Once more, my apologies for being incommunicado and off the grid, so to speak! My recent lack of blogging is not indicative of anything wrong, but rather, it's due to the fact that we're not aboard at the moment. Ron and I have been in the States the past few weeks, visiting with family and catching up with necessary doctor and dentist check-ups, some long-overdue appointments, dealing with various and sundry paperwork interspersed with visits to friends. And how we've enjoyed being with family! From time in Michigan with Karyn's sister Jennifer, brother-in-law Mark and new nephew Jack, to being with parents, to fun family time in Florida with Ally during her spring break, we've covered some ground! It was great seeing everyone -- we found it was just easier to get together stateside than try to coordinate flights across several time zones to Antigua, especially since time was so limited. Ron and I will return to Equinox in just a couple of days; happily, she's being looked after and cared for while we've been ashore.
To be honest, though, it's been a very eventful time while we've been here. We've gone through much deliberation, angst, discussion and uncertainty, but finally, have agreed on some major decisions. While there is never a right time to do a difficult thing, we are doing just that and, literally, changing our course. Rather than doing more cruising south and around the Caribbean as we originally envisioned, we will be heading north and west in the coming weeks, returning to Florida. And ... as hard and as heartbreaking as it was to decide, upon our return, we will be putting Equinox up for sale with Kadey-Krogen.
Startling, I realize... and obviously, it wasn't an easy choice. While we adore Equinox and have thoroughly enjoyed the amazing adventures we've shared while cruising, it's now time to stay closer to home, family and friends. Indeed, the only thing constant in life is change, and our lives are no exception; we just won't be moving at 8 knots any more! I'll continue to chronicle our journey as we make our way north, and hope you'll check in from time to time to see what adventures unfold. They always do!