Grateful…

“Sing to the Lord a new song! Sing His praises from the ends of the earth! Sing all you who sail the seas!” Isaiah 42:10

Grateful seems to sum up best what I have been feeling this week. Grateful for this opportunity to begin new adventures, grateful for the ones who made it possible, grateful for the ones who are willing to share in the adventures to come.

It has been a whirlwind week of errands to Walmart, West Marine, Lowes, Trader Joes… etc. After running all the “big” errands I returned the rental car and have been just relying on the new electric bike (very impressed & happy with the Rad bike so far).

On Monday late morning I called my Texas sailing friend Rich Hartson to ask him why it was taking him so long to get here. He said he would check flights and call me right back… next thing you know he arrives at 3:45. Gotta love the freedom of being a Delta airlines pilot! Rich is a very accomplished sailor and was the perfect crew to help explore the new boat.

Rich and I got to catch up over a cold beer at the marina bar, along with Captain Morgan!
Beautiful sunset views from the open deck of the bar, overlooking the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier.
Early on Tuesday Rich & I were able to take Marco Polo out for a sail. Great to have an experienced hand on board to figure out systems and sails.
Memorial Day weekend. Does not get much better than being right next to a military museum.
Going through documents from Pete and Barbara Whybro’s travels. Impressive to see they sailed over 5,000 nautical miles.
Took the ferry and electric bike over to downtown Charleston where kids play in the fountain on a hot day. Met a nice couple on the way from Wilmington N.C. (Harry and Lisa) who are also electric bike enthusiasts and boaters. They encouraged us to stop in Wilmington on the way up the coast.
Really nice resort hotel and pools available to marina visitors. Great place to cool off on a hot day.

Cindy has been having a good visit with her mom & sister in Texas, and I’m looking forward to having her onboard soon. Life is better with Cindy Lou. Our working plan right now is for her and her sister to drive from Texas the first week of June and meet here in Charleston. After they get settled in on the boat we will likely start up the inter-coastal waterway and see what new adventures we can find. In the meantime I’ll keep working on boat systems, organizing & pushing myself outside my comfort zone. This week that should look like sailing single handed in the bay, then out for a short offshore sail and overnight anchorage. Hopefully also will have time to take a short trip up the ICW to begin to explore that waterway. Very very grateful.