1200 Miles Later…

16 Mar

Well we made it to our first major stopping point, Miami, Florida. As I write this at the crack of dawn listening in solitude to the amazing sounds of The Buena Vista Social club I am amazed and humbled. I am amazed that we took a boat 1200 miles at an average of 5 knots, almost 6 blazing miles per hour. I am humbled at the fact that we even have this opportunity to make this all happen. I know I may sometimes come off as someone who minimizes the kind of life we are living right now but believe me, there isn’t a day where I don’t wake up and say to myself “holy cow…this is major!”.

We still have not crossed into the ocean yet as we would have liked. Circumstances (weather) got in the way. In retrospect, however, I am kind of glad. Here is a list of things that we would have missed had we rushed down the Atlantic coast on “the outside”.

  1. Getting to pet a sting ray in Solomons Island, Maryland
  2. Spending a wonderful couple of days with new friends Bill, Pam, and Isaak in Reedville, Virginia. Thanks again for opening up your home to us.
  3. Enjoying an amazing lasagna with our friends Hank, Lisa, and their awesome labradoodle Sydney aboard Haanli.
  4. Enjoying take out mongolian grill and touring the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia.
  5. Learning that the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia is anything but dismal.
  6. Going through our first lock in Deep Creek, Virginia. (We were given a music lesson by the lockmaster who is also the master at creating tunes with a conch shell.)
  7. Discovering that I can fix a major leak with a 4 square inch piece of rubber in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
  8. Thanksgiving with a full sized oven and spending time with our friends, the Robertsons, in Manteo, North Carolina.
  9. Finding out that we can work together in difficult circumstances, as during our rough and quite scary overnight passage across the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina.
  10. Chili Nachos in Oriental, North Carolina. (They weren’t really that good but after the night we had referenced in number 9 they were the best nachos ever.)
  11. The beautiful old cemetery and the hospitality of Beaufort, North Carolina.
  12. Finding a 50s themed diner in the most unlikely of places in Swansboro, North Carolina.
  13. Meeting a cool cruising family in Hampstead, North Carolina.
  14. Exploring the town of Southport, North Carolina and enjoying time once again with our friends Hank and Lisa at their beautiful home.
  15. Our first WARM beach and the nicest marina crew at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  16. The amazing waterfront in Georgetown, South Carolina.
  17. The southern hospitality in McClellanville, South Carolina when a random motorist who was collecting oysters asked us if we needed a ride to the grocery store.
  18. Teaching Madi and Peyton about the Civil War at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.
  19. Anchoring under the stars in Toogoodoo Creek, South Carolina.
  20. Watching the Christmas ship parade in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Also…the park benches all had mistletoe hanging above them which I thought was pure genius!)
  21. Walking through the Bonaventure Cemetery and haunted tour in an actual hearse in Savannah, Georgia.
  22. The night noises and the sounds of dolphins while at anchor in Walburg Creek in Georgia.
  23. REALLY good food at Seajay’s Waterfront Grill and more hospitality as a local fisherman helped us through dense fog at Jekyll Island, Georgia.
  24. Seeing our first orange tree in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
  25. Spending an evening being goofy with the girls at Adventure Landing in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
  26. The Pirate Museum, haircuts, the raw food restaurant, and meeting fellow cruisers Matt and Jessica in St. Augustine, Florida.
  27. Visiting the dolphin sanctuary and enjoying a local cruiser’s potluck in Marineland, Florida.
  28. An excellent cheeseburger in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  29. Marveling at the local talent of the artists in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
  30. Reuniting with friends Mark and Jodi Campbell, seeing and feeling a rocket launch, and our first real encounter with manatees in Titusville, Florida.
  31. Reuniting with our friends Mark and Jodi AGAIN in Melbourne, Florida.
  32. Spending the night in a most beautiful anchorage in Vero Beach, Florida. (also local mango wine)
  33. Eating copious amounts of chicken wings, drinking copious amounts of rum, and watching the girls play in the swimming pool in Stuart, Florida.
  34. Realizing, after watching the crazy spring break crowd, that getting older isn’t all bad in Palm Beach, Florida.
  35. Discovering a “Jersey Mike’s” sandwich shop in Delray Beach, Florida.
  36. Watching more crazy college kids and being happy in the knowledge that I know how to handle my liquor in Fort Lauderdale.
  37. Watching a gorgeous sunrise over Biscayne Bay while blogging in Miami, Florida.

The concept that it’s the journey, not the destination, rings true still.

Oh! Happy 50th birthday to my brother and sister!

-Andy

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3 Responses to “1200 Miles Later…”

  1. Jenna Robertson March 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    Miss you guys!!!

    Sent from my iPod

  2. S/V Haanli March 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Hey guys, congrats on your 1200 mile achievement. We are delighted to have shared it with you in a small way and have enjoyed keeping up with your exploits. Warmest wishes.
    Hank, Lisa and Sydney.

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