Is it that time already? Predictable as this next line may be, we’re saying it anyway: it’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly four months since we arrived in Key West and began our winter adventure in the Conch Republic! Time flies when you’re hosting guests and hanging on sandbars. Since our trip to the Marquesas a few weeks ago we’ve been busy with friends and family and enjoying our time at the incredible Stock Island Marina Village. We’ve been giving OLOH’s new tender One Love plenty of use with as many harbor cruises, lunches-by-boat, and sunsets in the Atlantic that the weather would allow. Wow, it can be windy in the Keys in the winter! But as our last guests departed the melancholy set in as we ready OLOH for the long journey north and prepare to say our goodbyes to our dear Key West Family. As Shakespeare penned in the loving words exchanged between Romeo and Juliet, “parting is such sweet sorrow.” And for us that is true as well, the sadness of leaving is only balanced by the sweet thoughts of when we will see everyone again.
Here’s some of the fun we’ve been up to since our last post…
So as you can see, no one will accuse us of not enjoying ourselves. Now that all of that fun is out of the way, some heavier-than-usual provisioning has been done, all of OLOH’s fluids and filters have been changed, the bottom has been cleaned, fuel tanks have been topped off, safety equipment reviewed and float plans have been devised for the adventure that awaits.
As we often repeat on this blog, the worst thing you can have on a boat is a schedule. That’s why we are allowing plenty of time for our trip up the east coast, ultimately returning to the Hudson River. But our effective target is to get OLOH to Connecticut for Memorial Day Weekend for our nephew’s graduation. After all – why stay in a hotel when you can bring your home with you? At the rate we like to cruise (speed and hours per day) we estimate around twenty-seven travel days to cover approximately 1800 miles on our way to the Long Island Sound which can easily turn into five or even six weeks depending on weather and other unknowns. While there are so many great places to stay and sight-see, our plan is to keep moving on every day that is considered a “fair weather” travel day with the exception of a few day’s stay in Fort Lauderdale for a couple of quick projects and an extra day here and there to visit with friends in ports along the way.
And so we say farewell but not for long to Stock Island Marina Village and all of the wonderful people we’ve been so fortunate to meet, to reconnect with and to spend some time together in the sun!
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