On our way again!

Friday, May 12, 2017 ~ At sunrise this morning, we cleaned up, packed up, fueled up

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and said our “see ya soon’s” to all our friends at Palm Coast Marina.IMG_2736.JPG

Goodbye, Palm Coast!

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Hello ICW! (IntraCoastal Waterway)

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We will travel south to Lake Worth, 200 miles at 8mph = 25 hours from Friday – Sunday!

Our weather window for crossing to the the Bahamas is tentatively Monday…light winds from the south and east, Gulf Stream always flowing north, waves less than 1′.  Looks great!

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We anchored in Mosquito LagoonIMG_8550.JPG

and now we know why it got its name…IMG_8555.JPG

Thankfully most stayed outside and we departed early.  The ICW teems with dolphin and manatee…so sweet.

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Lots of bridges too, but we only needed one to open.IMG_8539.JPG

Some remain open all the time.FullSizeRender.jpg

Kids keep busy as we travelIMG_8553.PNG

a 24 wheeler!

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Always interesting to see “different” boats.IMG_8636

We arrived at Vero Beach City marina at dusk and dropped anchor in their quiet cove.

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and continued our journey to North Palm Beach.  Arrived in time to be shuttled to the grocery and West Marine for last minute items.  We all then showered and went out to dinner to celebrate my promotion to motherhood…31 years ago!

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Rick and I had our coffee before daybreak on Monday, and with all information giving us the thumbs up to cross, we headed out.

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The sun came up as we left the inlet. IMG_8655

We were on our way out and others, amazingly, were on their way in!

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We had our 120 mile course charted, IMG_8681.JPG

our engines set for the slow lane (8mph) though we did merge into the fast lane (the Gulf Stream) for quite a while and got up to 12mph.  Yes!! The deep indigo water (4,000+ feet) was beautiful

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and after lunch we were on the Bahama Bank (15 ft).

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As the sun set,

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we pulled into Great Sale Cay…uninhabited island, but great place to anchor when the winds are from the east…which they were.

The next morning,

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Jon got what he desired…a dip in the Bahama waters!  NIIIIIIIICE!

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We pulled up anchor and traveled half the day IMG_8749.PNG

to our May/June destination…Bluff House Marina on Green Turtle Cay.

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We are proudly waving our Bahamas flag and so grateful to be here again.IMG_8751.JPG

I love my life, I love my life, I love my life! Why?? Is it being in the Bahamas?  Is it the sweet, simple life on the boat? Is it my amazing hubby and captain or my awesome, sweet children! No! These are all blessings above and beyond why I wake up each day!

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Yes! The LORD is my life!

“…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”   John 10:10b

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicki says:

    Makes me happy to read about your life choices. I’ve worked “I have these friends who are living on a boat” into many conversations. Your faith and love permeate your postings. Your photos pay tribute to our Creator. Love you, Tracy.

    1. smiley8kids says:

      Thank you, Vicki!! Our Creator is proclaimed in creation everywhere and in every language. (Psalm 19:1-4) Love you too!

  2. William Phillips says:

    Well said, Tracy! Love to all

  3. Beverly J Carroll says:

    Amazing journey and posting. I look forward to each story and pics.
    God be with you all…hugs, prayers! Bev

    1. smiley8kids says:

      Thanks, Bev! A bit more often now that we are traveling. 🇧🇸

  4. Ronda Laventure says:

    So glad to see your smiling faces!!!
    Love Ronda

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. Debbie says:

    Miss you all! So nice to see Jonathon enjoying that beautiful water.

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