Our New Basic Need … WEATHER!
We recall the day not too long ago when are basic needs were simple – food, shelter and clothing. Oh, how things have changed!
When we crawl out of bed in the morning the very first thing we do – long before coffee, long before thoughts of breakfast, long before checking email – is to check current and forecasted weather. We have more weather apps on our phones than any other category. Heck, I have an entire iPhone page with nothing but weather apps! Life on Dejarlo revolves around weather! It controls almost everything we do, including shopping for food, doing laundry and making decisions about when to run to West Marine to purchase boat supplies.
Since moving aboard Dejarlo back on April 12th, we’ve traveled north up the ICW towards our summer objective a total of 134 miles! It’s taken us 46 days to travel 134 miles! That’s 2.9 miles per day! Are you kidding me! Somebody get me a donkey and I’ll make some real progress up the coast!
Yes, we stayed in Fort Pierce for a month organizing the boat, performing some maintenance and getting to know our new home. But still, we could have been in the Chesapeake by now.
Florida has experienced some of the worst weather conditions in decades. It has rained, rained, and then rained some more. And now, to top it all off, comes charging up from the eastern Caribbean, ALBERTO!
Thus, we’re stuck in a Daytona Beach marina for another few days waiting for the wind and rain to subside so that we can head out into the ICW again and continue north.
We try to make the best of it. We went to a great concert on Daytona Beach beach the other night. We attended a minor league baseball game last night (which was rained out then cancelled because the ground crew couldn’t get the tarp on the field due to the torrential downpour and winds), and we walk a lot.
But, rain and gray skies can take their toll on the best of spirits. Jane and I keep each other propped up emotionally (more Jane propping me up than the other way around), and we remind ourselves that this is part of the lifestyle. That is, in spite of the fact that this is a highly unusual weather season.
But why did the mean, ugly weather monster have to come out from under his rock just as Jane and I are starting our cruising dream?!?!?
Ok. I’ve vented. I feel better now. I think I’ll Uber over to West Marine and buy a new starter battery.