Well it was time for laundry again. This time I threw it all into a sail bag, along with my soap and headed over to laundry mat Perseverance, or so I dubbed it. Taking advantage of DJ’s 85/gallon an hour water maker, soon I had all the laundry hand washed, and all my water jugs filled too. Although, I’m not a huge fan of washing laundry by hand, especially sheets and towels, sometimes you just have to do it. I decided to make the best of it and dry the laundry at the beach.
As soon as Coleen finished school lessons, we loaded the dinghy with our favorite beach gear and my wet laundry and headed to shore. A little reconnaissance mission and soon we found the best palm trees for stringing lines for the laundry and the best place to string the hammock in the shade of a huge causrina tree. We spent a few minutes setting up our little camp and soon Coleen and I were enjoying good books in the hammock while our laundry flapped in the breeze under the palm trees. DJ headed out for his customary long walk, as he’s just not the sort to sit on the beach. Myself I have it down to science, read for a while, take a little stroll, splash in the waves, repeat as long as there is daylight left.
Just before dark, we dug a small pit in the sand, and built a very small fire for burning a bit of trash, which always makes me feel guilty. But I suppose in the end we made no more smoke than a barbeque grill. Still, trash is always a problem onboard the Glass Slipper. Glass containers are broken, steel cans are opened on both ends, and food waste is saved until we are in super deep water and then thrown overboard. We don’t drink soda or bottled water as they produce too much trash, so that is not an issue. Paper is burned on shore, and plastic we have to hold on to until we find a trash place in a settlement. We try not to buy anything in plastic containers if at all possible, and we reuse zip lock bags so they don’t become trash. We see so much plastic trash washed up on beaches it is just sickening. I often wonder why we are filling our beautiful planet with something we can’t get rid of. Is the convenience of plastic really worth it? Just my humble opinion…..