Well folks my dream of a lifetime is over. From my very first CPS course back in Moncton NB, 30+ years ago I have dreamt of having a sailboat capable of sailing the seven seas and sailing off into the wild blue yonder. The Dismal Swamp and the Bahamas were always at the top of my list. Being able to share my dream with my best friend, my children and grand children was just the icing on the cake.
Some of you have asked about our blog and some have had the misfortune of witnessing us blogging first hand. Blogging is a chore. If you think you want to blog I suggest you sit down and think again. Yes you can keep it to a minimum. However I believe ours kept growing and growing. I just looked at a couple of our first blogs and what a mess. Time wise I would say each post takes more than eight hours. The Admiral takes the pictures, writes the blog and select the pictures for the blog. I proof read the blog, size the pictures to be uploaded, upload the word document and pictures and then re-size the pictures again to fit our format and place them in the appropriate position. I have the easy job.
Fun facts about our blog
Number of posts 232
Number of pictures taken 21,727 (filed on the hard drive, many more have been deleted)
Number of pictures posted 10,416 (wordpress gives each picture a unique number)
Number of comments 488 thank you that is why we kept blogging
We have been asked what are our most memorable moments? That is tough to answer. We enjoyed every day. One of my most memorable moments was when Amber first arrived with the grand-kids and we were anchored off Rose Island. There were a few other boats anchored with us, the kids were playing on the beach and I looked around at the other boats and islands and a tear came to my eyes and I said to MaryEllen that this was paradise and what we had been waiting for. We considered ourselves to be very blessed to have been able to start and complete this adventure.
Here are a few more interesting facts.
|Phase 1||186||home to Vero Beach|
|Days at home||31||home for Christmas|
|Phase II||90||Vero Beach to Bahamas|
|Phase III||48||Bahamas to Home|
|Total Number of days||355|
|Leg 1||818.40||153.60||35||Long Sault to Shediac|
|Leg 2||576.50||106.40||37||Shediac to Halifax|
|Leg 3||357.50||79.25||29||Halifax to Eastport|
|Leg 4||818.20||161.40||43||Eastport to Annapolis|
|Leg 5||1010.40||187.90||42||Annapolis to Vero Beach|
|31||Vero Beach to home|
|Leg 6||246.60||45.60||9||Vero Beach to Bahamas|
|Leg 8||1988.60||344.00||48||Homeward Bound|
|Racor fuel filter changes||5|
|Primary fuel filter changes||4|
|Transmission fluid changes||5||due now|
|Air filter changes||4||(have 2 filters change/wash/dry)|
Mike and MaryEllen