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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain
Together again
Mike
04/08/2011, Marsh Harbor

So after two long weeks we are all back together. Michelle and Joshs trip to Boston was uneventful but the return was an adverture. It started early at Logan where the airline didnt want to let them leave the US without a round trip ticket. there must be a problem with citizens fleeing the country. I guess it took almost two hours to explain and convince them that they got to the Bahamas by boat and were leaving that way too. They finaly got out. Just after I left the boat to get a taxi to meet them a squall with over fifty knot winds blew through the harbor. SoI got soaked watching the boats get blown around and hopinig our anchor didnt drag as there was no way I could get back out with those winds. Nobody dragged that I saw there were a few flipped dingys and a lot of calls on the vhf looking for stuff that had flown off boats. Anyway I got to the airport to wait for them. The airline did not know if they were delayed or even if they took off from Nasau. About fifteen minutes after they were supposed to land the airline tried calling Nasau and got no answer. Another guy that was waiting for his girlfriend on the same plane got a text from her that the plane was over Marsh Harbor but they turned around and went back to Nassau because of the weather. The airline still knew nothing at this time. After about an hour they got a call that the flight was cancelled because of the weather. So I had no way to get in touch with Michelle but the guy I was talking to called his girlfriend and had her find michelle so i could talk to her which was very nice of them. So they had to get a hotel for the night an get up at quarter of five the next mornig to get a taxi to the airport for a six forty five flight. Well they made it in wed morning and now we are all back together again. We will hang around the Abacos for a few more weeks and then wait for a weather window to get back across the gulf stream to Florida and start working our way back up the coast to Boston. I will post again soon.

04/09/2011 | Mimi
Glad to hear your all safe and together again. It was great to see Michelle and Joshua. He is getting so big. Love Mimi
Life is good
Mike
03/20/2011, Marsh Harbor Abaco N26 32.82 W77 03.47

So we went right to Marsh Harbor because Josh wasnt feeling too good for the previos few days. It worked out good, I called on the vhf radio if anyone could recomend a doctor and they did recomend Dr Hall. I pulled up to a fuel dock to drop off Michelle and Josh and asked the guy to use the phone to call a doctor for my son. He called for me, his wife just happen to work there so he set it up to get josh seen. It seems he had the start of an ear infection but he is feeling much better now. So we left Marsh Harbor and went to Hope Town to meet Michelles brother Chuck and his wife Donna. They rented a great little cottage on the harbor which came with a skiff to get to town. A small boat is needed to get anywhere in hopetown as all the marinas and a lot of cotages are on the otherside of the harbor and there are no real roads going around. We spent a week there and now were anchored back in marsh harbor. We are relaxing here untill Michelle flyes home next wed. I am staying with the boat while Michelle and Josh go back to Boston for a visit. When they return we will work our way north up the abacos then jump back across the gulf stream and start heading back up the coast. So far its been such a great trip, a once in a lifetime experience. Josh is doing great and to be able to watch him grow every day is awesome. So life is pretty good.

03/22/2011 | tricia
Glad to hear Joshua is doing better. I am so excited to see michelle and Josh, but Mike we will miss you! Wish you could have made the trip home too :-( But then again, you will be spending this time in the Bahamas so I guess I cant feel too bad for you! hahaha. but seriously, I will miss seeing you mike and looking forward to this summer when we can all hang out with the kiddies :-)
Bahamas
Mike
03/16/2011, Hope Town Bahamas

Heres a quick update. The bahamas are beautiful. We left Boot Key harbor at about 4:30 pm, we were suposed to leave at 8 am with about 10 other boats but my engine dindnt want to stay running that morning. It seemed to have air in the fuel lines which was not a big deal. All the stuff I spent the last two weeks cramming into the cockpit locker had to get removed to get to the fuel filters. It was air in the lines coming from a plastic bleeder screw that cracked. Nobody had a new filter or a screw so I epoxied the old one back together and left for Bimini that afternoon. We got to bimini the next afternoon at 2. We also got a crash course on reading the water depths by eye because most of the channel marks were gone. We did fine, one boat did run aground in front of us which told us were not to go.After a few days in bimini we left to cross the Bahama Bank. We anchored on the bank one night then on to Frazers Hog Cay in the Berry Islands for a few nights. We left the group we had been with since Marathon who were going to the Exumas via Nassau. We stopped at Royal Island to wait for weather to get to the Abacos. Which we got, we again left in the evening and went all night to get there at first light. The entrances to the sea of Abaco can get rough in wrong conditions so I wanted plenty of daylight with a rising tide. It was fine with 6ft swells going in And the sea of Abaco was nice and calm.

I will continue later

Does anyone have ankle weights
02/18/2011

Josh climbing the walls of his crib

02/23/2011 | GiGi
OMG! Michelle used to climb too at that age. But she was on land. I'll feel better if Joshua always has a harness on. Hahaha.

02/26/2011 | auntie mimi
I dont think ankle weights are going to slow him down. his a cutie!!
03/02/2011 | Tricia
Its been a while since i have commented to you guys. been busy with alexandra. These pics and blogs are great! glad to hear you guys are having fun. I miss you all more and more each day and cant wait to see you (skype just isnt cutting it anymore!). Love to all, give josh bigs kisses and hugs from his auntie and cousin alex.
Safety first
02/18/2011

Josh hanging in his new safety harness.

02/23/2011 | GiGi
Yippee! A harness to keep the boy attached.
Hungry?
02/18/2011

Josh and his food

02/26/2011 | auntie mimi
Oh my gosh! That's my favorite picture. And now my screen saver. =-)

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