This is it! The final leg of our Shakedown trip to the Dry Tortugas. I drove down to Ft. Myers Beach from St. Petersburg with our friends, Josh and Jessie. I had a terrible cold but I knew that being on the water was a better option than lying around at home.. Nick was also under the weather but he captained on. 🙂
We started our journey with a short sail down the ICW to Cabbage Key. We left around noon and arrived around 5:00pm. Just in time for happy hour at the Dollar Bar! I wasn’t feeling well at all but I figured a shot of whiskey and some food would do my cold good. We also wanted to check and make sure dollar was were we left it 2 weeks prior. Sure enough, there it was next to our friends Ohana. When we got back to Satori, I decided to make it an early night, I knew we had a long sail the next day and I wanted to enjoy it.
Nick and I woke up at sunrise and I was in really bad shape! He sent me back to bed for more rest. Josh and Jessie were still asleep. Nick pulled the anchor up and put the sails up by himself. Its impressive to me that he can do this and with such ease it seems. As soon as he does all the hard work, our friends wake up. They missed all the fun! But at least our Captain gets some breakfast out of it.
I wake up in the late morning and started to feel human again. I laid around a lot and tried to rest. After all, I had to go to work the next day, yikes! We had a nice relaxing sail from Cabbage Key to our home dock in St. Pete. It took about 13 hours. We lounged, fished, made food, played with dolphins, and threw in couple of Facebook Live feeds while we were at it. Those were a little rough, it was our first time and none of us had a clue what we were doing. It was fun though.
As the sun was setting, we had a Conch blowing ceremony. I did not participate because I figured no one would want my cold germs! Nick dressed as the captain that he is with a special surprise underneath his coat. (hint hint….speedo!) Leave it to Nick to take the fun to the next level, always. 🙂
Stay tuned as we prep Satori and get ourselves ready to be full time cruisers!