I got back to the boat last Thursday and have been doing the things you do before a cruise: filling the water/fuel tank, strapping the kayak and inflatable dinghy down, checking the engine, hooking up the electronics(I take them home when I leave the boat), loading food and clothes, making up the beds, and general organization of stuff. I did add a clock and barometer inside and a compass on the outside so I can lay down in the cockpit and keep an eye on direction without straining my neck. My steering is still mushy so I will probably bleed the hydraulics one more time before leaving.
But it hasn't been all work. Amy came down with me for three days and we packed a lot of eating and touring into those days, like the Walter Anderson art gallery in Ocean Springs, and the Bay St. Louis Festival, and dining in some nice places like Mary Mahoney's and The Half Shell Oyster Bar, both in Biloxi. We even tried to go to a Willie Nelson Concert at one of the Casinos but it was sold out.
I will put the boat on the hard in Carrabelle for three months when I get there, but hopefully have a good cruise on the way there. My plan is to jog on all of the deserted beaches I can and take some pictures along the way.