Thoughts from a boat driver on the ICW
04 December 2009 | St Augustine, FL
Bill, Rain, 40's
Isobel the climber, reached around the edge of the settee, palmed a hunk of bread and proceeded to take bites out of it... (note wool shirt and sweaters on both of us!)
A long day at the wheel. Still in the intercoastal Waterway. It would have been a good day to go outside although there were no safe outlets to the sea. We rode the current and checked out birds through the Marine Estuary Research Reserve.
As I sat at the wheel, My thoughts went like this: review my "punch list" in my head... Netting will have to be put up soon, as Isobel can now climb anything.. The other day we found her on the first step of the companionway stairs! I will have to find some nice place to do a bunch of engine maintenance... will have to find a nice place for the girls to hang out. Brrr... it is still in the 50s even though we are in Florida. I have heard that it is in the 80s in Fort Lauderdale... White Pelicans, Storks, Ibis?... I can't believe I forgot my bird book... Oh look, this foul weather gear works to keep the wind out of my neck... Wow, we are doing 9.3 knots over the ground... 2 knots of current... where is the channel?... it is getting shallow... does that chart say the channel is over here or over there? Where will we anchor tonight?... 250 miles to Fort Lauderdale.... I am ready for warmth... I want to shut the engine down and sail... I wonder how Bink is... I wonder how Randy did this by himself... Yahoo, hot soup for lunch!... too bad it is too cold for Isobel in the cockpit... starting to rain... can I get the rain flaps up and stay in the channel?... I wonder if the water that went in the outboard gas tank will do major damage... make a note to find out...