The long awaited posting

Hi to all!!

Sorry about the lack of updates to the blog we have been anchored out.. which in layman's terms would mean .. we have been camping out.. but instead of a tent on land we on the other hand are on a boat in the water. It's a bit rough but it is also wonderful. We spent one nite playing cards by lantern... which may I say I was whooping Capt Don by a score of 435 to 185 and then I let my guard down for one hand and he played a slick move and won the game... GOOD MOVE Capt!! We had been traveling by the ICW (intercoastal waterway)..At Fort Pierce we finally punched out into the Atlantic ocean for the first time.. I must admit I was a bit nervous but all went well. Our last day out we sailed for 12 hours straight with 15-20 knot winds.. we kept our speed up to 6-7 knots... it was great until nite came and we had a few 5 foot waves smack us around! I never realized how beautiful it is to be out on the ocean at nite.. the only light was from the moon... it's amazing how many stars we miss out on seeing living in the city! Mary Rose is a good strong boat and she loves being out on the ocean. I sat on the bow sprit one day and watched her cutting through the waves and it was like watching a puppy playing in the rain. One nite we came back in to the ICW to anchor and Mary Rose decided she wasn't finished playing in the ocean and she kept pulling her anchors up.. at one point we had 3 anchors out but she was determined to break free and sail which resulted in us staying up all nite doing anchor watch... that makes for a long nite esp since we had a $2,500,000 yacht that was for sale parked by us... We spend our quiet days taking turns sailing Mary Rose and fishing... so far other than the fish I caught at the dock... the only other fish we have caught was a 3 foot Mackerel that broke my line and escaped... since then we have upgraded our line to a stronger line.... we will allow no further escapees!! Right now we are at Boot Key which is located in the lower Keys... we stayed here for 2 days after not touching land.. nor showering for 3 days.. YUGH!! I have definitely learned to appreciate the little things in life... We are pulling out tomorrow heading for the Gulf our next stop will be San Carlos Bay we will sail for 24 hours straight and then hang out there for a couple of days before we reach our final destination of St Pete.. Don's son is updated daily of our location and will notify the Coast Guard if he can't reach us... Thanks Shane!! We are definitely on a learning curve.. and we have learned so many lessons.. esp keep your fingers out of the way of anything that moves... for those wondering.. the thumb is healing well .. fingernail will probably be off in the next few days... as to date.. not further injuries!! WOOHOOOOO! Admiral Nelson signing off and wishing each and everyone of you only the best and to remind you to follow your heart and your dreams!! I will leave you with a quote from Richard Bode...

For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze.

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