[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After a much needed rest and marina stay with full amenitites in Nassau, we patiently awaited for our family to arrive for our next adventure. After lots of Starbucks, Dairy Queen, Dominos, and shopping at Fresh Market, the family finally arrived via a painless flight on Silver Airways Tampa to Nassau. Day One entailed our favorite dive here in the Bahamas: a blue hole infested with sharks. But these are little sharks that are worried about their next mate, not us. Trip and Allen made the trek with Ran and I down 95 ft, while the blondies Maggie and Darcey stayed up top to catch some sun. Pictures don't even do it any justice so its not even worth it for me to post some.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bahamas we made it. After a much anticipated Gulf Stream Crossing where we have heard about tumultuous sails and motors across, praise the Lord we made it in bathtub like conditions. However, flat seas generally mean no wind so yep, we motored the entire 12 hours. We sailed up from Marathon to Key Largo to get a better staging point for the crossing.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our last week here in the beautiful Fla Keys has been nothing but food, family, and fun. In no particular order though. We decided to rent a car and head up to Miami to pick up Jess and her friend Paige. Holiday weekend in the Keys was no easy drive back. Well for some it may have been (i.e. Baxter). The normal Miami to Marathon drive should take about 1.5 hours, but try more like 3 on July 4th weekend.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]June 30, 2016. I cannot believe we have been "full-time" cruisers on this boat for one whole month. Time flew by when I was in the working world, as in I would blink and the weekend is over, and then I turn my head, and it had been 6 years with Altria and I had no idea where the time went. Well truly time flies FASTER when you are having fun.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Off we go! We worked our last full day of Work on Wed June 1, and then like that, we set sail at daybreak on Thursday June 2. Setting sail for the adventure of a lifetime. And that is has been so far. I'm going to try to give you a play by play but not boring recap of our 3 day sail

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here it is: my first blog post. Our sail from St, Petersburg, FL, to our home port of Fairhope, AL. Of course it didn't start out smoothly as we trailered our dinghy down but didn't bring the key to get the motor off the dinghy to stow while sailing. So several hours of contemplating, stressing, calling locksmiths, we decided to screw it: let's go. Hoist it up using the halyards and get old comforters and tie it down. Get diesel and head out: we can do this even though none of us have ever sailed anything bigger than a sunfish.