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The year is winding down

29 December 2020 | Stuart F:
I think everyone is anxious to put 2020 in the rear view mirror. I’m afraid things won’t change much in the near future. It will be a while before the vaccine is available to us and until then we’ll continue to stick pretty much to ourselves. We seem to find ways to keep occupied and there are always boat chores. We make our morning shore runs early and scamper back out to the boat for the day. Today we brought out water and I put a coat of varnish on the starboard toe rail. Tuesday is also pump out day. Wow the things we look forward to LOL!

The marina has been relatively quiet. The pump out guy confirmed our suspicions that only a few people are on the boats in the mooring field. He told Scott that a lot of the boats on the moorings are local people who are occasionally day sailing them. Normally these folks would take them to the Bahamas or keys or to the west coast for the winter but with Covid limiting the options of places to go they are staying local. And while the marina has been quiet Sailors Return ( the restarant) and Gilberts (coffee bar) have been hopping. The restaurant has been having live entertainment nearly every night. We stay far far away but we can easily hear the bands out on the mooring. I’m not sure who books the entertainment but not all of it, heck most of it is to be nice a little lacking in talent. Still they are packing them in and social distancing and masks don’t seem to come into play.

The weather has assumed its winter pattern of cold fronts passing through every few days. The temperatures have gotten down into the 40’s and 50’s at night. We certainly don’t have our “northern” blood anymore and have gotten out the long pants and had the heater going at times. And we’ve had quite a few days with winds better than 15 knots which makes us bounce around on the ball. We can’t or shouldn’t complain we don’t have to shovel or worry about black ice.

The picture is of Penny the grand dog in the Christmas sweater we sent her. She is just as silly as it is.

Merry Christmas to you and yours

25 December 2020 | Sampe as we have been Ho Ho Ho
Merry Christmas ! We had a lovely Christmas, Santa managed to find us and leave us a trove of goodies. We facetimed with Jessica, Craig and the grandgirls and watched them open our gifts to them. We spent the day playing with our new gizmos and gadgets and had a quiet dinner on board. We’ll do the same for New Years. It’s been years since we were up at midnight and I suspect that we’ll be fast asleep when 2021 is ushered in.

The picture is of our adorable grand girls in their Christmas PJs. Santa brought them blue light glasses for all that screen time they're getting with hybrid learning

First trip to town this season

17 December 2020 | Stuart
We decided to walk into downtown Stuart today. It was early before the shops and businesses were open so we figured the crowds wouldn’t be out and about just yet. We hadn’t been downtown since last March. I was pleased to see that none of the businesses had closed their doors completely. We walked through the main business area and out past the county court buildings to the park. They had a display of Christmas trees that were sponsored by area businesses. We spent some time walking around and admiring the trees. By the time we headed back downtown was coming to life and the tables outside the restaurants were filling up with patrons. We headed back to the Marina and out to the boat.

The picture is of some of the trees in the park.

A walk across the bridge

16 December 2020 | Sunset Bay Stuart
.We took a walk across the Old Roosevelt Bridge early this morning, just to get off the boat for a bit and get some exercise. I need to get back into a pattern of walking again regularly. The captain joined me today as I had told him they were doing some sort of construction project by the bridge and had the river walk blocked off. He wanted to see what was up with that. It looks like they may be expanding the parking by the road there. It is very much needed. After he checked it out we continued on to the North side of the river and walked in the residential neighborhood. We did encounter a few other runners and walkers but mostly it was a quiet stroll and a welcome chance to stretch our legs.

Santa waved Hi to us as we walked by, socially distanced of course LOL

Marina Christmas Decor

14 December 2020 | Stuart Fl
.The marina put up a beautiful tree. No ceremony or cocktail party this year another victim of this horrid virus. We are doing well but missing the company of others this year.
The picture is the Marina's tree, its huge!

(Patti, Thank you for the updates on Cheryl and Karen, wish it were better news. Please give them our best and to you and Kevin too.)

December Sunday

13 December 2020 | Sunny Stuart
Sally | quiet
It’s been quiet on Light Reach since I last wrote. We’ve managed to do our Christmas shopping on line and have decorated the boat. Our little tree is up along with our stockings and we have lights on the bow and in the cockpit. There are quite a few boats with lights on the docks and in the mooring field.

We had a cold front come through a week ago which has put the temps down into the 50’s at night. It makes for good sleeping weather and we are warm and cozy in our berth. We put up the enclosure which is allows us to sit in the cockpit on cold windy days and protects from the rain too. Yesterday we had a full day of off and on downpours. We had gone in to do an errand run and got caught in it coming back to the boat. Both of us were pretty much soaked. Our 4 HP Yamaha engine for the dingy is giving Scott fits. On the way back in the rain we thought it was going to give up the ghost. It kept kicking out of gear and wouldn’t idle properly either. He had to fight with it when we first went in the water because the needle and seat was not working properly. He had taken extra precautions when we stored it for the summer but the motor trolls were up to their antics. We thought it was fixed when it started acting up again a couple of days ago. During a break in the storms yesterday we swapped the Yamaha out and put the two stroke Johnson on the dingy. So Scott’s project list got a little longer as he’ll need to tear the Yamaha down and hopefully fix it.

We did make a trip down to the condo last weekend to do laundry and restock from the freezer there. It may sound crazy to haul our laundry down there but I like the facility better. The laundry room at the condo is in a screened in out building. The one here is an air conditioned interior room. The idea of fresh air appeals to me right now. And I can put the clothes in to wash/dry and then go back to the condo. Here I would have to wait outside by the coffee shop crowd or sit in the car. We also take advantage of the shower while we are there. LOL yes we do shower more often than every 10 days.

A shout out to Patti and Paul, nice to know someone reads the blog 

The picture is our neighbors, Veronica and Tom’s boat “Toucan Share”. She is a Vagabond 42.

Vessel Name: Light Reach
Vessel Make/Model: Pacific Seacraft 37
Hailing Port: Annapolis Md
Crew: Scott and Sally and missing our CSO India the wonder Schnauzer she sails on in our hearts
Scott and Sally met in college, married and lived the average dirt dweller life for years always somewhere near the water. We fell in love with sailing in the early 90's. Summer of 2014 we both retired and became full time cruisers. [...]
Extra: "I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." John Masefield
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