We sailed into Miami yesterday morning after another great passage from the Caymans. I think we're getting a little spoiled but when we head back down South from Boston at some point, we'll get the pay back for all of this fine weather so we're just enjoying it now. We had very light conditions and realized that if we motor at 1800 RPM's, we have a very long motoring range- about 700 or more miles actually, which we never thought we could do. This means we could motor to Bermuda if we had to! We did get some sailing hours but it was so calm most of the time that we used the engine. Well that makes for so much comfort we could just as well have been anchored. We've come so far in our ability to enjoy ourselves on long passages and settle in to a comfortable routine that is almost hard to let go of when we reach our destination.
After days of dragging 2 lines to try and catch a fish, we finally heard the wonderful sound of fish on! Jon reeled in a beautiful female mahi-mahi and I have a picture but forgot to put it on the flash drive. It was a little over 4 feet and the freezer is full of fish now. We put the lines back in and caught another one but it broke the line when we were trying to gaff it. Then we got another hit but this one was small and got off but that was just as well since we wouldn't have kept it anyway. So things are looking up in the fishing department and we're hot to catch more before we leave these Southern waters.
It feels good to be back in Miami and we picked up a mooring on Key Biscayne where we stayed on the way down here in 2007. We called my sister Ann right away and spent the day together yesterday. Unfortunately, Bruce is sick with a bug so wasn't up to joining us. It was a piece of cake checking back in to the US although we did have to report in person to the office at the Port of Miami. Then we got lunch at Bayside and sat outside looking over the water and just got caught up. We went to Krook & Krook to buy more lures in preparation for more fish and we even took a drive over to our old house where we grew up, checked out the houses of old friends, the cherry bushes and tamarind trees where we used to eat the fruits as we rode our bikes around the block (they are still there and the fruits of both were ripe and good to eat!) and checked out our old elementary school which is looking as good as ever. It was such a fun day. We plan to hang out here for several more days and then beat feet North to Boston.
Well that's the latest.