While this has overall, by northern Florida standards, been a relatively mild winter, we have had a few cold spells that have made us feel like we are still up in New England. Like the past few days. It got down BELOW FREEZING for about two brutal days. On the water, and in the wind, of course, it feels even colder. Our main goal in life for the past few days was to stay warm. Thank goodness we have a little heater on board. Actually, we have two, and we put them both to good use. Way Happy came with a Cole Stove, which is a very wee wood or coal burning stove mounted on the wall in the main cabin. There is a small stovepipe that goes out the roof. The stove is a bit high maintenance to operate, and in high winds it doesn’t work well due to the draft coming down the stove pipe, but all in all, we are happy to have the option of having the magical warmth of fire on our boat. For fuel, we have been using a combination of charcoal briquets and fire starter logs that you can buy at the store. We also have a small portable propane heater, that we have also been using, especially first thing in the morning when we are getting dressed!
And thank God for our awesome down comforter, which has kept us surprisingly toasty at night!
And all of our mega winter gear that we brought down here “just in case” has been put to good use the last few days. I was about ready to get rid of a bunch of it, thinking “we are in Florida now, we don’t need this stuff”, and was scolding Cap’t K for keeping around massive ski gloves and neoprene face masks. But he sure was glad to have them going to work on the scooter yesterday!
For an early Valentine’s Day we splurged and went out for a nice meal at my new favorite restaurant: Le Bistro de Leon, an awesome French restaurant here in the historical district of St. Augustine. It was such a memorable and delicious meal….I am still happily tasting it two days later! If any of you come visit us in the near future, plan on going there with us, as I’m looking for excuses to go back there again!
And we do indeed have visitors on the way! One of my best friends from Massachusetts is coming on Thursday to spend a whole week with us aboard Way Happy. I’m very excited to have a friend come visit, and am planning outings for us that I’m sure you will all get to hear about.
So until then, we wish you all a Way Happy Valentine’s Day!!