Finally… Another Night Out!

The weather gods (Cindy informs me that we do not believe in weather gods, which I understand to be the case, but refuse to remove the phrase due to its rhetorical effect) have certainly been against me for the past few weeks. It seems that every day I work, the weather is nice and sunny, and every day I’m off, it’s cold or rainy, or both! With the promise of a good day today, Cindy and I decided to go out yesterday to spend the evening on the hook at DeSoto Point. Yesterday was not pleasant. The temperature was in the 60s with a brisk northwest wind dancing over the water turning the tips of the wave crests snowy white.

Cindy piloting the ship out of our marina

Cindy piloting the ship out of our marina

A crazed windsurfer out on the River on a cold day (but lots of wind)

A crazed windsurfer out on the River on a cold day (but lots of wind)

But, we have not actually had the boat out for a leisure trip in weeks! When your sailing home sits in the marina and you’re working quite a bit, it’s easy to forget the pleasure which comes from being out on the water. Just an overnight away has rekindled the desire for cruising and reminded us of the delights of doing so.

We started off our day in church, had a nice lunch at Olive Garden, stopped by Publix for provisions,and left Regatta Pointe about 3:30 in the afternoon. It was an hour trip into the teeth of the wind down the Manatee River. All thoughts of wandering out into the Bay for a little sailing quickly vanished as we were chilled by uncharacteristic late March temperatures. We decided just to turn into DeSoto Point at the mouth of the river and drop our oversized anchor securely into the muddy bottom and let out about 50 feet of scope. No second guessing this time – we felt secure all evening even with the chop and wind.

Relaxing and reading an ebook in the Salon at Anchor

Relaxing and reading an ebook in the Salon at Anchor

The colors of the Sunset

The colors of the Sunset

It is wonderful how much more relaxing it is to spend the night on your boat at anchor as compared to tied to a dock in your marina. We had a little homemade guacamole for dinner and enjoyed a beautiful sunset (although I had to keep running back inside to warm my hands due to my Raynaud’s). We then had a movie night on the water, watching Gravity and an oldie, Somewhere in Time. We thoroughly enjoyed them both.

Sunset over DeSoto Point

Sunset over DeSoto Point

We awoke this morning and had breakfast and did our Lenten devotions prior to taking the dinghy across the river to Emerson Point Reserve. We had driven to the reserve several months ago and noticed that there was a dinghy dock across from DeSoto Point at that time. Today, we went in search of the dock. Once we found it, we tied up and hiked through the beautiful trails and over the American Indian Temple Mound at the reserve. We then made our way back to the boat and enjoyed the five mile journey back down the Manatee at about one-half our usual speed. Today was glorious with bright sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s.

The dinghy dock at Emerson Point Reserve

The dinghy dock at Emerson Point Reserve

Posing on our walk

Posing on our walk

This interestingly colored lizard straddling the sign

This interestingly colored lizard straddling the sign

A blue heron

A blue heron

An overhanging tree on the trail

An overhanging tree on the trail

The foliage frames the Sunset Skyway Bridge

The foliage frames the Sunset Skyway Bridge

Multi-colored Flowers by the trail

Multi-colored Flowers by the trail

Yellow on Green

Yellow on Green

A Splash of Red

A Splash of Red

A photo-stop on the trail

A photo-stop on the trail

One of the many cool tress

One of the many cool tress

We are now secured back at the dock and preparing for a nice dinner of grilled tilapia, green beans and rice. Tomorrow it is back to work with the promise of many more days of enjoyment in the not-so-distant future.

The derelict Caroline C with Beatitude to left across the river

The derelict Caroline C with Beatitude to left across the river

Beatitude at Anchor

Beatitude at Anchor

4 thoughts on “Finally… Another Night Out!

  1. Sounds like a delightful trip. I find myself growing more and more envious. Perhaps we should plan another get together so envy does not overtake me.

    • It was nice! And the door is always open to you two! And it is my Christian duty to help a brother obtain victory over his vices!

  2. Barry, the multicolored flower is lantana. (It attracts butterflies.) Use to love walking in Emmerson Preserve. Sounds like a good “mini vacation” was had… 🙂

    • Thanks for the information. I had no idea what it was called, but it stood out for possessing all those colors in one flower. 🙂

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