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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)

Heart Stopping Day of Learning

14 January 2009 | Vero Beach
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Vero Beach Florida

After coffee and making breakfast I decided to jump ship and run into Vero Beach to go to West Marine to pick up our order and CVS while Wayne tore the quarter berth apart to get to the hot water heater in order to see if we could hook up the energy dissipater from the wind generator to the hot water tank (generating hot water in the event of excess energy - ya ya we're dreaming I know). This was actually the first time I've taken the dingy out by myself and I was a bit nervous, but everything seemed to go smoothly so I made it to the dock and locked up and made it to the bus stop with 5 minutes to spare.

I couldn't remember where the CVS was but the bus drivers helped me out - take the #1 to the transfer station, then the #4 to Albertson's (a food store) and it was right at the corner. After waiting a half hour for the script to be filled, I headed out only to notice that I had 2 scripts - one that belonged to someone else, so I had to return (missing my return bus) to take that script back and get a refund. Then back to the bus stop to wait for the bus, then to the transfer station and on to West Marine for our parts and then to the grocery store for a few items then wait for the bus again. There was a TJ Max next to the grocery store so I wandered in there and browsed while waiting for the bus.

They have sea turtle scultures around Vero similar to the cats in Catskill - the picture here is of one by the bus transfer station.

It was an enjoyable day zipping around Vero Beach and then coming back to a boat that I could actually walk in (everything was out and all over when I last was on the boat). Funny how in order to do one thing, everything has to be unpacked to get to the one thing... then, to get to the tools, another section has to be overturned and unloaded

Anyhow, After I got back and started making dinner (country ribs, twice baked potatoes with sour cream/chives, and corn), my phone case (containing my phone, license, credit card and some cash) was missing from my waistband. What a god awful feeling - my life took a nose dive during making dinner and discovering it was not hooked onto my waist. I'd gotten into the habit of carrying essentials in my phone case that Steph gave me instead of a purse, and this is the second time I'd lost it... Wayne & I got in the dingy and zipped around looking for it - back tracking from the dingy dock, up to the bus stop. I thought maybe I dropped it in the water while loading groceries and my back pack into the dingy - in which case I didn't have to worry about somebody ringing up charges on my phone and credit card and becoming me... After searching the dingy area we tried calling the number. It rang with no response and we couldn't hear it ringing anywhere near the water. From there, we managed to catch the last run for the bus from the marina to see if it was still on the bus, or if any turned it in - nobody turned it in (if I dropped it there). So we went back to the boat, where I discovered - I'd left the potatoes on in the oven (they were well done for dinner - but hey - not bad). I decided before I went on line to cancel my phone, credit card, and report my missing license I'd try calling my number again. The first time, for some reason, I got busy signal on my phone - which ticked me off - I was seeing cha-ching signs in my head - so I called back again and heard my phone ringing... at my feet... I'd dropped it behind the stairs bringing the groceries and parts down in the boat. Whew.... I gotta tell ya my pulse must have been pounding away at 150 beats a minute the entire time. Another new discovery - a drink helps to calm you down - and me - rather quickly since I'm not a big time drinker (I didn't mind my allergic reaction at all this time)! So we got to finish making dinner and reading the mail Laura sent to us. It was great getting more Christmas cards again!

Needless to say - besides learning that I can handle the dingy by myself, the big lesson of the day for me: I will not be hooking the phone to my waistband anymore - after two times, I'll not be pushing my luck for a third time (specially since I was using the case as a mini-purse).

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