Six months ago, my daughter and her family moved to Key West. For a couple months, every text I received from Amy was about how wonderful Key West is, and I would love it there. I laughed and thought it was cute, but I didn't want to leave Kemah, TX. When I visited Key West in December, Amy tried everything she knew to get me to stay. Her husband, Bill, remarked many times to Amy, "She's not going to leave." Well, I did hop on that plane and go back to Kemah.
God knows me, so he dangled the opportunity to go sailing in front of me, and I took the bait. Sold, gave away, or threw away nearly everything I owned so I could go cruising. Those endless nights with crippled rigging and 12 and 15 foot waves, compounded by the abrasive personality of the Captain… there were times, I wondered if I would make it to Key West in a boat bigger than the life raft on our deck. I questioned my continuing this journey past Key West. Notice, I say 'question'. After another couple weeks of abrasive dialogue from Captain, I lost all respect for the man, and I decided there is no way I can continue as crew on his vessel. The stress I feel cancels out any enjoyment I would have in the Caribbean Islands. Key West is a nice place… I think I'll stay. My son-in-law's prediction came true, "She's not going to leave." He loves me! :)
I don't regret crossing the Gulf of Mexico on s/v Kairos, although, it would have been better if the boat and captain had been better prepared. And now, I have another sea story. The nights, when not stormy, were beautiful. And the water was gorgeous, that's my new favorite color.
The grandkids have been fun. Rocket is growing up so fast, and Aiden is still quite the character. I am shopping for a bike, no need for anything more at this time. The island is not that big, and the parking is limited here. I need the exercise anyway. But when I do get another vehicle, it will be a Wrangler. Now for an income, I'll find something.