January 29, 2009.
As you all know we’ve been sitting here, with our plans up in the air for a few weeks, but we’ve made a decision and we are once again, Bahamas bound!
So, the first order of business was to take an inventory of exactly what we have on board. This year we will have to provision for the trip in a week, as opposed to last year where we had months to prepare. It’s not as easy as it sounds, as we have supplies crammed everywhere. The V berth looked as if someone put everything from your garage into a clothes dryer and ran it for an hour. So we spent this afternoon removing everything from the V berth.
Christy had a brainstorm and called Jay from Far Niente to see if we could leave our bicycles in their garage while we’re overseas. Jay said “no problem”, so I put the bikes up in the cockpit so we could really see what kind of room we’d have available. Once everything was cataloged and restowed things looked much better. We try really hard to keep a running inventory of all the spaces that we have for storage. We keep an ever changing list of what’s where. Each locker, shelf, cubby, bin, hanging hammock, bilge and various nooks & crannies (which are not much bigger than an English Muffins) has a list of contents. You wouldn’t think that it would be that hard to locate anything on a 42ft boat, but let me tell you……
Christy spent the better part of the day emptying every locker. She inventoried canned goods, paper towels, tooth paste, engine oil, pretty much everything. While she was busy at that, I ran to West Marine to pick up a few last minute items. We also received a few of the things that we’ve ordered through the mail.
On my way back from the store I stopped to take a few pictures of these pelicans chasing some dolphins. When I went up to the marina to catch the bus I saw them and they were still at it when I got back an hour later. The dolphins were swimming in lazy circles and it seemed that they were antagonizing the pelicans who reacted by chasing after them. They even took off and flew just a dozen feet or so and plunged into the water in an attempt to “get” them. The dolphins would in turn circle back under the pelicans and “goose” them into the air again and again.