Are you kidding me

Summers in Georgia are hot. Dang hot! Georgia has 4 seasons, cool, tolerable,  really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME!  Right now we are in the ‘are you kidding me’ season. We got a taste of it in Florida when we had the boat pulled. Having our boat in a gravel lot was hot, dirty and miserable. Needless to say, we completed our boat work and bottom paint as quickly as we could, and by the end of June, we were back in the water.

Keith painting the boot stripe

Keith painting the boot stripe

nice and clean finally

nice and clean finally

We sailed back to Jekyll Island, where we stay during hurricane season. As much fun as it was sailing to the Bahamas and Florida, it was great to get back.  This has become our home over the last few years. We know the people here. We are welcomed  back by them. It feels like home.

Now we are in the ‘are you kidding me’ season. It’s HOT!  Thankfully, we have an air conditioner in the boat. While there are a lot of boats that have central air (so to speak)  installed, we do not. We do, however, have a window unit air conditioner that we use when we are at the marina and can plug into shore power. There are some days when the a/c can not keep up with the heat. Still, it’s better than no a/c at all.                                 We are thrilled that this marina has a swimming pool. It’s been so hot that the boaters have moved our dock parties to the pool. Now we sip our beverages waist deep in the, not too cool, water.

In July we found ourselves with  nothing to do, so we decided to take an impromptu road trip, in search of cooler weather. We had no agenda other than to head Northwest. We made our decisions along the way. We ended up in Colorado springs for a few days. We explored the garden of the gods, hiked one of the trails and stood next to a ‘balanced’ rock. To say we were amazed at the beauty of Colorado would be an understatement.

Keith and the 'floating' rock

Keith and the ‘floating’ rock

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

We then headed down south to Canon City where we did some river rafting and zip lining. That was a cool town where everyone was laid back. Lots of young people with backpacks exploring the area.  The weather there was warm, but nothing near as warm as  Georgia. After that, we drove through New Mexico. It was very much like you would picture it to be with their adobe homes and picturesque mountains.  Then we drove through El Paso on to San Antonio Texas and stayed in San Antonio for a couple of days. We ate authentic tex-mex food for days. That was almost worth the trip right there. After Texas, we drove back to Georgia coast.  I have to say, the mountains in Colorado were breathtaking. The scenery in New Mexico was stunning. The driving in Texas was something I wished Georgia would take note of. People there actually know what the left hand lane is for. Having lived in Texas for 7 years, it was nice to go back and explore some of our old stomping grounds.

Road trip

Road trip

Arkansas river that we rafted down

Arkansas river that we rafted down

Rafting in Colorado

Rafting in Colorado

first time zip lining

first time zip lining

zip lining

zip lining

So here we are back in Georgia, back on the boat, and trying to keep cool. We have learned that early morning and evenings are the best times to do any outdoor work. Keith likes to take the cast net out and catch shrimp for fishing. Once we have enough, we will take the dinghy out and fish. Keith has also been known to go out just as the sun is coming up and do a little fishing. Sometimes he will get to see alligators doing their own fishing. Soon Fall will be here and the weather will be perfect. Until then……

you know its hot when:

you can say 113 degrees without fainting.                                                                       you learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron.                                          the temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly.                                                   you’ve experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.       you would give anything to be able to splash cold water on your face.

Life is good!