I found my wife and we are now back together in Punta Gorda. It felt good to step back on Wrinkle's deck and feel the slight heel of her starboard rail as she accepted us home. A huge thank you to our special friends and family members who shared our many ups and downs during this odd trip. Hopefully that adventure has now come to an end and we can concentrate on prepping Wrinkles for the next leg of our adventure.
We have a few projects to work on while we are still in our slip at Fishermen's Village Marina. These projects should keep us busy until we sail over to Charlotte Harbor Boat Storage on October 4th. There we will put Wrinkles on the hard before adding some bottom paint, finishing the teak work, adding a radar system, remounting the rub rail, sewing new cushions for the cabin and lots of other smaller jobs. We hope to be put back in the water by November 1st.
Once we are afloat again we expect to do a two week shake down cruise around Charlotte Harbor. There are some beautiful anchorages there just calling our names. Our next step would be to head out into the Gulf and turn south. We roughly plan to go to Marco Island and one or two spots in the Everglades. Finally a run to Boot Key Harbor in Marathon by Thanksgiving. We have never been to the Keys and hope to explore the area by boat, dinghy, bike, bus and taxi for the winter season.