Welcome to the funny farm. We may not have it all together, but together we have it all. Together we run aground, and together we get un-stuck.
Since Louise has spent a lot of time at the dock while her caregivers are off at work, we decided it would be a good idea to crank up her engine and run the diesel. With not much time before work, we cruised around the back bay. Fort Myers Beach is located on its own island called Estero Island. The west side of the island being the Gulf of Mexico, and the east side runs along the protected “back bay” where all fisherman, pleasure craft, and commercial vessels dock or moor. The channel that runs through the back bay is known for being shallow. But that didn’t stop us from taking Louise on an excursion. All though It did stop us from continuing forward. We ran aground 3 times, inside the channel. Whats new? Nothing at all. Those who have never run aground, are liars.
There are several ways to get “un-stuck” after running aground. Katie and I are getting better at this. Typically the first move is obvious, put the boat in reverse, and back off of whatever it is you ran over. If you read my previous entry, you know that WE DON’T HAVE REVERSE. Yes, the shift cable is still snapped and disconnected, so that was not an option. The first 2 times we got unstuck by abruptly pumping the tiller in one direction and flooring it in forward. Success. The third time we stuck her good. I mean so good that Bird (whom I was holding) flew out of my arms like a real bird. Thank god, the tide was on it’s way up. This time we just sat there, enjoying the moment. Effortlessly relaxed in the cockpit, with country music and peppermint schnapps, awaiting the water to rise. A Ft Myers Town boat with a very large engine spotted by, threw us a line, and attempted to pull us off the bottom. Spinning in circles, churning up mud, I think the damn guy just dug us deeper. Thanking him for his help, we decided it would be better to wait it out. After an hour, I cranked the engine, as Katie raised the king sheet (genoa) and we tilted over just enough to lift the keel out of the mud. Wow I miss boating.
I have also discovered that I can type in any color. So that’s exciting.