Sunday, March 18, 2007

The beginning of a dream . . .


I never really gave up on getting back on the water. I have plotted and planned, wished and dreamed, fixed and schemed for many years.

Last Saturday, I found a boat that matched almost all my criteria. "In A Mist" a Cape Dory 28 is on the hard in Bay City, MI. I had four boats on a string and was wondering how close I actually was to leaving. That friday afternoon before, my fate was sealed. In the on going crap at my current job, my last hope was a new boss. When he gave me a review, taking wholesale from corporate management, I decided I was done.

So Monday, I resigned my job of 9 years as of April 1, 2007. Yeah, I know that's a Sunday, but it was close enough I couldn't resist. Of course, March 30 is my last day. Later Monday afternoon, the seller took my offer and I knew I was Bay City bound.

The boat needs some paint and some cleaning. I will update the systems as needed. Depending on what kind of work I find when I get there, I will be headed south by late summer or fall. Otherwise, I will winter over in Bay City and leave the following summer.

I've got some work to do to get my sea legs back. I can't wait.

Stay tuned!

Florida!

I haven't posted in a loonnnggggg time, but I was in Florida to visit my family and to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday. It was a great time even though a little cool. 50s and 60s beat teens and 20s any day.

While there I also kayaked with Mom, Uncle Bob and Aunt Chris. I would highly recommend David at Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures. We did a three hour nature tour in the mangroves around Lido Key. It was incredible and not too much for this fat guy.

Also, if you are within an hour's drive, you MUST go to Pelican Alley for seafood chowder. The thickest, creamiest, best built chowder this side of Maine. We had scallops and squid and fish and shrimp and all kinds of stuff floating around in the yummiest new england style chowder. Topped with a teaspoon or so of drawn butter. MAN! that is good stuff!!

Dad had a successful birthday! He entered a new decade with the help of Liver and Onions at Mel's Diner in Venice! We even went to an opera.