Boat Trip Day 11 – Meet Dave of the Garbage Barge, and yay honey!

We drank the last bottle of wine last night, which means we had to make a run into Refuge Cove today. It’s been pretty windy and blowing out of the south. We knew it would be a bumpy ride, but desperate times call for desperate measures.  Dad and I made the trip in the grady, leaving the big boat peacefully anchored in its favorite spot. Once we turned the corner out of our bay, it was definitely choppy and sloppy. I had to slow the grady down a bit to avoid getting drenched with spray coming off the bow. Luckily it wasn’t raining, just windy. I have to say I kind of like it  – it feels like adventure!

We made it into Refuge, and dropped of garbage at the garbage barge. I’d like to introduce you to Dave. He sits on his chair on this garbage barge for the summer season up here in Refuge. He is a super nice guy, always knows what the weather is bringing, and has some great stories. That’s one thing some people don’t always think about – what do you do with garbage on a boat? Bottles, cans, boxes from crackers, paper towels, etc – it adds up quick and it’s all gotta go somewhere, but certainly not into the water! That’s where Dave comes in – you pull up your skiff to his barge, hand over your bags of garbage and recycling and some cash, and away you go. Without Dave in Refuge, we’d have to go further to more populated areas to offload trash. Certainly not the end of the world, but it sure is convenient. But seriously, can you imagine spending hours and hours, every day on a barge filled with garbage and recycling? There are bees flying around, sometimes it’s super hot, sometimes its raining. I totally appreciate Dave for what he does.  Thanks Dave!

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After we “offed” the garbage and refilled on fuel, we headed into the store to buy up the last of the chardonnay. It’s pretty slim pickings on wine up here. I know they do the best they can, but of the 10 or so white wines they stock there are really only 2 or 3 we find drinkable. Not that we are uber wine snobs or anything, but my parents like a good oaky chard, I prefer unoaked chard or sauv blanc, and anything even slightly sweet is automatically out. Considering we only go to the store every 5 or 6 days or more up here, we stock up on wine when we can. And, you can’t always guarantee the next time you come there will be any. Sometimes if the barge hasn’t come in or the weather delays the delivery, well, you’re SOL.

I was excited to see that the local honey stock had been refilled and I was able to buy a jar of honey made locally there near Refuge Cove on East Redonda Island. You can see the boxes for the hives on a cliff above the boat docks. Payment is based on the honor system – the honey jars are left on the counter, you leave your money in the box. It’s also the local “book store” where you can buy a used book for $2, and leave any that you’re done with.

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Refuge had nice produce today. I bought a bunch of fresh jalapenos to use for appetizers tonight. See my Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers here


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