Our neighbors from Idaho arrived Christmas evening. They flew into Orlando, then made the 2 hour drive to Vero Beach where we were currently. We loaded them onto the boat and gave them the tour. Everyone settled down for their first night on the boat.
The Despain family lives 2 doors away from us in Idaho. The kids are all friends and enjoy playing together. The hardest of living on the boat for our kids is not having friends around to always play with. They make new friends along the way, but they still miss their friends back home. So to have some come and visit was very exciting for them.
We spent the whole first day traveling. The kids entertained themselves throughout the day. The kids would watch from the bow for dolphins or manatees or enjoying the big homes along the Inter Coastal Waterway.
Sawyer was very interested in learning about the boat. He spent a lot of time at the helm learning to drive the boat and talk on the radio. We taught him how to notify the bridges when we needed an opening and how to talk with other boats we were passing. He did a good job driving the boat as well.
We anchored late afternoon near Jupiter. As Diane and I worked on dinner, David got out the hot dog tube and took the kids for a ride. They loved being pulled on the Hot Dog and getting tossed into the water.