OK, unless someone comes along with a pretty lucrative offer to write a book on the subject, I am done writing about the sad ending to our cruising aboard S/V Firefly.

We are nestled in to our new home and are presently camped out for a week at Fisheating Creek Outpost near Lake Okeechobee.  We rented a canoe and had a great trip for 4 hours down the creek yesterday, enjoying the wildlife, the not-too-rapid waters and the beautiful scenery, but mostly the peaceful silence.  For most of the trip we were the only humans around, although we could hear some faint road noise in the distance.  We will definitely have to get in better shape as 4 hours of paddling the canoe through the creek’s turns and currents was enough for us.

There was an interesting parallel here when we first arrived worth mentioning.  On our first sailboat cruising adventure right after we got married in 2006 we traveled along the Intracoastal Waterway across Florida and up the east coast to Annapolis, Md.  Our first overnight stop was Labelle, Florida where we treated ourselves to some ice cream.  So after we set up the RV and jumped in the car to find a local restaurant for dinner, where do you think we found ourselves?  We had a wonderful dinner at the Log Cabin restaurant in downtown Labelle, Florida and for dessert we had…Ice Cream!!  The town’s still friendly and the cooking was great.

On Sunday Carrie’s oldest son Jason and his wife Barbara visited us from Fort Myers for lunch. It was wonderful to see and spend yet a little more time with them, and so nice that they still wanted to see us after having the RV parked in their side yard for many weeks while we finished the insurance saga and outfitted the rig.  Thanks again for making us feel so welcome, and for putting up with us.

We were also joined by some old cruising friends of ours, Jon and Jill Danzig, who happened to be passing through on their way back to Pompano Beach.  We’ve missed them and it was wonderful to catch up on recent events in both our lives.  Jon made an interesting suggestion, that we should name our RV just as we named our boats.  So we hereby name our RV “Sanctuary”.  It was the name of one of our sailboats and a name we both really enjoyed.  We plan to have “RV Cards” made up similar to our “Boat Cards”.  Cards don’t seem to be popular among the RV’ers we’ve met so far so maybe we’ll start a trend.

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Just like when we were cruising on the sailboat we have met several very friendly people and we look forward to meeting many more, as well as visiting family and folks we already know. In the coming days we’ll be hiking and riding the bikes, making good use of the grill and making plans for upcoming stops on our way north.  Our goal is to see Maine in July, one of the few months where the weather is something my little Florida Cracker wife can handle.

We are Movin’ On!

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