We hope the holiday season finds you wherever you want to be and among people and creatures you want to be with most. The OLOH crew has had a delightful stay in Hilton Head. It has proven to be a terrific place to stay before we continue on with our cruising adventures which we look forward to doing after the new year begins. We’ve done some exploring, knocked out some boat projects, decked the hulls for the marina’s holiday lights contest and we continue to enjoy wonderful times with friends and family.
So what’s next? Our Plan A has us motoring to Florida and getting across Lake Okeechobee to spend the remainder of January and the beginning of February cruising the Gulf Coast and visiting with friends there before heading south to our beloved Stock Island Marina Village in Key West. For this plan to hold the lake depths have to be at appropriate levels for a crossing which is not always the case this time of year. Additionally, we have been carefully monitoring the red tide on the Gulf side as the area near where we exit the Okeechobee waterway has been experiencing a recurrence of the algal bloom that can deplete oxygen in the waters and/or release toxins that may cause illness in humans and other animals. It’s something we simply won’t subject ourselves to. Fortunately, the conditions seem to be improving so we hope that will be a continuing trend.
If we end up not making the trip west, Plan B has us continuing down the east coast with the hopes of arriving to Stock Island by the middle of the month. Either way, we’re excited about what lies ahead and look forward to new experiences and returning to some favorite old haunts.
As we say to each other every day, we feel so fortunate to be on this continuing adventure where no two days are alike, where nature is always at our doorstep and the connections we are able to make with like-minded people continue to enrich and surprise us. Our holiday wish for you is that you are able to experience or draw yourself closer to whatever brings you joy, inspires your spirit or touches your soul. Here’s to fair winds, calm seas and spirit of OLOH being with you in the new year’s new light. Let’s get together and feel alright!
-Jasper, Tim, and A.J.
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