|L-R Bruce, Tammy, Dani & Tate
Through the interwoven web that is the Internet, we were able to hook up with yet another fellow Blogger, this time in New Orleans, LA. (Our first Blogger meet-up was in Clear Lake, TX. with Janet Lee and Michael from Adventure US 2) Coincidentally, Sundowner was in the marina where we ended up stopping for a couple of nights for fuel and some repair work.
While we were securing our lines at the dock at Seabrook Marine, I caught a glimpse of a woman down the dock but thought nothing of it... Then we saw a sailboat passing behind our stern and I asked Bruce "Do we know that boat?"... We couldn't place it...
Turns out, that was Dani and Tate taking their boat for a haul out in preparation for the final push in their refit. They plan to toss the dock lines in about a year!
We made contact through Facebook and invited the Cruisers-In-Waiting over for a Texas style dinner! It was wonderful to have something to occupy my mind while we waited (all day) for the technician to arrive to fix our autopilot. I wanted to serve them something from Texas, as much for myself as for them... I made King Ranch Turkey and Spanish Rice. My dinner party skills have become a little rusty and it was nice to cook for someone other than ourselves.
We talked Cruising and all-things-boaty through dinner and beyond. I see so many similarities between us and truly admire Dani for her willingness to get right in there and get dirty. It is as her dream as well as Tate's to go cruising and her excitement shows in every blog post she writes.
It is the people we meet along the way that are making Cruising such an enriching experience and I am happy to move Dani and Tate from Facebook friends/Blogger, to Friends IRL (in real life)! I'm sure our paths will cross once again!
|Totally random! We met Dani's Mother in Mandeville!