Why so long with no blog? In a word...teeth: broken teeth, missing teeth, dead teeth and the repair thereof! Finally after what seemed a long time of singlehandedly supporting the dental industry we were released to travel south. We made a lovely stop at Port St. Joe, FL to spend some time with John and Lois, friends from Rochester and Jill and Bud, boating friends from Regatta Pointe.
|View from John and Lois' house at Port St. Joe|
|Jim, Jill, Bud and Matey|
|Seen near Apalachicola - A cautionary tale|
We are now back on "Well, Why Not?" though the boat is not on the water. It is on jack stands with hurricane tie-downs, looking rather sad with shade netting in somewhat of a disarray after the summer storms that came through. Berries and bird droppings litter the deck. But no mold nor mildew.
|Shade netting did its job, but is a little worse for wear|
Turns out we had had an unwelcome visitor (visitors?) during the summer....a cockroach! Jim was a masterful hunter and did it in but in his unflappable style assured me that "where there is one cockroach, there are surely others". To add insult to injury what I first thought were dead no-see-ums turned out to be cockroach poop which was distributed rather generously throughout the main and aft cabin. I am not particularly squeemish, but I was not happy. Obviously some massive cleaning was in order which given life on the hard, is not easy! We do have running water on the boat from our water tanks, but no appropriate drainage other than a bucket under the galley thru hull.
|our drainage system|
Jim has spent what seems to me to be an inordinate amount of time trying to fit too many tools into too small a space. Gotta be prepared for whatever, whenever he says. And yes, he was a Boy Scout. He has also been trying to get our internet extender to work. So far unsuccessfully.
The boatyard painter has been working on the bottom - fixing a few small blisters, raising the waterline, cleaning the prop and shaft and sanding the old bottom paint, all in preparation for adding 2 coats of new ablative paint. So glad we decided to let the boatyard take care of it. Meanwhile we have been getting little projects done while trying to stay out of his way.
|Egret and alligator at Myakka Lake|
|Great Blue Heron and alligators|
|Mary and Bill on canopy walk|
|Jim and Marg on canopy walk, tower in background|
|View of palms and oaks from top of the 75 ft canopy tower|
Back to work.......