Good-Bye Key West: Headed Up The Chain

We had to admit it: the time to leave Key West had arrived.  We planned our exit strategy and began the trek up the island chain.  On the road again.

Day 127, February 17, 2019

Yes, time to leave Key West.  While we had enjoyed our stay, we were ready to be on the move again.

Executing the departure was tricky.  We looked out a week and contemplated the weather patterns and stops along the way.  Both proved to be complicated, especially since the Miami Boat Show was looming large and a lot of boats seemed to have flooded into the keys to escape Miami.  Accommodations were in short supply. Continue reading Good-Bye Key West: Headed Up The Chain

Key West, Part #2

Key West, Part #1 was about loss and grief.  While that is not what I would wish of Key West, it is what it was.  There is another side, though, and this is that story.

Days 84 – 127, January 6 – February 17, 2019

Our visit to Key West was split into two distinct segments, as the previous post makes clear. I’m not really going to define our experiences in Key West in terms of how they were in the first part or the second part, even though they were different.  Instead, I just want to talk about the Key West that we experienced overall. Continue reading Key West, Part #2

Key West, Part #1: Loss and Grief

We loved Key West.  The boat was there for about six weeks, much longer than we had originally planned, for both good and very bad reasons.  It is a difficult story to tell.  I will tell of our visit in two parts.  This is Part 1.

Days 84 – 127, January 6 – February 17, 2019

I really would like this to be about all the wonderful fun that Key West has to offer.  And I will do some of that, but in a separate post.  This one has to be a post about painful loss.  Both are part of cruising, and life, so I will tell the story as best I can. Continue reading Key West, Part #1: Loss and Grief

Catching Up: Where Have We Been?

The long-overdue (and possibly temporary) post to fill in the last two missing months of cruising.  Pardon the much-too-lengthy post.

Days 56 – 84, December 9, 2018 – January 6, 2019

The last post was St. Augustine, which seems a lifetime ago.  An update is long overdue.  I would still like to complete detailed posts for each segment of our trip, and I may attempt to do that at a later date, but for now, I simply want to fill in the blanks to bring this record up to date.  To that end, I will use a broad-brush to simply document our path and the places we have visited.  This will cover our route from St. Augustine in early December, when the holidays were just grinding into gear, to our arrival in Key West just after the New Year.  2019 has arrived. Continue reading Catching Up: Where Have We Been?

St. Augustine and “Nights of Lights”

We had looked forward to this visit because of St. Augustine’s reputation as a fine stop along the ICW.  In the end, as a destination it has both highs and lows.

Day 52 – 55, December 5 – 8

Our visit to St. Augustine started with a big happy knock on the hull.  We were just settling into our slip at the Municipal Marina and thinking about how to spend our time when we had that unmistakable knock-knock-knock.  Who’s there? Total strangers!  It’s that Facebook thing again…  Tim and Diane off the Kadey Krogen Acadia had come to visit, bearing gifts no less.  SPAM! and Key Lime Pie!!!  How on earth did they know?? Continue reading St. Augustine and “Nights of Lights”

Finally Florida

After 1200 miles and 50 days, we are finally in Florida…and we finally run aground.

Day 51 – 52, December 4 – 5

Our stop in Amelia Island – our first in Florida – was one of convenience.  We would have loved to stay and visit in Fernandina but with the Fernandina Harbor Marina closed that wasn’t an option.  Thus we limited our visit to one night at the less-than-exciting Amelia Island Marina and pressed south into Florida. Continue reading Finally Florida

A Private Lock and Running Offshore

Windmill Harbor on Hilton Head Island offered us a delightful and secure overnight stop before skipping the Georgia ICW entirely by running “outside” to Amelia Island.

Day 49 – 50, December 2 – 3

After delaying our early Sunday morning departure from BEW-fərt, South Carolina because of thunder, lightning, downpours and threatened tornadoes, we were chomping at the bit to get under way.  At 11:00 am, with gray skies and rain still splattering around us, we cast off from the Downtown Marina of BEW-fərt.  We didn’t know where we were going, but that’s normal for us.  We don’t plan, remember? Continue reading A Private Lock and Running Offshore

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