When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.
The past few months have been filled with obstacles and challenges. Kinda like the last 500′ to the summit of a mountain is the hardest (or so I have heard!). It started with my Dad passing away, then wrecking my truck. my air conditioner broke in the camper, hurricane Irma, and finally, a hernia from Irma prep and clean up. Is someone trying to tell me something??
We had decided to visit my Mom after Dad passed to make sure she was getting along well. We loaded up the truck, had a great visit for a week, then headed back to Florida. When we were nearly home, the front passenger tire blew out, sending us flying off the road into a deep wooded ravine. Luckily, we didn’t get hurt, but the truck was totaled.
We have hired someone to haul the camper to my Mom’s. I don’t think I could do another road trip right now after what happened on the last one. Need a few more weeks to recover!
We had planned to stay in our camper until it got a bit cooler as it’s SO hot sitting in the marina during the summer with no wind and daily afternoon thunderstorms. One day, the air conditioner in the camper simply gave up the ghost. Instead of dishing out more money from our cruising kitty, we decided to put it on the back burner with the truck. No need to have both of them unused and waiting for our return. At least we have AC on the boat while plugged into shore power!
Hurricane Irma came through the Tampa Bay area to pay us a visit. She was the first hurricane that has been in this area for 100 years. We prepped the boat as best we could and went to a friends house, Laura and Doug’s, to brace for the storm’s impact.
We had been through a Cat 3 hurricane before when we lived in Mississippi. This time, they were expecting a Cat 4. I was pretty worried we would not have a boat or camper to call home anymore. Laura and Doug had a few limbs down but that was pretty much the extent. We were very fortunate to have had minimal damage. The worst thing that happened to us were the wind generator blades flying fast for the horizon…and we lost power at the marine. This translated to another home without AC! Fortunately, the camper survived without damage as well. We moved it out from under the trees the day before. It’s a good thing we did because a large limb fell in our site and would have likely taken out the rear.
With all the bad luck we have had, I’m happy we had all our good karma saved for Irma. It’s sad to see what this storm has done to other parts of Florida and the Caribbean islands. I think it may have changed our travel plans for a few years. We are going to try to get into Marathon at the end of the year. I was speaking with someone today that works in Marathon and she encouraged me to try to make it down. They need the business in order to continue repairs. We will see where we can get to when the time comes. So far, (knocking on wood), hurricanes have avoided most of the Bahamas. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this trend continues.