Tuesday, May 26, 2009

If You Make Lemonade When Life Gives You Lemons, What Do You Do When It Rains?

You collect water!

We’re lucky in that Mr Mac hold 300 gallons of fresh water. Living ashore, you can go through that amount pretty quickly. But living aboard, you learn that the better you conserve water, the less often you have to fill the tanks. We filled our tanks on May 7th, the day we left the dock, and as of May 26th, we’ve used just over half of our supply. (Don’t worry, Mom, we bathe every day.) We were anchored in Newfound Harbor in the Florida Keys when one of the daily thunderstorms passed over us, providing us with plenty of free water. We had intended to set up a system to collect water, but hadn’t yet, so Chris tried the old poke-the-bimini-up-and-collect-the-water-that-flows-off trick. It didn’t work great, but we did get about 2.5 gallons of water, which was enough to fill the kettle and the sun shower!


  1. Such awesome posts. Loved seeing Steve and Lynn. The picture of the approaching storm is incredible. Between your biological and photographic acumen you guys should be on the staff of National Geo -- that is if you ever want to go back to work. Love, love, love keeping up with you guy!

  2. You know, the clouds around the storms just speak for themselves. They're beautiful-from a distance.