OK, maybe it's been a while since our last update. We did manage to get Sunshine up to Savannah, GA without serious incident where the boat is docked at a marina on the Ogeechee River a few miles off the ICW. We've made a couple of trips down there and have spent several days on the boat, cleaning, fixing, organizing and, mainly, just goofing around. We have also had lots of fun exploring Savannah which is a very cool place to visit.
Things should get a lot more interesting very soon, though. Right now, we're at home getting ready for the holidays and trying to figure out what people are supposed to do when they expect to be gone for 5 or 6 months -- lots to think about.
Ready or not, we fly out of Indianapolis on January 10th and will spend a couple of days onboard while we get things sorted out for our trip down the ICW. We'll keep going until the butter melts -- probably in the Miami area -- with a few stops along the way to visit family and friends. As we get farther South, there are more and more bridges to contend with, so we may get our courage up and go "outside" into the deep, blue water when we get closer to Miami.
Once we get to Miami, we plan to spend several days (or weeks) in the Biscayne Bay while we learn to sail. The bay is large enough that we should be able to make lots of mistakes without hitting other boats. From there, we'll head East to Bimini and the rest of the Bahamas (or South to the Florida Keys) for several weeks (or months). Yes, there is some uncertainty about our plans, but that's what's so great about them. We have no schedule that's a good thing. The whole idea is to do some exploring, learn about cruising and, most important, to have a good time.
We have enough doo dads and gizmos on board, that it will be difficult for us to get lost or to run into anything. We also will have our cell phones and should have some sort of Internet connection. Once we get to the Bahamas, communication may get a little tricky, but we'll find a way. They are not famous for their telephone or Internet service, but I'm sure we'll get by.
Finally, we promise to do a better job of keeping this blog up to date with lots of amazing pictures and fascinating sea stories, so please stay tuned. If you would like leaving a comment, we'd love to hear how you're getting along.
Best wishes for the holidays to one and all! Wish us luck!