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Log Book: Key Largo - Beaufort, NC - June 10-16, 2004

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Thursday, June 10, 2004 - Preparation

Maciek:

Before sailing back we spent couple of days in Key Largo enjoying hospitality of our friends and re-provisioning the boat. We also paid our last visit to DQ this afternoon before we had to hurriedly run back and jump on the boat to catch a high tide that would allow us to motor through those shallow canals. We anchored nearby the Key Rodriguez to be in better position for our morning departure. Our friend Randy came up on his sailing dinghy to say goodbye and shortly after his departure we crawled into our beds for a last all-night sleep before we head out into the Ocean for a grueling 6 day ride on the currents of the Gulf Stream.

Tobs:

The ship is snug and tightly re-packed for the real start of our journey home, including all the extras that Maciek and Johannes had left behind with Randy and Nancy before they set out for the Bahamas six months before. Maciek tried to make use of a pair of shorts that the "Incredible Hulk" German had left behind, but the shrinking Polack was no match. Most of it was stowed astern behind all the other useful junk we had accumulated, such as half-used mini-sized toiletries, smelly conch shells (though I had tried to boil the horrible dead urchin smell out, it was still unpleasantly pungent) and sweaters and pants and (Maciek what else - extra lines, anchors, life preservers?) We had made our trip to Wal-Mart, buying everything conceivable that would be needed and we were eager to be off. Sort of.

It was really hard to say goodbye to this wonderful couple and all the other friends we had made in this place. Randy seemed to feel the same way because that night, once we had motored away from his dock and anchored off the island for an easy start in the morning, he sailed out for a last visit in his speedy sailing dinghy. I think he just wanted to check we were really ok, and that Maciek knew where he was going.

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