We're freezing our butts off right now. Daytime temps are in the high 50s and 60s and it's dipping down into the low 50s and even the occasional high 40s at night (49 last night). Of course, as soon as this norther blows out things will improve. The constant wind whipping past the boat just pulls any little bit of heat right away with it. We've been running the diesel furnace occasionally but it seems like such a waste as the boat doesn't retain the heat for very long. We're both wearing long johns and sweatshirts which is quite a contrast to Tuesday when we were walking through town sweating (at least I was) and eating ice cream. I'm currently trying to come up with new ideas about re-routing the heating ducts. They aren't insulated, so the lockers they run through get nice and warm. But that's not where we need the heat. I either need insulated ductwork or I need to route the ductwork out in the open.
Just heard on the morning cruisers' net that the norther is dying down and by Saturday afternoon we should be back to normal. That'll be nice. We've been hearing that these northers are a pretty routine occurrence in the Sea during January and February. We're thinking that, if we decide to spend next winter in La Paz, we will probably splurge and treat ourselves to a slip in a marina for a couple months.
While we've been confined to the boat, trying not to get seasick or bashed around too much, we've mostly been reading, eating a little, and sleeping. We're both currently enjoying reading the Sookie Stackhouse series. These are the books that the HBO series "True Blood" is based on. This is just simple pleasure reading. Your brain will definitely NOT be taxed while reading them but they sure are fun. Lulu's on book 2 of an 8 book series, "Living Dead in Dallas" and I'm on the 7th book, "All Together Dead".
Looking forward to getting ashore Saturday. Not the least of the reasons is that this is an election weekend. Election day is Sunday. That means that there will be no alcohol sales from sometime Saturday night until sometime Monday morning (it's called a "ley seca" or "dry law") and if we don't get beer Saturday, we'll likely run out. BUMMER! Fortunately, it looks like a trip ashore on Saturday will be possible and even likely. One of the best things about election weekend is that, after it's over, maybe we won't be inundated with the barrage of high volume campaigning that we've been subject to for the last month or more.
But, even being confined to the cold boat with the possibility of running out of beer, I'd still rather be here than going to work every day and enduring Silverton Hills winters. Have to be sure to include this disclaimer or the girls at Silverton City Hall (Ashlie, Sarah, and Kay) will give me a big "BOO-FREAKIN'-HOO" for complaining. And rightfully so.