The Titusville Neighbors The Night Before Their Departure
09 July 2008 | Oriental Harbor
Keith, steady wind from the south west, nice weather to hang out at night
I had my neighbors over for a beer. They eventually stayed for dinner (well, they went to their boat and brought their dinner over and shared it with me - I threw together a salad). We chatted for hours and enjoyed some mutual interests. Their boat is an older 37 foot sailboat named Roxy, which is the name of their 13 year old dog. They've been cruising for years, I'm just starting. They are cruising on a shoe string. I am better off. Their boat is a fixer upper. Mine is in great shape. It really helped me to put things into perspective in terms of how lucky I am. They are sailing away towards the outer banks as I write this. There is a place there that several people have advised me to visit. It is about 5-7 hours away and only accessable by boat - where Blackbeard hung out apparently. White sand beaches. Near, but just this side of, the Atlantic. In the picture you can see Jake licking the can opener just used to open the bottles of Corona. He later crawled onto their dingy and peed. We think he had to go and found a way to do it without peeing on the boat, which the dogs don't want to do. It was quite unlike Jake. I found dock space here for 30% off of the retail price from a friend I made at the self storage rv park. I can move the boat there today and stay for several days after I return from the west. That doesn't really appeal to me as I prefer to anchor out, but I've got to dock the boat while I travel so I might as well do it today The National Public Radio weather forcast predicts thunderstorms today similar to yesterday. I'm starting to get used to the cruising life again, only to have to leave it again. I'll be back soon this time.