Thursday, February 13, 2020
The Calm Before the Storm - V-Day 2020
All the boats are washed and clean.
All those "I'm gonna get to it" tasks have been gotten to.
Fresh oars, fresh stripes, and a group of fresh gondoliers:
all waiting for the big day to finally arrive.
Valentine's Day is the "Superbowl of gondola cruises" for us here in Newport, and in a lot of other places.
It helps us get through winter, sure.
But it's also a huge event that we look forward to - simply because it's awesome.
On most nights a gondolier is one of a few who are out doing cruises,
but on February 14th it's all boats all day and on to midnight.
That's exciting to be part of.
In between dialing things in on several boats,
and fixing even more things on land,
I took a boat out to move it to another spot, and I caught this view.
Gary was just departing with a happy couple,
gliding towards a colorful horizon and making great memories.
Happy Valentine's Eve, amici.
I hope you sleep well and have a fantastic Valentine's Day.