We’re not on vacation. This is our normal life, but on a boat, in new locations. I love having rhythm in our days, weeks, and seasons. Saturdays are a good day for getting things ready for the week ahead. Sundays are for resting, being with family, and reflection.
Grammy and Grampy left after breakfast. We had so much fun having another boat to chat and explore with. Shane went out sailing in the morning on the PT Eleven. The wind was blowing through Fox Cove, so he was having a blast. After breakfast Wyatt joined him. Wyatt is becoming a strong waterman, taking responsibility for his paddleboard and talking about being on the water at all times. Kelly is also really loving paddling. He’s doing a good job listening to his dad on how to improve his technique.
As I made lunch, Shane had a couple visitors stop by to chat about our boat or the sailing dinghy. He enjoys hearing stories from the sailors we come across.
Once lunch was done I tidied up the kitchen and got to work on washing a few laundry items, cooking the beans, and working on hanging a the remainder of the shower curtain.
If you’ve owned an RV or boat, you might have used the track system for hanging curtains. It will give you a nice workout for your arms. I had purchased a new shower curtain that let some more light in and stayed in place while the water was going to help the kids want to shower in there. I’m grateful to even have a shower, but the kids take a little more convincing. I look forward to when they can rinse off on the back deck. We’re getting there!
Earlier I had transferred my soaking seeds to my new tray sprouter. I checked on them while cooking the beans. I’m a little nervous about this new system, but I’ve read that it’s effective, and bonus – it won’t roll off the counter when we’re under way.
While the beans were cooking I got to working on washing some laundry. I’m still just experimenting with it all. I watched a few videos on how people in other parts of the world, with a limited water supply, and no access to laundry machines do it. An employee at REI suggested I try using a dry bag for the agitation part. So, I tried that. I did not care for it. I ended up moving the laundry back to my sink.
I used salt water again for the washing part. The laundry detergent doesn’t sud with it, but I don’t really want to deal with the bubbles anyway. I rinsed the items with fresh water after scrubbing each piece just with itself. I tried washing a few different type of clothes and towels of different material. The typical bathroom towel from our house was the worst. I even washed a pair of yoga pants! They came out great.
Laundry was dried on our life lines, becoming “that” boat at anchorage. I was so excited knowing we can stay away from marinas just a little longer with that done.
The kids and Shane had spent the afternoon combing the beaches of Little Sucia. They came back to rest. Kelly busted out a few ab exercises before relaxing. With my chores done I went out for a quick paddle. This anchorage is so fun for paddling. The current and wind brings fun little spots to play in right near the boat.
With Shane and the boys napping and resting I sat on the deck and looked at the week to come. Shane and I were still working on our cruising plan, but I could outline what I needed to get done regardless of where the boat was. I am really enjoying using the undated weekly Passion Planner.
For dinner we had rice and beans with roasted corn and avocado. We were also treated to a show! Shane spotted orcas in the distance. They were breaching and looked like they were playing in the water. We ended the day with Shane tidying up the deck with Kelly, watching episode three of Ms. Marvel on Disney+, and a beautiful sunset!