I know that I’ve not written much of late, but we’re not really doing much.
JoAnne continues her doctor’s appointments, and physical therapy for her back and she’s healing well. We are ready to go back to the boat now, but she isn’t finished with her appointments.
A big one is coming up at the end of March, where she sees both the back doctor and the oncologist. She’s having her chemo port removed at the end of the month and we’re planning to be leaving sometime in the beginning of April.
With luck everything will go well and her last checkup left us smiling. No sign of cancer, her blood work came back good and she’s feeling great. Except the back. Which is significantly better than the day she fell.
We have located, thanks to our friend Kurt Seastead (S/V LoKee) a marina along the Potomac River up about 8 NM from the mouth of the river/Chesapeake Bay where we will bring the boat in late April to accomplish some major refit we need done.
Included will be replacement of at least one of the electric heads with a composting toilet. We will install a wind generator. We will repair or replace the refrigeration unit as necessary and I’ll put in at least one small solar panel (and hope to get our permanent panels put in though). One other small job I need to do is to get the bow thruster working again. It would be really nice to have it working before I head up to the marina from Norfolk because it appears tight in the slips and it would help significantly to back the boat into the slip. The full keel and prop walks makes it very difficult to back in a straight line anyway.
Our trip from here will start in Fountain Colorado and we’ll make stops along the way back, detouring to various places. We have a grandson we want to visit in Missouri as well as our friends Mike and Cindy, JoAnne’s brother Paul who lives in the Tampa Bay area, and JoAnne wants to swing through New Orleans as well. Plus there are a few friends in the Ft. Meyers area who we’re looking forward to seeing one afternoon as well.
I have one marina to visit in Florida to check out – though at this point we’re considering NOT using Florida as a home base any more due to the recent laws of “no anchoring”. How in the world a state that is surrounded by waters thinks that this is a good idea to run off the thousands of cruisers who spend several million dollars in a year, I have no idea.
I won’t wax politically on this blog but suffice it to say that government is getting too big for it’s britches and I don’t care which side of the equation on which you find yourself, it’s BAD for us all. And these decisions by the Florida state legislature are going to kill the tourist industry until they reverse this law. Except for the small group I have seen in Florida who actually live in the state who somehow believe this won’t affect them, almost every cruiser I’ve spoken too in the past few months have decided to cross Florida off their list of places to visit now.
Today in Colorado it is supposed to be in the 70s, and my son-in-law Carlos is throwing a BBQ and the smoking of the meats has begun. I’m headed off to the store for some bread and beer….