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.
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.
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!
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….
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…