Charles and I decided to sail in the Alexandria, Virginia to Washington, DC Boat Parade of Lights on the same day that the landscaping crew at work restrung and replaced 5,000 outdoor lights. A quick chat with the owner of the landscaping company and I was the proud borrower of the largest bin of lights on the eastern seaboard.
The lights had been hung on crepe myrtles in an outdoor plaza for a year and we ended up with about 4,000 lights after checking every. single. strand.
I began the afternoon hanging strands around the lifelines while Charles let down the jib. He got the easy part and I had to pull it back up once the lights were attached.
We hung about 40 strands of lights and we’re drawing less than an amp. The new generator can handle this!
The marina was packed with tourists enjoying the unseasonably warm start to the holiday season. I had my only taste of Black Friday in line at Starbucks and it made me glad our holiday season will be filled with a catamaran and a cabin on the river, not shopping to excess and a mindless frenzy of gifts.
I couldn’t wait until dark to snap a few shots of our hard work.
We have some new friends and some old friends sailing with us in the parade. A good friend will be sailing directly behind us on Quiescent, our previous 32′ DuFour sailboat! We’re boat #30 in a procession of 60 so if you’re on the banks of the Potomac on December 5, please keep an eye out for the two sailboats right in the middle. Don’t forget to wave!
We were lucky to get a complimentary overnight slip at the most sought-after marina in DC immediately following the parade. We won’t have to sail home until after breakfast and coffee the next morning, which is otherwise known in my book as the perfect start to our holiday season on the river.
Up Next Week: Sailing in the boat parade. Will we freeze during the two hour sail at night in December? Will the private party at the end of the parade warm us up?