Debra's Mum (Joan) flew back out to Florida with us on 5th January for a 10 day holiday with us before we set sail south. During this time we've based ourselves largely from the home of good friends in Orlando but have spent a few nights on board as well.
We've had a busy time, trying to show Joan the different sides of Florida: wildlife (think aligators, manatee and birdlife); entertainment (Universal Studios and a Cirque Du Soliel performance); landscapes; history (Fort Matanzas and St Augustine); space travel (Kennedy Space Center); retail therapy, fast food and food's of different nationalities.... it's been an action packed ten days and good fun. Her last full today is today which will see us whizzing over the headwaters of the Everglades on an airboat, an exhilarating and fun experience.
Whilst the weather hasn't been as warm as we'd hoped or expected, in fact it has been cool some days, it has been dry and largely sunny so has not stopped us doing what we planned. Who knew Florida had so much to offer other than theme parks!
We'll have one more night with Karen and Ray after Joan departs and then will return to Tumi on Saturday in readiness for a Sunday departure all being well. We want to get down to the Florida Keys and warmth as soon as possible so will probably only stop off overnight in Fort Pierce, Lake Worth and Fort Lauderdale en-route and then spend a leisurely couple of weeks sailing along the Keys. There aren't many places we'll be able to stop given our depth limitations but we're looking forward to seeing the places we can get to, especially Key West.