Like a Seagull with a French Fry

 

Hiiiii Guys!

We are FINALLY and OFFICIALLY underway!  Leaving home looked like this…

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There was fog. It rained.  The Baltimore Harbor was full of debris…But we were happier than a seagull with a french fry!

First Stop:  CAPE MAY, NJ

I’ve been thinking about Cape May since our brief visit last October right after Tom proposed.  It seemed incredibly romantic then.  But I couldn’t help but to suspect that maybe I was seeing things through rose colored glasses.

Wellll guess what? It is just as cute and quaint as I remembered and it completely stole my heart again.

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We rode our bikes; we chased the sunset down to Cape May Lighthouse; we had chocolate.

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Those bits of strawberries! and the “basil sugar”.   I’d eat it even if it didn’t taste good…but it did!

And then, Tom twisted my arm.  He said we “had” to go to the Boardwalk.  Wildwoods Boardwalk.   I had never been.  T-shirt peddlers and hotdog stands is what I thought I was signing up for.  Buuut Tom seemed enthused, and pretty persistent.  

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I have to admit, I had so much fun and I was in awe!  The squeals and laughter from children on the rides; the smell of the funnel cakes & cotton candy; the anticipation and desire of that stuffed animal at the coin toss game; the pizza (yes, we had two slices) and the sheer happiness that swirled around us all evening could be summed up like this:  The Boardwalk is to children as Vegas is to adults.

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TODAY we are under cloudy skies in Atlantic City, currently hibernating at Starbucks.  4 grande pike place coffees deep…and mooching as much free wi-fi as we possibly can.

…thinking we will *probably* make our way to the craps table in short order. 😉

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NEXT STOP: NEW YORK.

One Week Countdown…

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Here we are, one week out from starting our adventure!

After several Chesapeake Bay summers packed with tie-ups, crab feasts, dockbars, and too many homemade margaritas to count, it’s finally time to expand our boating horizons.

So where to?….THE GREAT LOOP!

Dont worry, I had to google it too.

For those of you that know Tom personally, and for those of you who just found your way to our corner of the internet, his “why wait” thirst for travel is on the cusp of being quenched!

My Monday – Friday work grind came to an excitedly anticipated halt in May as we started gearing up for our new life aboard.   Since then, we have turned our home into a weekly vacation rental, moved onto our boat and started minor upgrades/renovations to help us get a little more comfortable and acclimated before we embark.  (The longest trip to date on the boat lasted approximately two weeks, so determining the necessities for a true live aboard experience has required a little adjusting on many forefronts.)

So what’s the plan?  An entire year on our Bavaria Sport 44!  The summer of 2016 in the Great Lakes, then chasing the fall foliage through the Midwest until it turns into dancing palm trees in the West Indies as we shift into the winter months.  At the top of the Bucket List is a swim with the pigs in the Exumas.

We will be blogging along the way – not only about our anchorages but about how we’re staying fit, what healthy entrees and apps we’re preparing in the galley and, of course, where we find the best happy hour scenes!

Stay Tuned!