Friday, December 25, 2020
Christmas Day | Naples, FL
ODOMETER: 80,806 | MILES TRAVELED: 2,861
It is Christmas Day and it has turned cold (50’s) and really windy. Jana and I take the dogs for their morning walk and need to rug up as we’ve acclimated pretty quickly to the warmer weather.
Jack and Ellie get up at a reasonable hour (gone are the days of pre-dawn rustlings) and Christmas unfolds beautifly. Jana’s done an incredible job of picking presents and wrapping everything. It is a lovely Christmas with thoughtful gifts, cards and gestures being exchanged by all.
One thing Jack and Ellie had wanted was a Nintendo Switch and we relented and bought them one. We helped them set it up and they have a ball playing Mario Kart. Jana jumps in too and it’s a lot of fun and laughs.
Overnight, the wind has damaged the main awning so
while Jana preps food I repair the awning so we can get on the road tomorrow.
In the afternoon, we decide to go for a walk back on the Cullum Trail and Jack brings the big camera and we spend about an hour walking the trail, taking photos and checking out the birdlife and Gopher Tortoises.
We head back and get dinner ready. Schnitzel, fried fish, potato salad, stuffing and mashed potatoes.
We settle back for a Mario Kart tournament and crawl into bed for an episode of “The Crown”.
We are looking forward to heading north up the Gulf Coast and exploring some more remote areas of Florida tomorrow so we pack it in for the night.
It is a lovely Christmas with thoughtful gifts, cards and gestures being exchanged by all.
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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passageinstagramfacebookyoutubetwitter A Long-Awaited Departure After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th....
After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we had spent the last week waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.
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Once we received our exit paperwork, we were finally free to leave for Fiji.
These are our personal thoughts on some of our experiences.
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