Finally around 5 p.m. we headed over to see our friends on Hook. We had as small mishap as we were leaving in the dinghy - with Coleen falling overboard. She wasn't sitting down/holding on, and I missed untying one of the dinghy lines - we took off, the dinghy jerked hard - and she was in the water! I quickly shut down the motor and drug her back in. After lots of tears, a warm shower and change of clothes l-- we tried again.
Of course by the time we got to Hook they were already in the rum drinks - it was after 5! Two of our other friends were there as well - so instant party. We sat around for a while before realizing we should eat. I invited everyone over for a pressure cooker pot roast - and everyone brought something to go with it. I somehow managed to whip up a dessert and get the pot roast going before they all arrived.
Now you might be thinking how does she have a dinner party on that tiny little 28ft boat? We had six adults - one with a guitar, and 4 children. I stowed the table - to make more room in the cabin - and with 3 adults on each settee -- cozy, but doable. We stuffed the kids in the Coleen's "cabin". Somehow they managed to play games and have fun in a tiny space. Then later after dinner, when the noise level got to be too much, we did what all good parents do - we put in a movie in the DVD player and passed out headphones!
Now the kids complained that we were not using our inside voices and they couldn't hear the movie - so we sent them outside in the chilly, windy cockpit to enjoy their Barbie movie :-) Seems we were still too loud so they finally put in the companionway doors and got some peace :-)
Also, for a "large" boat dinner party, everyone brings their own bag with plates, cups & silverware for their family since no one boat ever has enough dishes to feed a crowd. It was a very fun impromptu party -which is one of the good things about being here in Boot Key Harbor.
The wind howled all night rocking the boat back and forth. It was like being in a cradle - but noisy. Between the wind howling and rigging banging around - it wasn't the b