sushi & the beach
Last week and weekend were great. My sister came in town to visit from Seattle which was nice because I barely ever get to see her. And she ended up coming to visit us up here in St. Augustine which was fun and different than going down to Rockledge. My mom was actually in Honduras on her annual mission trip to the orphanage so she wasn't here but Chelsea and Frank drove up for the weekend and we had a great time.
Originally we had planned on going to Panama City to see a boat that was for sale, and Chelsea was more than willing to join us, she is always up for anything and everything and realizes that an adventure can happen anytime. But the plans changed when we found a sailboat for sale right here in Jacksonville that was more in our price range and as the exact same model. We were mostly just making the trip to Panama City to get on a Lagoon 380 which we hadn't seen yet, we had mostly decided that we were 'sold' on Leopard's at this point based on all our research but the Lagoon 380 was the first boat that we envisioned ourselves in and being able to afford. Also, it's rare that boats are available for sale within driving distance to see, so we had planned on a road trip but then cancelled it once we saw this Lagoon 380 up in Jacksonville and made a short trip to see it one day after work.
Boy are we glad we took that short, spur of the moment trip on a Thursday evening even though the boat broker wasn't able to show it to us on such short notice (we like spontaneous). Luckily the boat owners were actually still on it, as they were packing up all their stuff to head back to their home in Germany in just a day or two. The couple had just wrapped up making dinner and were more than welcoming and invited us on the boat to take a look, despite the fact that the dishes still hadn't been washed after dinner and the kitchen table was piled with the last remnants of their personal items left on the boat that hadn't been shipped back to Germany that day.
They gave us a tour that we never could have gotten from the boat broker. He would've never known the secret compartments or been able to help us understand the rationality behind certain things like water tank level indicators in the middle of the salon. Yes, I guess it would be nice to know if there was enough water to spare for you to take a shower on an ocean crossing journey without realizing it when you were out of water. And to not have to crawl to the front of the boat, open the nacelles and then open the tanks to check their fullness before turning the shower on. We fell in love with the boat, but I try to keep myself sane by reminding myself that 'the first boat never works out' while still being optimistic about the fact that our dream boat has been listed for sale 45 minutes from our hours rather than in the Caribbean a plane trip away. We'll see what happens.
Anyways so that was our Thursday night and then on Friday Chelsea came up to St. Augustine with Frank in tow. We had a great time just hanging out, we went to dinner at a hipster restaurant that Chelsea would appreciate and allow her to take photos with her fancy 'portrait mode' on her new iphone. We went exploring on the coquina rocks at Washington Oaks State Park, we made sushi from scratch at home, we ate bad breakfast food for Father's Day brunch at one of the few places in town that wouldn't make us wait hours to get a meal.
Check out the video of our weekend adventures: