Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sailing with Captain Ricky

We're sailing!

Yesterday was another gorgeous day in Florida.  We were lucky enough to spend the whole day with our friend, Ricky, on his sailboat. Ricky and his cousin, Billie, both live aboard their sailboats in a slip across from the Sponge Docks.  It's cool (and encouraging) to meet other people our age with similar ideas/dreams & actually living them out!  One day we will actually do it too, but in the meantime, it is great to have friends to learn from firsthand. Here's some pictures from our day.

Holly & Ricky
Oversized Grass Hat Fashions
I'm a lucky girl

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Friday, September 23, 2016

New Residents!

Meet my new flamingos! 

I have been patiently waiting a long time for these guys.  This time last year, Jacob and I were saving up & planning to buy an old sailboat to live aboard in the Gulf.  PS...we are kind of into adventure.

 In fact, we had plans to travel to Florida during Christmas to look at a boat Jacob found listed online.  About 1-2 weeks before said trip, he was asked if he/we would have any interest in possibly moving in to/taking over his grandmother's former home--the same home his mom was born & raised in, and that he visited during his childhood.  It was important to Grandma Toots that the house stay in the family.  We decided to factor in a visit to the home in addition to looking at the sailboat.  

We looked up the address of the home and the marina the sailboat was in.

They were less than 2 miles away from each other. 

(yeah, my hoodoo talking to me!)

So, after doing a drive by of the house & weighing our options, we decided to go for it.  We decided we could focus on taking on a house for now, and we could buy a smaller boat for fishing, and delay our sailing plans until further notice (I dream of paying off the house, renting it, and living on a sailboat at that point).  Our lease was coming up in April, so it gave us just enough time to make a couple trips down to get the house move-in ready. 

SHOOOO did we have our work cut out for us!  We had to literally clean house -- lots of old furniture and belongings had been left behind, so everything had to go.  We spent about one week in January removing everything from the house and having it hauled off/donated.  At the end of February, we made another trip down to continue deep cleaning & put a fresh coat of paint over everything.  The house was ready for our move!!  April 1st, we packed it all up in a U-Haul & said goodbye to Knoxville, Tennessee, and hello to Tarpon Springs, Florida. 

Fast-forward to late September.  

It still feels 200 degrees out, but the house truly feels like home now, and the front yard has progressed enough to be, what I consider, flamingo-worthy.  Also, I just spent a week in Knoxville on a business trip, and finally had some $$$, so I felt like I finally deserved them. Life is GOOD!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hello // Welcome // An Introduction

Hi, and welcome to my blog!

I'm Holly Nicole, and I will be your narrator.  I will be telling you my life stories, and the story (which is still playing out) of the Bay Trippers - me and my boyfriend, (my sweetie, my honey, my hunk of a man, best friend in the whole world, my HERO!!) Jacob.

I created this blog to supplement our Instagram account (bay_trippers) ~ because there is always a story (and boy, do I have them) behind the each photo / inspiration / idea / experience.

Please follow us as we find our way to travel the world!

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