My nephew Warren is visiting from Texas.
Scupper cannot believe a real live Pacheco is aboard Rain Dog
Scupper getting the talk about being good while warren is visiting. No barking, No licking of faces, and No making a bed out of Warren’s suitcase full of clothes. Scupper looked on with an innocent “Who me?” look.
My handsome husband
Aliens! Blending quite well among the local indigenous population 🙂
Some friends from Texas, currently living in Clearwater, on their way through the Okeechobee. It was sooo great to see them. Blue Wing is a Sister-ship to Rain Dog. So we were getting all sorts of great ideas off Blue Wing, and they us.
Another cruiser stopped by to swap cruising guides.
One, rock my world idea from Blue Wing was to remove the companionway ladder and add one step to the engine room access hatch. It definitely opens up the space.
Wally made his own screens for the very hard to fit Pacific Seacraft bronze ports. After looking at how he made them, how much work went into them, I decided to go the simple route with our screens. They won’t look as good or be as durable as Blue Wings but we are out of time, it’s warm and the bugs are starting to come out at night.
Our screens are no-see-um proof, velcro’d to the inside port trim. The port seals water tight with screens in place. So we will leave them on all the time.
The patterns. I used new jar of good Contact cement to adhere the Hook Velcro to the inside trim of our ports and I sewed the loop velcro to the screen. Hopefully it will hold up.
Finished large port screen
Marina store had this along the back wall, it works.
Another big party Friday night downtown. Lots of street artists and some sort of dance competition.
Budding Artist…I believe this is the fire eaters son.
She was actually very intimidating, standing in front of her trying to get a good picture, I was very nervous.
This artist was cool, we put some cash in his tip jar and he played a Stevie Ray Vaughan solo…
LOVE street art.
Uber (taxi) ride to the Airport. We will miss youR handsome face Warren!!!
We are now gearing up to head for Key West, then onto the Bahamas. Brian needs to fix the outboard( carb issue maybe), I’m sewing my brains out. We are taking advantage of the fresh water hose at our dock as we will not see that for a while. So I will flush the anchor locker and bilges of salt deposits and scrub the water tanks( we got another bad batch of water in port st Joe). We need to provision and I still need to see a doc about my arms. Found a good walk-in clinic nearby that we will hit tomorrow morning.
My head has been acting up but I think it is my temperature regulator that was tinkered with during the surgery and postoperative complications. My body is retaining the heat from the environment, I’m sweating, but not enough. This increases ICP, which causes head issues. We believe this will get better when we are in a place I can swim to cool down. I shower on the boat to cool down, but I think an immersion for a few minutes is what it takes to reset my regulator. This is all an experiment. If I cannot handle this, then we will head north to cooler temps.
We hope to Leave this Tuesday or Wednesday and will stay over at Garrisons Bight moorings while waiting for a good weather window to jump out over to Bimini.