Monday, December 29, 2008

Where's the Drama?

It may seem that since we left Annapolis for the winter part of our journey, there has been much less drama than in earlier chapters. That is true, thankfully. Less drama, however, does not equate to NO drama. There have been a few near misses ….

We almost plowed into a 20-foot iron ocean buoy earlier in the trip. The boat was headed straight for it and the person driving the boat (who shall remain nameless to preserve marital harmony) was not paying attention to business. After veering away from the buoy, we discovered that we were headed out to the ocean when we wanted to stay in the Intracoastal Waterway – we were lost for a few minutes until figuring out our bearings.

The dinghy went in the water yesterday without the plug in the bottom. Norm noticed right away and rescued it before much water got in. Whew!

Tidehiker touched bottom twice while checking out potential anchorages. That always freaks out Vicki who pictures us stranded there. Norm got us into deeper waters each time.

Please keep saying those prayers to keep us safe! We need them.

OK-OK-OK - this is really wierd. Yesterday as I was writing a draft of this blog, the generator shut down unexpectedly. So far, Norm has not been able to re-start it. He's trying some things this morning and we're hoping for the best. I guess I spoke too soon about having less drama!

And.... not 5 minutes after publishing this blog, Norm successfully started the generator. Whew! We like our electricity and really didn't need another maintenance bill. Thanks to Steve Koch, Jim Roberts and Rick Tierney for their consulting advice on the problem. As Vicki's Dad said, Norm is a great problem-solver... and having wise friends helps a lot.

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