October 6, 2010
The sun rose to reveal a brilliant blue sky. We awoke early, eager and ready to set sail! The winds were coming from the NW at a steady pace, it looked like good sailing. We weren’t the only ones. Small fishing boats in the bay sailed slowly by with tarp sails.
We were just getting to the channel that would take us out to sea when Gary came up from below deck. “Stop! We’re taking on water!”
Kris and Gary inspected the situation as Carol and I tried to keep us away from the shoals. The engine had built too much pressure up in the exhaust system and blown a crack in the muffler. The problem, thank goodness, could be fixed.
It took a good part of the day, extra fiberglass, epoxy, and Carol’s hairdryer, but by the end of the day, the muffler was fixed. While spending so much time on the dock with the muffler, Kris discovered some interesting sea life on the side of the dock and jelly fish and little fish in the waters.
Relieved that we could continue on our journey the next day, we all sat down to a dinner of Shepard’s Pie and cherry pie from Delicious Orchards for dessert. Yum!