I wish I could say that I am writing this from somewhere warm and sunny, but unfortunately that is not the case. I am siting in an apartment in cold, not the right word - frigid, that's better - snowy Minnesota just counting the days (months) until winter ends and we can be back on Walk A-Bout again.
We have been planning our cruising life for 10 years now, finally in year number 10. Depending on work obligations we have two options for leaving Minnesota.
Plan A - September 1 head across Lake Superior, through the lock to Lake Huron, down Lake Michigan, lower the mast, enter Illinois River through Chicago, then to the Mississippi River for a short while then Tenn-Tom waterway out Mobile Bay (put mast back up) to the Gulf. Sail down to the Florida Keys, up to Miami then across to the Bahamas. From there - unknown. Hopefully head south then Panama Canal, the South Pacific and Australia.
Plan B - October have the boat shipped to Florida. We then join Walk A-Bout around the first of December. Then continue Plan A.