Through a quirk of the new corporate vacation and holiday rules I somehow found myself with an unexpected eight day vacation. Being a good employee I did not complain.
It was 34 degrees when I got in the jeep this morning, 46 degrees less than an hour later when I finished rigging SPARTINA and launched her into a very high tide on Scuffletown Creek. It was an absolutely perfect fall day. Cool, yes, but not a cloud in the sky and better than forecast winds as I tacked back and forth on the Elizabeth River. The forecast for tomorrow is a slightly higher temperature and slightly less wind.
I tied up at Waterside Marina, the last tie-up at this particular dock. Over the next few days the marina will be shut down, the roughly 35-year-old floating docks will be disconnected, towed around the corner and lifted by crane out of the water. By March the marina will re-open with a set of new floating docks in a new configuration. I look forward to docking at the rebuilt marina next spring.