Our Story In a Nutshell
- John, Roberta and Freedom
- In 2003 , we began our labor of love and started to restore our CSY 44 sailboat,which we named Freedom. After 5 1/2 years of pure sweat, (Florida in July in a t-vac suit and full mask)some tears, endless reading and lots of leaps of faith, restoration was completed in January 2009. The rest of the story is unraveling as we learn to become the sailors we have always read about. Their inspiration has always lead us to new places...the real reson we started this adventure to begin with. We left from St. Petersburg, Florida in January 2009, sailed to Longboat key, then Useppa, St. James City, Cape Coral, Marathon, Rodriguez Key, Miami, then onto the Bahamas. In the Bahamas we sailed to Norman's Key, Shroud, Hawksbill, Warderick Wells, Black Point, Staniel Key, Spanish wells, Eleuthera, Little Harbor, Marsh harbor and then over to Beaufort North Carolina...up the ICW to Norfolk and finally we ended up in the Chesapeake Bay.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Okay, we have been out of the blogging loop but we are back on Freedom now.....I will not even try to explain all our whereabouts for the last many,many moons. Some of the highlights was our nephew Westons' graduation from high school (great family get together),the Atlanta Aquarium and seeing the Petrified Forest in Arizona...The Petrified Forest is amazing...ever since I saw it as a little kid I wanted to go back to see it. It is definitely one of the last places in the United States where (when on Land) from horizon to horizon all you see is wide open spaces. The vastness is pretty overwhelming. The crazy part about being at the Petrified Forest is that we actually ran into a friend we had just met about 3 weeks earlier in Florida...it really is a small world.The Atlanta Aquarium was equally impressive...the largest aquarium in the world. It was built with private donations....100%. It hold 4- (19-24 foot) whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta ray, sting rays and 4 giant groupers about 7-8 feet long. They also have a separate aquarium with 4 beluga whales plus a penguin exhibition and of course dolphins. The coolest part of the aqauarium is the tube that you walk thru where the marine life swims above you... More adventures to follow ..of course water based....Still putting the boat back together...