It is Mother’s Day and I have spent my time catching up on writing blogs. Dave went hiking alone, so I could rest up after yesterday’s hike. When he came back, I was making bread and reading. Dave put some chicken on the barby and we were enjoying a nice meal before going to the movies for a date night. Then I hear, “Uhhhh, Janice… The dinghy’s gone.” “What?!!!” I jumped to my feet and my heart plummeted to my stomach. I was instantly sick and lost all appetite. I called out to all stations on the VHF and reported the missing dinghy, described it, and asked if anyone had seen it. One person responded, asking about the color of the outboard. One dinghy had been reported drifting in the morning. Thank you, but no, our dinghy could only have been gone a couple hours.
Steve from Slow Flight zoomed over in his dinghy and asked if we wanted to go look for it. Dave hopped into his dinghy and I stayed near the radio. We are anchored in a corner of sorts with the current running toward the corner, if the dinghy had merely broken loose that is where it would go. And that was the direction the guys took off towards. I waited with my guts twisted in knots and watched their progress. Steve and Dave made it to the shoreline and turned towards a catamaran docked not far away. They kept heading straight towards it. This catamaran, named Safari, had a dinghy tied to the side of it. Sure enough, I could see Dave climb out of Steve’s dinghy and into the other one. Steve came zooming back to let me know that life is good! I can’t believe it! They found our dinghy! Someone caught it and tied it up to Safari, which is parked long-term and has no one aboard. We could tell the dinghy hit the dock and was being pushed underneath it by the current. Scratches on the outboard and the cover being knocked loose testified to it. With no one aboard Safari, Dave just untied the dinghy and came back. I thanked Steve for his help and we definitely want to buy him a drink sometime. This could have ended differently, but it didn’t. We continue to be amazed by the kindness of the boating community and are so very grateful to be a part of it.
Without a dinghy, we cannot get to shore without swimming. This would have killed date night. So very fortunate and grateful to have our dinghy back, we were able to go to the movies for the first time since we began cruising. We saw “The Second Best Marigold Hotel.” We had enjoyed the first one and we enjoyed this sequel, perhaps more than most. It was fun to see the rickshaws (including the killer rickshaw – I am tempted to decorate ours with a scorpion on the back window now) and we giggled at various scenes that would not have meant anything to anyone else in the cinema. We can’t wait to get to India! Why Knot IV is still claiming they are meeting us there and Indigo dropped us a hint that they are thinking about it, too. We will be posting more about the Rickshaw Run soon. We need to book our flights and design the paint job to pimp our ride.