Dave’s last day at work was Friday, November 14 and here it is December 8. It felt like Dave would need to go back to work tomorrow for over two weeks. It just seemed like a really long holiday weekend. Even in San Antonio, it felt like it should just be a relatively short road trip that would end soon. When we got to New Orleans and stayed for three nights, it felt like a vacation. Okay, so Dave has a week off, then he’ll need to go back to work, right? When does the reality of the situation sink in?
Well, now we are at the boat and Dave says it feels very weird to be here. It doesn’t feel weird to me, since I’ve spent weeks at a time on the boat getting it ready to move aboard. However, it does still feel temporary. The boat is still being worked on. The gel coat guys are working on the black siding and Ted is changing out the heat exchangers on the diesel engines, so we are tied to the dock for the next week or so.
Dave’s parents are coming to join us on the boat on December 16. A day or two later we will untie the lines and make the two day sail to the Dry Tortugas. Maybe this is when reality will sink in. Maybe it won’t be until we get to the Bahamas in January. Who knows? In the meantime, I am enjoying our bird neighbors and visitors, which include brown pelicans, American oystercatchers, and an osprey that roosted on our spreaders.
The oystercatchers come in to spend the night on the break wall next to us each sundown and leave around the break of dawn each morning. Any birders out there? These are so interesting to me. At first I thought they were skimmers because of the sounds they make and the black and white coloring. But their beaks are all wrong, which do look more like oystercatchers, but they have solid black feathers on the west coast.
We brought a carload full of stuff, which means we have a carload of stuff to put away. In a house, that is no big deal and people do it every time they go to Costco. On a boat, it is much more challenging in the limited storage space. Everything has to be stowed and secured before heading out to sea or you end up with stuff falling allover the place.
As we put it all away and work on miscellaneous tasks such as hooking the dinghy up to the davits to drop it in the water for the gel coat guys, tracing the reason why there is no water discharge when running the air conditioning or heating, etc., Dave says it feels odd. He feels like it is between a vacation and moving aboard. We don’t know what we’re doing yet and can’t go anywhere. It just hasn’t sunk in that this is our life now. We still feel on hold, in preparation mode, but this IS our life now. We are living it. We are not in a holding pattern. Boats need a lot of maintenance and we will become accustomed to working on it or waiting for work to be done on it.