In 2007 we took the Clearwater Motorcycle Riding Course together. We were both divorced and looking for adventure. As soon as the motorcycle endorsement was on our driver's licenses, Jeff went out and bought his first of five bikes. (Just don't tell his mother.) He found a motorcycle riding group that got together every Sunday and met a man named Doc P, a pediatrician who was helping to organize the Tampa area chapter of BACA, Bikers Against Child Abuse. Their mission statement says, "... to empower abused children to not be afraid of the world in which they live." Over the last few years, BACA has become a huge part of our lives. We've dedicated 100% of our charitable time to this fantastic organization that truly puts the wellbeing of abused children first. We encourage you to check out their website, www.bacaworld.org.
We love sailing. Jeff sailed small boats as a child in summer camp, and I grew up sailing with my dad. Jeff never sailed as an adult, and I did not sail when I was married previously. When Jeff and I were dating, we went sailing on my dad's Morgan 38. I had forgotten how much I loved sailing, and Jeff was hooked right away. When we got serious about possibly sailing as a lifestyle, we spent a week in the USVI and BVI with Blue Water Sailing School. We purchased our Leopard 48 through the Moorings Charter Program soon after.
We spent five years with a boat in the Moorings program. Since we were not proficient sailors, and since we were still working, owning a boat this way enabled us to own the boat we wanted while learning to sail during our vacations. It totally prepared us for this journey so far. We know there is still a lot to learn, but our foundation is fantastic.
Jeff and I have four wonderful kids and one adorable grandson. We're thankful for Wi-fi so that we can keep in touch while we're gone.
Our plan is to see the kids and the rest of our family every year when we come home. And we're hopeful that we can convince them to join us wherever we are at least once or twice a year.
As for our grandson, we plan to have him every summer for Camp Wind Therapy. We feel that it's so important for people, especially kids today, to unplug and truly see the world. We're looking forward to teaching them how to sail, snorkel, drive the dinghy, and to fish (as soon as we learn how ourselves.)
Our son, Alec, is in a band called Nevertel. We've know these talented young men since they were in high school. Please check them out on Instagram and Facebook, and have a listen to their music on Spotify. We're so proud of them and can't wait to see the wonderful things that are in store for the band.
Our daughter, Shaina, is a cosmetologist specializing in hair color and curly hair. But her real claim to fame is her permanent make-up business. She's known as the Brow Boss. Check out her salon - All That Glitters in Palm Harbor, FL. We're so proud of you Shaina, making the world a more beautiful place every day.
The Collection on Palmetto is a fabulous, private collection of Brass-era automobiles as well as steam and gas engines of old. The focus of the Collection is to teach the history of mechanics and how things work. In today's time, so much of this is forgotten. It will be open to the public after the new year. Please visit them on Facebook or Instagram. (The Collection is my father's brain child.)