With Stray Catz secure in Ft Lauderdale, we jumped in our car and headed for TN. We made it just in time. So many preparations still to be done and so little time. Jordan and Kody had been working hard to make a beautiful wedding for themselves, but there was still a lot of hard work to be done. As with any wedding there were challenges right up to the last minute, including the maid of honor in a car accident on the way to the wedding. Yet some how come November 13 a wedding was performed. And it was a beautiful wedding too. Some may say I’m biased and it’s true, but it was still a beautiful service. Many thanks to all the family and friends who came in from all around the country including FL, AZ and even CA.
While we were in TN, it became clear that are beloved friends and colleagues Diva and Panda were not going to be able to continue on with us to foreign ports. With the laws in various countries being what they are, a very difficult decision was made, and that was to send our dogs off to CA to live with Anna’s mother and father. And of course what better way to get them there than to take them ourselves.
A few days after the wedding (after all as grandparents, we needed to baby sit while the newlyweds were on their honeymoon) we set off on our journey which turned out to be a short 6500 miles to CA and back to FL. Many blessings along the way. Including being able to see relatives in CO, CA, AZ, TX and still making it back to FL in time for Thanksgiving. The weather was very cooperative.
Back in FL it was time to get down to business and put the final touches on Stray Catz to ready her for an around the world journey. While staying at my sisters, we made daily trips to marine stores, other stores and many hours on the boat. And oops, we forgot to renew Kylan’s passport, so a couple of trips to Miami to the passport office. What was supposed to only be a couple of days turned in to two weeks. We were getting very comfortable at my sisters.
With only a few days to go before our planned departure, we took my Mom, sister, and nephews out for a sail only to be challenged by another engine malfunction. Low and behold it turned out to be just a fuel filter, but ended up cutting our trip short anyway.
So on Thursday December 12 with the help of Drew and Victoria we untied the dock lines and headed for the Atlantic ocean. The timing wasn’t right, so getting through the draw bridges took about two hours.
Drew and Victoria were escorted from Stay Catz courtesy of my brother-in-law and we waved good-bye for the last time. Because of the weather, after fueling we turned around and anchored for the night in the ICW. This way we could deal with the forcasted brisk winds in the morning.
Bright and early we were up and on our way. Making the scheduled openings on the last two bridges we were under sail in less than an hour and that is the way we stayed for the next 29 hours till we came upon the inlet into Key West. We fired up the engines drove into the harbor and dropped anchor. An inspiring trip for me, being able to sail the whole way. For Anna and Kylan, the rough seas took their toll, which meant I spent the majority of the trip on watch.
Now we sit in Key West waiting for Kylan to finish this semester before we head out. We have some books on order for his next semester, so it looks like we will be here for Christmas, and leave shortly there after for Belize. Anyone want to join us? It’s about a 5 day sail down there, or you can meet us there. Anyone?