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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)

St Augustine

14 December 2008 | Saint Augustine, Fl anchorage (29o53.314 x –081 18.463)
Wow, sometime during the night it warmed up and instead of tugging for the blankets we were both throwing them on each other to get them off of our own bodies! Got up and it was already in the upper 60’s. Went up top with my coffee, without shivering, and really felt like I was in Florida.

After we finished having coffee, we went ashore (using our $10 dingy dock pass again) in search of a Winn Dixie store across the bridge. The Bridge of Lions is currently under construction and a temporary bridge spans the waterway while they rebuild the old one. It’s supposed to be a spectacular looking bridge that dates back to the twenties with a set of marble lions; paws balanced on spheres that guard each side of the bridge. The lions are currently in a warehouse until the bridge reconstruction is complete - so I never got to see them. But if we pass this way again – hopefully I’ll get to see them. After an almost mile walk, with no Winn Dixie in sight, I asked a lady that we passed if there was one there (we were in a residential area and it didn’t look right) and she said no, so the one that Mapquest said was there – wasn’t. She said there was a smaller one about 6 blocks down but it was more expensive, less stocked, and closed on Sundays. So we headed back across the bridge and went in search of the one that was a mile away from the City Marina. There were two that were outside of the old town – one about a mile away and another about 2 miles away that was next to a West Marine. Needless to say, we opted for the closer one and used the city map to try and find it. We ended up at the other one near West Marine and a shopping mall and before shopping decided we needed lunch so sat outside at a Checkers Burger place with pop, hotdogs and burgers before shopping.

In the store we met a couple that were also from Michigan. She noticed my Saugatuck T-shirt and stopped to chat with us (Laurel and Bob). They’re in the marina right down the block from here at Oyster Creek marina in a catamaran that is a bright yellow – called Sunburst. It’s funny because I saw them pass by when they came through the bridge and brought the boat to Wayne’s attention as they passed. They are also teachers from the Grand Rapids area and are heading south. I’ve never been on a catamaran before – I’m going to have to check one out one of these days, I can’t imagine what they’re like to sail, only that they’d be fast – probably handle much differently, but definitely faster than our little cork.

We called a taxi to take us back to the boat (thank goodness – I’d be crippled lugging the groceries back two miles, not to mention having the food get warm) and after putting the food away, I still wasn’t hungry after the two burgers so Wayne got the leftover pizza and tuna salad for dinner tonight. I feel my knee stiffening back up and aching and I’m sure Wayne’s feeling the walk today too…
Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson