Saturday, May 17, 2014


Jib's ready to roll in our fancy rental car

It's that time of year again when Malaika's crew packs it up & drives cross country to Phoenix...our other home. We've been pretty busy the past couple of weeks packing up Malaika & getting her ready to be alone for awhile.

Scott already revarnished all the teak & it looks amazing. We cleaned out and painted many of the lockers which gave us a chance to do some spring cleaning. Sometimes 38 feet seems so small but when you clean out all the lockers, it's amazing what you can fit on a boat! After you get it all out & sort through it....gotta get it all back in there.

Stuffing it back in


We pulled Malaika out of the water this past Monday because she needs to have some work done this summer.

We were pretty shocked at the growth of grossness on our prop after only 6 short weeks in the San Sabastian river.

Once we do this the clock starts ticking. It is not fun to live on the boat when it's "on the hard". First of all, it's extremely difficult for Jib to get on & off the boat. He has to climb a huge ladder. Going up for him is easy but going down is almost too hard. Scott actually started carrying Jib down on his shoulders. I was impressed. Jib weighs 80 pounds & it's not like it's a flight of's a ladder! I didn't take pictures because I didn't want to distract either one of them. Those of you who know Jib know he can be a little spazy sometimes but he was so calm on Scott's shoulders 15 feet up in the air going down a ladder. The trust he has in Scott really showed in those moments. Anyway, we cleaned the boat up, locked the hatches and hit the road. What a luxury this year to have a rental car instead of our old junker that had no air, no functioning electrical things like windows. We found this deal called "Drive out of Florida". Many rental car companies want to relocate their cars at this time of year. The deal is we get the rental car for 21 days for 9.99/day with unlimited mileage. Scott has to return the car in Memphis on June 4th. We left Florida on Wednesday & as I type this we are driving through Tucson , Arizona. We're not headed to Phoenix just yet though. First stop....

To our condo in Rocky Point Mexico! Ole' !! Very excited. We're only 4 hours away now. We will go to Phoenix Sunday or Monday.

So the adventures continue. Scott has to leave soon to have the rental in Memphis by June 4th so we have to pack in a lot of fun & reunions quickly. I am going to stay in Phoenix for the summer & work. Once again I have the good fortune of working with all my friends at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.

So, that's pretty much it for now. Enjoy some pics from the past few weeks..

Jib loves hotels. He gets his own big bed!


Pirate Ships


Replica of David at Ripley's Believe Or Not


Dinghy rides


Finally got to meet the manatee that lives near our Marina.
Flagler College in St Augustine


Random frog on the sidewalk


Beach time

Can't wait to see everybody!! We have missed our families so much. Let the fun begin!

Love, Michelle, Scott & Jib



Stephenie Lechuga said...

Can't wait to.see you I missed you last summer but.definitely want to see u this summer

Michael Martin said...

That growth on the prop is impressive for just six weeks. I wonder what Second Star is going to look like....

Anonymous said...

Hey when are you guys headed back to the boat, me and joe are your neighbors at oasis right now.

Scott , Michelle Jesse, & Jib said...

Hey Adrian! Yay!! So happy ya'll have eyes on Malaika! Would you mind climbing aboard & checking things out? We worry about her. Scott will be there in a month. His number is 602-790-7469