|The weeks leading up to Christmas is an emotional time for me, being so far away from family and friends so I was thankful to have the opportunity to fly home with Donald. A week wasn't long enough to see everyone I had hoped to but it made being away at Christmas much easier.
While I was gone the Captain was busy varnishing the wood inside the boat and provisioning for the Bahamas. This is a huge job and I appreciate all his efforts while I was away playing in the snow!
Most everything, except rum is more expensive in the Bahamas we learned last winter so we are trying to buy and store enough non-perishables to last several months, not an easy task when you live on a boat! John stored supplies in hatches I didn't even know we had! The list is too long to record in it's entirety but for example he has purchased
7 large cans of coffee
4 cases of 32 water
25 cases of 12 pop
4 x 24 rolls of toilet tissue.......
You name it, we have it, toiletries, condiments, paper products, everything except the Rum!
The overflow is on our guest stateroom bed, which we will use first so that guest have somewhere to sleep.
We left Royal Palm Marina on Tues Dec 12th and headed south. We heard Jeff and Sally from Adirondack on the radio and contacted them, as we had parted company back in Pebble Island, Tennessee two months ago. They invited us to raft up to them and another boat, Odyssey at Cabbage Key for the night. We met Greg and Sally from Odyssey and enjoyed spending a night with other boaters, something we have missed lately. We set off in our 3 dingies to explore the Tunnel of Love, a narrow passageway through a maze of mangroves. Jeff and John ended up in the water pulling the dingies back out against the strong current while I carefully guarded the photo equipment (otherwise I would have jumped in myself).