Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Libby's Secret Revealed

Vero Beach
27.39.56 N 080 22.27 W

Oh boy, isn't that a titillating blog title?  Well, I heard that Chuck Norris is a superman because he knows Victoria's Secret.  Why can't I do the same with Libby's secret.  Here goes.

One of Libby's favorite things to do is to row in the dinghy late at night at times when everything is still and calm.  Vero is the perfect place to do that.   We are in a sheltered harbor and nearby are numerous channels that lead off into isolated places in the mangroves where you see no evidence of mankind.   She can row silently, or just coast or just stop rowing, sit and enjoy the peaceful quiet.

This week has been a great time to do it.  We have a waxing moon about 3/4 full.  When there are no clouds around it is very bright, and things leave stark shadows.   It has also been very still at night, and the surface of the water becomes like a reflecting pool.   Leave late enough and the insects aren't agressive.  Get away from the houses and the roads and the only sound you'll hear at night is the woosh-woosh of the dolphins breathing.  

Another strange factor has contributed.  Ever since the daylight savings time Sunday morning, Libby and I have both been waking up extra early.  Not one hour earlier, but at 0345.  Two nights in a row we woke at that time and had no interest in going back to sleep.   We got up.  I played on the computer and Libby went off for a solitary row.   Great times.    Why are we waking up then?  It's hard to be certain.  I think it may be because the nights are so much warmer here in Vero.  It is the temperature signal that causes us to wake.  For the past two mornings it was 72 degrees at 4 AM.  

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