Friday, October 4th, 2013
At Anchor while Underway to Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Our voyaging has been put on hold for today. We anchored at 0400 this morning, or so I was told as I slept right through it. I have to admit that I am still rather in a foul mood this morning because of my stupidity yesterday. I wish that I could get past it, but I cannot seem to shake it. I think that what I need today is a “Spa Day”. Luckily enough for me that is exactly what the Captain has in mind – kind of. But first the ship needs a spa day. Since we are at anchor, this is the prime time to ready the vessel for tomorrow’s huge homecoming celebration in Baltimore. I mentioned before that the guest crew were particularly awesome this time around and today they really proved it. We had 12 extra hands for chores all morning and into the early afternoon. All of the standing rigging had to be retarred, below decks needed extra cleaning, repairs made to some wooden blocks, varnishing needed to be done and, of course, brass always needs to be polished. So much work and such fun times were had! I love working together as a team, with a common goal and a common interest. I know that I am personally very proud to call her home and I suspect everyone on the crew would agree. We all have invested so much of ourselves in this fantasy that we call the Pride of Baltimore. I cannot think if any more fitting name than “The Pride of Baltimore”. Pride is what gets me out of bed in the morning, albeit way too early, and keeps me going strong all day long.
Brittany hard at work cleaning out the Galley Bilges
The sun was blazing today – seriously hot. I decided that a lunch of a selection of cold salads would be the order of the day. Turns out that I was correct! I really wanted Mrs. Beeton’s Potato salad and I had a bunch of potatoes and willing hands of the guest crew to peel. Perfect match right? I sent guest crew members John & Karl up on deck with 10 lbs of potatoes, two peelers and a small bowl of water. The plan was that they would peel and soak until the bowl was filled, then they would bring the peeled ones down to me, so that I could slice and boil them. Load after load came down and they placed them into perfect order. It is almost like they know me! I love a very organized galley, and by that I mean I am borderline OCD on some things. They finally brought down one last load and lined them up – all but one potato which was placed on top of the rest and crooked. It started to drive me a little nuts that it wasn’t lined up, but I was too busy with raw chicken for the chicken pasta salad to fix. When I finally got over to the potatoes I noticed the single most awesome thing. John had carved the last potato into the shape of a heart and engraved “Kit” in it. He said that he had hoped it would cheer my day up a bit. Frankly, it worked! It was nice to remember that even though breaking my laptop sucked, people didn’t. I was surrounded with shipmates and friends, all living the dream together. Thank you John and Karl, you guys rocked! This crew would love to have your crew back aboard anytime anyplace.
Pototo of Love
Potato Salad Made with Love
With lunch finished, we all raced to finish up with our projects so that our “Spa Day” could commence. Spa Day for us consisted of Jesse shaving his full beard down into something more artistic, relaxing on the decks in various states of undress and Swim Call! Before I left home, I had seen footage of previous Pride Crews at Swim Call and I really wanted the same chance. I was starting to think that I might miss it now that we were in October but I got it! In a moment’s notice folks crawled into swim attire and jumped, dived or cannon-balled off of the Cap Rail or Head Rig. So awesome! I promised Kate that I wouldn’t dive off the ship, so of course I had to march right out on the Cap Rail, stand tall and dive off. I was nervous, to be honest, because I had never noticed just how high the Cap Rail is off the water surface, but I wanted to face my fear of heights and do it. I do not know just how high it actually is on a tape measure, but as I was free falling head first I had enough time to think “I did it! Oh my god what have I done……..” The splash of icy cold water then shattered my brains, or so I thought. Anyone who has ever swam with me knows that I HATE being cold. No Mother, I didn’t warm up after a while, I was still cold, cold, cold. However, I was smiling with my shivering blue Iips thinking “I did it”!
Shortly after thinking “I did it”, I starting thinking, didn’t we just see sharks a few hours ago???
I made dinner and then everyone helped each other with dinner clean-up. Who knew that cleaning could be so much fun? I think that when I return back to shore life, I will insist on assistance from all of my friends when cleaning the residence. Ok maybe not, but it would be fun if it happened.
How do you end a perfect day hanging out with friends, floating around the ocean, swimming, eating and relaxing? Movie night! We brought the big flat screen TV up on deck and set it up on a deck box. We all gathered around and watched another $&#%@* Kung-Fu movie. Such potential again wasted! Perhaps next time, right?
Sweet Sleep All,
Cook and Proud Shipmate Sailing on the Pride of Baltimore II