Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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....

Cruiser Bus!

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 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! ;)

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