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Published: March 27th 2010
On a double lot so we have lots of land. And the best part.... check out that 125 foot long dock. Awesome!
Yes.... it is true. We have just bought a house and are officially landlubbers again!
But I am getting ahead of myself, so let me back up and tell you how it all happened. We have absolutely loved living on board, sailing throughout the Caribbean, and the adventure of it all. But there comes a point. Actually, it is more of a turning point. After sailing down to the end of the Caribbean Chain, you stop and wonder where do we go from here? You can always go west along the coast of Venezuela, to Columbia and Panama... then either thru the canal to the Pacific or work your way north along Central America and Mexico. Or you can set sail across the pond to Europe and sail the Med. Neither of these options appealed to us for one reason or another, mainly safety issues and travel time at sea. So you end up asking yourself, what now? We have seen the entire Caribbean and most of the islands in the Bahamas and have seen what we came to see. We have completed our adventure.
Besides the fact, we are both getting tired of living onboard. It is a
Love the lines and angles.... so 70's.... so cool!
great lifestyle, but very challenging. And as you all know, it is a terrific time to buy a house. So we started the discussion of where we wanted to live. But where to go??? Obviously we have to live on the coast because we want to continue boating. And we wanted year round boating, not just in the summer months. We researched all the different options, and surprised ourselves when we decided to check out Texas. Yes... that’s right, we are moving to the bay area of Houston. It fit all of our criteria, and has so much more to offer. Great place for work, big city and culture, great houses and lots of land, etc. etc.
But we have never been there before. So first thing first, we decided to take a trip out to Kemah, Texas. We put the boat in the marina, the dog in the kennel, and took a flight back to the States. We toured the city, looked at lots of houses, and just fell in love with the place. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, and it is such a large boating community (the third biggest in the US, actually). And
No more small galley and boat stove for me :)
by the end of the trip, we put an offer on an amazing house… Our house now!
Check it out! Our house is totally awesome and we absolutely love it. It is a 5000 square foot house, 70’s style with an open layout, on a double lot (so we have lots of land). It has been completely remodeled and is just gorgeous. Nice big kitchen, two bars (one formal one and another in the game room), 4 bedrooms, a den and formal dining room, a workshop in the back for Jay, an outdoor kitchen for entertaining, and the best part of all… a 125 foot long boat dock in the back. We are on a deep water canal just minutes away from the inlet to the Gulf. How cool is that?!?!
So the plan is to sail the Rum Runner back to Texas, tie it up to the dock in the back, and move off. And although I am sad that this adventure is ending, I am sure that it will open up our lives to the next big adventure, whatever that is. And in the meantime, I will finish the blog with our trip back north. Not
Love the open layout, where the kitchen opens up to the living room and this formal bar and gameroom.
to worry, we still have lots ahead of us. We will be setting sail to the Spanish Virgin Islands next week, then along the coast of Puerto Rico. From there we will stage for our big passage up to Turks and Caicos. We hope to spend a little more time exploring and diving Turks and Caicos before returning to the Bahamas and then onto the States. It sure is a long way back, over 2,000 miles to go. So as always, wish us fair winds and following seas.
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