Well, we have received word that our “Next Dance” has been loaded on the ship and will be departing Taiwan in the next few days for the United States. We are so excited to see her up close and personal; which will be around mid-September. She will arrive in Port Everglades, FL and then a representative from Kadey Krogen will bring her up to Stuart, Florida where she will complete the final commissioning process. We should be taking possession of her mid-October at the latest.
And here she is all wrapped up for the sea voyage and nearly ready to be loaded on to the truck that will take her to the ship.
We arrived in Denver around May 20 and began our stay in our little one bedroom apartment situated right in downtown. There are literally hundreds of restaurants surrounding us, which has not helped our waistlines. Mark was in pretty bad shape (hip-wise) by the time we arrived. Sitting in a car for hours on end for four days did not help matters. He was definitely looking forward to his surgery, which took place on June 23. We got up early on the morning of surgery to get Mark to the hospital by 5:45 a.m. Arrived on time and got him checked in and into pre-op where he met his nurses, anesthesiologist and waited for Dr. Loucks to stop by. He was wheeled into surgery and I headed to the waiting area. The technology is amazing these days. They had screens set up in the waiting room where updates were constantly made on his progress through surgery. Following the surgery, Dr. Loucks met me and informed me that everything had gone well and that Mark was in recovery. Once up in his room, they would come and get me. He was a bit groggy by the time I saw him, and actually did not remember parts of our conversations. Within several hours, after he had full feeling in his legs they had him up and walking with a walker and a nurse close by. His nurses enjoyed talking to Mark about our boating adventures and were quite envious of our lifestyle. The next morning he was discharged. The new anterior approach to hip replacement does not involve cutting any muscles so Mark was able walk as much as he wanted starting the day after and did not need any physical therapy. Now five weeks out and you would never know he ever had a problem! He is walking a couple of miles each day and feeling great. Within the next week he should be able to get on a bike again. That will be great as Denver has many miles of bike trails near us that we can ride.
While in Denver we have been able to visit Mark’s son Scott and our Breckenridge friends quite regularly. It has been great catching up after a year of living half the country away. Pauline also had time to see her foot surgeon to have a scar tissue growth removed from the top of her left foot which was beginning to be painful when wearing sandals or shoes. We also learned how hot Denver can be during the summer, high eighties/low nineties almost every day. But the humidity is low and the city cools off nicely after sundown.
Because our new boat was completed ahead of schedule, we will be leaving Denver around the end of August, earlier then originally anticipated. We have rented a little 2 bedroom cottage in Stuart, FL, near the marina until the end of October. We will take possession of the boat no later than mid-October. We will then be moving our things on board and getting organized before we head off to Fort Lauderdale for the annual boat show, where Kadey Krogen will be showing our new boat!
Well, that’s it for now. We’ll send out my next blog after we arrive in Stuart. Until then, fair winds and calm seas.