Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Anniversary to The Adventures of Pearl

Last night was our 1 year anniversary on Pearl. December 21st was our first night on Pearl. Where did the last year go? Even though our lifestyle is a slow one without the hustle and bustle of land based life, time does seem to slip by.

The past year has been full of firsts for us. The list is huge and it seems every day brings more new experiences.

What do we miss in our old lifestyle?

The biggest thing we miss is seeing family and Northborough neighbors on a regular basis. Brandon and Trevor have visited us on Pearl this past year but we haven't seen Evan since the day we moved out of the house. The good news is that he and Ashley are coming to meet us in Nassau in 3 weeks! We miss Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas get togethers with the White's / Sargent's and the Taylor's. Technology has made it easier to stay in touch with video Skype though.

We will also admit that at times we miss unlimited hot showers, trash removal, unlimited laundry facilities and toilets that you can flush and flush and flush without pumping and pumping and pumping hoping that they don't clog. Frost free refrigerators are also a convenience that's taken for granted these days. Its a chore to defrost ours especially when it is full of provisions.

We don't miss television at all. In fact we have purposely not put one on board and probably will never join the part of the cruising community that has the satellite TV system on board. Every time we sit in the cockpit and look around there is a show going on. When we go ashore and walk around there are always new and interesting things to see. Unplugging from the grid really opens your eyes to the wonders around all of us every day.

We are currently relaxing in Bimini waiting for the next weather window to head east. Right now it looks like that will be at the end of the week. In the meantime, here are some pictures we took as well ramble around the area.

Gotta love the boats with the underwater lights. Our neighbor kept the water looking just as blue in the evening.

The Bimini Public Library. It is amazing some of the vintage books you can find if you dig through the shelves.

6 Foot Bull Sharks swimming around the marina slips feeding on the fisherman's fish cleaning discards.

5 foot wide Rays cruising through the marina. These things jump out of the water several feet in the air. It's quite a sight but hard to catch on camera.

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