A Trip to Town and the Library
05 April 2011 | Back at Monument Beach, Elizabeth Harbour
Things were getting desperate for me on board. I was down to my last unread book. We are planning to head out tomorrow to Long Island and I didn't see anything in either guide book about a book exchange there. I needed to get to town. The wind was supposed to be down today, so about 9:30 we loaded up and headed across the harbor to Georgetown. It still seemed rough, so the computer went in the computer bag, and then in the zippered and rubber lined Earendil bag, and then in a black garbage bag with a twist tie. We also took one 5 gallon water jug and three one gallon water jugs, to top off our water. My 6 books to trade at the library (they do lending and trading) were in the Earendil bag. Fuzzy rode in the frontpack. Fuzzy and I stayed dry in the bow, but Bud got splashed pretty badly where he sits.
I'll post a picture of the library when I get a chance. It's open from 10 'til noon, 6 days a week. It seems to be run mostly by and for the cruisers. It cost me $3 for a year's dues and I got to trade in the 6 books I've read for 6 new ones. I'm down a few books because I gave another boater 3 books and she was going to bring me three the next day, but then we missed them and haven't seen them since. Also, at one place on Little Farmer's, they wanted two books to give you one. I had three books to trade, so only took two. That makes me down 4 books from where I started. That may prove to be critical. (I also have a couple of books that were given as
gifts that I won't trade.) Anyway, I also went on-line and got the blog posted and tried to make some phone calls. The phone kept disconnecting, so that was pretty frustrating.
It was still windy on the way back and Bud had trouble again getting the dinghy to plane with the computer, books, a few more groceries and 8 gallons of water. I was way up on the bow with Fuzzy. Again I stayed pretty dry until right at the end. I moved part way back so Bud could slow the dinghy, but then when I thought everything was fine, bud slowed some more and we did the water over the bow thing again, and I got soaked. Happily the computer and books stayed dry inside their layers.
I'll keep trying to post these via Sailmail, you'll see them once I'm successful!