13 January 2014 | Clearwater Beach
Greg and Mary
We are still at the dock making necessary repairs and upgrades. We have just gotten a new bimini and dodger, ordered a new Garmin Chart plotter, and received all of our parts for our jack lines (safety lines). The list never ends and we just need to leave and start sailing. There comes a point that you just need to go with what you got or we will be here forever.
We had a great day yesterday doing a fun 4 hour sail in Tampa Bay. Last evening we got to watch the Denver Broncos win their first playoff game. Today we got to watch a turtle being released back into the wild. This Loggerhead turtle had washed up on shore in August with severe pneumonia. She was given the name of Ice Tea (some Rock star) and helped get healthy at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Our neice, Cassie, works there and is one of the staff in charge of turtles. She let us know yesterday that he was healthy enough to be released back into the Gulf. It was fun for us and all the aquarium staff to see the great results of all their hard work.
Tomorrow is another day of getting small things done to the boat. The weather is going to be cold all week so we will plan inside projects. Planning the provisioning for our trip is a biggie. Finding places to put everything will be the biggest challenge.