A long hot summer

Keith Urban said it best. “Its been a long hot summer”. It has been pretty hot this summer. Especially if you live on a boat. Due to insurance regulations, we had to be north of Cumberland Island from June to November. Also known as Hurricane season. We didn’t get much sailing in during that time for several reasons. One, there just wasn’t enough wind. Two, it was too stinkin hot. We had planned on sailing north to explore that area. But, after our nighttime sail, we ended up with a 4 page list of things that we needed to do to the boat before our trip to the Bahamas this winter. So between that and driving north once a month for Keith to work a few shifts, we have decided to stay put  on Jekyll Island.
We did however, take a 2 week trip to Alaska. Our son and daughter in law are stationed up there and it was a perfect time to go. It was everything we dreamed and more. The glaciers are amazingly beautiful. The wildlife, well, we saw a lot. Lots of grizzly bear and moose.As I look back on all the pictures we took, the pictures just didn’t do it justice. We are already thinking we would like to go back next summer. It was interesting that it didn’t get really dark until almost midnight and then it was light again around 5am. The weather was great. For them it was warm, for us, it was cool. A perfect time to get out of the Georgia heat.

Alaska with most of the family

Alaska with most of the family

sunrise at Jekyll Island

sunrise at Jekyll Island

A deserted beach on Jekyll Island

A deserted beach on Jekyll Island

Seine net for catching shrimp. The dolphin love to show up

Seine net for catching shrimp. The dolphin love to show up

But back to the boat, one of the nice things about being at Jekyll Island, is that we can take the dinghy to the beach side, where we fish, swim and seine for shrimp. We also take advantage of having our bikes here. We sometimes get up before the sun and bike over to the atlantic side of the island and watch the sun come up. Actually Keith does this way more than I do. I’m not an early morning kind of person. But I’m always glad when I do get up to see the sunrise.
We have been fortunate to have several friends visit us this summer. Its always nice to have company. Some have spent the night on the boat with us and some haven’t. I don’t think any of the ones that have spent the night with us are rushing out to buy a boat. It’s not for everyone. But it sure is nice for us.
We are getting close to our big trip south. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. We haven’t decided if we will go in  Dec or Jan. But we will be going south for sure. I’m not sure if we will end up in the Keys, or Bahamas. I guess a lot will depend on how well we do just getting to south Florida. I guess I need to start getting serious about stocking up on things. It’s getting close!

2 thoughts on “A long hot summer

  1. Hello – I just came across your note on the IPYOA website. I too am sailing a 31′ IP and am just down the road from you at St. Mary’s Boatyard in St. Mary’s, GA.
    I use to own an IP 38 but after a few years decided it was just too big for one old guy so I downsized to the 31.
    This will be my 6th trip down the ICW to the Keys. I stay in Marathon. This year I will be at the Marathon Marina and Boatyard. I hope to see you along the way…..
    Best,
    Renard

    • thanks for commenting. we just spent a few days at cumberland island. we love to anchor there. our plans are to head south after the first of the year. not sure if it will be the keys or bahamas. but will certainly look for you

      lynn

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