We’re pretty used to snow. Even lots of snow isn’t a big deal.
But snow + a storm warning? Gusts of 55 in the bay?
The day started out innocently enough…
As it deteriorated, our priority was prepping in case we couldn’t leave the boat (ie diesel for the heater, groceries, etc).
Post-diesel run, things were getting real.
High tide brought high seas. Boats were snapping dock lines like spaghetti.
Pictures really don’t do the conditions justice. Watching mother nature pick up boats and smash them against the docks, hoping and praying that the suddenly-measly-looking fenders would do their jobs, we were VERY thankful to be on the downwind side of the finger.
One power boat broke free completely and had to be rescued by a dinghy. While breaking free, it also broke the neighboring sailboat’s port.
We watched as a chock tore out of another sailboat, splintering the wood trim in the process.
I was trying to work from home, but we ended up spending most of the afternoon walking the docks, checking and re-checking our dock lines and fenders while trying to help others where we could.
Everyone was out, helping where they could and laughing at how crazy it had all become. This was definitely a day where we were thankful for the community aspect of living aboard!
Brio wasn’t unsafe, just uncomfortable.
We tried to escape to Starbucks but even they had closed for the blizzard!
Someone asked how we could possibly sleep when conditions were so bad. I tried to describe the exhaustion + fatigue that come from awful conditions and mild seasickness.
Sleeping (with lee cloths up!) was not hard.
In case we’d forgotten, mother nature reminded us of her capricious nature by presenting a beautifully flat, calm, sunny post-blizzard morning.
Time to assess the damage (our shrinkwrap — too short to begin with — was not very happy with the extra stress of snow and stormy winds!)
I think snow actually adds to Portland’s charm… I just don’t always love living through it 😉
And so it goes… there’s adventure all around us, we just have to remember to see it that way 🙂