April was a really fun month with lots of family
time. It was also a scary and stressful time because Lucy got sick
and had to be hospitalized for a few days.
My recommendation to everyone: DO NOT TAKE YOUR DOG ASHORE IN THE
BAHAMAS! The worst part was that she got really sick while
Linda was in California. Mike and Lucy were anchored at a very
remote location with no doctors, much less veterinarians. Mike had
to fly Lucy to the animal hospital in Nassau on a little 9-seater
airplane, where she stayed for 3 days. She was diagnosed with acute
colitis. She had also been bitten by a tick, so she was treated for
a tick disease, even though her blood test came back negative. She
just finished with all her medications. She's fine now (we think),
but we plan to have her checked out again by a vet when we get to Ft.
The best parts of April were the visits we got from our kids and
grandkids. Sean and Keni couldn't get away from their work
schedules, so they let us take the grandkids (Kailyn-6 and Brady-2) for a
week. Linda flew to California to pick them up and bring them to the
Exuma Cays, then flew back to California the following week to take them
home. Linda returned to the Exumas a week later joined by daughter
Kimberly, Lance, Blake-13, Garrett-10, and Paige-7. We cruised
up the Exuma Cays to Nassau, stopping at the beautiful remote islands
along the way during their 12 day vacation with us. It was so much
Lots of snorkeling the reefs, swimming with sharks, stingrays,
barracudas, and pigs! Hours of beachcombing and sandcastle
building. Hiking to ruins, scenic overlooks and even blow
holes. Jumping off the boat to swim in the warm, clear water, or
just lounging in the sun on the beach (for me, under the umbrella).
We roasted marshmallows around a campfire on Pirate beach, barbequed off
the deck of the boat, gazed at beautiful sunsets waiting for the green
flash, and watched movies in the evening gathered around our flatscreen.
All in all, a fabulous time. Be sure to see the photo album for this
So now we are headed to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We look forward
to having Aquila back in the USA after being gone for 3 years. We plan to
cruise up the East Coast of the USA during May, June, July and
August. Hoping to see a few of our friends along the way!