Scott and Jeanie (from Joie de Vivre) dropped us a line via Facebook. We met them at the Whitby-Brewer Rendezvous. On their way south they were docked in Portsmouth. We took the ferry over and had dinner and a movie with them at the Commodore. ("Secretariat", a Disney spectacular on pressing forward with your personal vision and refusing to back down or take a conventional path through life.) Joie de Vivre is headed for the Florida Keys. They needed to Miami by the 9th of December.
We talked Whitby and cruising and how they managed to get themselves out of the rat race and into the Intracoastal waterway headed south. The secret: good old frugality and planning. No windfall profits from sale of a business or anything heroic like that.
On the way back from Portsmouth, we ran into Norman and Barbara of Blown Away riding the ferry. We met them at the Deltaville Marina. They were docked at Waterside in Norfolk. Blown Away is headed for the Bahamas. No schedule. No worries.
It's a smallish world of cruisers. And as we get to know more of them, we see how tightly-knit the community is. And how they (we?) are driven by a vision and are unwilling to back down from that vision or follow someone else's "conventional" path through life.