Not everything is same old, same old. Sue and Steve had us over to their big, beautiful, new boat for dinner. Very comfortable. We volunteered at the Pirate Festival for the first time. There was the Memorial Day re-enactment at Fort Monroe. It's a good mix of the familiar and the new.
Orion Jr continues to get attention in preparation for her trip north to the Erie Canal. In addition to some regular maintenance such as waxing the hull and cleaning the cushion covers, we made some changes and enhancements. In order to maximize our broadcast reach on the ham radio, we decided to add some bronze screen lining to the hull from the stern to the kitchen sink. This will improve our ground plane which will be more important once we go into fresh water. (Since fresh water is a poorer conductor than salt water.) Since this involved Cathy climbing inside the cockpit locker, the sooner we got this done the better. While she was stuffed down there, Cathy discovered one of the fuel locker vent hoses needed to be re-attached, which she took care of. Hopefully, it will be a long while before we need more work down in there.
Blackbeard and his gang have met justice once again. Huzzah! This year they met their fate on an absolutely beautiful weekend, with sun shining and cool breezes blowing. Too bad for the pirates, but great for us. We had lots of pirate visitors as well, with Adam's family in full regalia. Pirates big and small had a great time. On Sunday, we volunteered at the festival. We were supposed to distribute ice. Well, with the cool temperatures, that was a pretty boring assignment. But we were glad to help out. And we got a T-shirt and a mug for our service.