Well, the transition is complete...good-bye Bachelor Pad and helloooo Floating Frat House!! Ben's manly, salty crew of Pierre, Amigo and Andrew have departed and the Doolittle family is reunited back aboard Knee Deep. We are acclimating back to sailboat life and are happy to be reunited again. It was nice for the boys and I to take a break from the boat and miss out on the relentless pace of delivering the boat to Florida. Many thanks to wonderful crew that helped Ben complete 1500 miles in 4 weeks, a brutal pace for sailing. Taking a break from the crowded quarters of family living aboard on a sailboat, was a nice break and has made us all appreciate each other more.
Introducing the delivery crew...1500 miles in 3 weeks. These guys are rock stars! (The only picture I had of Andrew was of his feet so I refrained from posting it...your welcome, Andrew!).
|Pierre, the Frenchman, his final moments aboard Knee Deep. I think that's why he is smiling!!|
|Amigo, the Mexican wonder dog!! He was a trooper!!|
|What a cutie!!!! I think he's saying, "Get me the hell off this boat!"|
Captain Ben. This is what you should look like after 1500 nautical miles in three weeks!
|Timpano, delicious goodness!!!|
|Dick, Maureen and Mickey engrossed in dinnertime conversation. We often sat together for a nightly meal, my roomies were all amazing cooks!|
|Our hosts, Deena and Rick.|
|Deena trying to get a nibble of J.P.'s dessert...ice cream AND cake!! The freezer was constantly stocked with ice cream, another luxury of land living.|
|The boy's favorites from Trader Joe's...Orange Chicken and Edemami.|
|The 8th roommate, Snoball. She did not like all the comings and goings of people, so she sat on our shoes by the door.|
Once Ben and crew made it to Key West, the boys and I said farewell to our friends and drove our rent a car the 400+ miles to Key West. I was chuckling as the locals kept telling me that it was, "a VERY long way down the Keys!!" Little did they know I had covered thousands of miles in a sailboat which average 5 knots...they had no concept of a "VERY long way".
After moving back aboard, we had some fun exploring before starting our sail up the Eastern Seaboard. Ben played travel guide and lead us around Key West aptly naming his tour "The Trail of Tears". This is the town where he worked for a while back in the 90's and had his heart broken by a beautiful French woman. His tour consisted mostly of drinking establishments where he cried into his beer and places of employment from which he was fired. A truly inspiring tour guide and a lesson to our boys of what NOT to do!!
|Captain Ben's former place of employment. To quote him, "I hated working in this place!"|