When you live, work, play and drive indoors you really take the weather for granted. Sure, if you notice a few raindrops you might jog out to the car or on a sunny day get a little hotter, but short of major weather events, life just goes on without any big modifications. On the water and in a boat though it is a constant issue. As you know we have previously been in the path of tornados and other bad storms but even a lesser wind can grind things to a halt. We’ve been “dead at the dock” on the outskirts of Key Largo since the 4th with consistent winds of 20-35 mph. Not much when you are on living on land, but in these exposed Keys (and exposed little Bayliner) it just isn’t worth trying to slog through the white caps and swells! I guess there’s a reason they call it “Small Craft Advisory.”
We seem to always manage to fill our days though with walks, food, docktails, cleaning, biking, reading and shopping outings for groceries and un-needed doohickeys at West Marine. On top of all the usual things, we got extra lucky as we took advantage of the already-planned visit to N’s friends from Ventana/Tucsson.
Kendall and Laura (and pup Dylan) graciously showed us a relaxing time at their home at Ocean Reef Club—a super upscale community inhabited primarily by CEOS and personal injury attorneys with seemingly no vessels less than 70 feet long in the marina. Suffice to say we left our boat at the State Park dock at $30/night. At $455 minimum per night, the winds weren’t the only thing keeping us from moving the boat there !!
After a couple of days with Kendall and Laura, we returned to life on the docks:
We played the Boat Movement Game… a new game: much like the Parking Lot challenge game https://www.mathsisfun.com/games/parking-lot-game.html . But with life size pieces and any number of players:
We had a great spot squeezed in at the end of our T-dock to finally add the boat name to the bottom of the dinghy! Now people can actually hail us–although the name seems to be butchered half the time!
On the way to shore for Z’s morning constitutional, B and Z were cheerfully greeted by this nice old gal in honor of International Women’s Day. I guess it is, therefore, a womanatee!
Well, I was about to write that we would be pushing off tomorrow with a clear weather window on the literal (and littoral) horizon; however, what I haven’t disclosed was the compounding frustration related to the shutting down of a Visa card (those bad guys up to their schemes again). You all know the drill…just compounded by getting new cards shipped to the non-billing address at a State Park and making sure we loiter around the ranger’s HQ during UPS delivery hours! Well, B’s card arrived today per schedule; alas not N’s tho….so we may well not only remain Sittin’ on the Dock o’ the Bay but also wastin’ tiiiime too until the other card arrives. Kids see:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTVjnBo96Ug