Reality of Paradise

We woke to a stunning sunrise.  I don’t often see sunrises.  But we were so excited to be anchored in paradise that we woke early anticipating the cozy warmth of our isinglass sunroom and a steaming cup of fragrant coffee.

But the inverter had other ideas & when David clicked the button on our Keurig coffee maker, instead of a cup of coffee we were rewarded with yet another project … The inverter’s yellow warning light and piercing alarm.  Ugh.  We don’t do projects before coffee.  Period.

So we had two backup choices, the cowboy coffee maker or fire up the Honda 2000 generator which we haven’t used since we winterized it last spring on leaving the boat.  But that’s why we spent good money on that Honda 2000.  Filled with gas and two cord pulls later we were smelling the coffee!

After coffee, discussing what was different since the last time we anchored out & the coffee maker worked perfectly, we remembered the starter battery.  David remembered flipping the battery bank switch to a different setting.   Hmmm.. changed it back and the second cup of java was on the inverter!  Nice.

Anytime something doesn’t work, we always think back to what we’ve done since the last time it worked and what has changed.  Even it it’s totally unrelated.  Amazing.

Beachcombing this morning... our footprints on a deserted beach... love the barrier islands!

Beachcombing this morning… our footprints on a deserted beach… love the barrier islands!

Dolphins swam along the beach as we looked for shells - David found a starfish and I found a sand dollar.  But no shark's teeth, too bad.

Dolphins swam along the beach as we looked for shells – David found a starfish and I found a sand dollar. But no shark’s teeth, too bad.

The beach during our morning walk...

The beach during our morning walk…

And the beach at sunset ... gorgeous sunset and this time instead of staying on the boat, we walked the 3/4 mile trail to the gulf side.

And the beach at sunset … gorgeous sunset and this time instead of staying on the boat, we walked the 3/4 mile trail to the gulf side.

...worth the walk, wouldn't you think?  WOW!

…worth the walk, wouldn’t you think? WOW!

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