Day 352, Year 7: The Weather Factor
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Weather: Beautiful Day with Temps in the Lower 70’s
Location: Eel Pond, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

The weather was gorgeous today which allowed Justin, Jo, and Ziggy to explore Eel Pond and beyond in the dinghy. Justin took Ziggy across to Naushon Island. We thought they were going to Devil’s Foot, but Justin misunderstood the directions and went on across the cut. The waters in the cut can be dangerous if you have a motor failure, but all went well for them. They even got to see harbor seals basking on the rocks. But at the same time as were enjoying this incredibly beautiful day, we were getting weather reports about what is to come. And it doesn’t look good. It is certain that we won’t be leaving here next week, but what is uncertain is just what we will need to do to protect Windbird. If we get a winter storm and Hurricane Sandy all at once, it could be very bad. So we will watch the weather over the next couple of days and make our decision as to what to do with Windbird on Sunday. On Monday we are supposed to be taking Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco back to Boston so they can fly home and to have Mark’s three-month post chemo scan done. We’re still hoping to be on track for this, but the weather rules. We will just have to see how things unfold.

Oliver and Jonah spent the morning on Windbird and Jonah and I went to the aquarium. That is where we heard about the possibility of a hurricane headed our way. They were preparing the seals at the aquarium to move into an indoor pool. We also had other visitors today. Sue McIntosh that works with Mark at West Marine happened to be in the Captain Kidd with a friend when Justin and crew were there for lunch. The friend, Beth Sweeney, had seen Jo and Coco climbing out of a sailboat, so she asked her if she was Mark’s daughter, figuring that not too many sailboats have babies visiting. Jo explained that she was the daughter-in-law, and then when Mark and I returned from a trip to Falmouth, Justin saw us on the street and told us that Sue was in the Kidd. They weren’t sure which boat was Windbird, but they figured not too many boats have babies visiting. We were so glad that Sue was finally able to ‘meet’ Windbird and we enjoyed meeting her friend Beth. Beth works in Woods Hole for NOAA Fisheries and Sue explained that she also carries a bit of history. Her father, Major Charles Sweeney, was the flight commander for Bockscar, the B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb over Nagasaki in World War II.

121025 Day 352 Cape Cod, USA–Dinghy Explorations; Sue McIntosh Visits