03/05/2011/8:08 am, Fernandina Beach, FL
We've had our last leisurely coffee morning with Sandi and Steve. We've had our last wonderful evening in Tina and Dick's beautiful garden room. Madcap sits securely in her cradle at Tiger Point Marine. It is time to go home. (THe pic shows Madcap in the sling as she is being hauled out. Didn't the bottom paint hold up well?)
We have rented a couple of cars again and are driving north. We couldn't get one from here to take across the border, but if we switch in Boston (just like last year) there is no problem. And so ... we leave here this morning and arrive in Halifax on Saturday or Sunday, visiting friends along the way - until our time runs out. Unfortunately, we have 24 hours to go from Boston to Halifax, so we'll have to delay visits with more northerly friends until another time.
It has been a wonderful season - lots of sailing - lots of new adventures - very few minor problems (and no major ones!)
I'll post the stats when Jim figures them out!
Until then, fair winds everyone.
26/04/2011/5:50 pm, Fernandina Beach, FL
Well ... I have spent the last 4 days writing. I have just put up 16 postings. My friend Tina gave me a Healing Touch treatment last evening and said my arms and legs seems closed and still. Hmmmm .... maybe because I've been sitting at Sandi's dining room table typing for hours and hours and hours??
I've been paying the price for not writing as I went along, but I was either busy busy busy, or flaked out tired.
I hope I've been able to reconstruct enough of our wonderful experience to give you a feeling for what it was like.
Because words will just not do it, I'll try to find some time to put pictures in the gallery. How I admire the folks who do that regularly! It will be a while, because now I must turn my attention to the boat. We are at the dock at Fernandina Harbour Marina until Friday morning when we move over to Tiger Point. Haul out will be that day sometime.
We have a whole lot of work - cleanup and tidy up and servicing all the systems in order to put Madcap to bed for the summer. And, just to make it difficult, Shrimpfest starts here on Thursday! We've never been here for it, but apparently thousands of people arrive in town. There are parades and music and vendors and fireworks and .... shrimp!
We have a car rented starting Monday - so we head north then.
The pic is of Chris and Peach and Kirby - on board Star of the Sea. We were so pleased to see them here and they got the first rush of excitement over our Cuba Adventure.
Off to work now. Jim is sighing loudly!
22/04/2011/4:00 pm, Fernandina Beach, Florida
We left Varadero, Cuba at 7:30 on Monday morning, and 74 hours later, we arrived in Fernandina Beach, Florida, USA. It was our longest passage so far - 3 days and 3 nights - and we did it mostly all under sail! (only 28 hours with the engine on)
Cuba was exciting, enchanting, enticing, and enigmatic. We are so glad we went. Check in here was smooth and easy. It's great to be Canadian!!
Now, we visit dear friends, connect with other cruisers, clean, catch up on emails, pay our taxes, empty the boat, haul out and then head north. Still trying to write blogs - they will come!!
We are well, happy, fulfilled, proud, tired, and ready for the next great opportunity life presents us!