The photos below are what we have been seeing the last couple days. Beautiful, but our minds have been elsewhere…
It is a long way across the country. We are so ready to be to the boat; as are the kittens. They are adjusting and starting to understand the transitions from car to hotel and hotel to car. Kittens, you have to get into your carriers for a bit and then you get freedom. We are also learning that hotels that are not necessary the “main pet hotels” are better as you are not in pet specific rooms, rooms that have had lots of pets (and lots of pet smells), or barking dogs in the halls. These things all seem to make the kittens more antsy. Surprise, surprise!
Jim and I are also tired of masks on, the only ones with masks and looking like aliens. Some places are better than others, but it wears on you. All the hotels say they have “strong policies”, but the realities are that they vary. The worst was the Wendys. No, we DON’T eat at these places but when you are in very rural places, if you don’t want to sit in an indoor seating only restaurant, then corporate fast food it is. Horrible! 2/3rd of the employees had masks. The others has the chin or one ear masks.
Tomorrow, we finally get to the boat. A day later than planned as the yard is behind. We’ll load our stuff and spend the night there, but they still need Wednesday to finish up the work. So, probably Thursday before we are set free…., maybe Wednesday late.
But, the biggest yikes! We left the boat in early July. Lets see, that’s 3 months ago. We’d been on the boat for 6 weeks, almost all with a training captain. We have no or very little boat memory. It feels like the first time we will have been there. We are not feeling ready to head off on our own big boat adventure. There is work we have do do on the boat, before we leave, but our brains are not around it yet
We plan to head around the corner to a local marina, get our seal legs, get the kittens situated, get our ourselves situated, install the batteries, do some practice in close quarters maneuvering, and take a big breath.