Life is an adventure and never more so than when traveling. Michael and I made it to
Florida and have since been focused on our next steps. We have stepped into a pause in our traveling. Perhaps this pause has been a necessary step in our transition to living on Sea Change.
Living on a sailboat is not like living in a house on land. All places need care and maintenance but it seems a sailboat needs a lot of love and care. Also, anything that you do on a sailboat entails at least three steps to start your project and four to put it all back up where it belongs. Stating the obvious, space is a precious commodity on a sailboat and if it’s not, your boat is much larger than ours.
So, Michael and I have been adjusting to living on Sea Change and adjusting to living this close to one another. It has not been without some bruised shins and bruised feelings. We have made St Petersburg our temporary homeport. There is much to do and see locally.
We have been making a conscious effort to take advantage of this. We have visited the Dali museum and the Sunken Gardens. We have walked the beaches in several places. We have watched the birds and alligator at the Sawgrass Marsh. We have been to Swing dance lessons in the Gulfport Casino Ballroom. We have done these things while adjusting to taking clothes to the laundromat and filling water tanks on the boat for showers, cleaning and cooking. We have been actively trying to make Sea Change a more comfortable place to live and work.
We have been looking at the weather and protection from the sailor’s demon, hurricanes. We have found a reasonably protected respite. We have looked into Hurricane clubs and “hurricane holes”. We have talked to others who live here and have been around for the last several hurricane seasons. We have listened to their advice and tried to find our own plan.
We are fascinated with dolphins. We stayed last night at anchor near Longboat Pass. The
dolphins have been all around us. You can hear them when they take a deep breath nearby. Often that is the only warning of their presence. There are peafowl on Longboat Key apparently. We heard them last evening with the whippoorwills at night fall. The whippoorwills would call and the peafowl would answer. It was a lovely and strange serenade. One of the local restaurants, Mar Vista, put lights up in the trees for outdoor dining. From the deck of Sea Change, it looks like so many fairy lights along the shore.
We are enjoying our Floridays. We know that we will move on at some time but for now, the sun and the sky with sparkling waters surround us and cradle our home, Sea Change.