Day 11 (Sat): THE SUN IS OUT! THE SUN IS OUT! THE SUN IS OUT! The Captain is in shorts & barefoot on deck. Amelia the cat is taking a nap (on top of the blankets). I've taken a sabbatical from all cleaning & errands. Scrambled eggs (on the gas stove!) for breakfast and a smoothie in the Nutribullet for lunch (passed the electrical draw on solar panels test!). The kayak finally splashed today, and I discovered the creek past our marina is excellent for paddling. There are some big houses with private docks then it meanders down to 1 ft of water and turns into a reed-lined wildlife area with only the sound of the birds in the trees.
Yep, the oven works!
After a second exterior scrub, the Captain deemed the cockpit a no-shoe zone (the interior received this designation a few days ago, after a hands-and-knees scrub). I predicted a shoe would end up in the water--it did. Mine. (A couple hours and I didn't do it!) Yes, it was fished out--turns out Teva's float?! Drinks & afternoon snacks were in the cockpit. Baked potatoes are in oven the oven for dinner! (The oven reach a temp of 400F, confirmed by a secondary oven thermometer. SCORE!)
"Wipe yer paws!"
(Overnight, a raccoon that we had been warned about, came on deck and left muddy footprints. I should have bought the "Wipe yer paws" welcome mat instead. The Captain was not happy. He's back out scrubbing the deck.)
Day 12 (Sun): I purchased some supplies for our first aid kit. Then I went for a walk to the grocery store (because we needed vanilla extract, I was tired of running errands, and I needed some exercise!) Captain when out for a dinghy ride and then cleaned up the minivan. Then we drove to Quiet Waters for a reconnaissance of our first anchorage. Suddenly, it was 5:30 so we stopped at Katana Sushi for dinner. Upon returning to the boat, we began securing things for the next morning and I worked on a "Leaving the dock" checklist.