You know how I promised in my last post to keep this blog up-to-date? Yeah, that was a big fat stinking lie. But it’s not my fault. Actually, that’s also a big lie. It’s totally my fault. I do, however, have a good excuse for not posting regular updates (not true). Ok, it is all my fault, and I do not have a good excuse. But, really, aside from that one guy – how many of our readers have been chomping at the bit for some new DPTR content? Seriously. How many? I suppose it doesn’t matter because I’m updating now, right? I’m going to stop now and just get on it with the post, because none of this rambling actually counts as new content. So…
We did it! We completed our journey down the Intracoastal Waterway! We sailed over 1200 nautical miles. Actually, that was another lie. We didn’t sail at all. We motored over 1200 nautical miles. But, HuskaBean is now safely tied up on a mooring ball in Coconut Grove, FL. Think about that. How many places in Maryland are named after coconuts? I can’t think of any. That makes the first leg of our journey totally worth the effort. That, and I wore swimming trunks on New Year’s Eve. Comfortably. That is success in my book, and it proves that my navigation skills are at least good enough to find warm weather!
All in all, the Intracoastal Waterway was an awesome experience. We met some of the coolest people along the way. We reconnected with many long-lost friends and even flew home to visit the familia. I haven’t even mentioned the dolphins! Loads of dolphins! And birds. And manatees. And sunsets. And not one single alligator. But, we did see several iguanas – and they’re good in soup. For real. Anyway, we’re here, and it was awesome. Except for the 4,782 drawbridges in Southern Florida. Seriously, you should pack a lunch when passing through Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, because you’re going to be there awhile. Make it something easy to eat, because there are a lot of baboons in giant power boats that have no idea what “no wake” means. Or, they simply don’t care. Or, they’re too busy ignoring the “rules-of-the-road” to notice the “No Wake” signs. I also discovered that if you’re rich enough to own a super-yacht, you’re also rich enough to buy a mansion on the water where you can dock said super-yacht in your front yard.
Anywho, we’re here, and HuskaBean performed exceptionally well. Seriously, everything worked like it was supposed to for the entire trip. Ok, maybe not everything – there is an oil leak on the raw water pump that I have to fix. Aside from that, though, everything is perfect (except for the broken solar panel). Ok, the toilet worked flawlessly, and that, dear reader, is true. I like to think that her performance is directly-related to all of the lovin’ she received over the past few years, but that is also probably not true. I do have a handful of projects to knock out over the next few days – things that we elected to put off for the sake of getting out of Maryland. Small things, but things nonetheless. After that, we need to buy a literal boatload of food, booze and toilet paper, because we’re finally leaving the country! That’s right. We’re planning to cross an ocean in the next week or so (not true). That’s right! We’re making the giant 50-mile leap to the Bahamas. And then… we’re having lobsters for dinner. Once I slay them with my Hawaiian sling. I suppose “slay” is sort of harsh. After I kill them with my Hawaiian sling – there… how’s that?
The following paragraph is all very, very true. The crew of the s/v HuskaBean would like to send out a very special thank you to the folks we met along the way that helped us out or made the trip extra special. In no particular order:
- Lenka – for the hospitality, the rides and the showers!
- Keith – for stinking up the joint!
- Todd and Ilana – for the Spam and being about the nicest folks we ever met!
- Vicky and Jim – for the free dock for 2 whole weeks!
- That one guy that moved and re-anchored his boat, at night, so we didn’t have to move ours.
- Jason and Chelseanna – for the food, the bed and the memories.
- Terry – for making us famous!
That’s all the news worth reporting. Look for a new blog post tomorrow or the next day (not really)!