anyway.
So this is a long “catch up” post but I will try to keep up the writing – as we are so close to leaving now and much is unfolding! Follow us in our adventure, and maybe you will find that this boating lifestyle is for you too!