I went to Walmart this morning, which is about 8 miles from where I'm staying, and bought a few groceries. On the way back to the island I got one of my propane tanks filled and either got ripped off, or paid a "tourist" price for propane.
My first mistake was not asking how much propane cost, I know propane costs vary widely and I was more interested in getting my tank filled up than I was about paying a few cents more for propane. Turns out I didn't get my tank filled up, and paid way more than a few cents extra for propane.
I was watching him fill up my empty 10 gallon tank and he stopped filling at 6 1/2 gallons. I mentioned it should take 10 and he said that's dangerous you have to leave room for expansion. I knew this wasn't true, a 10 gallon propane tank holds 10 gallons and the room for expansion is built into the tank. But I wasn't going to argue with him, and he didn't look like the type that would take criticism very well.
Come time to pay he looked at a paper on the wall next to the register and said $35, I paid my bill and left. Some uncomplicated mathematics tells me that I paid over five dollars a gallon for that propane, which is over twice the going rate at normal places, and here's the problem. I don't know if he charged me $35 to "fill up" my tank, which is a ripoff because he didn't fill it up. Or he charged me over five dollars a gallon for the propane I bought which is an outrageous price possibly reserved just for tourists.....That would be me. Whichever it was they won't see me again.
Afternoon Boogie boarder. At least that's what they were called when I was a kid.
The entrance to the pier and restaurant.
For the first two days I was here the red flag warnings were always out, it was pretty windy.