Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Adjusting to the weather

     We finally caught a break in the weather. The wind finally stopped! It all started nearly two weeks ago, when Joe and I had been given the gift of a weekend off. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. After being busy with getting Kyrie ready for winter and all the work needed to be done on the house, we were finally facing a weekend with no work that needed to be done. Not only that, but our theater date had been rescheduled for this particular weekend, so Joe's parents would be taking the kids for Friday night as usual. This time, however, they had offered to take them for the entire weekend! A weekend of no major work to be done, to be enjoyed without the kids?! Fantastic!
     You know what they say about best laid plans... Late Friday night, the wind decided to kick up, and kick up hard--we're talking gusts of at least 40 miles per hour that came from the south and hit us broadside. Not that we haven't gone through gusts like that on Kyrie before this, but we didn't have this crazy tent up to create a big sail that covers the entire boat! Needless to say, with the wind gusting, the tarp flapping and us worrying about said tarp holding up to the punishment, we didn't get much sleep. Don't worry--we still enjoyed our weekend immensely!
     It would have been one thing if it was just that one night, but it wasn't. There has been a warm current coming north in the Pacific that pushed a pressure system our way and gave us over a week of wind that decided to blow us around, starting every night around 11:00 and lasting until, oh I don't know, 4:30 in the morning or so? I seriously debated trying to change my sleep schedule in order to get eight hours' sleep before the wind kicked up!
     Thankfully, the pressure system gave up and the wind died down. The skies have cleared and now the cold is hanging on us. I don't know how cold it was this morning since our temperature sensor is actually inside the tent, but the dock was covered in frost. Since this is Juneau, I don't think the cold will last long before it warms up and stays above freezing for a while, but it will definitely be interesting to see how well the insulation in our walls and our little electric heaters work to keep us somewhat warm this winter. In the mean time, I'm going to dream warm dreams of Mexico and the South Pacific!