Hello! This is the first report of the trip- Day one and two. Pictures and video to follow, too beat out from a LONG day- a 14 hour day! Here is my blog diary covering Ft. Lauderdale to St. Augustine, FL:
Friday, May 15, 2009 Arrived safe and sound to Miami Airport. Dave and Yvette picked me up and we headed directly over to the boat to unpack and get settled in.
Turned out I thought we would hang out in So. FL for a few days before leaving, but the window of travel opportunity presented itself, so Dave made the decision to leave in the morning.
So off to dinner to a restaurant called “Tropical” something or another. Had crab cakes, a rum drink, and key lime pie to celebrate my arrival to FL. It was very good, so with full tummies we headed off to Publix, the local grocery store near the boat yard to provision for the first leg.
Jet lag caught up with me, so I slept well in my statesroom on the yacht. I get a queen bed, private head, very nice. More about the boat later though. Night night!
Saturday, May 16, 2009- Up early to leave the boat yard by 7:00 am and head up the river to the intercoastal, then out to the Atlantic Ocean. At one point, we were held up for a train/ lift bridge, so I grabbed the video camera and took some feed for Joe, who is a train buff.
Life was good, until we hit the waves. Some boats ride lower than others, some boats are tossed around easier. Unfortunately, Odyessey is in the second category. I kept my cookies for almost 2 hours of the sea waves and being pounded. Then I figured out, for the first time in my life, that I could, indeed, succumb to sea sickness.
My sister has a similar sense of humor that I do, so she kept trying to get a picture of me praying to the porcelain gods for all you blog readers to enjoy. Thank goodness, I had already finished, so my dignity is still intact and YOU are not grossed out.
Spent the next 5 hours flat on the salon sofa trying to sleep it off. Finally I woke up a little while ago feeling better, so I can write this. This is the very first time I have been seasick, so it tells you how rough it was for us.
Finally made it to St. Augustine, FL after dark, which was dicey. As I mentioned above, a hard 14 hours since we stayed offshore and did not use the intercoastal. Hard to see the buoys to safely make it into the harbor. Docking procedure went well, we had help on the dock, which is always appreciated. We are all beat!
Part of the reason we are rushing is to get to Charlestown, SC before the weather front hits us. After that, the waves will be too big for us to continue, so we will hunker down in SC for a few days and sightsee. (If anyone has hints of places to see and things to do, please post!).
When we are at Charlestown, I will upload pictures to share and- if I can figure out my new camcorder- I will attempt to upload a video.
That’s it for now. Does anyone have a question, I will answer it when I can get wifi. Also, I am able to twitter, even off shore, which is a miracle, so you could sign up for my Tweets- and also my sister, Yvette Andrews (real name and Tweet name). Hugs, from Carla