While I was in South Dakota in January, I met several new Canadian friends from Toronto. I think there were 12 of them there this year. One couple, Jill and David Greenwood, told us they would be vacationing in Naples, Fl in March, which is about 30 miles from Ft Myers Beach. At the time, I wasn't sure if we would still be here. But we were able to get together for an evening.
Both Jill and David are sailors, even though David is visually impaired. We met them at our dinghy dock and brought them out to our boat for a tour and happy hour. From exchanging stories, we found out they were very experienced sailors. So getting in and out of the dinghy at the dock and at the boat was no problem for David. I think he handled it better than several of our sighted friends.
We had a wonderful time sitting in the cockpit sharing a bottle of wine and several stories. They had never met Dave, but they appreciated his sense of humor, and had a great time.
Then we went back to shore to eat at a restaurant. They were busy and it got a little late. We forgot that it was Fat Tuesday. But we enjoyed the live jazz music in honor of Mardi Gras.
We really hope to go to Toronto some day to see all of our friends there. We would never be able to sail there and get back south again before we would get iced in somewhere. So we'll go in from the northern east coast by car or train. Or we'll just have to fly in there someday. We would really enjoy sailing with all of them (besides the great laughs we have when we are together).