Monday, February 27, 2017

A Mix of Work and Play

Brenda's provisioning process.

OK. We've played a lot lately and now it's time to get to work on boat projects (at least for part of the day). Boats are like houses...they continually need attention. Wrinkles is 33 years old now and some things are just plain wearing out. So, in the last week, Mike has changed the oil and replaced a fuel bleeder, installed new fuel filters, installed grab bars so we have something to hold onto when we go from the cockpit to the deck, upgraded our swim ladder with starboard non-skid steps, added a fuel filter/water separator for the dinghy, patched the dinghy leak, put an on/off switch on the depth sounder and you already heard about the head. Brenda cleaned all the stainless, sent in our taxes, organized and inventoried all our provisions, hung our cockpit lights, sewed a mast boot cover and another jerry can cover. Together we filled all the water jugs and biked all our provisions (groceries) back to the boat.

Garmin 741xs - Sweet!
New boarding ladder steps with non-slip surfaces.
Movie night with Will and Sonia
Our festive cockpit lights.
Brenda aboard The Ernie T

But don't worry, we have still found time to play. We went to a movie in the park under a beautifully starry sky. Guess what they showed? Titanic! We went to the huge nautical flea market in Islamorada. Mike found a slightly used wet suit for $20. Of course Sonia (Allora) found Mike struggling to get into the wetsuit so entertaining she started taking pictures! None of those pictures will be making it into this blog. We went to Hurricanes Bar to hear a band called Fiddle Rock, attended the American Legion breakfast, fished in Sister's Creek from the dinghy, SUP'd, made baskets, carved wood, attended happy hour at The Ale House and watched numerous beautiful sunsets. Hiking state park trails with Roger and Peggy (Never Say Never) was fun and the ice cream afterwards was perfect. We also had a wonderful night of dinner and drinks with Will and Sonia aboard their beautiful cruiser Allora. Each day we stop by the marina office/rec room to download movies and check up on other cruisers. We enjoy chatting with cruising couples like Lynn and Brian (Midori) when we bump into them there. Quite often these chance meetings turn into plans to get together for a happy hour or sundowners aboard a boat. You meet the nicest people here. In the evenings we are reading our new Bahamas cruising guides (Stephen Pavlidis) and our Explorer Chartbooks.

Happy hour fun.

Our time in Boot Key Harbor is winding down so quickly. We have loved exploring the area and meeting so many great people. But, we are getting anxious to sail off and explore new places. Our good friends Don and Gail (Island Tyme) are enroute and expect to be here in just 2-3 days. We are thrilled that we we will be getting back together and hopefully sailing over to the Bahamas with them. Sail fast "Little Pig".


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