Still Gale force winds
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
Gale force winds but the rains have stopped somewhat...
Monday&Tuesday, May 18th and 19th 2009
Well the Gale continues. Oatmeal for breakfast both days to make sure Wayne's stomach is okay... He's much better now even if the water keeps bucking us. My aloe plant fell over again - poor thing. Will it make it back home?
The bridge tender opened the bridge at 4:30pm for ½ an hour on Monday night, Then again after midnight. But it was still choppy and winds were between 20-25 knots so at 4:30pm we decided that since the anchor was still holding so well, we'd stay put. At midnight when I heard him come on the radio I was so groggy and it was dark, so who cared... We hoped that in the morning that he'd still be open but at 5am Tuesday morning he closed the bridge again. I'm getting used to the rocking and rolling and Wayne is too. Normally he can't read in a rocking boat without getting sick, but he's doing fine. Made Beef Birmingham for dinner Monday - modified it since I didn't have all the ingredients but it was tasty my way too. Tuesday night I made a modified BBQ chicken/pork cowboy stir fry over mashed potatoes with baked beans on the side. It's called how to start using up all the stray meat in the freezer. I'm not sure how I came up with uneven numbers of meat, but it makes for interesting, sometimes innovative meals LOL.
The gusts continue to go above 30-35 and the waves are still capping and falling over. The sound of the chain and snubber are loud in the V-berth but when we check, they're still holding good. It makes me wonder what on earth we managed to hook onto below the water. We've not moved more than 7-15 feet since the anchor caught. When we finally try to haul up anchor it will be interesting to see if we can actually get it up or if it's firmly taken root. According the weather on the Internet, the winds are supposed to start letting up tomorrow evening (Wednesday) so depending, we may be able to get out of here tomorrow or Thursday. It always amazes me how even though the cell phones don't work, I can sometimes access the Internet with the broadband card. So Wayne was checking out rental cars most of the day (Tuesday) online so we can cart stuff from the boat to home once we finally put the boat on the hard for the summer.
I found another Micheal Crichton book in my reading material "Prey". I shouldn't have picked it up because I'd started another book "One False Move" by Harlan Coben that will now have to wait. Crichton always manages to hook me. I will be glad when the boat stops slopping us around like a wash machine though... It's easier to spend the days in bed than being thrown around in the boat. Wind chill is cold out there. High in the 50's and low in the 40s. Time to throw another blanket on the bed and stop the drips from the ports onto our heads from the condensation...