Yes we are alive! And we are in Miami! I always pictured myself one day going to Miami and it being like the Will Smith video “Welcome to Miami”. You know, driving down the street in a convertible, hitting South Beach and salsa dancing till the wee hours of the morning. Reality check…we drove down the street yesterday in a rented Ford Escape to go to a Publix grocery store, we are rockin’ a small beach with our 3 kids in tow and in the wee hours of the morning Marc and I are getting up multiple times to check dock lines or our anchor. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I know we have been MIA for over a week. But we have been without internet. Agghh! It’s a strange feeling to be unplugged for over a week. I’m currently sitting in a marina lobby in Miami with a slow connection that is churning at a snails pace. But I’m enjoying these two hours of alone time. Sweet Marc has the kids back at the boat and I’m sitting here working on the blog and doing laundry in an actual washing machine at the marina. A true luxury!
We left Fort Lauderdale last Sunday morning. Waves were expected to be 4-6 feet so we gave the kids Dramamine. It knocked them out cold. See below photos of sleeping kids…We rolled into Miami (literally rolling with BIG waves in the channel) about 5 hours later.My parents (the kids call them Mimi and Jaybird – my dad’s name is Jay) came on Monday and spent the night with us. We had a great time sailing, going to the beach, watching the kids explore and our new ritual of game night at the salon table.The kids cracked up when Jaybird tried the SUP (stand up paddleboard) and his skinny legs were shaking like a leaf. But he managed not to fall in the drink.Thanks mom and dad for visiting us and getting to experience our life afloat. We miss you already.
Quick update on our plan: we are hanging out here in Miami until probably early Tuesday morning. Tuesday currently looks to be the best weather window to cross the Gulf Stream. We will leave Miami around 4 or 5 am and sail straight to Bimini in The Bahamas. Depending on wind direction and speed, we should get there in about 6 hours. We will of course take every safety measure, but extra prayers from family and friends would be appreciated. Getting internet in The Bahamas will be very spotty so don’t worry if you don’t hear from us for awhile.
I’m writing one more post before we leave on Tuesday. Keep a lookout for it. Over and out.