Monday, July 2, 2012

Chevy's Tattoo and 70 MPH Winds

Yesterday was another hot one here in Savannah.   Most of us stayed inside our boats during the day, coming out only for happy three hours.    There was a wedding party at the pavilion so we invited folks over to our dock.  Drift Away provides shade and we have a great view of the Skidaway River.

Before everyone came over, we decided to decorate Chevy with a tattoo.

We put it where he was shaved for a cortisone shot for his sore shoulder.  It's only a temporary tattoo.  He seemed to like it, a skull and crossbones.

The folks arrived and we gathered for docktails.

See the sailboat in the right side of the photo above?  That's a Nonsuch being cruised by Ben, who has the world by the tail.   Ben telecommutes from his boat, which can be totally off the grid.  He's a web programmer.  He's 32 years old.  I think it is very cool that Ben has life figured out at such a young age.

We said goodbye to Ben.  He left to anchor out for the next week.

It was about 9 PM and we heard rumbles of thunder off to the north.  It was some light show.  Someone was getting pounded real good.   Then the wind shifted from the north and really started to blow.  Everyone scattered.   I went to the helm station and turned on the weather radio.   Severe thunderstorms were headed our way with winds gusting to 70 MPH.  Holy crap!

We brought in the dock furniture and cushions, and then got out extra dock lines.   With the boat secured, Pam and I sat on the aft deck and witnessed the awesomeness of nature.   The clouds were lit up by the frequent lightning and the thunder was nonstop.  No, no pics.  It was dark and even though we were in the lee of the boat there was spray everywhere.

The hotter it gets, the more severe the thunderstorms are.   I heard there are a couple of million people without power, and several people have been killed.  My thoughts and prayers are with them.

1 comment:

  1. 105 degrees, 70 mph winds at the drop of a hat, sweet jesus Dave, what have you got yourself into?