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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sneaking up on Spring

Wishing I had made an effort to collect some pics yesterday while out and about.  We just got excited about 70 deg. weather (21 Celsius) FOR ALL OUT INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS.

Since the first cruise of the season is only 2 weeks away, YEAH!, We made a journey to "0 Regrets" to install the new captain's chair.  Yep, I is the Captain.  It will be great to have a comfy seat instead of the wooden bench during a long day of cruising.  We plan to cruise about 240 miles on this cruise and that equates to over 30 hrs. cruise time. 


NOW FOR THE CRUISE PLANS.  I have invited my good friend Joe along with his 15 yr old son, Noah and his friend Douglas (Dougie) to to cruise the Tennessee River.  You may recall, last year about this time Joe had open heart surgery and I later completed a short cruise with the same crew.  Now, this will be a week cruise.  I have monitored the mechanical systems of the 0 Regrets in an effort to not become a Carnival Cruise Liner with bagged poo. 

In preparation of the cruise I have installed the Kentucky State Flag on the mast. 











 The deckhands are planning to install the "jolly roger" flag prior to shoving off April 1. 
I just hope we do not encounter any REAL pirates along the river.  We usually find some river Rats but maybe the pirates will just stay in port and pillage.   These two, 15 yr old have vivid imaginations so I do expect some pirate sightings.  I do not see pirates until that 2nd bottle of wine.  DO NOT TELL THE PIRATES!!!

As my readers may know, I like to hang around the fuel and transient docks at Green Turtle Bay.  You just never know what or who you will see.  Well, they have a new deck or dock dog. He seemed to be on guard but was lounging on the couch.  I do not think he was on the JOB.
 
WWell He does seem awake, barely.
I have forgotten his name but his head is larger than some small dogs.  He is really a sweetie and would not even get off the couch except for food. 
I will introduce Bailey to him when we begin our cruise.  They will romp around the dock.  Yes, Bailey will be my 1st. mate on the Spring Cruise, keeping those deck hands in line.  I plan for her to sleep with the boys due to her gift of passing "gas".  You know, boys seem to like that kind of entertainment. 
 
 
We never know what we will encounter. After enjoying a good mexican lunch we just had to visit Walmart.  Right there in the parking lot was the "Fish POlice".  I captured this photo under the view of the police.  We wanted to ask if he was measuring the fish but I am not sure if there is a limit in the Walmart parking lot.  Maybe he just wanted to run the blue lights.  After all, It was near lunch time.
 
WELL THAT WAS OUR EVENTS FOR THIS WEEKEND.  WEATHER HAS CHANGED TO SOMETHING IN THE 40'S TODAY BUT I AM LOBBYING FOR 60-70 DEG. DURING THE SPRING CRUISE.  WARNING!!! MORE TO COME.
 
Sail away,
Capt Barry, Adm. Denise, deckhands Bella and Bailey 

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