The trauma of the return of the Budget Rental TruckVicki
2012/05/11, North Tonawanda
Okay, now our trip is beginning to feel real. Today we returned the truck. We had the Budget rental truck for 26 days. It did so much for us. We used it to bring furniture and items to various children and schools, used it to bring our junk to the Minneapolis transfer stations, used it to bring all our boat supplies to North Tonawanda, used it to store the boat supplies while we were working on the boat to keep the mess to a minimum, used it for the hot date night, for grocery shopping, for the never-ending trips to West Marine, and used it to go to Niagara Falls. We never did have to sleep in it, but that was always a possibility. Donald, our Budget guy here in North Tonawanda was great! And now it is gone, our last link to the land. Tomorrow we cut our dock lines and head for Buffalo.
Sometimes being a tourist is just good funVicki
2012/05/10, Niagara Falls
Today was a day of vacation, we took off in the morning for Niagara Falls. We decided we could not be this close, for this long, and not see them. The trusty Budget rental truck got us there and we did the tourist thing. Hiked around, went down to the Cave of Winds and, of course, rode the Maid of the Mist. I don't like to use the word awesome much, but this was way awesome. Power of water, the roar, getting drenched when the wind shifted, it was all good. I told Paul that was the most fun I had so far on this trip. His response? That's the only fun we have had on this trip!
2012/05/09, Niagara River
We were on the hard so long, it was beginning to feel as if it was home and we would be stuck there - landlubbers! But today the marina launched our boat and we are floating - no leaks that we have found yet. We are gently rocking in the current and should sleep well tonight.
2012/05/08, the boat
The rain you had in Minneapolis has just made it to our boat. We seem to be in a bit of a low area and the water accumulates around the boat. I call it the Nokomis wetland. We used the wood from the tarp frame to build a boardwalk so we can get to the Budget rental truck without getting our feet soaking wet. I am thinking of asking Paul to take the tarp and make a covered walk-way. I think that would be really sweet.
And more boat projectsVicki
2012/05/07, Smith Boys' Marina
Yes, we have found even more uses for the Budget rental truck. While Paul was doing the bottom paint on Nokomis, I was varnishing several items for the boat. First the truck came in handy to position close to someone's trailer so we could string a line to hang the pieces from. And then it was supposed to rain overnight so we cleared a spot inside the truck and the pieces hung in there for the next 24 hours, protected until they were really dry.
WARNING: Too Much Information AlertVicki
2012/05/05, Read at your own risk!
People who are not used to life on a sailboat frequently ask questions about daily living on the boat. Well, I have to admit that maintaining personal hygiene can sometimes be a struggle when you can't shower frequently. I personally have liked to use a bidet, the object on the right in the picture. It is from Home Depot and is designed to spread insecticide on lawns. Mine has only had water it in, I shortened the handle and after a couple of pumps it is ready to use. The biggest problem is Paul does not like how bulky it is, how much room it takes and the general aesthetics. He off-loads it and then I have to bring it back. He has finally accepted the necessity of a bidet, and gentleman that he is, installed one at the same time he installed a shower in the cockpit and the anchor wash-down in the bow. Check out the handle to the left in the picture. It pulls out and is connected to the pressurized hot-water system. Oh, la la! I think Paul is a keeper.