It has been a little over a month since I have written in this blog. It seems that we have been very busy while we were at the marina in Gulfport. Hanging out with new friends and working on our boats. Then we went on a great 3 day trip out to the islands, which I will write about in this entry. We then had a short window to get in the truck and head north to see our son, Michael and his family before he went into an outage at his Nuclear Plant, which seriously limits his availability. We then continued on up to Missouri to see the rest of the grandkids and spend some time on the ranch. We have an event here at the ranch on May 16, which we will assist with, and then we are hoping to attend our grand daughters college graduation before heading back to the boat.
I am sitting here today and it is snowing! Yep, snowing on April 20. I have been watching this crazy Cardinal all morning flying into the windows on the RV thinking he is attacking his adversary, while in fact he is attacking his own reflection.
|Crazy Cardinal attacking our window.|
Back at the end of March, we noticed a new boat had arrived on our pier. Not just any boat, but an Island Packet, the same brand as SHIFT. Her name is Moosetracks from Houston, Texas. She is a 45, making her 10 feet longer than SHIFT. Her owners are Brian and Gill. They sail with their two Blonde Golden Retrievers. I didn't get many shots of them, but here are a couple:
|Moosetracks in the marina. She is immaculate. You can see Gill along with Winston and Henley on the dock.|
|Moosetracks an IP 45 under full canvas|
|So pretty! and Fast.|
|Moosetracks sailed right past us making about a half knot better than we were.|
|Beautiful sunset at Petit Bois Island|
|Brain and Gill had a little trouble with their windlass, but finally got set. The problem would cause them more issues the following morning.|
|SHIFT at anchor off of Petit Bois Island|
|Our dinghy, "Zoom", tied up on the sound side of the island.|
|Just another Kim on a beach photo. She spent a bunch of time picking up trash and putting in in Zoom. We later took it back to the marina to discard.|
|This is a shot of Kim on the gulf side beach. It was one of our favorite beaches we have been to in all of the years we have been traveling and we had it all to ourselves.|
|Lots and lots of shells.|
|Here is Zoom behind SHIFT.|
|We went ashore after we arrived and stayed until sunset. We could not cross the island, it is a much bigger island than Petit Bois, but still very beautiful and uninhabited...by humans|
|SHIFT at anchor about a quarter mile off shore. The chart showed shallow water, but I think it was wrong.|
|We walked down the beach a ways.|
|That is an Alligator track|
|Kim's hand for perspective|
We took a few shots of SHIFT at anchor with the sun setting.
|SHIFT at Horn Island|
|SHIFT has a very wide beam, which you can see from the stern.|
|We finally got our sunset over the water.|
We had a weather forecast for increasing winds the next day out of the Southeast. We decided that we would raise the dinghy and head out early to do the downwind sail back to the marina in Gulfport.
|A beautiful sunrise at Horn Island.|