After years sailing the Caribbean we traded our Tayana 37 for an Island Gypsy to explore The Loop

The final leg of an incredible journey

10 July 2020
Janice Nagle
Transitioning yet again, this time from Trailer Trash to Trawler Trash.

Leaving Texas in our motorhome we managed to take another crooked path that allowed us to visit several friends along the way. We always go out of our way for a visit as friends are one of life's greatest gifts.

Our final leg of America's Great Loop started in Kentucky Lake. Nomadic Spirit weathered the winter just fine and after a few days of cleaning and unpacking we were in the water again. Traveling the Tennessee River and Tombigbee Waterway was change of pace from the previous season. We seldom saw another Looper as we were heading south in the spring instead of the fall. There were no crowded anchorages or issues with slips in marinas. We stopped at all the usual places but docktails were elusive this time of year. One exception was Pickwick Lake where Harbor Host Charlie and Robin McVey went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Seldom slowed down by commercial traffic, we made great time through the locks. When we left Columbus after 2 weeks we were sporting some additional newly striped teak, including the transom. We had planned to sell the boat when we completed the loop and the prospective new owners drove down from Wisconsin for a visit and to check out how Nomadic Spirit weathered the trip.

Once back in Florida we were instantly greeted by dolphins and enjoyed the beautiful shades of the gulf waters. We stopped to visit cruising friends in Pensacola for several days then pushed hard to get to Treasure Island by July 4th. Several places on our list were passed up due to very hot weather and full marinas, it was the opening of scallop season! Not a slip to be found. One memorable night on the way was spent at the Anclote Key Sandbar and another was spent at Caladesi Island State Park.

Dear friends that just purchased a place on Treasure Island joined us for the last day of Our Loop. We stopped in front of our old condo and saw a few old friends, broke out the champagne and posed for pictures. Then we backtracked a mile to Rick and Renee's dock and let Nomadic Spirit have a well deserved rest. It's been wonderful to spend time getting the boat ready for its survey but having the comfort of an air conditioned house to recover in.

A recap of our Great Loop experience will be a seperate blog.

An entire winter without a blog post

01 May 2020 | Preparing to return to our trawler Nomadic Spirit
Janice Nagle
Our transition from Trawler Trash to Trailer Trash went well. We had a blast in our new RV community. Llano Grande RV Resort is located in Mercedes Texas in the Rio Grande Valley.

The first month was mostly working on our new tiny mansion. After living in a boat or motorhome for 10 years this 500+ sq feet seamed huge. We added a lovely porch, replaced faucets and light fixtures, purchased some new furniture, and Steve customized our golf cart.

This is a great park with many activities. We enjoyed weekly golf scrambles, played lots of cards, I joined the art league and took beginner classes, made many new friends and just had a great winter.

Numerous friends came to visit so the new sofa sleeper came in handy but it was a bit crowded. We decided a guest cottage was needed so we purchased another motorhome both for guests use as well as travel.

Spring brought the Corona Virus, but the park was a perfect place to hole up. Now all activities are back open and life has resumed.

Mid May we will take the motorhome and head slowly towards our boat. Once we Complete our loop we will rent a car to pick up the motorhome. The boat goes up for sale in Treasure Island where we will cross our wake and bring this adventure to a close. But we are getting ahead of ourselves.....
Vessel Name: Nomadic Spirit
Vessel Make/Model: 32' Island Gypsy & 36' Monaco
Crew: Janice & Steve
This adventure began in October of 2007 when Steve came to look at a boat that Janice had for sale on Craig's List. Steve wanted to learn how to sail and Janice needed a new kitchen. [...]
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