We drove from Virginia Beach to Lake Norman to have a quick pre-Christmas celebration with Gramma and Grandpa, and then jumped on a plane to Florida on Christmas Eve. We didn’t get to the boat until after dark, but managed to get the lights on, unpacked, and everyone to bed for our first night aboard. This was the first time the kids saw the boat.
On Christmas day, we were happy to be able to participate in a holiday meal with everyone in the marina. The food and company were great. Everyone was interested in our plans for the Great Loop with a younger family. We were the youngest four people at the holiday meal by a decade or more, our table had the honor of hitting the buffet first because of the kids.
Captain Al stopped by on Christmas to say hello, drop off some things, and have a quick look at the boat. We were all set to take off on the morning of the 26th. The plan was to move the boat from Fort Myers to Brunswick, GA over the course of four days. We needed to get the boat out of Florida in time to avoid paying FL sales tax as non-residents.
The flag the kids are holding at the bow of the boat is our AGLCA burgee. AGLCA stands for America’s Great Loop Cruiser’s Association. It is a really good resource for planning our adventure, and contacting others who will be on a similar schedule. Already we have emailed with two other families with kids that we plan to meet up with on the trip. If all goes as planned, we will have a similar picture next December with a new gold burgee to show that we completed the loop.