Republic of TX-Conch Republic-Bahamas
30 March 2012
Cathy looking gorgeous and sexy for our anniversary dinner.
January and February were spent enjoying Marathon, catching up on boat and household chores, volunterring, exercising and enjoying visits from friends and family. Cathy worked on her sewing projects while I changed our aft water tank and waxed Moonlight Shadow. Bought and sold anchors and mounted new anchor hardware. Cathy helped me with flushing air conditioner lines and mounting fresh water cans on deck. All major projects completed for our Bahamas trip in April
Our friends Ron and Scottie from League City and Cathy's Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Frank from New Jersey came for visits in February. We thoroughly enjoyed sharing life aboard Moonlight Shadow along with showing them Marathon and Key West.
After celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary in Marathon on March 3rd, we put our boat in the yard for new bottom paint and left the Conch Republic for the Republic of Texas. We stopped for family visits in Pensacola and Biloxi and arrived in Leage City ready for visits with family and friends, doctor appointments, tax preparation, financial review and Cathy doing her best to help the Texas economy with a whirlwind shopping spree.
We have enjoyed wonderful visits with family and friends and our doctors say we are healthy and physically fit to resume cruising. We have filed our taxes and acquired provisions, supplies and clothing for our trip to the Bahamas. We were also able to downsize our storage locker
We were excited to stay with Brian and Elisa in their new and beautiful home and we took a short side trip to California to see Trent, Julie and the grandkids. It was exciting to be able to see two of Devin's high school baseball games. Devin pitched the first game and played shortstop the second game.
This Sunday we will have a family poolside BBQ along with several birthday celebrations. On Monday we will start our drive back to the Conch Republic (Florida Keys) and get Moonlight Shadow back in the water. We will have about a week to get the boat ready for our travels across the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. Our goal is to get to Nassau by April 18th as we will pick up Cathy's brother on the 19th. Tommy will fly to Nassau from the San Francisco Bay Area to join us for three weeks of sailing, diving and exploring in the Exumas. We plan to stay approximately two months in the Bahamas before returning to Marathon for the balance of the summer.
We will have limited phone conact while in the Bahamas but will try and keep the emails and Sailblogs coming on a regular basis whenever wifi connections are available.