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Storing our provisions
12/30/2008, Titusville, FL

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Unloaded the remaining items from the car and Wayne took it back while I started the task of "where to put all this stuff"!?!?! This is a major undertaking. We decided to re-inventory everything so we'd know what we have, what we use, and what we need which meant going through everything before starting to pack all the new stuff too. This will take more than a day...

Coming back from the showers Wayne saw a pair of manatee - a mom and her calf! I insisted that he was taunting me but he insisted that it was true so I ran and got my camera again! Not one in sight... Well it was a break from tearing up the place to take a count of canned goods and looking for places to put more canned goods. Even if I didn't see a manatee.

Customs and other stuff
Sunny, 79
12/29/2008, Titusville, Fl

Monday, December 29, 2008

Our First Stop today - Customs, in Port Canaveral, to get a "local boaters option card". This should allow us to get back into the country when we return from the Bahamas (similar to the Nexus or I-69 that's used for crossing into Canada back home). We also need the CBP (Customs and Boarder Patrol) Decal like last year, but were told that we need to order those online now. When we bought the one last year, nobody wanted to see it, but it's mandatory so I've ordered it online to be sent to Laura & Gregs. We don't want any problems coming back home like last time...

Second stop - QVS in Orlando for Wayne's stuff, then Sam's Club and Walmarts, CVS and back to the marina to unload everything. The boat has no room to move about in! Tomorrow we need to have the car back to Enterprise by noon, and then we need to start finding places to put all the food and stuff we've bought!

I was asking one lady in the showers if they have manatee here and she said oh yes! The mythical creatures are here - all over the place! I've seen puffer fish, skate, rays, dolphin and jellies, but not one manatee yet! She said they usually hang out down between D and E dock (We're on A dock) so I took my camera down there - no luck...

Kolibrie Shirts!
79 and sunny
12/27/2008, Titusville, FL

We opened our mail from Laura and what an awesome surprise! There were T-shirts in it with Kolibrie on it (first mate and captain). Laura - we love them - Thank you guys!!!

All day shopping in Orlando and Titusville - Lowes, Home Depot, Sam's Club, Walmart. Not much to talk about other than provisioning all day and trying to figure out where to put stuff! I got a food saver to preserve our meats and other perishables - most other boaters have recommended one and it seems to work pretty good! It creates a vacuum seal to prevent freezer burn, etc... We'll see.

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