Rest – order of the day
11 July 2009 | Presque Isle
It's amazing how regenerative a couple of days on the boat at the dock can be. Even Vixen has been resting as she checks out the dock activity from her new perch. God forbid someone should walk by and not pay attention to her.
The trip up was really tough on the body - none of us slept much that second night. So catch-up rest and sleep are the order of the day(s) while we await our friends who are now in Harrisville - just south of us.
I think (fingers crossed) that I've got the wet locker leak fixed. Tim, the fast cure 5200 was a great idea - it set in about 4 hours. The fuel cap that went in the water, on the other hand is that sacrificial boat part that we all must offer up to the gods from time to time. I was able to borrow a net to dredge the bottom - and spent about a day going back and forth stirring up all kinds of stuff in this muddy bottom - but no luck. Fortunately it is a direct swap with the stern water tank filler cap. Since we only use the stern tank to balance the boat, that gets a rag as the filler cap and the fuel cap is 'fixed'.
We spent the rest of the first day walking to both the old lighthouse (1830) and the new one that was established in 1870. The walk ended up being longer than intended but nice to see both Lighthouses. Kat made a wonderful chicken and rice dinner with freshly baked bread. The second day we took Vixen to the beach and sand dunes - she loves to run after the waves - thanks to Alex and Stephanie who regularly take her to the beach. Last night's dinner was breaded pork. The only thing that would have made this meal better would have been a nice young Pinot Noir, but I'm not going into the wine cellar until we're finally in Canada as our on board supply is limited and the selection in the Ontario stores is restricted to the equivalent of Catawba Reds (our CIC friends will understand). It's amazing how much we use the galley compared to our previous boat, I don't think we ever turned on the stove/oven on the 38.
The weather is challenging in many respects, a thunderstorm blew through 2 nights ago with strong winds and a downpour, Yesterday the wind in the harbor blew a steady 15 with gusts to 20. It's interesting that except for the 4th weekend with little to no wind, we have had very windy conditions (and cold) for the past month. The heat is on in the boat - and we're dressed in fall clothes. We're ready for some warm and becalmed days.
This morning we heard our friends talking on the VHF so we know they are on the way - we're very excited to meet up with them.