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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)

Swimming Pigs

03 April 2009 | Big Majors Spot (N24*11.064 W76*27.599)
Friday, April 03, 2009

Wild night last night. The winds shifted to a more westerly direction and we rolled quite a bit throughout the night. I listened to the halyard slapping for quite a while and dozed off for awhile, then about 2:30am it started kicking up. The waves were really rocking us and I couldn't sleep. Wayne started dreaming and I felt bad about waking him up but he can become quite animated and verbal sometimes. When he went back to sleep, I finally got up, got some cookies and read for an hour then went back to bed before dawn.

We can pick up the weather from the park from here but had to relay a request for a mooring tomorrow through Sallie A. I remember them from Georgetown. They were also requesting a mooring for Saturday (today was full). After the weather and mooring requests we thought we'd check out Staniel Cay. Some parts look better protected than here. The bad part is the depth getting in there. We'd need to go in and out at high tide with depths of 5.6 at low tide especially with the waves kicking up. It was a boisterous dinghy ride and several dinghies were at Thunder Ball snorkeling into the grottos/cave. The best time to get there is low tide. After looking around we decided to stay where we are. The better sheltered areas are in the shallows and if we'd need to wait for high tide to get back out, we'd never make it to Warderwick at a decent time tomorrow while waiting for high tide.

We dingied back over to Big Majors and landed on the beach and the pigs all came running over to investigate us. These were good size porkers, and leeeeean.... I gave them my bread scraps and vegi cuttings and as I suspected, they don't care for oranges. We walked the beach and studied the skeletal remains of someone's double hulled boat on the beach and noticed that Sapphire came into the harbor.

We stopped over to say hi and chat awhile. Mike's mom and sister are visiting (that's who was with them at Lorraines) and flying out of Staniel Cay tomorrow and their daughter is coming in to visit. We got the scoop on how to make and blow a conch horn from Mike (YAY) and it looks like they're getting pretty good at making baskets on Sapphire too! His mom had 3 made already.

Had tuna sandwiches and chips for lunch and I'm now ready for a nap. My sleepless night is catching up with me and it will probably be more of the same tonight.
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