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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)

Part 2 of 2/16

16 February 2009
We got directions on where to find the bread - don't leave Bimini without trying the bread - it's wonderful! The bread lady is the last one past the stalls that sell clothing and straw hats. After getting our bread we visited the museum (the last scene from the Silence of the Lambs was filmed here), the library (they have a ton of paperbacks) and the beach on the windward side of the island (breath taking with the onshore winds from the northwest cold front moving in). The sand is white and comprised of corals and shells. The water is so breathtakingly beautiful in light and dark shades of aquamarine with white caps and foam breaking into the shore and on the rocks. There's a small shelf of hardened coral sand that stands above the beach sand and further back from the waves that was previously eroded away by previous seas - coquina in the making, and conch shells all in varying states of decomposition littered along the beach.
They have an "all grades" school here and the kids were all out in the yard for lunch when we walked by. One little guy was in a tree and an older girl yelled out to me "Take his picture and send it to the Police" I responded "he's not supposed to climb the tree?" "No - he's in trouble" at which he hung then dropped down from the tree, then they all started admonishing him. The next time we passed it coming back to the boat, the yard was empty and the lunch ladies were carrying their stuff back across the street.
We passed by the Big Game Club/Marina, which stands strangely vacant, but in good shape. They have murals painted all along the wall along the street of various sea life that made me think of Steph and Alli. I could see them doing this kind of stuff down here. From the water as we passed by this place coming in - the docks are empty and look brand new. I wonder what happened to the place because it's quite the compound. Not enough business to stay open? Came back after exploring the town a little further and stopping at the Bank of Canada to get some ones and fives.

Pork chops, salad and Bimini Bread for dinner with the rest of my Verdi wine. The bread is awesome - similar to the Hawaiian Sweet bread but better. It's definitely worth the $5! After dinner we wandered down near the grills to see if anyone was still there. They weren't. Brigid said there's usually a group of cruisers there between 4-7pm but we didn't get there until close to 7pm. The air has cooled off quite a bit. The cold front is here - time to put a blanket back on the bed.

As I'm typing this up, the Frenchman is serenading life again. This time somebody else is joining in the singing. I think it's the boat from Quebec which is on the inside part of the T-Dock that we're on.
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