Hi all,

We are having a holiday, vacation for our American friends. Yep we are going to go to Florida for a few days. It will be the first time in seven months that we will have had a night of Meltemia and over eight months since having time of the islands.

A big city, shopping, department stores, movies, disneyland, music stores, people wow. We plan on spending some time in Orlando with Santa and Gary from Caribbean Travel and Life magazine, they were guests on the boat a few months back and have developed into great friends and they have a schnauzer!

We are also going to spend a few nights in Fort Lauderdale, check out the huge boating scene over there and hopefully catch up with Adam Lambert for a beer or two. We are looking forward to shopping for some basic things that are difficult to get in the islands.

We are flying over Friday morning on a small, small puddle jumper which I am not looking forward to. As far as the weather, at this stage it has all been pretty tame in this area. We have had a few Tropical Storms pass over including Katrina and Rita generally turning into hurricanes within 24hrs of passing through this area. We enjoy the change in the weather when the TSs come over.

The blustery, raining conditions are actually a welcome change from the constant heat. You will be pleased to know that the water temperature is back down to around a pleasant 31 degrees Celsius. We are hoping that we don’t have to deal with any more than a TS. Last year in October this area was hammered twice by hurricanes including a cat 5 and they are still in the rebuilding process.

There is a weather window at the moment, in other words, hopefully nothing nasty developing that will pass this way in the next week or so. Which is why we are able to have a few days off the boat. Our hearts go out to all the people in New Orleans and to all the people who are now preparing for Rita. The best sites to get info are; <a href=”http://www.nhc.noaa.gov”>http://www.nhc.noaa.gov</a>/ <a href=”http://www.wunderground.com”>www.wunderground.com</a>

Take Care

David & Mel