|Peering over the berm near high tide|
-- Emblazoned on a T-shirt
Hunkered Down, Sorta
For the last several weeks we've been hunkered down in one of our favorite spots.
It's a small tidal estuary, protected by a berm which has been thrown back by winter storms. We float for an hour or two as the tide floods and ebbs. The residents - including the bears - keep their distance as well.
We pulled in with the idea of seeing how the (COVID) 're-opening' will go. One of the peculiarities of this place is that, for all its remoteness, we have a decent cell signal. Thus, when we peer over our berm, our view is wider than usual.
It seems clear that we are nowhere near out of the woods.
No vaccine. The virus is now well-seeded, relative to those early months. Contact tracing and quarantine authority are inadequate. Global (and U.S.) case rates are rising at a 'flattened' but still exponential rate. Many, many Citizens of the World, I salute thee! But re-opening?? Early results don't look promising.
Meanwhile, we are knocking down a number of projects on and around WAYWARD.
Chief among them is paint, but as yet, we've had no day without at least some rain. We're working on a prototype Power Fin (Atsushi Doi concept dumbed down in our usual way... more to come on this). The new sails need to be grommeted and mounted. The rudder system needed some work (lacing just isn't standing up to WAYWARD's heavier forces... we're adding at least one gudgeon/pintle). Spring cleaning calls as summer begins.
You know... the usual.
So here's wishing all of you health and happiness and a happy Solstice!
Dave and Anke
Edge of NoWhere, Alaska
|Sitting dry at low tide|
|Safe behind 'harbor' walls|