Two days of December and two good days of sailing. I'll take it. Thursday, with a steady west wind coming in behind a week cool front, had Spartina on the Pasquotank River in Elizabeth City. Something about the shape of that winding river keeps the water almost glassy calm with winds out of the west. Warm and comfortable, it was a perfect day on the water.
Yesterday, cooler and with less wind early in the day, we were out on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk. Light winds in the morning completely disappeared by noon, then the wind came back strong, a cooler wind out of the southwest. Chilly enough that I slipped on the new Helly Hansen bib pants. Yes, I was the source of that glow you saw over the horizon yesterday. I was very happy with the design and make of the pants, so much so that I came home and ordered a Helly Hansen jacket to go with it, in bright orange of course.
Eddie had asked me a while ago about the freeze dried meals I take on cruises. All of my favorites come from Mountain House, which I buy in batches of 20 that earn a 10% discount at Campmor. To name a few: beef stew, breakfast skillet, lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, beef stroganoff, chili-mac with beef, biscuits and gravy with sausage crumbles. There are a few with mashes potatoes too but I can't recall exactly what they are right now. I stay away from meals that have rice, somehow in my experience the rice never reconstitutes with a rice-like texture. I stay about from meals that are listed as "spicy," spicy meaning there is probably a lot of salt in there. From Webb I have learned to add a little more water than called for, and a little more time cooking in the foil packet. From Curt I learned to dress some of the meals with a little olive oil. And because I do like spicy meals I always add my own spice with a few splashes of Cajun Sunshine.