Rain Is A State of Mind
30 January 2016 | Boot Key Harbor
Michael/Rain (what else?)
With El Nino continuing to pelt us with day-after-day of soggy weather, I have decided that rain is a state of mind. I don't melt. It's not particularly cold. Why not just behave as though the sun is shining and go about our days?
Yesterday we explored the mangrove creeks by dinghy. We discovered an undeveloped branch of Sister Creek that opened up into a sizable pond surrounded entirely by mangroves. Winds were blowing 15kts just 10 feet above us, but deep in the mangroves the water was glassy and serene. Lovely! Meanwhile, we counted 25 boats med-moored on Sister Creek, most waiting for a mooring ball to open up in the harbor. The foul weather has caused cruisers (like us) to linger longer than planned creating a record backlog. The waiting list is approaching a month. We spoke to some cruisers about life in the creek, and there is no shortage of drama apparently with anchors dragging and boaters running over their bow anchors, no-seeums and, of course, LONG dinghy rides everywhere. What a year we chose to visit the Keys! Good call, Hetzers!
We are in full-on, Bahamas prep now, making lists and checking them off. I have replaced the carburetor in the outboard, rewired (again!) Aria's power grid, added 1" of insulation to the refrigerator, bought a 44 lb Rocna anchor to replace our 33lb CQR and many other upgrades large and small that will pay dividends in the remote, northern Abacos. I recently noticed that the engine has begun dripping small amounts of oil into the bilge, which has me concerned. Got to be addressed. It's always something.
We are going to the Bahamas by way of the Dry Tortugas and Southwestern Florida. Yeah, you read that right. We are determined to circumnavigate the Keys before crossing to the Bahamas. We don't want to get to the Abacos before March, anyway, so good weather/bad weather, we will press on with our Florida ambitions. These journeys will, of course, be documented in the blog.
As for my sunny state of mind, I'll let you know how that goes. (Just keep the electronics dry).