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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)

Still Gale force winds

19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
Gale force winds but the rains have stopped somewhat...
Monday&Tuesday, May 18th and 19th 2009

Well the Gale continues. Oatmeal for breakfast both days to make sure Wayne's stomach is okay... He's much better now even if the water keeps bucking us. My aloe plant fell over again - poor thing. Will it make it back home?

The bridge tender opened the bridge at 4:30pm for ½ an hour on Monday night, Then again after midnight. But it was still choppy and winds were between 20-25 knots so at 4:30pm we decided that since the anchor was still holding so well, we'd stay put. At midnight when I heard him come on the radio I was so groggy and it was dark, so who cared... We hoped that in the morning that he'd still be open but at 5am Tuesday morning he closed the bridge again. I'm getting used to the rocking and rolling and Wayne is too. Normally he can't read in a rocking boat without getting sick, but he's doing fine. Made Beef Birmingham for dinner Monday - modified it since I didn't have all the ingredients but it was tasty my way too. Tuesday night I made a modified BBQ chicken/pork cowboy stir fry over mashed potatoes with baked beans on the side. It's called how to start using up all the stray meat in the freezer. I'm not sure how I came up with uneven numbers of meat, but it makes for interesting, sometimes innovative meals LOL.

The gusts continue to go above 30-35 and the waves are still capping and falling over. The sound of the chain and snubber are loud in the V-berth but when we check, they're still holding good. It makes me wonder what on earth we managed to hook onto below the water. We've not moved more than 7-15 feet since the anchor caught. When we finally try to haul up anchor it will be interesting to see if we can actually get it up or if it's firmly taken root. According the weather on the Internet, the winds are supposed to start letting up tomorrow evening (Wednesday) so depending, we may be able to get out of here tomorrow or Thursday. It always amazes me how even though the cell phones don't work, I can sometimes access the Internet with the broadband card. So Wayne was checking out rental cars most of the day (Tuesday) online so we can cart stuff from the boat to home once we finally put the boat on the hard for the summer.

I found another Micheal Crichton book in my reading material "Prey". I shouldn't have picked it up because I'd started another book "One False Move" by Harlan Coben that will now have to wait. Crichton always manages to hook me. I will be glad when the boat stops slopping us around like a wash machine though... It's easier to spend the days in bed than being thrown around in the boat. Wind chill is cold out there. High in the 50's and low in the 40s. Time to throw another blanket on the bed and stop the drips from the ports onto our heads from the condensation...
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