It’s been awhile since we have posted and we’ve been busy both on and off the water!! We finally got a weather window through which to depart Ft. Lauderdale, and from there, we enjoyed a very pleasant cruise, ever northward, including stops, first in North Palm Beach and then in Stuart. At the former, we rendezvoused with good friends Susan and Slade on Sojourner NY; we’re going north and they’re headed to the Bahamas!! Together we enjoyed cold but fascinating visits to the North Palm Beach “Farmers Market” and the state park named for John D. MacArthur (of the MacArthur Fellowships and Foundation fame).
At Stuart, we had a delightful dinner with Cousin Evie and a short, but very welcome visit with former neighbors and fellow Selene owners, Susan and Jerry. Though we retired and bought our boats at about the same time and we had enjoyed “talking boat” together when visits to Lexington coincided, we had not seen Susan and Jerry on the water before. It was great fun to chat with them and finally get to tour Ho Hum, their beautiful (and big) Selene 53! Susan alerted us to the spectacular Stuart sunrises, and she did not exaggerate!! It REALLY looked just like this:
From Stuart, we continued northward to Indian Harbor Beach, a small community located at the point where the Banana and Indian Rivers meet, very near Melbourne and Eau Gallie. We left Sojourner at Telemar Bay Marina in the capable hands of Larry, of Larry’s Marine Services, for routine maintenance and a few special projects in preparation for “The Loop” while we returned to Lexington. The timing was dictated by Susan’s being called for a month of jury duty, but we also put the “land time” to good use visiting with old friends, attending a couple University of Kentucky Women’s Basketball games, doing some work on the condo, and completing a plethora of doctor, dentist, banker, broker, and accountant appointments!
We are now at Cocoa Village Marina doing final provisioning and finishing several little projects. Weather permitting, we will start our 2012 Grand Adventure at first light on Tuesday. We’ve posted a VERY tentative itinerary in the Map & Itinerary section of Sojourner’s Sea Stories home page. We’ve already some reservations but there’s still space available for the adventuresome to join us along the way!!