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Melissa & Dave - Adventures at Sea

Day 9 - Now we know what a good view looks like

Today we sailed around from the little bay we anchored in to the marina just down the way.  A big storm is expected tomorrow so we wanted to get into the marina early before they fill up.  It's likely to be a wild night and we didn't want to spend it on anchor.  The wind is already blowing 20 kts.  When we get to the marina we don't know where to go to tie up.  After floating around for a while, someone finally takes pity on us and waves us towards a spot.  Problem is that with the wind blowing 20 kts on our side, we can't get the boat positioned in this narrow spot to drop the anchor and back into the dock.  Around and around we go with Greeks yelling helpful (if not contradictory) help from all sides.  At one point we end up aground on a silt build up on one side of the marina.  Fortunately Dave was able to just power off the sand (no harm done).  Just then another sail boat departs the marina leaving a slot where we could tie up along side - and the wind was blowing us onto the dock.  Whew!  We would sure hate to be doing this when it gets worse this afternoon!

We rented a car to drive to the north end of the island - Oia the town that Santorini is famous for.  The view is breathtaking.  Absolutely amazing staring down into the center of the volcano.  We wander through the shops and buy a few trinkets.  At one shop we find a place to get Hagen Das ice cream milk shakes.  The guy in the shop tells us that the jazz he has playing over the stereo system is coming live from Seattle.  (I'll bet he says that to all the tourists!)

On the way back to the marina, we get lost.  More than once.  We end up on the mountain on the South end of the island with another breath taking view over the island and the airport.  One detour we make leads us down a long dirt road (we are convinced we will run into Indiana Jones somewhere along the way), to a lovely little beach bar.  We have margaritas and consider whether Dad and Marla should renew their vows  there before we depart Santorini.  (Dad and Marla's 18th wedding anniversary is coming up and they planned to renew the vows on this trip.)

Tonight's dinner is stuffed mushrooms.  We plan to cook one of the "mystery" vegetables we found in the market.  Low and behold - it is a cucumber.  So we have marinated cucumber salad on the side.  Yum.

We spend the evening working on the vows.  You would think we might have thought to bring the original vows, but alas... our memories are not so good... "I think Marla promised not to feed Dad any rat poison, but I can't be sure..."

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