Every day, I turn on my computer and pull up my home pages. One shows hurricane warnings and, last Saturday morning, showed a weak system that had a small chance of becoming a problem. Well, Friday morning it got upgraded to the second named Atlantic storm of the season and should pass west of my home today. I wish I were there to keep an eye on things....and to collect lots of water! Oh, well, I will get there Monday afternoon.Speaking of getting back, this is going to be another Loooong night: the last bus gets me to the airport a bit after 10pm and the flight leaves at 6:15, so I will have a long wait. This gives me, however, an excellent chance to catch up on some reading and thinking, then (perhaps) sleep on the flight. Crossing fingers that it all works out well.
Thursday, I met up with Penny Keith at 7am to sail from Jackknife Harbor to south of south cut, walking and pulling the boat for a bit. We each got plenty of steamers, although I am not sure who will eat the ones I got or where they will get cooked. We left the boat in Outermost Harbor, my bag of clams dangling from it and spitting sand. We contemplated sailing back to Jackknife, but, after visiting the frustrated bass fishermen, decided to head to Outermost Harbor instead.
David and I planned to bring the Hobie around to Jackknife at 4pm, leaving me 2 hrs to kill. I found myself a bit cold, weak, and shaky and, after a bit of contemplation, narrowed it down to cold plus either hungry or tired. I scarfed down the remaining food in my daypack, then lay down on the boat under the warmth and shelter of the sail, and napped. This really helped and I woke much refreshed and sailed the boat to the beach where David and I were to meet.
A little gap-toothed boy, perhaps 6 or 7 yrs old, came shyly toward the boat. His father asked if he could photograph the kid beside the boat and I said "Of course!". The boy asked all sorts of questions and found things like the roller-furling jib tremendously exciting. Then David arrived and he and I waved farewell to the family and took off and headed north, fighting wind and the incoming current.