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Friday, November 22, 2013

Command decision



My lovely wife and I sailed into Cayo Costa State Park. http://www.floridastateparks.org/cayocosta/default.cfm

Two years ago we attempted to sail to the park from the south, but conditions deteriorated so we decided to seek shelter. Years earlier we were working our way through the better Florida parks, but never put the logistics together for Cayo Costa. It's on a island and can only be reached by boat.

This year we finally made it. It's a nice park, great beach, and has excellent anchorages. We opted to spend our first night at the park docks. Only one other boat spent the night. We had a nice get together around the fire.

Then things went south.

My lovely wife lost part of a tooth on a s'more. One thing about dental problems, they don't get better on their own. Fortunately, we had some dental wax in our med kit. That helped, but we needed a dentist.

The closest dentist was on Pine Island. My lovely wife was able to get an appointment at a clinic. We motored over and spent the night at the Pineland Marina. In the morning my lovely wife caught a cab to the dentist. X-rays were taken and the tooth has to go. However, they would not pull it. My wife has some medical history where only oral surgeons will do the work. Of course, there were none on the island.

The nearest were in Coral Castle and Fort Myers. My lovely wife was willing to sail all the way over there, have surgery, then continue our trip.

I love her spirit, but made a command decision not to put my lovely wife through all that. This trip is supposed to be about fun. I called my dad to come pick us up. My wife can get the work done and recover at his house. Once she's better we can figure out how we want to continue our trip.

Saturday I'm driving back down to Pine Island to pick up the boat. I'm not going to keep paying $41/day to park a sailboat.

This is a setback, but there's plenty of time for more adventures.

-Sixbears

16 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about the bump in the road, or should I say the rogue wave in the sea. Hope it will only be a temporary delay in your sailing. (and here I thought s'mores were suppose to be soft)

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    1. Rogue wave. That's it. Stuff happens. We deal and move on. s'mores are soft, and sticky, which caused the top of the filling to pull off.

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  2. Poor wife...There is nothing in the world worse than a toothache. Thank God you have relatives nearby to the rescue. Hope wife has a very easy time and the rest of your journey is smooth sailing.

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    1. The dental wax is helping a lot, but it has to be fixed. She's doing Okay.

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  3. Wise decision. Things will work out.

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    1. Thanks Gorges. At least we got to places we wanted to see. More later, I'm sure.

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  4. I agree, a wise decision. Hope all works out well for you guys.

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    1. Thanks Stephen. I felt the risks and discomfort weren't worth it.

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  5. Yeh, better safe than sorry. Bummer about the interruption, but you'll get back to it all some time. I broke a tooth on a piece of licorice a while back. More embarassing than anything but the tooth also had to go. I'm sure I've bought my dentist at least one car!!

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    1. I don't even what to think what this will cost.

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  6. Wow - what an adventure! Luckily your wife can recuperate at your Dad's home. 'Hope she has a speedy recovery! She's a real trooper!

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    1. Seeing someone on Monday. She is a real trooper!

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  7. While it may cost it will be worth your lovely wife's comfort. Hope all goes well and you continue on your adventures soon.

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  8. Health comes before anything else! You made the wise choice, buddy!

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    1. I have to take care of the first mate!

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