Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Gayleen and I would like to wish all of our family and friends a very Happy New Year! May 2013 bring you health, prosperity and above all ADVENTURE. Live your life to the fullest.

Coming from New England this whole holidays in Florida thing still feels a bit disconnected. Christmas music in the grocery store when its sunny and in the 70's outside takes some getting used to. We make believe the white sand is snow. Fortunately we have some neighbors that brighten up the season with lights.

It has warmed up so that the nights are comfortable and most days are sunny and warm. Gayleen is glad she brought some of her warm clothing for those breezy days when she wants to enjoy reading outdoors.

 But then again, she used to dress like that at home in the warm house in the winter.

We continue to work through all the systems of the boat learning each one in detail so that as we leave the modern conveniences that the marina offers and become self sufficient we are as prepared as we can be to disconnect from the grid. We are taking advantage of the unlimited electricity, fresh water and hot showers that our current location offers as they will soon be a scarce commodity that we will have to manage daily. The current plan has us leaving in about 2 weeks and working our way south down the Florida coast to Key West. Weather will determine the schedule so we plan on taking our time and enjoying the experience.

This past week we saw first hand how weather dictates the cruiser's schedule. Last Friday a "weather window" opened up for those that want to cross the gulf stream to the Bahamas to make a safe and calm passage. This mostly has to do with wind direction as a southerly wind going in the direction of the gulf stream does not create large waves and chop. In addition it makes for a nice reach across with the wind at your beam. Several boats from the marina left to take advantage of the weather window and some of our new friends moved on. It was fun to see how excited they were and we hope our paths will cross again soon.

The week was made special by a visit from Trevor and Speed. It didn't take them long to take advantage of the warm weather as the perma frost season had just started in the Boston area.

 As always, Speed put his culinary expertise to use and cooked up a very nice New Years dinner for us to enjoy before they headed back to Boston.

 Even as we sit here preparing to head out to sea, every day seems like a refreshing adventure. There have been manatees swimming next to the boat in the marina and dolphins popping up for air as we explore some of the Intercoastal Waterway shores in our dinghy. Life is good.


  1. How exciting! Love reading all the news from "Pearl!" AND seeing the photos, too. Happy New Year you two and may it be a healthy and happy one! Love, Les, Marlon & Katie

  2. Happy New Year Bruce and Gayleen! Congrats and all the best as you embark on this exciting new adventure. Cheers!


  3. Happy New Year! I love reading your posts, it's so exciting! We missed you guys at Christmas this year, but I'm glad you're enjoying the warmer weather. It was 2 degrees this morning when we got up :) Looking forward to your next posts!



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