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The Great Loop

01/13/08
Sarasota/Columbus/Sarasota    Chart
(Lat: 27º 20.014'N Lon: 82º 32.822'W )

On Jan 3 we flew from Sarasota Airport to Columbus, OH, to see our kids and grand kids, especially the newest addition to the family, Tyler James(TJ) Millikin, first born of Matt and Beth. While we don't usally go to Ohio in the winter because we prefer warmer weather, we just had to go see our newest grandson and also our other kids and grandkids, plus Jackie's Dad and Stepmom.

It was 22? F when we landed in Columbus and compared to Sarasota that seemed really cold. We soon warmed up when we saw the family and we had a very nice time. Our son Rob's family drove down from Cleveland with our other 3 grand kids, Ashely, Ryan and Alexander Joseph(AJ) who was born 7/31/07.

We had a great time for the 10 days we were up there and the weather even warmend up to record high temps on a couple do days which we took full credit for. Good flights back to Sarasota and our boat and we continued to prepare the boat for the Great Loop. First pictures are of TJ and last 2 pictures are of Ashely, Ryan and AJ
01/01/08
Sarasota
(Lat: 27º 20.014'N Lon: 82º 32.822'W )

Last night we spent New Years Eve on the dinner cruise ship, Marina Jacks. We had a very nice dinner dance cruise with our friends Don and Shirley. The food was very good, the evening was beautifull on the water looking at some awesome homes on the Sarasota waterfront and the band was great and played for 4 hours without taking a break.
This morning Jackie and I were sitting in the cockpit area watching a morning news show and we heard the helicopter start its engines and rotors. It was fun to watch it take off and also impressive as the boat in the slip behind the houseboat is a sport fish with high outriggers. Pilot had to go straight up and forward off the houseboat. Jackie took a picture as it lifted off the deck of the houseboat.