OK, first the ugly. I ended up spending most of the day Friday working on the plumbing - not really very fun. The holding tank vent was clogged which was causing problems I shall choose not to describe. Anyway, it took a lot of effort to get it cleared and I found spaces on my boat I'd never before seen - or care to see again. There is practically a cavern in the space above the holding tank, but you need long, skinny arms to get in there. I was contorted into weird awkward positions trying to remove hose clamps & and cram wire through the vent fitting to clean it. But after a couple of hours I completed the job and then passed out in the cockpit for a much needed nap - dreaming of an iced cold drink and maybe a composting head.
Saturday I made a batch of pancakes and then tidied up for a sail. It only took a few minutes to stow stray items - and I lashed my Kitchen Aid mixer/bomb to the compression post. After having a close encounter with the mangroves while retrieving one anchor, we left the others tied to DJ's boat and headed out. After a quick stop at Burdines for ice, gas, beer and chocolate bars we made out way through the pass at low tide. The sea was a bit lumpy which made it fun getting the sails up. After we left the lee of the island we had enough wind to make us pause and put in a reef. Things settled down a bit after that, but it was still very lumpy and I had a rough time making lunch. We had a great sail for a couple of hours and then slowly tacked our way back and forth to reach the entrance. I had DJ and Coleen on the jib sheets, and Coleen - after about 10 tacks, finally got the hang of it. It was truly a lovely day - the kind sailors dream about.
We made homemade pizza and watched Night at the Museum. The nice breeze helped keep the no-seeums away and we had nice cool temps - just perfect for a good nights sleep.
Sunday, was a beach day. After making a batch of banana bread for breakfast, I packed up a picnic, loaded up the kayak, and Coleen and I headed to the beach. We spent almost the whole day there. The sky was a perfect blue, amazing sounds of the breeze in the palm trees, lovely sailboats on the horizon, beer & iced tea in the cooler - and a good book - The Cost Conscious Cruiser. Coleen had fun on the playground where she met a bunch of kids. We arrived back at the boat around 5 p.m. - grilled pork chops, zucchini, potatoes, and made a spinach salad.