Hi this is Caroline, Marcs wife. I will be using this blog with Marc to offer a different perspective and to record our journey. Speaking with a friend yesterday, I realize that some people have a lot of questions about our lifestyle. I remember too the questions I had about people who just took off on their boats, sold homes etc.to travel. I will attempt to keep those questions in mind as I write this blog.
This is day 4 of our journey which will end in Cambridge, Maryland where we will have some instrument upgrades done. We currently use our Ipad with Navionics software propped on top of our large impressive looking but hard to use built in devices. Time to get into the 21st century and upgrade. We’re going to Mid Shore electronics to get the work done. Marc was impressed by the owner who we met at Annapolis boat show and he gave us a good deal.
Its a 5 day odyssey to get there. We believe the journey is a good shakedown for summer cruising.
Day 1 Liberty Landing to Atlantic city was so unpleasant that we ended up in Manasquan instead. The wind gales were gale force 20 to 45 mph. Poor Buckley ( our Shih Tzu) was a mess and I just tried to keep calm. It was windy even at the T dock we were on. Despite the weather we both had a great nights sleep. Go figure!
Day 2- Manasquan to Cape May. Used the jib most of the day to motor sail. Saw Dolphins at the cape May inlet.
Day 3- Cape May to Bear, Delaware where we stayed at Summit North Marina. Beautiful place and very peaceful. We enjoyed a nice meal at the Grain H20 restaurant on site. Marc got some good local knowledge from the locals re Marinas to stay.
Today is very pleasant heading down the Elk river part of the Chesapeake & Delaware canal,sun on my back , temperatures in the 60’s in mid April. No complaints.Minimal wind so no sailing. Maybe we are power boaters at heart says Marc as I state how nice this is looking at the shore and the large houses which remind me of Long Island Sound.
We have a marina reserved for tonight- we do it day by day- as we have found weather forecasting to be quite inaccurate. High winds not expected etc. so hard to predict more than a day at a time.
I left my job on March 1st 2019- that’s already over 7 weeks ago. To think one of my biggest concerns was boredom!! For those that know me I’m always planning something. Next trip, next weekend, a play in the city, a bike-ride. Anything just to keep moving. Plus I worked long hours that left me mentally drained.
Getting ready to leave Liberty Landing , which has been our home for the past 2 1/2 years and tenants for 11 seasons in total, was busy and stressful. Figuring-out what needed to come with us , what needed to stay and what else we could offload took up a lot of our time. We needed to have clothing for cold weather and summer and finally sell things we no longer needed. Getting stuff off the boat that didn’t need to be there was another to do. Marc planned a swap and sell on the lightship at Liberty Landing Marina ( LLM) the saturday before we left. It started out slow but we moved most of the things we brought and even made some money. 2 happy people cycled off with our 20 year old bicycles and Marc sold all his old tools. It didn’t hurt as much as we thought. He opened the swap meet up to anyone on the Morris Canal FB page. Several people participated and all sold stuff. We started to feel the tension reduce.
The to do lists as we prepared to leave were lengthy. We needed a new mailing address, Doctors appointments scheduled, taxes done,the question of our cars settled?
What we found was every time we checked another thing off our list,we felt a little more sense of accomplishment and control. We can do this. We had to do this as we had not renewed our slip at LLM. Many of the people we knew well there were also moving out. Change was in the air. It was unsettling for everyone. I remember the feeling of loss when other people we had been friends-with over the years left and now it was us.
The last few days were hectic. Marc had a minor procedure needing anesthesia just to make it interesting a few days before. Still despite warnings of no activity he still put the mainsail up with assistance from our neighbor Winston given that he had a weather window to get it done that same day. Winston is a power boater but helped 3 boaters on our dock with their sails that day. What a great guy. Not a minute was wasted.
I was doing Physical therapy for a ski injury in January that was initially diagnosed as a muscle strain but was actually a fracture. You can’t make this stuff up.
We enjoyed farewells with friends especially appreciating the event planned at Liberty house to wish all those boaters leaving the best. Moochie did a very nice candle ceremony to acknowledge everyone’s contributions to our boating community.
A friend offered to allow Marc to park his truck by his business which will give him time to figure out what to do with it longterm.
The last thing we did was drop my car with another friend Pete who is driving it down to Maryland to meet us. We will be there until early June. Haven’t figured out what we will do with it yet at the other end but I’m starting to not worry about these details. See I’m learning! It’s just us and the boat now!
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