Three piles: Goodwill, Colorado, boat.
Pants, t-shirts, bedding, socks, jackets, and shorts fly between one pile and another, hoping to make the cut: the bag that will be flown back to Montrose.
Thinking we’d done a really good job of downsizing our wardrobes before leaving Colorado, we were surprised with the amount of clothing that filled the Goodwill bags – so many of these items we never even wore on the boat! Everyone thinks they want options but when it comes down to it, the comfy pair of shorts that fits best? Yep, you’re going to wear them every day. Because they’re comfy and they fit and… you’re on a boat! (evidence my ever-fading orange shorts worn in nearly every one of my photos on this blog).
Clothes squared away, we move onto our collection of canned food goods. We discover three unopened jars of peanut butter; two of jelly (one strawberry, one concord grape). Moving on, we have six smaller bottles of EVOO, random veggies like hominy and collard greens (my attempt to diversify our vegetable selections; you can only eat mexi-corn and peas & carrots so many times), way too many Campbell’s soups and a seemingly unlimited supply of mushrooms and diced green chiles. And who bought THREE giant bottles of grated “cheese” (more like cheese product)? Shoot, that was me.
“No more eating out!” we scream.
Shopping bags are soon filled with grated “cheese product”, olive oil, cans of Campbells, pouches of spices and seasoning; a package of sesame seeds in Steve’s bag – for his ahi tuna (mmmmmm) – and a few packages of Fish Fry to season the next fish he pulls out of the water. Ralph -a fellow cruiser anchored next to us in Charlotte-Amalie) we don’t know too well but cruisers never say “no” to freebies – particularly free food – so we throw cans of soup, more EVOO, PBJ, etc., into his bag.
Clothes and food pared down, what next? We look around; aren’t sure. What about our beloved sailing library? Collected over our two-year prep in Colorado, many of these little treasures were read chapter by chapter slowly, out loud to each other, so we could talk out the concepts being introduced and try to make better sense of them together.
Such good memories with these books!
There’s The Galley Book which was on a CD given to us at the Annapolis Boat Show back in 2013 – I had it printed and bound at the Office Depot and proceeded to make our friends sample delicacies such as “Sailor’s Stew” in way of preparing for our adventure (thank you, friends).
We particularly enjoyed The Cost Conscious Cruiser and learning tips on how to stretch our dollars to the max.
The first sailing book I ever bought, at our local Montrose bookstore, Hastings, was Your First Sailboat. It was one of only three books in the “sailing” section. When I look back at the chapter headings now, I laugh:
I’m thinking the library will stay on Free Range – it was collected for the purpose of keeping ourselves – and her – safe; hopefully it will be of some use to her next owners – with the exception, I’m sure, of Your First Sailboat. But I’ll leave that for a little comic relief.