February…The shortest month with a lot happening. I'm currently on Tabula Rasa anchored off Sugar Loaf and Matt Loews Cays in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. It is warm and sunny and beautiful. I flew in for a week to visit Scott, after being away over 4 weeks. During our time apart, we spent Valentine's Day "together" in separate countries! We celebrated President's Day weekend with Scott winning the Golden Coconut award?!?! While he was sweating in the sunshine I was digging out of yet another snow storm to hit the Midwest States.
This Februrary trip to the Abacos has been an experience of firsts.
* First time leaving the dock and casting the lines off by ourselves.
* First time to anchor. (It wasn't pretty, but it worked!)
*First time to grill out on hook and be totally self-sufficient.
*First time to manage our electrical, battery bank, make water, etc.
*First thunderstorm at anchor. (Oops, windows and hatches were open…Oh well, it's a boat. It's meant to get wet.)
The more I am onboard, the more I realize that the cruising lifestyle is definitely for me. Scott still thinks I'm not understanding the full ramifications of a life aboard and cruising. Maybe not, but I DO KNOW that I love our boat. I love being on hook by ourselves. I love cooking in my galley. I love meeting all of the people also living the cruising lifestyle. I love that everyone seems happy and at peace with themselves. But mostly, I know that I love my Christoff and "Home is where the Heart is". So as this Valentine's month comes to a conclusion let me say that I love my life and "Today is the BEST DAY EVER!"
PS Pics to be posted when back on land. WiFi in the Sea of Abaco is too slow to upload pics. :-) PICS POSTED 03/03/2014
Well it is that time again!?!? I am getting plenty of heat to post by you know who.
February can only be described as spectacular!!!! Spectacular weather. Spectacular Super Bowl!!! I know the game sucked, but I won the Snapper's Super Bowl Pool!!! I won the highly coveted Strawberry Yacht Club "Golden Coconut" Bocce Ball trophy. Spectacular!!! I was presented a Spectacular (personally made) Conch Horn by my new Marsh Harbor friends Ron and Sharon on SY Possessor. I learned to play the Conch Horn at the Mangoes group sunset ceremony - Spectacular!!! Spent the last week on hook on remote beaches with Paula - Very Spectacular!!! Oh, and for all my friends up north did I mention the spectacular weather?!?!
I have had numerous inquiries as to what I was doing during February? I traveled to Seattle for advanced diesel equipment training by Bob Senter. An excellent course by a true expert and professional. The balance of the month was dedicated to my quest of finding the best "Tiki Bar". Unfortunately someone (Paula) lost some of my reviews. So, I had to go back to numerous Tiki Bars again to refresh my blurred memory. Consequently, I have been a very busy man during February……
Scott and Paula