The last seven months have been full of adventure and fun! We’ve traveled all around Florida and up the east coast as far north as Ocracoke, NC. Now we wait for hurricane season to end and work our way back down the east coast. We will haul out in Savannah to get some work done and head home for a few weeks.
Originally we planned to leave from South Carolina and head into the Caribbean. Now we are planning to spend this winter in the Bahamas instead. Couple things made us change our direction:
- budget – our original budget may not stretch as far as we had originally intended (okay – it won’t stretch that far)
- vastness – there are so many places to explore in ‘one’ area. We can spend a whole season there and still not see everything
- time– we originally thought we would catch the Bahamas on the way home, but now don’t want to rush through them. We want to really take our time and see as much as we can see.
We may still dip into the Caribbean a bit to see some of the northern most islands, but we are really looking forward to exploring the Bahamas and taking our time doing so.
We plan to set sail February 29, 2012. Currently the boat is docked at Gallatin Marina on Old Hickory Lake (TN). We’ll head down the Tombigbee Waterway bringing us out in Mobile Bay.
From there, go down the coast of Florida to the keys then up and around the east coast of Florida placing us north of the hurricane line for the 2012 hurricane season. We plan on traveling up the east coat (to ???) then heading back down to the Caribbean. From there – who knows! There are so many places we’d like to go!!
Currently I’m reading (to catch up with Nick) A Thinking Man’s Guide to Voyages South: The Many Facets of Caribbean Cruising by Frank Virgintino which gives many good insights and is helping chart a plan.