Family

Over the past three or four weeks we’ve been blessed to have been visited by several family members. This was the first time for any of them to visit our new home.

First, our oldest daughter, Julie, accompanied by Tracy, flew in from Pennsylvania to spend a weekend with us. Once again, we completely surprised my Cindy. She had no clue. When we came home from work in Lakeland around 1 a.m., she was startled to find someone sitting in the cockpit of our boat. It’s always fun to see her joy and surprise at seeing them both. We were able to go out for a 2 day sailing adventure, anchoring overnight in the protected confines of DeSoto Point.

Julie, Cindy, Tracy on the morning after arrival.

Julie, Cindy, Tracy on the morning after arrival.

Captain Doc leaving the Marina.

Captain Doc leaving the Marina.

Dolphin!

Dolphin!

How to tie a cleat knot and other important line tying lessons.

How to tie a cleat knot and other important line tying lessons.

Breakfast at anchor.

Breakfast at anchor.

Photo op with Beatitude.

Photo op with Beatitude.

Another photo op with Beatitude.

Another photo op with Beatitude.

Julie "Juan DeSoto" Carey

Julie “Juan DeSoto” Carey

Beauty along the way.

Beauty along the way.

More Beauty along the way.

It's a Picnic!

It’s a Picnic!

Sunset at Regatta Pointe.

Sunset at Regatta Pointe.

A couple of weeks later, Cindy’s mother and father, Don and Jean, paid us a visit. They are both in their 80s and not quite as mobile as many of our guests. We had some apprehension about their ability to get onto the boat, get used to the manual heads, to get in and out of bed, and all of the other challenges of living on a sailing vessel. They did quite well! We had a great time and we are glad that they were able to visit.

Dad, Mom, Barry, Cindy

Dad, Mom, Barry, Cindy

Still in love after 62 years.

Still in love after 62 years.

Resting during the long walk to Beatitude.

Resting during the long walk to Beatitude.

Dock Party Hoedown!

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