“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain


Things You Only See As A Liveaboard & The Importance of iCloud

My blog has been a little quite lately.  We sailed up to Maine, rafted up with friends at Worlds End and generally spent some great time away from L Dock. Some more posts will come on our recent cruising adventures, even the ones only a couple of miles from home.  However, there will be a little problem with up coming posts: no (or limited) pictures.

The other night while walking the dog for the last time of the night, I pulled out my iPhone to look something up as I walked down the dock.  This violated a major rule of Smitty!  Phones only come out of the pocket when safely onboard or if they are in a waterproof case.  Wouldn’t you guess that it slipped out of my hand, bounced off the dock and into the water. It was high tide and my beloved iPhone was now sitting in about six feet of water.  I moped down the dock and confessed my stupid move to my Bride.

The worst part was loosing the photos from our trip to Maine.  I should have had the iCloud on so that I would have a backup of those photos, but alas I didn’t.  So our photos of the bar made to look like the inside of a ship or of Smitty in various anchorages or of the Wiggly Bridge are gone.  A tough way to learn about the importance of iCloud.

I was able to find the phone at low tide on my way to work the next morning.  It was in some mud and completed water soaked.  But by finding the phone I was able to go to the Apple Store and get an “out of warranty repair” (essentially they just sell you a refurbished phone for $199).  One of the first things I did with my replacement phone was set up iCloud to backup my photos.

Speaking of photos.  Friday night was a rainy evening without many people down at L Dock.  Of course I ran out of water in our tank when I was trying to do some dishes and had to go out in the rain to refill the tank.  However, that allowed me to see one of the greatest sunsets I ever observed from our dock.  It was still raining hard, but you could see the sun shining through some light clouds and it was creating this kind of pink fog look.  It was a very cool sight.