The San Diego batch of our Valentine's cards are almost done. Yes, I know it is March. They are completely late. Whatever. Getting anything hand written in the mail is great whenever it arrives.
For those of you in the SD batch, Cora got a bit exuberant in her decorating and sticker using. She pulled off the adhesive strips as well and I had to go through and open each one so I could put in the valentine and photo. If your envelope looks a bit worse for wear, yeah, well, I had a three year old at the helm, okay?
And why am I posting pictures of the Valentine cards I'm working on? Because it is 10:29pm and we aren't working on boat prep. Eric is up at the marina using fast internet to tinker with www.thekeel.com and I'm enjoying a drink and writing notes to friends.
Our checklist is pretty much complete. On the done, done, done - list is:
- decks are clear
- cockpit is clear
- rig is checked
- fuel is topped up
- propane tank is full
- water maker is fixed
- four months of dry provisions bought, and stowed
- interior cabin is organized and ship shape
- deep clean of galley, head, fans, floors, refrigerator, and cabinets and lockers, DONE
- dropped off our grocery list for super un-ripe, "green" fruits, and unrefrigerated eggs (to pick up on Sunday night)
- daily saying our goodbyes to awesome friends down here
- Eric has a huge checklist as well, but I can't keep up with his; it is pretty much done
- medications bought for our boat first-aid kit
The in-store display at the Walmart in Nueva Vallarta. I guess even the businesses around here are on the up and up that people are doing some heavy duty provisioning.
I still need to write a post about how you can follow us during the ocean crossing, and as we hop from island to island; I also need to email close family/friends about specific contact info/emergency numbers, etc, but that kind of stuff is cake compared to what we've accomplished in the last two weeks or so.
Without further ado, I give you photos of a boat about three days away from leaving her slip. I apologize in advance for the flash-photos. I took these about twenty minutes ago and night-time lighting on a boat is poor, to say the least.
View of main cabin, looking forward. Look at all those clean surfaces. Everything is secured and ready to rock.
Peeking forward into the v-berth where Eric and I sleep. Underway, we won't be sleeping there, but instead using it as a location to store our new kayak, a stormsail, and lots of light items like a bazillion paper towels, toilet paper, and sail covers.
Looking starboard at the sea berth. Both of the girls, respectively, used to sleep there. We kept the old lee cloths and are using them to easily store items we need to get to that don't conveniently tuck away like: Lyra's mini-chair for meals in the cockpit, snack food, tall bottles like extra olive oil and laundry cleaner that would leak if laid on their side, pillow cases full of gDiaper inserts, and extra bedding and blankets.
Every drawer, cabinet, and locker in the galley has been cleaned, inventoried, and re-organized. I just need to install a few lee cloths, and we'll be smooth sailing.
Looking aft at the nav table, the quarter berth, the companionway, and the galley.
I've completely emptied out, and reorganized underneath the nav table. There is still additional space under the lid, which will be handy for any last minute items. Cora and Lyra sleep beautifully in the quarter berth each night. I keep a lee cloth up so Lyra doesn't fall out while slumbering. Also, I just noticed our vacuum cleaner matches our ditch bag. I'm just going to pretend that I planned that.
And amidst all this final prep (and now, a bit of calm), we keep trying to meet up with, and say goodbye to all our friends. Here we are for a goodbye breakfast with Sven and Nancy on s/v Senta.
Tomorrow we have a date night too (possibly our last one in a long time, not a lot of babysitting options in the South Pacific.)
Back to writing Valentine's!