Hi! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Yes, in the time that’s passed since my last blog post – we crossed the Gulf, flew to the east coast to visit with my family; flew to Arizona to visit Tom’s family and then made a mad dash to the Keys to celebrate the New Year. I know I left you in limbo about the crossing, but once our “window” finally appeared – we were on the RUN! We hopped across the Gulf and beelined to Fort Myers in order to make our flights…and then got caught up in all of the holiday bustle.
So, to rewind….I wish I could tell you that the crossing was uneventful. But to be candid, it was exhausting and at times, down right scary. The wave/wind conditions were ideal (Eddy’s Weather Wag said so!) but no one told us about the dense, dreary, dreadful FOG!
Our usual 25 knot cruising speed slowed to a 8 knot crawl and we ultimately ended up arriving in Clearwater, FL in the dark.
The time with our families was a whirlwind. Indulgent food, a few hikes, too many Christmas gifts to count…and before we knew it, we were making our way back to Florida for New Year’s celebrations.
Apparently, booking a slip in Key West happens m.o.n.t.h.s (some times even a year) in advance of a holiday weekend…so in a complete scramble to get plans panned out, Paige at Snag-a-Slip saved the day. Even sprucing up our celebratory weekend with welcome goodies waiting for us at the marina. I cannot say enough about the phenomenal customer service these guys offer!
Arriving in Key West with friends on board and intercepting these goodies turned out to be just the tipping point of an EPIC weekend.
On our second day on the island, we were enjoying cocktails at The Porch when I got a message from a Power & Motoryacht reader who has been following the blog.
Jen was newly engaged and spending the week on a yacht with her fiancé, Dieter. They were en route to Key West – and offered to buy Tom & I a round of drinks.
Drinks turned into dinner…which turned into an incredibly generous invite aboard their 90 ft. Leopard for a New Year’s Eve cruise to Marquesas.
The boat was beautiful, the weather was gorgeous and a new friendship was born. It was truly the best way to send out 2016 and embrace all of the possibilities 2017 has to offer.