A Warning from the Nature Police

This morning we woke up to overcast skies, a wet deck and a pup who wanted to visit the beach for a nice long walk. I stayed behind while Charles and Sylvie took the dinghy to the beach for a bit of exploring.

Where does the afternoon go while you’re at anchor with no deadlines or commitments? There’s so many things to do- make lunch, scramble to get the binoculars and watch a fox prancing along the beach, chat about the weather, clean and tidy up, tell the dog she’s the best dog on the whole boat. So many little things to do.


The beach is a narrow wildlife habitat wth little reason for humans to visit. That said, there was so much sea glass to be found. Charles picked up the best piece, perfectly colored and rounded on the edges. I wonder what these small pieces have been through before making their way to the shore.
After a few dinghy rides to the beach and back it was time to charge the electric motor with the generator and where better to do that then the comfort of the dinghy.

We’re really enjoying our kicky new electric dingh motor and we were looking forward to a trip to the the state park marina, a 15 minute ride around the bend from our anchorage. After a 45 minute charge, we were at full power and ready to pile into the dinghy and head over to the park. Life jackets, check. ID, bottled water, dog treats, check.


Surprise, moments after we’d tied up at the dock we were visited by an officer from the Department of Natural Resources. Hello, nature police. By the way, thank you for letting us know we don’t need a fire extinguisher for our 10 ft fiberglass dinghy. We probably won’t set anything on fire ferrying Sylvie to shore to pee.

We received a warning for not having a whistle onboard but I reported to my mother that it was because Sylvie’s swimming lessons failed to include Saving Your Master from Drowning 101.  
No state park on the water is complete without a bridge over an inlet filled with lily pads. Despite the No Fishing signs I saw my first fisherman wearing hip waders.

There’s rain in the forecast this afternoon and a long sail home on the horizon.
Rather than sail for hours in tomorrow’s predicted rain, we picked up the anchor and headed a few hours north to one of our favorite anchorages closer to home. It was here last season that we forgot the gas outboard key and Charles had to McGuyver a key out of my shoelace to get us back to the boat from the middle of the cove.

Click here for pork chops, Chinese lantern and a video tour of last season at the cove. McGuyver shoelace trick not pictured.

There’s always one solitary crab pot in the cove and our favorite spot near shore gives us the perfect view of nesting eagles and the sounds of wind rushing through the trees.

And to wrap up the evening, here’s Basic Grillng on a Boat: wrap everything in foil and your husband will do all the cooking.  

“A man can pretend to be a lot of things in this world but he can only pretend to be a sailor for as long as it takes to clear the mouth of the harbor.” -Hayman

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18 thoughts on “A Warning from the Nature Police

  1. Beautiful scenery you are travelling through. I am puzzled about the Nature Police guy and his comment about not needing a fire extinguisher but you did need to get a whistle. I am puzzled because I see no oars in your dinghy and it appears he made no comment, is that not a concern? Where I am (Central Queensland, Australia), the Boating and Fisheries Patrol would probably fine me if I didn’t have oars as back up for my motor. You don’t need oars even for emergencies? Oh, and I love your dog, a familiar breed. Very loyal and smart, usually full of energy.

    Louis

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    1. We met an Aussie on land who commented that cattle dogs are very popular at home. You’re right, totally full of energy and very eager to learn more tricks.

      We recently got oars for the dinghy and have only needed them once on our very first sail. We’ve been lucky so far but I don’t want to push it.

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  2. What a great post. Thanks for liking my Rule of Three post. I have a sailboat blog too that s nearly impossible to find called reclaimingbananawind.wordpress.com I am in the long process of restoring my dear old boat after 10 years on dry land.

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      1. My Facebook is only a page, I don’t have/want a personal one. Not sure what WWS is. Are you in Chesapeake Bay? I flew over that at sunset and the entire bay was golden. Must be beautiful to sail in.

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      2. We are on a river that feeds into the Chesapeake and it is lovely to sail in the bay, but sometimes the weather at the mouth of the river can be brutal.
        WWS is Women Who Sail, a really supportive and knowledgable group of over 8,000 women with varied sailing experience from circumnavigation to day sailors on inland lakes.
        If you become more active on FB, check it out. So much good information from a really positive group of women.

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