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.
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!