17 January 2011 | Ft. Pierce, Florida
Bligh== very nice weather for now
January 17, 2011
We think nothing about slipping our dock lines or weighing anchor and knocking off a sixty mile day to some anchorage for the evening. We have done it many times since leaving Port Aransas a year ago. Why is it that perhaps the next such sail, or perhaps the next, will be so different? For many years we have dreamed of doing this and now that we are underway, one segment of the dream works on the mind a bit. The actual Gulf Stream crossing is a relatively short hop, only 52.8 nautical miles yet it is something about which first time cruisers view as the challenge of a lifetime. Those of experience and those ocean crossers view it as nothing more than stepping over a crack in the sidewalk. It would seem that the prospect of doing so in the near future bears as much imagination as our voyage to Veracruz a few years ago. That little adventure was 10 times the distance each way. We are provisioned, perhaps way more than we need for what we think will be a ninety day stay in the islands. The new future came into clearer view when I was speaking with a friend while we were shopping. I said that we were trying to decide what we would be eating for the next ninety days. Have you ever thought about that? We hear the stories of beautiful anchorages and places to see yet even with all who have gone before and the stories they tell, we can only imagine what awaits us. The guides are full of photos of the places we want to visit. Now all we have to do is step over dead center.