This is our adventure – a journey out of our comfort zone. We are writing about it for our family, friends, and skeptics who may or may not “get” it but still want to know where we are and what we are up to. We don't actually "get" it either, so join us on our learning curve and enjoy the good, the bad and the ugly vicariously.
it gets dark early and because we are very conservative in our power usage
after the sun has gone done, we tend to play cards, do crossword puzzles or
read (with our headlamps on). One of
our first nights in Russell Key we heard what we thought was something rubbing
against the hull. Several checks outside
revealed nothing. Then a second louder sound
started and it caused a slight vibration under our feet in the cabin. The two
sounds went back and forth as if in conversation. Still nothing visible outside and in fact the
sound was loudest inside the boat. It
was a bit unnerving. Finally Jim
speculated that it might be alligators!
What?? A little exploring on youtube
and we were finally able to listen to alligator bellows, growls and what
sounded like loud belching!! That was what
we were hearing, altho it wasn’t as loud.
Noise travels well through the water so they were probably not as close
as it sounded. Apparently we were eavesdropping on an alligator conversation!! We heard them for several nights in a row and
they proved to be "chatty" but unobtrusive neighbors!
A few projects:
A 12 volt outlet added to the cockpit for charging our electronics.
Repair to the sacrificial on our mainsail - a UV protection system
Jim sitting on the boom to repair sail
Laundry done in my new "washing machine"
The new agitator
then the “Arctic Freeze” hit with a vengeance.With all due respect to my family and friends in Minnesota and Michigan,
it was COLD!!38 degrees above, not
below, but in Florida??? As "Murphy" would have it, our heater in the boat was not working. We obviously didn’t
bring our winter gear on the boat, so evenings we put on just about everything
we did bring, put an extra blanket and an opened sleeping bag on the bed and
have managed to survive.Everyday we
appreciate the cockpit enclosure.It
protects us from the brutal winds and the suns beats in and warms it up to a
balmy 65 degrees.
three days we kept close watch on weather hoping for a weather window to head
north. Small craft warnings kept us
where we were!! Another boat joined us
and despite being no more than 100 feet apart, with the extreme current (5 ft
tides twice aday) and 20+ knot winds we didn’t feel comfortable dinghying over
for a visit. The waters were choppy and the wind howled although we were somewhat protected from the worst of it
it looked like a decent weather window and we were ready to head out. So we did, and therein lies a tale for