Matt needed to return to Seattle for business and we’d planned on going as a family.  We had 3 weeks scheduled to be there.  While in Turks we had a family council and decided that we would return to Seattle and not return to the boat.  It was a difficult environment for Matt to work in.  Only cruisers really understand how exhausting boat life can be.  It is a LOT of planning!  For every plan we also need at least 2 alternate plans.  We check the weather at meal times.  There have been multiple times where we are in the middle of a meal and our plan changes as the winds shifted.  We may have been planning a snorkel or a hike in the afternoon that now is no more and we now need to get underway to beat a storm that would otherwise have us stationary for a week.  Some aboard rolls with these changes better than others, but regardless it drains energy.  The weather is ever changing and so plans are very fluid (pun not intended).  There is planning of charts, courses, where to anchor or dock, and then all the regular life planning of activities, schooling, meals, cleaning etc.  It is exhausting.

We still had to get the boat and us back to Florida.  We took pictures and contact a boat broker as we left Turks and Caicos.  During the course of this adventure we have read the Harry Potter series.  It has been so fun to do together.  The discussions have been tough because we weren’t always at the same spot in the series at the same time.  Whoever was the furthest behind had to lead discussions so we didn’t spoil anything.  We’d watch the movie only after finishing the book.  Alice who rushed through the series had to wait on the rest of us, and be reminded that some people don’t have the luxury of immense amount of time to lounge and read.  She also hadn’t stepped foot on some Bahama islands because she couldn’t put the book down.  We decided that when we finished packing and cleaning the boat we’d head to Universal Studios to go to Harry Potter world before setting off for Seattle.  This also became the incentive to get the boat packed and cleaned as that would determine how much time we had at the park.

Knowing this was the end of the journey, we made sure to revisit some favorite spots and take advantage of the time remaining.  This probably lead to our haste decision to leave the Turks and set off back to the Bahamas in least than ideal conditions…