Spring Fever

Call it Spring fever or spending too much time in the wild, but the birds and the bees have, most definitely, had their influence on us- we come out of this beautiful season with a bun in the oven! Our little boy is due on the New Year and in the meantime has shaken our plans around.

our little man

our little man

After our promised Disney World stop, we had initially thought of cruising through Cuba, Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Columbia before crossing the Pacific ocean towards French Polynesia in Spring of 2014. But once the pregnancy confirmed, we opted to slow our pace and play it safe by going up the East coast of the US instead and hopefully find a “nest” in a warm place along the way to have our baby.


Heading North

Heading North

Sailing over 1000 nautical miles from Florida to Massachusetts has not been the most relaxing first trimester to say the least. Morning sickness has had a tendency to extend throughout the day and berserk mood swings turned me into an unreliable and lethargic first mate. Apart from violent thunderstorms, various “attacks” by clouds of bugs, strong currents in certain rivers, the blazing heat, and the transmission on one of the engines failing occasionally on us, the navigation was rather uneventful. We had a few doubtful moments when passing just barely under bridges with our tall mast, or finding ways to raise our two anchor chains tightly tangled up together. In the middle of the night, Gonzalo sped off with the dinghy to wake up the captain whose boat had dragged to the middle of the Hudson river and the incessant traffic! Even the river in NYC is stressful!

Invaded by love bugs while sailing up Florida. They were everywhere!

Invaded by love bugs while sailing up Florida. They were everywhere!

 

Kenza slightly worried we will not make it under the bridge

Kenza slightly worried we will not make it under the bridge

 

A new way to get to Manhattan

A new way to get to Manhattan

 

Our anchorage in NYC

Our anchorage in NYC

We adored the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple though! What a sight to arrive in NYC by the water and have the Manhattan skyline as our living room view. How fortunate we felt to become “neighbors” of friends for a few days and invite them “home” for a candle light dinner. We found out that NYC is brilliant with kids: the girls had a blast at the museums, the playgrounds, the parks, the libraries, and simply taking the subway, admiring the skyscrapers, the gigantic screens in the streets, etc… Aside from our 2 weeks of over-stimulation in New York, we have discovered a very tranquil East coast surprisingly full of nature reserves and well kept little towns with charming houses and blooming gardens. We are currently soaking up the beauty of Ipswich, Massachusetts with its long white beaches, bird reserves and winding shadowed rivers. The island of Cumberland in Georgia particularly seduced us with its enchanting forests, marshes, endless beaches, and wild horses. We felt a special something for Georgia actually and have decided to “make our nest” next to Savannah for a few months as of September. We will live aboard Kazaio in a neighborhood called The Isle Of Hope. Along the banks of a river and shaded by majestic oak trees draped by Spanish moss, the Isle of Hope is a stunning community of typical southern houses with wrap around porches and rocking chairs. The girls will walk to the school around the corner and will probably adopt the common “howdy y’all” within a few weeks….

Walking through the enchanted forest of Cumberland Island, GA

Walking through the enchanted forest of Cumberland Island, GA

 

Artists at work

Artists at work

 

Loving NYC playgrounds

Loving NYC playgrounds

We are now on our way to Maine where the girls will attend Summer Camp and where we will have our long-awaited break. We will probably head to Nova Scotia, Canada at the beginning of August and then start our descent towards our new temporary home in Georgia. We will spend some time in Marta’s Vineyard and Nantucket on our way down. By September, we will “settle” next to Savannah and keep the exploring for the weekends. A new season will begin…

Ipswich, MA

Ipswich, MA

5 thoughts on “Spring Fever

  1. Que de bonnes nouvelles et de magnifiques photos…
    Tous nos vœux vous accompagnent…
    Vous allez devoir rallonger le nom de Kazaio?
    Je vous embrasse tous les quatre sans oublier une caresse à Awa

  2. Congratulations !!! I am very happy to hear that Gonzalo Jr is on his way to enlarge your fantastic family.
    You are certainly making the most of your peak years. Well done !
    I have been and still am in great admiration of the way you live your dream. It is given to very few people, you know it. But then, very few people have the guts for it, even if they have the means.

    In the end, I will not make it to Maine, too many things going on and my aversion to long flights and jet lag.

    Je vous embrasse tous tres fort and I keep my fingers crossed….

    Lots of love,
    Vaga

  3. Maravilloso chicos. Nos alegramos mucho de verlos tan bien y que pronto un nuevo personaje se sume a la aventura. Muchos besos para las niñas, ha padado un año ya y Ari recuerda a Kenza con mucho cariño, yo le muestro las fotos y le cuento qué hacen.
    un beso muy grande a todos y enhora buena por el nuevo navegante.

  4. Formidable aventure et bravo pour votre courageuse expérience qui va se transformer en un livre passionnant avec photos et pourquoi pas un best seller…
    Amitiés Jacques et Aniela ,la Carcellière

  5. Wow! You will look back at this and although it comes with it’s challenges I have no doubt you will be so happy with your decisions in life – feel lucky to share these experiences with you here on your blog!

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