Our Journey Homeward

Windy weather kept us in Nassau, Bahamas, for a week.  So back to our daily activites…school, laundry, dirty dishes…yes, this is real life!  Love it! As the XO of the boat, Executive Officer and one who gives lots of hugs and kisses, this is my life! Wind and waves kept us from traveling, so we…

Whatever your hands find to do…

Living on a boat, away from the busyness of life on land, has afforded each of us time…time to work, time to play, time to read, and time to use our hands to do things we have never tried to do before. My husband’s hands have found time to write a screen play based on the true story…

Movin’ On Up…one island at a time!

George Town, Exumas was as far south as we planned to travel…this time.  We had so much fun there. Yesterday, after our fond farewell and dinner with the Dent family, we weighed anchor at daybreak after being on “the hook”- anchored in the harbor- for over 3 weeks. (another first) We headed north, swam in 70′ water…

Wherever the winds may take us!

Last week we moved the boat to a quieter place in Elizabeth Harbor and though the winds have blown a bit more than I have been comfortable with, we are safely tucked in between 2 islands and I am finding that Vivens Aqua can easily handle far more than I can.  We are beginning to have…

I am now a Bahama Mama!

We have arrived!  Only 7 days to get from the Florida Keys to George Town Exuma, Bahamas…the star to the blue dot…300 miles.  Remember, we are living life in the “slow lane.” We weighed anchor in the Keys and traveled well past dark before we arrived at south Bimini, the first island on The Bank.  The…

Off we go, into the wild, blue yonder!

I am writing this while the wifi is good…4:30am.  The sky is dark, the boat is quiet, but Rick and I are checking all the weather sites from the Keys to Bimini and beyond, and we are finding all is clear…all systems will be go at daybreak.  We don’t travel because the calendar says so,…

Emerge, Submerge, Converge, Upsurge

Emerge:  to come forth into view.   Tada!  The butterflies have emerged. Number one… and three days later, number two.  Wow! So amazing how short and wrinkled their wings are when they first drop out of their thin, clear, chrysalis. Then, as they hang, the wings get larger and flatter, while their bodies begin to shrink,…

Winter in the Keys = Spring!

The sun is up, the shorts are on,and the critters are out…caterpillars, and walking sticks…big ones, Our boat neighbor has a butterfly herb garden and has shared her critters with us.  This is a monarch butterfly…to be.  He is on the boat with us and has become Jonathan’s science project for the week. He has…

Fill up the boat

Every other day, Katherine fills up the boat with water.  When needed, Rick fills up the boat with fuel. Christmas filled up the boat with FAMILY!!  Thirteen of us, up in the bridge celebrating the birth of our Savior, together! Another first! Sadly, Stephen and Samantha, Andrew, Tania (great with child) and Mara could not…

My favorite story

So, after my surgery last year, my doctor encouraged me to do an activity that required both hands in order to use, strengthen, and heal the brain.  I took up crocheting and created a 10 foot, Dr. Who scarf for Katherine. I enjoy creating and this year, since I have very little CHRISTmas decorations, I…

Making Bubbles!

Age determines eligibility, not ability.  For Jonathan, he must be 10 years old to become a certified SCUBA diver…but not a “Bubble Maker.” Emily, 19, is now a SCUBA instructor and has begun introducing 9 1/2 year old Jonathan, to it in a pool.  She fitted him for a dive suit, taught him how to…

3 day trip to the Keys

WOW! Our Captain knows how to find great weather for travel.  We said, “Farewell” to Venice and headed out to the Gulf.  At times the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is the safest, quietest place to travel.  This time, the Gulf of Mexico was the way for us. We left at daybreak and headed south keeping land always…