Friday, March 17, 2017

It's been a while...

Our last post in November, we were taking care of our girl, Christina Sea...she needed an insurance survey, a nice buffing wax, and a few other little things.  While the dock at our marina was being repaired after the hurricane, we spent some time in Manatee Cove Marina at Patrick Air Force Base - having a blast and making some great new friends!  EVERYONE was so nice and were very accommodating to our ever changing plan over the holidays.  We were hoping to get across to the Abacos, Bahamas...but life happens.  Fortunately, some very dear friends invited us to spend the winter in the Keys behind their house.

We were excited and started making plans to head south!  Arriving in early December, we explored the land and did some great diving.  Alina came to visit at Christmas time and although it was interrupted with tragedy, we still enjoyed her making the trip.  Here's a link to her video she posted on YouTube:  Alina's video

On Christmas morning, Christy's Dad's partner and husband of over 30 years, Tim, passed away. From our anchorage, we had about a three hour cruise back to the slip - then we jumped in the car and drove to Tampa to be with her Dad.  Over the next two months we went back and forth between Key Largo and Tampa about every other week, helping him grieve.  He's better, but is still adjusting, as you might expect.

Our visits to assist him are getting fewer - but again, as what happened in March of 2016, when we were able to help Christy's Mom with the loss of her husband - George and I were, and continue to be happy to help with her Dad's loss.  Please, please, please, friends and family...make sure your affairs are in order - it is the greatest gift you can give your family!

Our slip at Cocoa Village Marina is repaired and we moved Christina Sea back March 10, 2017. We'll be here for a while until we figure out what's next...???

Tim and Kris - Tim's sense of humor, spirit, and love is sorely missed.

Christy and her Dad - sunrise in Key Largo
Everywhere in the Keys...lobster trap Christmas trees!

Very dear friends, more like family - Wendy and Terry with Alina

Islamorada Bluegrass festival - Sean is a great guy (in the middle)...he came over to the boat, gave George some lessons - really cool spirit!

Sunrise on one side of the Keys...
Sunset on the other side!

Islamorada - wow - would love to have her on the boat!
Beautiful octopus bar!

Of course, diving Molasses Reef - always great!