• Mile Marker 1094, on a buoy in the mooring field at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, in Biscayne Bay, Miami FLA
Weather: Low 80’s
• Sea n’ Stars
• Vitamin Sea
• Sail La Vie
• Affordable Mistress
• Les Miserables (he assured me the name captured his favorite book/musical, and she said that it could be pronounced “Less miserable”???
This trip has been nothing like the first (in 2008-09), in so many ways. We got down south much faster because we knew more about what we were doing. The first month was not so cold, in part because we left a bit earlier, we didn’t dawdle and because the fall was not as cold as our first trip.
We’ve seen lots more of family than we did last time. It started with a long visit with Ben and Mo and the grandsons in the beginning, followed by a week with Monica, then a week with Naomi, Jesse and granddaughter Amaia, then a long weekend with Julian (who flew down to Miami in late January). And finally, and quite unexpectedly, Warwick is spending time with his NZ family as he had to return for a funeral. Not a nice reason to go, but wonderful for him to be with his siblings and son and daughter.
I have been on the boat alone this time twice: once for a short (business) trip for Warwick, and now this longer trip for him in NZ. It’s beginning to feel normal to live by myself on a boat. Now I never thought I would say that!
Instead of being on the move, we’ve been staying put. Our long pause here is easy in many ways. The Coconut Grove Sailing Club has some nice features: a 24 hr shuttle to get us off and on the boat, wifi, a nice restaurant/bar on the deck, a library across the street and Miami at our fingertips. And it’s hard to beat warm, sunny weather, especially as we listen to the weather reports of our friends and family up north. What’s not to like? So, if we had to pause, it’s nice we did it here.
I will admit, however, that we would both probably rather be on the move. Warwick definitely would. When he returns on Feb 26 we’ll need to take stock and decide what to do next? The winter is rapidly winding down.
We’ll keep you posted.