Enjoying a taste of spring

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 11:51.

Spring is always a tug of war between nice weather and not so nice weather.  We have warm days and cool days.  Sometimes we have a few hours when the wind is not blowing.  Then we have times when the wind and rain are both blowing.

Yesterday afternoon was one of those brief times when you can taste spring.  The winds of the two previous days dropped and the temperature got above seventy degrees.

As I watched the elements work together to make this happen, I made one of those executive decisions.  I called my fishing buddy Brian and asked him if he wanted to go for a short boat ride.

Not knowing how nice the weather had gotten, he replied that he thought it was warm enough for a few minutes on the water.  We agreed to meet in ten minutes on my boat dock.

I walked downstairs from my office, grabbed the waterproof bag with the GPS and the throw pillow with the line and headed for the boat lift.  It only took a couple of minutes to put the guides back on the boat lift and load the boat.

I checked to make sure the life jackets were still there, put the plug in the boat, and attached the GPS just as Brian walked on the dock.

We dropped the boat in the water, started the motor, and switched on the GPS.  That was when we found that the GPS would not power up.

Since we were just going for a short ride, we decided to go anyway.  It was surprisingly warm in our inlet and even out on the river it was nice.

Being March, the water levels were low and after we got past the first few buoys, it appeared that we were missing a couple so we just took a short trip and headed home.

It was nice to get out on the water even for a short time.  Fortunately my buddy Brian is excellent with electronics so he will figure out why my GPS-depth finder is not getting power.

Just maybe when April rolls around the boat and the weather will be ready.

Here is a Google earth version of our river trip yesterday.  Click on the 3D icon to the right for the best experience.  It is neat seeing our trip and pictures on aerial photos of the river.

The picture included with the post was taken at the red twelve buoy just off of the shores of Silver Creek Plantation on the western side of Carteret County and the eastern shores of the White Oak River.

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