Yes, it's been a while, and much has transpired since our last update.
I am fortunate to have a small, incredible group of fabulous human beings in my life, many of who made their way to the Florida Keys to spend time with us. First, we enjoyed a visit mid-month from Jamie Griffin, a former colleague at Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, and Jason Savage, aka "El Chapo White," who somehow weaseled his way into my life to take in all that is Key West. Of course, we took in the usual tourist traps such as the Hog's Breath Saloon and Sloppy Joe's.
One of my favorite things to do when visiting areas outside my typical stomping ground is to find out where "the locals" hang out. It didn't take us long to discover "The Roost" and enjoy the hospitality of their resident Irishman, Annette. If you like The Roost, then you'll also enjoy "General Horseplay" and "Mary Ellen's Bar."
With just enough time to recover following Jamie and Jason's visit, we moved east to Marathon, FL, to spend the week with family. Maria, Mark, Anton, and Gabriella, Paolo's immediate family, came down for the week of Thanksgiving. Everyone pitched in early on with an array of important projects to help us prepare for our trip onto the North Atlantic. Thanks to their help, we could relax, enjoy an incredible Thanksgiving meal, and focus on something other than sailing.
It can be challenging not to forget why it is we are doing what we are doing. We've been so focused on sailing over the past six months that it is easy to forget to enjoy all the unique places we are visiting.
On Saturday, November 27, 2021, we departed Marathon, FL, entered the Florida Straits, and onto the North Atlantic Ocean.