Saturday, June 28, 2008
A weekend on the boat
I'm heading out today to spend the weekend on the sailboat. It's supposed to be hotter than a furnace during the day but will cool down into the 70's at night. Also, there's supposed to be a good breeze blowing so that may make things more bearable.
The anchorage that I go to is near an island that I can reach with the dinghy. Last year, I swam back and forth from the boat to the shore. The current moves quickly through this area so it is safer to reach shore by the dinghy.
On Saturdays, there's a crowd of boats that beach or raft up near the island. It's become a party spot. Last year, there weren't many boats here and one could get in a good skinny dip in the AM. Now, there are a lot of people who start showing up around 9 AM. One of the latest things is for the young women to do pole dancing on their boats. By about 4 PM, everyone is mostly high on something. Sunday is a little better and brings more of a family crowd. I think that the party folks from Saturday probably hit the bars after the beach and are too hung over on Sunday to move.
There are a few things that make all this redeemable though:
1. The boats are mostly gone by 7 PM on Saturday and Compass Rose is the only one left there for the night.
2. Once on the beach, I can walk about 1/4 mile and leave the party people behind. From then on, the beach is open and without a person for the next 3.5 miles.
3. The anchorage is sheltered from waves and there is usually a great breeze that keeps the nighttime temperatures down and the skeeters away.
4. There are usually interesting shells and a few shark's teeth to be picked up along the walk. And in the winter, there's enough down trees and branches to build a nice fire. I don't think I'll need one of those this weekend.
Hope that each of you has a nice peaceful weekend doing whatever you like to do.