Today we said goodbye to my mom. She had been with us since January 5, over two months. It seemed strange to leave her at the airport and on the way back, it felt like something was missing. We were very sad to see her go, but she was probably ready to get back to her life… and stay on solid ground. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do much fun stuff on Provo, but she helped me with my shopping. It was nice having one-on-one time with her and it didn’t really matter what we did.
Mom joined us at Marco Island on the west coast of Florida and survived the roughest trip we have had so far: to Key West. It was awful. But we made it safely, thanks to Dave. Then she traveled around the keys with us north to Marathon, where we made the jump to the Bahamas. We traveled the length of the Bahamas – and it is amazing how long the Bahamas are! – and waited for the weather to calm down enough to make the jump to Turks and Caicos. We got to spend a few days with her on Provo (Providenciales) Island before she had to leave. All this gave her a pretty good taste of what our lives are going to be like on the boat for the next however many years.
I am glad we had the time with her and wish we could hear the stories she’s going to tell about her experience. Meanwhile… It is just Dave and I now for the first time since we moved aboard the boat. Before my mom, Dave’s parents stayed with us. The picture above is how we are spending our new “alone time” together.
I guess we’ll find out how much interference another person runs between us. If we don’t kill each other, we’ll make each other stronger, right? Actually, we are working together well and getting comfortable with sailing, motoring, and working on the boat. I am still trying to master provisioning to suit our new lifestyle. And Dave has been learning a lot from his dad and Michael on Pura Vida (before) and Francois on Why Knot IV (now) about fixing things and doing engine maintenance and other blue jobs. I’m very proud of him. He is becoming quite the handyman! I am brushing up on my Spanish for the Dominican Republic, for which we may leave in two days – but it will take us a few days to get around Provo, across the Bank, and down to DR.