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Finally
Will
03/15/2009, Charleston, SC

The port heater is almost installed. Almost. My Dad, on the last hole for a vent, measured the wrong vent (a non-closable which is 3")! (There are 3 different vents. One type for closable vents (2"), another for non-closable (3"), and still one more type for intake air for the heater itself (4").) Now there is a mark on the teak along with a hole that's too big (4". He should've drilled a 3" hole)! On an after thought my Dad is thinking that he should've put a 2" vent there instead of a 3" vent. The hole that he drilled was already too big for the 3" vent, so if he puts a 2" vent there.....

I know. That was confusing. I don't expect you to understand that.

At least the port heater is working.

Heat
Will
03/04/2009, Charleston, SC

Today my dad tried to install heaters. Tried. I wasn't there to witness most of the struggle, but I was there for a little bit (thank goodness!). From what I could tell there was a lot of swearing. He's not making much progress (brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!) unfortunately. And he's only started on one heater. (We have two.)

That's the big news. My Mom and I went into town and looked and shopped around there (away from the swearing). We're starting to get an idea of how the twisty winding roads are laid out. The road systems are pretty confusing around here.

My Dad wants me to get off the computer so he can play Sudoku. (He probably will eventually, it's his favorite game.)

Unpacked????
Will
03/03/2009, Charleston, SC

It has been slow going in the unpacking department. But we're getting through all of our stuff gradually. I've just finished moving my stuff from bags into lockers and cabinets.

Not much to report lately, except that the boat has done fine and that it's COLD! Check Weather.com so you can see for yourselves! It's been so cold that my Mom talked my Dad into staying at a Hotel!! We're staying for two nights while the cold-front blows over and then...back to the boat.

This is a picture of the forward locker. Now it's almost completely full of stuff!

Our new home!
Will
02/28/2009, CHARLESTON, SC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We made it! At about 4:30 p.m. we arrived at the Days Inn. We stayed there for a night, then moved on to the boat. It was quite a move! We moved in (if you can call it moved in. We still have stuff on the table and the cushions!) in about 4 hrs. We moved at a slow pace trying to find a place for stuff! In the end, there was a lot more room than we anticipated. (If I can say that before we've found a place for everything!)

We went through Atlanta, GA (Georgia) yesterday (matter of fact, we went through all of GA yesterday). I noticed that Atlanta (if not all of GA) was wetter. Apparently that wettness makes it ideal for pines because the pines were definatly in more quantity than the deciduous trees. We went over Lake Oconee and the Savanna River also.

In South Carolina I noticed that there were more farms alang the highway. they grow peaches, peanuts, tobacco, and pine trees mostly.

All of my pics are "too high of quality". SailBlogs won't let me upload them!

What has 4 eyes/I's but cannot see?
Will
02/25/2009, Oxford, AL

We hit a change in the scenery at the OK/AR border. The scenery changed abruptly from bare hills to tree covered hills. I was surprised at the amount of deciduous trees. There were only a few pines in amongst thousands of deciduous trees covering the hillsides.

Today we covered a lot of ground. We went through 4 states -- Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Arkansas was swampy. The deciduous trees combined with the water made it ideal for lots of wildlife. Wildlife that can easily be eaten by hawks! Needless to say, we saw quite a few hawks searching the land for a dinner.

In Tennessee we only went through the southwest corner. Which meant that we went through Memphis. But, before we got there, we crossed the great Mississippi River (more on that later). Memphis seemed that it was a nice city. Based upon the fact that we saw no people on street corners with signs saying "Feed me!". From what I could tell, Tennessee was pretty much the same scenery-wise as Arkansas.

Now for Mississippi. Mississippi was considerably drier seeing as there was a golf course with brown grass instead of green grass! There was also more evergreens in Mississippi (mostly pines). Apparently it's warmer there too -- Daffodils were in bloom! Sewage treatment ponds weren't that un-common either.

In Alabama the scenery didn't change much, but the skies did. They went from a semi-grey to very drab grey. (Luckly it didn't rain) But we finally made it to Burmingham. From there we drove 'till 6 p.m. and arrived at Oxford.

Fun Fact: We saw a barge on the Mississippi River that was pushing...12 barges! SailBlogs won't let me attatch a photo so there isn't a photo today. Sorry!

Answer to the question is...Mississippi.

FLAT
Will
02/23/2009, Elk City, OK

Today the scenery was flat (OK, it wasn't too flat). We went through Texas and part of Oklahoma. We went through the Northern part of Texas which is not the completely and totally flat part. So it was more interesting than the Southern part of Texas. (I noticed that much.)

I (again) read most of the way through Texas (because it was so flat and boring) so I don't really know many interesting aspects of Texas. Same with Oklahoma. One thing I did notice was that both the states have moderate hills. The hills are mostly covered in cacti. There also were many wind farms along the way. You can see that wind power is catching on. Also, the dirt was very red. It's good for farming beans.

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