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Georgia and Florida Summary

October 19 - December 23, 2003

There are only two updates from Georgia in this chapter of our journey. We were getting better at this whole business of sailing, but we still found ourselves speeding down the river in the middle of the night dragging both of our anchors. I will write some more about this later. For a long while we didnít see any town or a sign of civilization in Georgia. Just flat wetlands as far as eye can see. Day in and day out we were sailing through beautiful countryside, majestic rivers and foreign lands.

Lightning storms were something else in this part of the country. One night we were on the anchor inside the mouth of a river, with nothing around, but three feet of long, yellow grass. The night sky was bombarded by electrical explosions all around us. Fierce lightning fire from above heavy clouds created dramatic visual effects. The violent bursts of electrical explosions were getting closer and closer, soon surrounding us from every angle. It was some war in a sky and I become painfully aware that our 34 foot aluminum mast is sticking out like a sore thumb. I was lying at night in my bed, with my head almost touching it. My eyes were wide open and I kept glancing nervously towards the hatch. There was no pause in the barrage of thunderclaps over our heads. I maybe slept two or three hours that night.

Southern States have to be experienced by anyone who grew up North. The friendliness, generosity and hospitality of these people left a mark on both of us and I still get all warm inside at the memory of our stay in Florida. Warren family was spoiling us for couple of weeks with great place to stay, great food and great fellowship. And this was just the beginning. Randy and Nancy from the Keys practically adopted us. Their love made a huge impact in my life and Iíll be forever grateful our paths have crossed.

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