Jake Rolling Around On The Ground Near Mushrooms Growing In The Park08/20/2008, Hilton Head
It's raining here now, but the photo above is what it looked like before we started experiencing the leading edge of a tropical storm. Whow, we just took some wind and the boat leaned over at the dock. I think I will secure the boat even better today to minimize the chance that it will be damaged by rubbing. Back to Jake, he's always been one to roll in things like mud or much worse, but since we've been away from home, he just rolls because he can and to express the joy of life and the ability to run free for some time.
Morning Porthole With A/C Related DewKeith, unsettled
08/20/2008, Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head
We've been in Hilton Head just about a week, believe it or not. Time flies. I'm officially getting work done on the boat but unofficially I'm waiting out the remnents of Fay in a safe and comfortable location. We are already starting to get the outer bands. Nothing serious, just rainy unsettled weather. I've been trying to get non-boat things done, but that work is slow going. So is the boat work for that matter at this point. My mechanic told me straight out that he is deliberately slowing down on the final things so I will stay through the storm. I can't complain. Free dock space near the Hilton Head Yacht Club to get fixed up and to wait out a storm. The dogs have gotten excellent walks with and without their friend Monty (I just saw him go by for his morning walk but Jake and Anne are sleeping and I am blogging, so we'll go later). Sleep is good, including a nap on occasion. Frankly I'm ready to head on and have been for days, but if we're going to get stranded somewhere, here is better than good.
It's Monday And We're Back On Boat MaintenanceKeith, partly sunny and nice out
08/18/2008, Hilton Head
Sunday was, as usual in these parts, a relaxed day. Last night after midnight it rained heavily but the boat remained cool and dry, which was really comfortable. There's something about being in a boat when it's pouring outside but dry inside that is very satisfying. If we weren't on shore power, it would have gotten muggy inside with all the hatches closed, but we had ac, so it was cool and dry inside. We had better enjoy it while we have it because I suspect the hottest and most humid phase of this summer's cruising adventures is ahead of us. Today so far we are replacing the oil and the rest of the oil and fuel filters. This diesal engine has three filters for the fuel and a filter for the oil. We are also going to replace the water impellor and seals, and replace and properly tighten the belt. That should put the engine in order for the next 500 - 1000 miles or more. There are some other little projects that will take us perhaps until tomorrow and then Tropical Dreamer will be ready to head on. However, about that time, Fay or its remnents will be headed our way, so we may stick around. We'll see. I've got a court hearing that I'm appearing at telephonically early this afternoon, so it's good to be parked here for today. Starting to feel the urge to continue cruising, but again with Fay coming, we can't just boldly go south. Perhaps it will dissapate in a harmless direction... Nobody here thinks it will be very much when it gets this far north.
Breakfast At Hilton Head.08/17/2008
I broke out some authentic beans from Mexico and my bottle of Huichol. I doctor the canned beans with 1/2 and 1/2 and some cheddar cheese and other spices. The tortillas are pan toasted. Mmm, the taste of home.
The Unofficial Dog ParkKeith, wet, humid, and getting warmer today. Good thing I have ac.
FayKeith, rainy last night - Anne came up into bed with me as she doesn't like the thunder
08/17/2008, I'm in Hilton Head, she is in Cuba but evidently coming this way
Well, well, well, what do we have here. I spent some time early this morning studying this system and it isn't likely to hit us hard, but it seems were likely to feel its effect more or less. The predictions for this area are 20-30% chance of heavy winds later this week. However, if it does turn into a hurricaine and tracks as predicted, we will be on the top right portion of the system, which is the dangerous side. I'm in a pretty safe place now, but this thing isn't supposed to come our way until Wednesday or Thursday. Lets just take it one day at a time. If it doesn't look good to head south again on Monday or Tuesday, perhaps we'll be here for longer than expected. I've discussed with my German friends an action plan in the even a hurricaine hits in this area. We will anchor our boats in a protected spot near here, get the dogs and ourselves and the most important things in their Ford Explorer, and evacuate away from the shore, leaving the sailboats to sink or swim. And we're not going to leave the dogs even if the shelter won't allow animals. Probably nothing will happen and the system will dissapate long before it gets here, but just in case.
Jake Rolling Around On The Dock And Anne Exploring08/16/2008, The Bridge And Boat Ramp Down The Street From Palmetto Bay Marina in Hilton Head, SC
The Forward Cabin (Where I Sleep When I'm Not Sleeping With The Dogs)Keith, hazy and humid
08/16/2008, Hiton Head
I've shown the forward cabin several times in the blog. It's an important spot I guess. With the air conditioning the last day or two, the nights have been oh so comfortable. Last night I slept almost 8 hours straight, which is really unusual for me. When we're anchored and without a/c, that comforter gets put to the side and I use only a sheet - sometimes even it is too hot and I sleep with nothing on top of me. With the switch to digital tv in a few months, both tvs on board will be obsolete and may need replacing with flat screens. I hardly ever watch TV though, so that won't be a priority - well maybe one nice flat screen in the forward cabin - but the other TV is destined for salvage and towels will go in its place.
Breakfast Today08/16/2008, Hilton Head
While I'm on a food picture thing, this was breakfast after a full morning of walking and playing with dogs and friends. Eggs (mixed with a dollop of 1/2 and 1/2), a little vidalia sweet onion, the last of my green beans cut into pieces, broken up sausage link, and some diced tomato. Yummy with some ice water and lime. Eating well (not always in a heart healthy way, but often) is turning out to be an important part of my cruising experience. It's really nice to have the time to cook whole foods without all the added salt and fats that came from all the fast food I ate - especially those working lunches - those were killer, literally.
Another Food PictureOvercast with spots of sun and high humidity
08/16/2008, Palmetto Bay Marina, Hilton Head, SC
I made a late dinner last night of salad and Progresso Clam Chowder. Before that we went on an after dark walk with our new German friends and their dog, Monty. It was beautiful with an almost full moon which had an orangish shade to it. After the walk, we went to the patio bar for a beer. They welcome the dogs at all the marina restaurants and bring them water bowls and treats. Amazing. I just came to this place for some quick repairs and it turns out to be its own experience - and a nice one at that. Today they took us in their car to a breach where the dogs could run unhindered by people or rules. Later I went along on a shopping trip to Sams Club and Publix, a large supermarket chain. Now I'm really stocked. We even hit the ABC store (for those who know what that is) I wanted to scoot through Hilton Head but it is beautiful here. Great parks, shopping, not too crowded - nice, happy people mostly. By the way, one of my friends mentioned that she liked the food pictures and I remember liking this book about a couple who sail far down south and the wife writes recipies in the book. My bag of grits is in the picture. My grits making is improving slowly and the dogs are happy to get some in their food at every meal lately. I wouldn't mind a Bojangles chicken, however, if there's one around. If not, I think there might be a fried chicken joint or two somewhere around these parts.
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