I certainly hope no one has been writing down our schedule because that already-messy document is about to get messier.
If everything had worked out as originally planned, we would be right where we are right now, sitting at Cody's house complaining about the dial-up internet access. But Siempre Sabado would be tied up in Martinez, California instead of Charleston, Oregon. In the original scenario, we would have driven back up to Silverton and then spent the month up here going to a family reunion, visiting with Lulu's brother Joe (from Iowa) when he brings our niece, Emily, out to get her moved in to Lewis & Clark College mid-month, and then working on and ultimately attending our daughter's wedding at the end of the month. Well, just because we haven't gotten the boat out of Oregon yet doesn't mean that August has somehow gotten less busy.
So here's where the eraser comes in. Instead of rushing back to Charleston right after the reunion next weekend and then waiting and hoping for a weather window to get us to Martinez in time to drive back up for the wedding, completely missing Joe and Emily's visit in between, we've decided to just come back here and blow off trying to get out of Charleston this month. We'll just stay here, get our visiting and so on done and then return to Charleston at the very end of August and hope that the milder inland temps in September give us better coastal conditions for making the trip down. So the only difference from the original agenda is where the boat's parked in August and what we'll be doing the first week of September.
After the reunion, I'm going to go back to Charleston to get a couple things done so Siempre Sabado is ready to go when we are: replace the oil pressure switch, re-wire the alarm, run a heavier power line to the VHF/AIS radio so it won't keep telling me the battery is low, and fix the bow pulpit where our run-in with something (who knows what) caused the front screw to be ripped out of the platform. Meanwhile, Lulu will stay here helping with the wedding preparations.
So, there ya go. Blog entries will be a little sparse during August as there won't be much happening that would be of much interest to anyone outside the family. But check in anyway because, as you've figured out by now, things change.