Since there isn't too much to do while at anchor (that's the relaxing part of it), we spend a lot of time looking at and commenting on the other boats in the area. As evening fell our second night at anchor, we noticed that an Oyster had pulled into the bay and anchored west of our boat, off our port side. We had a significant conversation about the Oyster (as they are a favorite of mine and this specific Oyster used to be docked in our marina).
This is the view we had at sunset from the port side of our boat. Obviously, you'll need to squint to make out the details, but the dot to the far left is the Oyster and the dot just right of the center is a powerboat directly in line with our boat:
|Oyster to west (left), powerboat front and (almost) center|
Naturally, I woke Eric, so we could continue the investigation together. After consulting our GPS, which shows our boat's path, it was apparent that Sea Gem hadn't moved. The Oyster had simply moved closer east--probably intentionally.
We went back to sleep.
About an hour later, Eric jumped out of bed and dashed toward the salon. As I came to, I realized that the beeping sound I had been dreaming about wasn't an illusion--there was an actual alarm going off inside our boat! With the earlier drifting concern still fresh in my sleepy mind, I hurried into cockpit to turn on the engines because I thought the alarm meant we were floating away.
From the helm, I shouted to Eric something about turning on the engines. Confused (and concerned), Eric rushed into the cockpit to stop me. And then I heard it--the distinct sound of Nespresso pods falling to the ground. Suddenly, I was wide awake.
Calmly (yet clearly annoyed), Eric said, "You don't need to turn on the engines. The alarm went off because the batteries drained. I just turned on the generator to charge them. It is fine."
Embarrassed, I said "So, I guess I'll go put away those Nespresso pods now."
And so I did.
So, Eric was right. As it turns out, we were more likely to be booby trapped by the pods than a stranger. I'm just thankful that I went with the Nespresso pods and not the sharp wooden skewers I had originally planned to use.