TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 0 NM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRAIG PORTER!!!
Windy, windy and dark clouds are being pushed across the sky at an alarming rate this morning.
While listening to the howling wind this morning I am aware of some of the other sounds around us. The ducks are, of course, constantly begging and beckoning for attention. We had a flock of geese hovering around the marina’s waters and they called to each other, attempting to organize their imminent flight. We can also faintly hear the hum of the cars traveling over the nearby US 231 bridge and the “whoosh-ting, whoosh-ting” from the sailboat’s masts. Each morning we hear the distant “booms” from the Redstone Arsenal Testing site.
We experienced a new sound today. It was that of the Tornado Warning Systems. Being aware of the possibility of severe weather, we were closely monitoring our Garmin’s satellite weather station as we plodded through our chores. Around 1:45 the Garmin sounded its tornado alert and the public sirens followed almost immediately. George, Ditto’s dock master, walked over and assured us all was safe at that time but to be prepared to move to the pavilion if necessary. By 2:00 we had our second alert and by the 4th sounding of the sirens George guided us all to the pavilion. We hung out undercover in the open patio for a while but soon were told to move to the far side of the building and get into the bathrooms. The clouds were tumultuous and the rain was pounding but nothing developed except the amazing rainbow. It appeared to end almost right at our feet. Quite a sight!
Between these exciting moments, we did manage to get the new bar sink faucet installed, the lights in the guest stateroom replaced, the new pads put on the guest bunks and the pilot house cushions recovered. Not bad between running to the hardware store and seeking refuge from the storms!