All winter, I’ve waited.
Through snow, and ice, and shoveling and wind-chill, and -7F nights, and winter jackets and hats and gloves.
Through storms, and frozen gutters.
Through endless dark days, SUN SETTING AT 4PM, and through frostbite, and frozen toes…
Spring, for me, has officially come to NJ. For my boat goes in the water this week.
For the last 6 months, my boat, has been cooped up in at the Marina, just waiting… We decided we were ready to buy our first real boat. My Rowboat just wasn’t cutting it anymore. So one day last October, we started negotiations to buy a 2010 Bayliner 160. While we knew we’d have to put it in storage a week later, we wanted to be ready for the spring. I didn’t get it in the water until the last week of October by the time we finalized the deal. And so while getting a small taste of the boating world, before we knew it, the frost was here. Had to drop it back off at the Marina.
But not this year. This year we have it all summer. And I have been waiting, did I mention that already?
Every time I went outside, a little piece of me that remembered warm sunshine, and early morning fishing trips died a little. You forget what warmth feels like. You forget that there even is a summer, and your days are dark and dreary. You forget that sometimes wind in your face doesn’t make you cold and numb. Sometimes it’s warm, and you get the spray off the water, riding a jet ski doing 70mph… Lately, I’ve forgotten there was anything BUT winter…
This morning I woke up and got ready for my morning coffee. I rolled out of bed and put on my fleece pants, and a sweater, and then my thick fleece hoodie, and my hat, coffee in hand and walked out onto the deck for my morning constitutional where I realized, holy crap, I’m not shivering. It was 60F! HOORAY… “I’m calling the Marina today!”
And so, the time has finally come. I called the marina, we had our friendly chit chat for a few minutes, and the gent asked when I’ll be ready for my boat. I told him, “I’ll be ready when you are!” He told me if it stops raining, at some point in the next few days he’ll get it out of storage and in the water, hopefully before the weekend. Outstanding!
Here’s a few pics from last year’s break in rides…