As luck would have it, our yacht club was having its first in-person event in over a year on the weekend we arrived in Hampton. The Blessing of the Fleet / Sock Burning event is an annual celebration of the arrival of spring sailing weather. Steve and Linda asked us to join them on Bay Dreamer as she was being blessed. We woke to a gale force wind, which forced a delay in the scheduled boat parade until the forecasted light winds arrived in the afternoon.
Pocahontas has its beauty in every season, but May has been a special time to be here. After a burst of summer weather when we arrived, the temps cooled to more spring-like levels which has made for pleasant days and cool evenings. Also, we wanted to use our earlier arrival to make some preparations for Cabin Work Week that are harder to do remotely.
(a local volunteer), we surveyed the next cabin sites and estimated the wood requirements for this year’s order. Since we wouldn’t be here to receive it, we lined up Fred and next month’s park hosts (Mary and Angie, also from Cabin Work Week) to help with that effort. We also re-organized the wood currently in storage to make room for the new arrivals.
We spent a couple of colder, rainy days installing knobs on about 100 screens in last year’s Chickahominy site. This was at Maintenance supervisor Christa’s request, thinking it would help reduce the damage to the screens when opening them. Only time will tell. But they look nice. When we could take a break from fundraising, we began powerwashing decks that need staining at this year’s and next year's work site.
We enjoyed some visits with Bonnie’s and Adam’s families while back in their neighborhood. And on Mother’s Day weekend we drove to NC to be with Cathy’s family for her Mom’s graveside service. After more than a year since her Mom’s death, it felt safe to be together outside for this remembrance.
We got a little close to this guy before slowing backing away. He seemed unperturbed by our presence and went on his way.