It has been a long time — far too long — since we really went cruising. We’re about to cast off the lines again.
October 10, 2021
We are sitting aboard the Esmeralde in our slip at New England Boat Works in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. It is early evening, very dark, and raining. Our two new puppies, now five months old, are beginning to learn boat routine. They have adapted wonderfully. We are optimistic.
Continue reading Under Way Again. Almost.
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 #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
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?
This trip to Florida was essentially un-planned, so we had no reservations other than one we made in Key West a year ago. We had made the reservation because we could cancel it without penalty, so why not? Now, although Key West isn’t actually our favorite destination on the planet, it’s not so bad in February so to-Key-West-we-will-go.
The Keys were hit hard by Hurricane Irma last fall and we were curious about how they had fared. Continue reading Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma