I HATE nightmares. I woke up around 0215 and couldn’t get back to sleep. I’ve been reading about parenteral glucagon to prepare for a discussion I expect to have later today with an incoming Scuba Adventure participant. Unfortunately the participant submitted his medical very late and has been denied participation because he has Type 1 diabetes and does not fall within the parameters set by the Florida Sea Base. I was hoping the reading would be boring enough to let me get back to sleep. While it’s not very thrilling, it didn’t put me to sleep. So here’s today’s post. (Maybe this will put YOU to sleep.)
I slept in until 0630 yesterday. I washed dishes (I have so few that I try to wait until I have enough to justify the water usage) then cleaned up. I went to the municipal pool and swam laps for 45 minutes. Then I went to Tavernier to investigate the possibility of taking some bougainvilleas home to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. From what I’ve read, they should do okay in hanging baskets or in large pots that can be brought inside during the winter. They can survive the cold, but stop growing below 60º. The nice lady at the nursery said they could survive down to about 30º without dying. We already have plants that get moved into the garage during the winter. I’m thinking about building a closet inside the garage and putting a heat lamp and grow lights in it. Next I stopped at West Marine for some plumbing supplies and then drove to the mainland to run a few more errands.
Yesterday was my daughter-in-law’s baby shower. Destiny is due about the 7th of August I believe. All is well with her and the granddaughter, Josie.
The Atlantic/Caribbean remains quiet.
Our local forecast for the next 7 days is again very consistent; 30% chance of scattered showers, lows of 81-82, highs on 92-93. The water temperature is 84. We are experiencing very gentle breezes with a forecast for an increase to about 15 knots by midweek. Overall, these are very typical conditions for this time of year. The UV level is off the charts and deceptive this week due to the occasional cloudiness. Clouds do NOT block UV radiation. Being under a bimini top on a boat does not block UV radiation. If you are at the Florida Sea Base, you need to have on sunscreen to protect your skin and polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes. We had a small rain storm hit us about 2200 last night. It looks like we are going to get smacked for about an hour by a small but potent cell in 30 minutes to an hour from now. The Florida Sea Base is located right where the Highway 1 sign is on this map. The cell to our south is coming right at us.
I checked in with the base a few times yesterday and they reported that all was going well. Sometimes they fib to me about little stuff when they know I’m trying to take a day off so I will find out later today if there are any issues that need my attention. I’m going to check quickly on deck before this storm cell hits.
Have a great day.
Capt. Steve Willis
Aboard S/V Escape