He is an affable fellow so we had good discussions on a lot of things. He lost his wife six years ago and is still sad about that. He said that his life pretty much went off track after she died. Not the drinking kind of off track but just not really there, if you know what I mean. We talked politics because he shares the same leftist liberal views that I do. I can tell you that if he weren't, we would have had a lot less to talk about because I don't discuss politics with most people. We talked about his being Jewish and his going back to synagogue. And we talked about what kind of boat he would like to get. He spent a lot of time on the iPhone too.
We passed the time and eventually met up with some fellow boaters and sailors at a marina. Happy hour was pretty happy but not over the top. And the dinner was at a resort restaurant. I was seated across from a lady and her husband who were doing the Great Loop which goes up the East Coast. Interesting stuff, except that she was really snippy and rude to her husband who seemed to want to talk incessantly. He was working on his third Dark and Stormy, repeating the earlier stories, and she was telling us how she knew who she was at 20 and didn't need to learn much more about herself. I finally said that I didn't have a clue who I was at 20 and was really getting to know who I was over the past decade. I am really happy that I have made that progress. And I know enough to realize that I can last through a two hour dinner with just about anyone, learn something, and then walk back to the boat.
On Sunday, we headed back up the coast to my home port. I was tired and in need of a good soaking shower when I got home. But here are some photos of the scenery on the trip.
|At the dock|
|Lots of marsh and lowlands|
|Storm clouds coming in|
|Paddle boarders going by|
|A bridge opening on the ICW|
|Old boat shed along the way|
|Yes, that is a manned gun boat telling me to stay away.|
And then there is the garden. It is coming along nicely. My wife has a green thumb. We have mulched, planted, amended, and irrigated. The flowers are her pride and joy. I like them but am partial to growing the edibles. I do like the strawberries and blueberry plants. I had best show you the way it looks now because later in the summer, it will not look nearly as pretty or lush.
|Irrigating the raised beds|
|Potatoes coming up|
|The walkway to the front door|