Living the dream?
One more bit of evidence that we are not, as some people believe, on some kind of extended vacation: vacations are meant to be relaxing and drama free and cruising south on a sailboat is anything but that. Our friends on Cara Mia made a great post on their blog about how cruising down the Intra-Coastal Waterway was akin to some kind of super-challenging video game. Funny stuff, but very close to true. I commented to Rebecca yesterday that the narrow and sometimes very shallow channels make it difficult for the helmsman to really enjoy the scenery. Too much looking around and we often find ourselves out from between the markers and heading into not-so-good territory. Our good friends (I won’t name them but they might be in one of the pics below) went aground yesterday after taking a mark on the wrong side of their boat when the channel split in two. Although stuck for a moment or two, they were able to get themselves free without assistance, which in our books means that it doesn’t really count as going aground. 🙂
The daily drone of our engines while traveling, brought on by the complete lack of wind with which to sail, makes us long to get offshore once again. And that time is nearing as we get further south. Some of our friends are hoping to make the jump to the Bahamas in the first week of December and we know of others who have already done so. Perhaps we won’t be far behind them.
Today, we’re anchored in New Smyrna, FL, and will be spending (US) Thanksgiving with our friends, and perhaps friends of friends. I don’t need one special day of the year to give thanks though… I know I’m fortunate to be “living the dream” and even more so, for the fact that I get to share it with my soulmate, Rebecca. I give thanks for that every day we’re out here!
Mmmm… fish for dinner.
We were trying to get shots of some manatee but these silly dolphins kept getting in the way.
If this guy can stay in the channel, we should be able to.
Yes, around that side of the marker!
I give thanks that it is once again bikini weather!
The lighthouse at the inlet at New Smyrna.