Yesterday I had a crazy idea that we might be able to get a few tomatoes, eggs, lettuce and maybe a green veggie or two in town and use internet at the grocery store to upload a few pictures.. We loaded up the dinghy and headed out for the 2 mile dinghy ride to Moxey town around 9 a.m. Despite best efforts we managed to get a bit wet due to the spray from the waves. Nothing like arriving in town to do a little shopping in wet clothes! Thankfully it's a pretty casual place. The shopping trip was a bit of a bust. The little hardware store was not open and we were chased away by dogs. We managed to get a couple bottles of rum at the liquor store and then the sky opened up a downpour while we walked towards the grocery/gas station. We found refuge under the awning of a vacant building. We waited for about a 1/2 hour then walked in the rain to the grocery/wifi spot where it was too wet to even think about getting out the computer. The "produce" department had nothing but a a few green peppers and onions, but I did manage to get eggs and a can of orange juice ($5). The rain let up again so we made our way back to the dinghy and shoved off. It rained almost the entire way back. Coleen had a good test of her new foul weather gear - some Frog Toggs we got at Walmart in Tulsa ($40). She was the only one who stayed dry. DJ was soaked underneath his expensive foul weather jacket and I would have been dry but I let the wet dog hide under my coat. We were so glad to get back to our warm, dry boat and have a little hot cocoa and cookies.
Sunday we headed over to the island that has an abandoned AUTEC base. DJ needed to mend a sail and thought to spread it out on the floor of one of the old buildings and run the sewing machine using a portable generator. Coleen and I brought the makings for a picnic as there is beautiful spot overlooking a little meadow surrounded by causirina trees, complete with a swing hanging from a high branch. She also brought her Legos and a few books. We helped DJ by using palm tree branches to sweep the floor in the old building. It felt a bit like Swiss Family Robinson. We then enjoyed a relaxing afternoon, reading, taking long walks and playing in the swing.
This morning after listening to the 6:30 am weather forecast, I popped my head out of the companionway and saw that the water was completely flat and crystal clear. It was the first time in 2 1/2 weeks that the wind had stopped blowing. I called DJ on the VHF and suggested that we should head to shore and enjoy a dry dinghy for a change. It was so calm we could see everything in the water from the dinghy. We didn't even need to snorkel. Totally cool.
Well I'd better turn in so I'll be ready for the tomorrows adventure.