Tuesday, September 23, 2014

But What About Istaboa?

Istaboa's fine, better than ever.
She's not going anywhere other than where she takes us.

Once again, Istaboa is our dream being realized. Some will remember...
And, yes I know, there are those who feel there's no better life than full time living aboard our boats, but we've been doing the cruising thing for many years. We like to think of the boat life as a dream being realized, but sometimes, for us anyway, it's fun to hop on the bus and say — there's no place like home — and our dream remains floating somewhere awaiting our return.
Istaboa also has a new home in Jupiter where we bought her a slip. She'll only be a couple of miles away and when we're not cruising, I'll enjoy her everyday as my office.
She'll return to her previous role, no longer our home — our escape.

And a great escape she is.



Monday, September 22, 2014

Our House

Our house is a very, very fine house
with two dogs in the yard...
Okay, I took liberties with the old CS&N tune and the rest of it doesn't apply, but you get the point.

Picking up from the last post — The 'change is rising and about to wash over us' part?
Well, the little house in the above photo is the catalyst for these changes.

Meet our little bungalow by the sea in Jupiter, FL

Going on 15 years now, Crew Istaboa has cruised the watery stretches between the Gulf Coast, the Keys, the East Coast, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Bahamas.  All along the way, in every marina where we'd tie up, Mel and I would take time to imagine what it'd be like to reside in that particular place. We explored each one thoroughly and they were all contenders in the hunt for the eventual/inevitable dirt dwelling where we knew one day we'd settle in.
Yes, we've unintentionally annoyed many realtors throughout the course of our travels.
For the last couple of years, The Jupiter area has become our home-port to return to.
For Florida, Jupiter's a fairly progressive/live and let live kinda place. We enjoy it's good food, the nice folks, and it's seemingly kind attitude. Even during season the traffic's not too bad, and the water's truly beautiful.
Jupiter has one of the best beaches on the East Coast. It's a dog friendly stretch of shoreline and seems pretty human friendly as well. We've found we like it here much. The Boyz love the beach and they're really gonna enjoy the freedom that comes with the small fenced yard.

So unless something unforeseeable happens with our real estate transaction, it appears, on dry land anyway, we've finally found what we're looking for. Or, maybe it found us.

Another chapter in our story.

More later —



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Another Day

Well, the storm was a bust... not even rain. Maybe a sunrise?
It's nice being here at Old Port Cove; a distant horizon with a pleasant ocean breeze and a view of the rich and famous.
We've still not gone home to The Bluffs or Memphis yet.  But, I'm sensing changes -like the tide- are about to wash over us.
Ebb and flow, repeat...

More later