The good: Nobody got hurt.
The bad: The big, beautiful old maple tree in our front yard blew over in the storm a few days ago.
The ugly: It knocked over part of our fence and crunched a van parked on the other side.
And the good... nobody got hurt.
We’re still in Coconut Grove, waiting for a weather window to head over to the Bahamas…. and we’re not alone. All the boats that were here when we arrived are still here – all waiting for the wind to shift. It was so windy for a few days that no one even left their boat. A dinghy ride meant a certain soaking and quite possibly an unplanned swim. Every once in a while we’d stick our heads up out of the cockpit and look around – only to see other people doing the same thing. It looked like a game of whack-a-mole on the water. It blew so hard on Monday that the marina stopped running the launch except to go after a sailboat that was poorly tied to it’s mooring and had broken loose - twice. We saw the launch operator the next day and complimented him on his skillful handling of the situation (and we found out he’s a Philly boy!). He said “You know the old maxim… if you can’t tie a knot, tie a lot!” The marina wouldn’t let the boat owners pick up another mooring ball but rather ‘requested’ that they stay at the dock in the marina until the wind died down. I believe that’s what they call a vote of no confidence. I think I’ll practice my knot tying….
(Tree photos courtesy of guest photographer Kerry)