Our intent for this blog was to keep friends and family informed on our adventure. I expected the kids to write a little every week about what they did and how they felt about it. Katelyn and Mikey have both written each week, but only Mikey wants his writing to be published on this site. Unfortunately, Mikey is not as descriptive as Katelyn. My fear is that with only Mikey’s posts, no one will really know what is going on in our lives (except for those with Facebook). So, I have decided to add a little more information from time to time to fill in the blanks 🙂
For those of you who do not know already, we sold our house in June. We traveled to Colorado to a family cabin and spent a few weeks there working on the cabin, visiting with family, a little hiking, and enjoying the last few weeks with our beloved dog Rhondy.
After a few weeks in Colorado, we drove to Dallas to visit some friends and drop Rhondy off at his new house. Although we had a great visit with our friends, we were very sad to say goodbye to Rhondy. Our friends were very sweet to take him, and we know that he will be very happy there.
From Dallas, we flew to Omaha to visit Mike’s family. We had a wonderful time visiting everyone and Omaha is our new favorite place for the 4th of July. I think everyone in the city shoots fireworks in their street every night the whole week of the 4th.
After Omaha, we flew back to our truck in Dallas and drove to Austin to visit my family and some friends for a few days. Then, we drove back to Corpus to close on our house, pack the rest of our stuff to take on the boat, sell one of our cars, and say goodbye to our family and friends in Corpus.
The drive to Florida took us almost 24 hours. After driving to Florida for Spring Break the previous spring and not finding a hotel vacancy along the way, we decided to drive all night and not worry about it or traffic in southern Florida.
Because we had someone working on our boat (working on the engines, replacing the holding tanks, and other various repair projects), we rented a house for a few weeks in Ft. Lauderdale. During the day, we would go to the boat to help work on it, clean it, and organize everything on it. While we were working on the boat, the kids noticed other kids sailing by in little sailboats. They decided that they would enjoy going to the sailing camp, so we enrolled them the following week. Both of them really enjoyed the sailing camp and meeting some new friends in Florida. When the repairs were mostly done, we moved the boat to a marina so that we could move aboard.
Before we moved onto the boat, we took another road trip to northern Florida to meet some friends for a few days on the beach. When we got back to Florida a few days later, we moved onto the boat. Now, we have been on the boat for a little over a week. We are still getting organized and trying to figure out how everything works. For example, we have a refrigerator that wants to freeze everything and I can’t find the thermostat to regulate it. We are also getting driving lessons from our friend and “boat guru,” Rudy. For the next few months, we will be working on the boat, learning about the boat, and practicing driving, docking, sailing, etc. We have a LOT to learn, so we will be busy for the next few months. Our goal is still to leave Florida for the Bahamas in November! We’ll try to keep you posted! ~ Sarah