On our pre-arranged date, we sailed to Puerto Del Ray Marina and spent a few hectic days organizing, packing, cleaning, polishing and prepping for haulout. What a pain. But we got almost everything done on time and moved ourselves and a bunch of our crap into a rental apartment. We thought it would be super fun to be in an apartment on a little island with its own ferry, two pools and a playground. But it's not so charming when it's hot, you're lugging a ton of stuff back and forth, and it takes forever. Another one of those moments when you wish hindsight was foresight.
The apartment became our headquarters for planning our big summer road trip and our base for going to and from the boatyard. Most days were spent at the yard finishing up a few projects and securing everything. Mornings and evenings were spent tackling the insane amount of logistics it took to get us on the road. It was really weird to be, essentially, homeless. The boat was off limits, the days on the apartment were limited, we only had what we packed in our duffle bags, and our plans for a truck and trailer couldn't be secured until we set foot in the US. A very strange feeling!
|First ferry ride to the apartment. It looks like I'm glowing but I'm actually sweating profusely.|
|Kids not pulling their own weight at the marina.|
|Up and out on her scheduled day! We managed to get almost everything done.|
|Powerwashing all of the growth off the bottom.|
|This is getting old.|
|Cubby had the nicest horse. Drew's horse bucked a lot and mine was a biter.|
|Cubby got to feed an apple to one horse. They had to bring out a horse that had lived in the US because the ones who have only lived in Puerto Rico have never tasted apple and wouldn't eat it. No joke!|
|The outside of the apartment building. Looks nice in photos, doesn't it? Don't stay here.|