Marina slipholders' party (free crabs!!!) starts today "around 3 or 4". I struggled with whether to do a daysail before or head to an anchorage after. Everything is about 3 hours away, so can't make an anchorage afterwards with daylight. So we were going to head down early this morning and sail before. It took longer getting the dog packed up to go (he needs to come since our daughter is out of town), and then had to make a couple stops on the way down. We didn't get here until about 11:30.
Also my wife is tired and achy from a hard week at work, and was in a crabby mood in the car. Halfway here after one of our stops I suggested that I drive so she could take a nap. "No, I know I won't be able to sleep." I insisted, and she was out cold 10 minutes later.
We got here and she was still sore and tired, so I made the call that we would not go sailing today, we're just going to hang out on the boat. I opened the dodger panel and all the hatches. The northerly wind is blowing perfectly though the boat. The town is quiet, since live music season is pretty much over at Waterman's and Harbor Shack. The wife is up in the V-berth sound asleep again, the dog's asleep at my feet, and I am relaxing in the cockpit reading Woodward's new book.
Why is this noteworthy? I just realized that this is the FIRST TIME we've ever just relaxed in the marina. We're always in a hurry to head out to the bay, or head home after getting back, or I have a long list of stuff that needs to get done. I came here with nothing on the list, and have some unexpected time while waiting for the party to start, and I'm just relaxing, which is what this should all be about anyway.