Daisy’s Diary #7: Updated Cruising Plans for 2009

Daisy’s Diary #7:

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Hello everyone. I just wanted to let you know that we are finally back on the boat and will continue heading south tomorrow. As many of you know, we have spent the last few months either here in St. Augustine, FL or at our home in TN. Mom’s sister, Becky, was very sick, and we have spent the last month at home so Mom and Dad could be with her. I am sorry to tell you that after a long hard fight, Becky lost her three year battle with lung cancer. She passed away on Feb. 1st, 2009 at the young age of 43.

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For all of you out there who smoke, please stop now. It is a really bad habit. Those of you following our logs and are hoping to one day be living your dreams also, do it now. Don’t put off your dreams until it is too late. Life is too short! Me, I just want to chase squirrels! Sebastian says he will be happy chasing lizards and sitting on laps.

We had hoped to cruise to the Bahamas this year but with all the delays, we have modified our plans. Sebastian is still pouting about not being able to enjoy the warm Bahamas. Mom and Dad have decided to spend the next month in Stuart, Florida. They have enrolled in Sea School and will attend classes there for the next few weeks in order to get their Captain’s License. I think this means Sebastian and I will be stuck on the boat all day while they go to these classes. This doesn’t sound like fun to us! We are however looking forward to our guest who will arrive in late March. Mom and Dad’s niece and nephew are planning on spending a week with us during their spring break. Now that will be fun, let me tell you. We always have a great time playing with Courtney and Stormy. We plan on leaving Florida in May and continuing North up to New York. This year we will be heading up the Hudson River to the Erie Cannel and to the Great Lakes. Next will be Georgian Bay and the Trent Severn Canal. From there we will head for Chicago. We will continue down the Mississippi River then the Ohio River and eventually connect to the Tennessee River. This will bring us back home to Chattanooga, TN. We should arrive back home sometime in October and will have officially completed the “Great Loop”. Mom says once we finish this 6000 plus mile loop, we get a new burgee for the boat which is gold to replace our white Great Loop burgee that we fly on the bow of the boat.

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That sure is a lot of miles just for a little gold flag. Sounds like we have a lot of planning to do in the next few weeks. I better get Sebastian busy. After all, he is the Cruise Director.

Later,

Daisy

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