Frankly, it’s hard to believe. For the last 18 months or so, Ed and I have been talking about cruising to Trinidad and by the grace of God….we have made it!

It has been a long journey and there were times I just wanted to say, “I quit, get me off of this damned boat”. But I am not a quitter and, Ed is an awesome Captain and Emma as a “deck hand” has been just terrific. And, Capt. Curt Chapman who made that terrible journey with us from Sarasota to St. Thomas, AND all the workman who assisted us along the way, AND, friends and fellow cruisers who gave ideas, lists and support….we made it! Thanks one and all!

Now what? Well, tomorrow we will check with Mr. Junior Thomas at Peake Yachts to review our check in for being stored “on the hard” for the hurricane season. Then we will begin preparing Great Mates II for storage until our return; likely not until January 2012.

Preparing for being stored is similar to winterizing our camper but a bit more. We are not worried about freezing, obviously, but about too much heat and humidity. So, we will have a window air conditioner installed (that we will rent) and a few fans and we will have a temporary cover made as well. We have to take a complete inventory as well.

June 8th, we depart from Trinidad, fly to Miami and onto Indy! I can’t wait to be home.

We have much to celebrate….primarily that Audra and Billy are expecting a little baby boy in late November. Emma has graduated from college and is moving on to work in the yachting world out of Ft. Lauderdale and Lucas and Stacey have good jobs. And, Ed and I….we are just GREAT MATES!

Cheers to all our followers and may Gods peace be with you.