Just got back. The weather was too hot and sunny for me. I decided to volunteer for twelve hours, thinking I would meet local sailors. But it did not work out that way, since all my volunteer assignments consisted of standing at a gate, alone. Two of the four hour shifts were at the furthest gate from the entrance, the "service entrance." After standing in the sun for four hours straight, I just wanted to get out off the sun. But on Saturday, I decided to "tough it out." I attended a few presentations mainly about cruising in open boats. Which were, of course, out in the open sun. I had a cap with a visor, but it simply was not enough. Next year, I am bringing a hat with a large brim.
But I was able to participate in the chantey circle on both Friday and Saturday nights. And just as I was walking to buy my cat-sitter a t-shirt, I spotted a young man doing some fancy knot
work on a marlinspike. He told me where he had purchased the marlin's spike(?). So for $20, I bought two spikes and received a free private lesson in knotwork, and the cordage to complete the knotwork. I chose a simple pattern of half-hitches and Turk's head
knots, due to my time constraints.
And my ride decided that they wanted to leave today, just as my volunteer shift was ending. My host said I could stay another day or so, but since I hadn't checked out my return trip bus schedules, I thought I had best go with my ride.
I also bought a "how-to" book commeasurate with my woodworking skill level. It is about building a kayak
with cardboard and tape!