My iPhone alarm rang at 2:45 this morning, and two hours later Allan was reversing Vinyasa down our fairway at Herrington Harbour Norrth.
The temperature? “29 degrees but feels like 25,” according to the Weather Channel.
After years of planning, months of intensive preparations and lots of work on Allan’s behalf, we were ready to finally start cruising and exploring whichever destinations call our names. And more than ready to start making our way to warmer places.
Gusty winds have been blowing water out of the bay, and yesterday Vinyasa’s keel rested in the mud most of the day. Waiting for this afternoon’s high tide wouldn’t have allowed enough daylight to reach tonight’s Solomon Island anchorage, hence the 0 Dark 30 start to our day.
We motored in darkness to drop anchor in Herring Bay, rest up a bit, and await daylight to better dodge crab pots along the way.
Gale force winds are forecast for next week, so we’ll skip down the bay as best we can today, tomorrow and maybe Monday, seeking well-protected anchorages before darkness falls, and staying put on stormy days.
We were happy to follow an old track and drop our anchor in Spring Pancake cove in Solomons Island. The first of hopefully many nights anchored somewhere serene on our beloved boat.