Coast to Coast … again

(This post has been updated with photos.  Original post published on Feb 3, 2013)

Well, we made it through the wind and rain of that cold front last week to arrive in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  After our last dash across the country a few months ago, we had agreed to take our time and enjoy the trip this time.  You know, stopping along the way and enjoying a little bit of leisure time.  Didn’t happen.  For one thing, the weather got a little nasty and rather than slowing us down, that seemed to hurry us along.  Not sure why.

We did stop at a couple of the places that we particularly wanted to see.  Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico was amazing.  We spent the day exploring this enormous underground network.  The stalagmites and stalactites are unbelievable!

Carlsbad Caverns3Carlsbad Caverns

Going through Texas, we stopped for a couple of days in San Antonio.  The river walk was everything I wanted it to be and we enjoyed a dinner out sitting by the water.

San Antonio River at night

IMG_2704 Linda at dinner(1) The Alamo

And, of course, we visited the Alamo.  But when that cold front hit, we just started running from it.

We decided to skip New Orleans altogether.  We must be total fuddy duddy old farts because the crowds for Superbowl and Mardi Gras in New Orleans just seemed like too much for us.  We’re not the party-in-the-street type, but most people would have gone even if it was just to say they did it, don’t you think?  We just felt motivated to get here to Ft. Lauderdale so we could deal with moving the boat.  We’ll be putting The Bear in storage tomorrow morning; parking our car at the dock; driving a rental car to Savannah, Georgia tomorrow night; launch the boat on Wednesday; set sail for Florida on Thursday weather permitting; and arrive in Ft. Lauderdale hopefully by Monday.  We plan to live aboard for a couple of weeks getting Aquila beautiful and ready to show.  Then we’ll move back on The Bear and continue touring up the east coast.

I must admit I’m not looking forward to the sail.  I’ve been off the boat for so long that I’ve developed fears about setting out on a multiple day voyage after she’s been on-the-hard for so many months.  Plus, we stripped her of all of our possessions after our last visit when we thought she had sold (the sale fell through).  So we’re really going bare boat!  Hopefully, my sea legs will quickly return.


I feel so healthy!  Mike has become a juicing fanatic.  We have to have our ‘greenies’ every morning.  Cheers!