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Bahamas Cruise
2011
Don at the Top of the Mast
~ Don at the Top of the Mast ~
Bahamas Bound
A Windfall of Spare Time
Streamlined
The blood draining from his face, Don muttered "I just got laid off."

I had just settled down in the salon to quietly work on a website project I was creating for a local business while Don had his weekly teleconference with his employer up north. He mouthed those five, bone-chilling words to me and we both sat stone statue still, listening intently to the abrupt shift in our now suspect future.

As a final thank-you for Don's 11 plus years of steadfast service, the newly streamlined business let loose their invisible network gnomes to lock down all the corporate computer hardware we had on board, and then concluded their callous conference by disconnecting the cell. Thanks for playing the game, don't let the betrayal hit you on the way out.

I initially responded with the reflex repertoire of post-resource reduction reactions; astonished shock, anxious confusion, overwhelming panic, angry perplexity, apprehensive dread, etc. After a rapid moment of blind emotional unrest, I started to rationalize on the reality of our situation.

Don and Diana
~ Don and Diana ~
Being Free
We owned the boat outright, the car was paid off, and renting a slip from the marina was optional. We'd spent the last several years making ourselves and our vessel quite self-sufficient. Given the level of perpetual debt in which most American's live, we were pretty much free of extraneous obligation. Without jobs, our obligation of time spent in servitude was eliminated and we were in a position to truly test our autonomy.

Picking up on my vibe, Don came to the most obvious and logical conclusion for people in our plight. He roused out of his 'Thinker' pose, looked deeply into my eyes and said "Let's go to the Bahamas!"

A Silver Lining
I've concluded that this is what defines a sailor; someone who can turn a gloomy squall into an exciting adventure; someone who knows that a break in the flow doesn't mean a dam is blocking the course, it means fresh new experiences are arriving with the changing tide. A true sailor is a person who, when one door closes, will be found on the outside looking for the wind.
Sunset Over Boot Key Harbor
~ Sunset Over Boot Key Harbor ~

Without haste, I agreed with Don's sensible solution to our windfall of spare time. We had been musing over a sail around the Bahamian islands for some time, but found it difficult to arrange ample time off, and impossible to coordinate a schedule with the good weather gods. We did not want to become like so many other cruisers – forced to return to our cyber-office on a pre-designated date and thus compelled to navigate in nasty storms.

But the call that ended Don's corporate confinement made all the necessities for cruising to our first foreign coast finally materialize. The vessel was equipped and capable, the crew was eager and leisured, and provisions could be purchased with Don's parting pay. Crystal clear cruising waters – HERE WE COME!

2011 — Bahamas Cruise
Articles
Obtaining an Aspiration
Paradise Next Door
18 Feb thru 23 May
Obtaining an Aspiration
Bahamas Bound
Bahamas Bound
Feb
A Windfall of Spare Time
AWOL for the Boat Haul
Preparing for a Bahamas Cruise
Feb
AWOL for the Boat Haul
Provisioning Scents, Cents & Sensibility
Provisioning for the Bahamas
Mar
Scents, Cents & Sensibility
Going to Anchor before Going Abroad
Boot Key Harbor Departure
23 & 24 Mar
Going to Anchor before Going Abroad
Safe, Sound & Lounging Around
Bimini
25 Mar
Safe, Sound & Lounging Around
The Wonderland of Alice Town
Alice Town, North Bimini
26 Mar
The Wonderland of Alice Town
In Search of the Queen
Bimini Flats
27 Mar
In Search of the Queen
Exotic Excursions
South Bimini
28 Mar
Exotic Excursions
A Great Harbour Hidden in the Berries
Berry Islands
29 & 30 Mar
A Great Harbour Hidden in the Berries
Decline of the Concubine
Great Harbour Cay
31 Mar
Decline of the Concubine
An Endless Honeymoon
Sugar Beach Caves
01 Apr
An Endless Honeymoon
Strange Worlds
Great Harbour Blue Hole
02 Apr
Strange Worlds
A Phenomenal Day
Fanny Cay, Berry Islands
03 Apr
A Phenomenal Day
Soldiering On
Sailing to Soldier Cay
07 Apr
Soldiering On
Cosmic Waters
Hoffman Cay Blue Hole
08 Apr
Cosmic Waters
Barry and the Beguiling Bay
Little Harbour Cay
10 Apr
Barry and the Beguiling Bay
Paradise Lost
Sailing to New Providence
12 Apr
Paradise Lost
Spirit of Serendipity
Death in Paradise
13 Apr
Spirit of Serendipity
Nassau Anew
Nassau
14-17
Nassau Anew
Kaleidoscope
Allen & Leaf Cay
23-25
Kaleidoscope
Sorry Lore of Normans
Norman's Cay
25-27
Sorry Lore of Normans
Treasured Island
Shroud Cay
28 Apr
Treasured Island
Bluebloods, Brits, Banshees, Bones and Buccaneers
Warderick Wells
29 Apr
Bluebloods, Brits, Banshees, Bones and Buccaneers
Bumming with a Different Breed
Big Majors Spot
01 May
Bumming with a Different Breed
Sundries of a Sailor's Life
Staniel Cay
04 May
Sundries of a Sailor's Life
It Was Neat
Thunderball
10 May
It Was Neat
The Pendent on the Emerald Necklace
George Town, Great Exuma
7 & 8 May
The Pendent on the Emerald Necklace
The Wild Isle
Stocking Island Hike, Great Exuma
12 May
The Wild Isle
Bush Medicine
William's Town, Little Exuma
13 & 14 May
Bahamian Bush Medicine
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2011 - Bahamas
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