Merry Christmas To Family and Friends!

This is officially our first tropical Christmas. Having resided in the Midwest for most of my life, it seems a bit strange to see holiday lights on palm trees and walk around in shorts enjoying temperatures in the 70's. We have been trying to enjoy the diversity of the season by attending holiday events like the local boat parade. All types of boats are in the parade and they are decorated with lights and ornaments. The event attracts a huge crowd and is a big hit. We did decorate a port light on Mary Rose and also with lights on the new bow pulpit along with a couple of bows but we choose to NOT be in the lighted boat parade. I just do not like to put Mary Rose in tight quarters at night with other boats that I have no experience with. We were glad we did not as one of the boats cut an anchor line of another boat anchored in the harbor and it washed ashore and the boat that cut it was stranded because the anchor line was wrapped around the prop shaft. We also attended the Nutcracker performed by the Moscow Ballet. It was a beautiful performance. We were invited to several holiday parties and enjoyed a dinner cruise in the ICW last weekend. So this tropical Christmas stuff is really alright!!!!!!!!!

This past year has been a real mix of blessings, challenges, grand experiences, huge learning curves, deep personal loss and still all is well. We are exactly where we are supposed to be surrounded by the people we are supposed to be surrounded by doing the things we are supposed to be doing.

We have about 45 weeks to go until we leave on our voyage. We will do a better job of weekly updates as we proceed to week zero. We will let you know what we are working on and what we have accomplished. We will also let you know how we are doing with regard to our trips purpose of "Soles for Little Souls".

But for now we just want to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

The Admiral and The Captain