OUR PLAN

We are writing this blog for one reason and one reason only. To provide a vehicle to make it easier to remain in touch with our family and friends back home.

Our plan is simple. Depart our home port of Goderich Ontario in the Summer of 2011. Cruise Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron while visiting some of the ports and anchorages we have missed over the years. As well as revisiting some of our favourite haunts hopefully with some of our very good friends with whom we have cruised with many times before. All the while adding up the miles and gaining experience with our new trawler. Our first and only self imposed deadline is to be in the Chicago area around Labour Day. South of Chicago, weather and circumstances will guide us!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Jan. 10 2013 to Jan. 19 2013 - Islamorada Fl.

We are back on a plane and returning to Florida and Terrmar. We are looking forward to our next port of call and continuing our journey. Islamorada had been nice and a safe harbour and a good place to leave Terrmar but it was time to do some boating. The plan was to fly into Miami and rent a car and then drive the 90 miles back to the boat. On the way we would stop and pick up groceries for that night and the next morning. Then the next day we would head back up the keys and go to the larger Publix in Key Largo and stock up on all of the bulky heavy goods. The car that we rented was a Ford Mustang and while it was nice to drive it had very little cargo space and required two trips for groceries. The next day we returned the car and took a taxi back to the Marina.

We were now true cruisers again with only our bicycles and shoe leather to rely upon to get us around. While this location was beautiful it was isolated and planning was required for any journey. We had a choice to make. We had the chance to stay here longer or move up the keys to another more convenient location. We have been here since Nov. 15 2012 and Terri and I agreed that we should move on.

While we went home to celebrate Christmas our Boat neighbor’s Frank and Dianne who sailed aboard “Kama Kat” watched over our boat. They boarded it regularly and checked all the systems. We had left the air conditioning on to ward off the humidity. They would send us an email once in a while assuring us that all was well. Any boater knows the value of this kindness and how it gives you piece of mind. Frank and Dianne thank you so much.

Mark
The night before we depart Islamorada facing south off of our fly bridge.

Fellow Canadians Frank and Dianne from Kama Kat. Thanks for watching the boat for us.
Terri and I as we depart!
Snake River Bridge as we transit from the Gulf of Mexico towards the Atlantic Ocean.
 
 

Nov. 30 2012 to Jan. 10 2013 - BACK HOME IN CANADA FOR OUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS

We would leave Terrmar in Islamorada Fl. at Plantation Yacht Harbour for a visit home and to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Terri had a lot packed into the six weeks we were home, and had warned me that I had a lot to do and that time would fly. She was correct on both counts and we were soon on a plane back to Florida. But in the meantime, it appeared as though my life was one shopping trip after another in preparation for the return of our four daughters and their families. Terri and I shopped for groceries until I was literally ready to drop. Remember that we have been away boating for months and the cupboards were bare. We made multiple trips with over flowing carts and crowds that seemed endless. Not counting our own daily groceries, but the groceries required to sustain the masses as they all descended upon us for multiple Christmas dinner celebrations. I am sure the house could not have fit another person as we were close to the breaking point. We had 21 people for dinner on Boxing Day. It was truly joyous Christmas to remember!
Mark
Merry Christmas Honey!
Father Al and new Grandson Ian Sutter
Uncle Brad and Grand Daughter Lauren cleaning house with Lauren's new broom.
 
Grandson Ian Sutter
Sarah and Janine our little twins.
Danielle and Candice our two oldest.
Send your girls off to school and not only do they get an education but also a husband. lol!
Lauren rocking around the clock!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!