Tuesday, May 23, 2017

St. Augustine - 2017

May 21 thru May 23

--Blogpost written by Bob

This is our second visit to St. Augustine in 2017--we also visited here in February on our way south.  This morning, Sunday, May 21 is very quiet.  At 8:15 AM a light cool breeze is blowing from the southeast.  All the boats in the mooring field are facing into the wind--that was not the case yesterday afternoon with the strong outgoing tidal current.

This is the view of the Bridge of Lions from
our cockpit in the morning.

We have a new hitchhiker on board--a small lizard from south Florida.  We first discovered him/her hiding in the forward dock lines a couple days ago.  This morning he was perched on my fishing rod on the boat's stern.  So far, he/she has successfully avoided our cat's attention.

This is our latest hitchhiker--a Florida lizard.  We first saw
him hiding out in the bow dock lines but today he
was on my fishing rod on the stern.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Vero Beach To St. Augustine - 2017

--Blogpost written by Bob

Early this morning, Wednesday, May 17, a series of brief rain showers came through Vero Beach.  It was like the moisture was being wrung out of the clouds overhead.  I sat in the cockpit and watched the rain drops hit the water in the harbor as each little rain shower passed through.

This is a painted version of a photograph I took of the moored boats
as one of the brief rain showers passed through this morning.
I thought this photo treatment best captured
the mood of the rain shower.

We've identified a possible window for our ocean passage from Fernandina Beach to Charleston: 5/23, 5/24, and 5/25 having moderate winds out of the east and south.  We've adjusted our plan a little to take advantage of this possible weather window. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Vero Beach FL - May, 2017

May 14 thru May 16

--Blogpost written by Bob

It rained a little during the night but I slept through it without noticing.  This morning, Sunday, May 14, our solar panels started generating electrical power with just a trickle at 7:15 AM.  The sun was barely up at that time.  The air is cool and clean, like most times after a rain.

This is a power pedestal on the floating dock nearby.  These
provide access to shore power and fresh
water when we are at the dock.

I completed the installation of the new lifeline stanchion this morning after buying a 10-24 tap, #25 tap drill bit, and a tap wrench yesterday.  (Of course, I have all these things in our storage locker in Annapolis but I didn't think I would need them on this trip.)   Fortunately, I found my portable battery-operated drill onboard or it would have been nearly impossible to drill & tap the stainless steel stanchion.

In the early afternoon, we went to the Indian River Mall to get a new battery for my watch--I got the new battery AND a new (Pulsar-brand) watch!  The highlight of our day was getting our first Starbucks coffee in three months!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Vero Beach FL - May, 2017

May 11 thru May 13

--Blogpost written by Bob

It's feels great to be back in the U.S., particularly when I took a shower this morning, Thursday, May 11, with unlimited hot water!  We will be staying in a slip here at Vero Beach City Marina for a full week--actually, our rented slip is on a floating T-head in front of the Vero Beach Yacht Club.

S/v Rainy Days gets a well-deserved week-long
rest at the Vero Beach City Marina.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

West End to Vero Beach FL - 2017

--Blogpost written by Bob

The marina was almost full last night--mostly with power boats (one about 100 feet long) but still a fair percentage of sailboats.  Even though it is not allowed, a sailboat was anchored in the turning basin last night. 

A lone sailboat was anchored in the marina's turning
basin at dusk on Monday, May 8.

We've been plagued with "no-see-ums" here the last two nights without winds to keep them away from us.  It almost makes you want to pull your own skin off!  It is little consolation to find many of them (maybe 50 or more) dead in the dish drainer this morning.  Apparently, they gourge themselves on our blood, need a drink of water, and, then, they just die.