Last night we anchored on the northern end of Longboat Key. It became clear, after we set the anchor the first night, that we would stay a second night. The anchorage was quiet, protected and just felt right. Robin and I along with Jimmie and Sue went ashore for dinner at Moore’s Crab Shack. The decor was right out of the 1970’s and the food was mediocre, but the atmosphere was simply fantastic. We watched our boats gently sway back and forth at anchor while the dolphins played in bay.
It was after dark when Robin and I returned to Sea Change, we scolded ourselves for not turning on the anchor light before we went to dinner. I poured a night cap and we sat on the bow. And while it was too dark to see the dolphins, every now and then we could hear them breathe. Admittedly, it was eerie at first, but after a few minutes it became enchanting. The whip-poor-will and Longboat Key’s collection of pea fowl continued to serenade us as we talked about the days events.
We have adjusted well to our new life style. When we first began, it was a rush to get south to warmer weather. That rush was nicely punctuated by staying at Pasadena Marina for over a month. Pasadena will likely be our base of operations for the next couple of months. The Tampa/St. Petersburg is area is fantastic. We enjoyed sightseeing and taking our time to enjoy some of the amenities that a large metroplex can offer, while at the same time, enjoying the small town appeal The weather is now perfectly warm and the water temperatures are pleasant.
Someone said that cruising on a sailboat is really just fixing your boat in exotic locations. Our most recent repairs were to the dinghies. Jimmie and I spent several hours cleaning carburetors on our outboards yesterday on Longboat Key. Spare Change was back to running full speed again, but Jimmie’s outboard has required more attention. It’s still not working quite right and after the 3rd complete disassembly in less than 2 days, he has decided to consult the internet for a solution.
Its often hard to imagine that just 6 months ago we ended a chapter in our lives by selling our home. While, that was a huge change in our lives and lifestyle, I can say without a doubt I don’t miss being a home owner. Certainly living in a small space has its drawbacks, any negatives have been more than offset by spending time with sweet Robin.