Mid-week in Ft. Myers Beach

Wednesday/Thursday, 8/20-21/14

Wednesday was a day spent primarily aboard. After breakfast, Cindy spent most of the morning and early afternoon organizing and managing her artwork on the computer. I spent the same time, primarily, studying for my upcoming board recertification.

The Mooring Field as seen from atop Matanzas Pass Bridge.

The Mooring Field as seen from atop Matanzas Pass Bridge.

Beatitude conspicuously located in the center of the field

Beatitude conspicuously located in the center of the field

We also attempted to readjust our attachment to the mooring ball. Most of the other boats have pulled as much of the mooring line as possible up onto their boat to get close to the ball. This is because, between the wind and the current, the boat does crazy things in relation to the ball. Often, the ball ends up beating and scraping along one hull or the other. We have squiggles of blue antifouling paint just above the waterline on each hull and our mooring ball is now adequately covered with blue paint to not need a bottom-job for a couple of years. I’m still not happy with the way we have it, but at least it’s not beating up our hull right now and scraping off all the bottom paint.

Our mooring ball scraping all the paint of the side of the hull

Our mooring ball scraping all the paint of the side of the hull

Blue squiggles of anti-fouling paint (blurry because taken while dark)

Blue squiggles of anti-fouling paint (blurry because taken while dark)

A fresh coat of anti-fouling paint on the mooring ball

A fresh coat of anti-fouling paint on the mooring ball

Around 5 pm, we went in for dinner at the Matanza’s Inn Restaurant. When leaving on our dinghy, we could feel the wind picking up and see dark clouds and lightning in the background. By the time our entrees were brought to the table the storm was upon us. One could barely see any boats on the mooring field due to the driving rain and wind. For about a half an hour, mother nature let us have it. Approximately 2.5” of rain fell in that half an hour. Cindy made the comment how that she was glad she was not on Beatitude. I replied how I wished I was. We couldn’t see her and I was a little worried about her, given that we had just adjusted the mooring lines. Would she still be there when it was all over?

Rain storm - looking out our window table at Matanzas Inn

Rain storm – looking out our window table at Matanzas Inn

Well, the rain let up as we finished dinner. We went to the laundry room for wifi for a little while before returning to the boat. Our dinghy had two or three inches of water in the bottom when we returned. Draining it had to wait until we returned to Beatitude and lifted her up out of the water on her davits. Therefore, I removed my shoes and socks and we sloshed our way back to our boat. Thankfully, Beatitude was right where we left her and all was well.

Brilliant Sky after the Storm

Brilliant Sky after the Storm

Twilight sky over Matanzas Pass Bridge

Twilight sky over Matanzas Pass Bridge

Thursday was a busy day. Our friends, Carson and Hope, let us borrow their VW Passat to drive into town for some errands. After eight total stops we made our way back to the boat, dinghy overflowing with odds and ends: Deep Woods Off, Thermacell, cables and locks for the dinghy, soda and water, groceries, wine and spirits, and much more. Once back aboard Beatitude we put things away, relaxed and prepared to have Carson and Hope over for dinner.

Our ride for the day.  Thanks Carson and Hope!

Our ride for the day. Thanks Carson and Hope!

Thunderstorms passed by to our south and north, but, as if under the direction of some benevolent guide, avoided us altogether. A little blustery wind between 5 and 6 p.m. and it was all over. After our guests arrived at six, we enjoyed a delectable meal of grilled salmon and asparagus, rice, and apple pie for dessert. Carson and Hope then taught us to play chicken-foot, a really fun and simple domino game. We reciprocated by teaching them to play golf, one of our favorite card games. I played the gracious host and finished last in chicken-foot, although I did make a respectable second place showing (behind my wife) in golf. Our evening, muggy and still, was great fun.

Playing Chicken-foot!

Playing Chicken-foot!

8 thoughts on “Mid-week in Ft. Myers Beach

  1. Did you get a small igloo cooler to tote your ice from marina to boat? Would save the And keep it longer while on the boat, Just a thought.
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  2. the storm was almost worth it for the gorgeous sky afterwards! I’m glad the boat was okay. I remember Chickenfoot now when I saw it was dominos …it’s almost like the game “Train” that we play isn’t it? How fun to relax and enjoy company of friends!

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