It's hard to believe it's our 3rd Thanksgiving on Malaika. This year we find ourselves in Stuart, Florida. We've been here since last Saturday. It's a great place to hang out while we wait for a weather window to cross the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. We actually leave from Lake Worth, Florida which is 20+ miles south but Lake Worth sucks if you have to be there for awhile. It is not a cruiser friendly place. There is nowhere to get to shore. That matters because sometimes the "weather window" can take awhile. Our 1st year, we waited for 2 weeks there. Anywho....Stuart is awesome! We've been livin' large hanging out in a mooring ball.
|Our boat is tied to that ball in the water which is anchored to the bottom|
We rarely splurge on things like mooring balls, marinas, etc...but sometimes....we indulge. The great thing about a mooring ball is, it doesn't matter how much the wind blows...the boat is secure. AND so is every boat around you, so nobody drags anchor. The bad thing about a mooring ball is they cost money. $20 per day here in Stuart.
|Rain Rain...Go Away!|
|We're not the only ones waiting for a weather window.....|
The weather has been awful for almost a week. Windy & rainy, so it's been nice to just go to sleep at night & not have to worry about our boat, other boats, etc. We'll be doing that for the next 6 months so we're chillaxin' now. Buying the mooring ball also allows us to use all of the Marina facilities. Showers, laundry, bikes, free bus to Walmart & all other stores in the area....
The Marina is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner today. They provide all the turkey & ham & only ask cruisers to bring a veggie or dessert dish. Over 100 people signed up so it should be quite a feast!! Very excited. I opted to bring a dessert cuz' I LOVE using my new oven.
|Sometimes the galley seems so small when baking.....you land lubbers better appreciate all your counter space today!|
|Whalla!! Pumpkin cream cheese bread & cupcakes!|
So on this Thanksgiving Day I just want to say I am soooo thankful for all the blessings God has given our family. We have a very blessed life & are so lucky to have the family & friends that we have. You all enrich our lives & make us feel so lucky. Thinking of you, missing you, and always....loving you.
Michelle, Scott & Jib
P.S. Happy Happy Birthday to Alan tomorrow!! Hope you have a wonderful day Dad!! We love you so much & are so thankful for everything you've done for us. You're an awesome Dad & the best father inlaw a girl could hope for! ;)