Saturday, September 21, 2013

Casting Off Officially



We took really long showers this morning.  The longest we are likely to have for awhile as we tossed off the dock lines today.  Everything was stowed.  MUST projects are complete so it is time to go.  Woo hoo!  At 11:12am we slipped the dock lines.  Our wonderful dock neighbors walked s/v Honey Ryder back out of the slip, wishing us fair winds.  We will miss them but we are so excited to actually start cruising.  A quick stop at the fuel dock to get some additional fuel on tank #1 and a proper good bye to dock mistress Sherry and Then we were off down the East Brunswick River.  We took the advice of our friend and long time Pacific cruiser Roxanna.  Last winter over dinner in KC, she strongly suggested that whenever we officially cast off, "Just go around the corner and anchor.  You don't have to go far.  Just get off the dock, go a small distance, anchor and simply clear your head of the "dock fog."   So that is what we are doing.  We just dropped the anchor in the Frederica River off Fort Frederica on St Simon Island.  Yes...not far from Brunswick Landing Marina but worlds away from slip living.  Thanks to everyone for following along and hanging in there through all the project posting.  It's hard to put on words what this feels like.  It's been so long planning and working towards this.  We both had HUGE smiles most of the day to give you an idea of some of our feeling.  Anyway....stay tuned! 

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  1. Good to see someone finally leave a slip. Have a great time, post lot's of photos, and be safe.
    Cheers!
    Paul & Deb

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    1. Thanks. We will stay in touch & see you two out there soon.

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  2. Sabrina & Tom, Bon Voyage! We have enjoyed your company immensely and wish you the best. Our paths will cross again we are sure.

    Chris&Janet

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    1. Same here. Thanks for all the advice, ideas and fun. Fair winds until we see you again.

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  3. So exciting! I got tingly when I read your post. We toss off the docklines in a week! I'm glad to hear your advice about not going far. We are also planning to ease into it. A couple of nights at anchor a couple of miles away, then maybe some more docktime in a neighboring town... Maybe we'll knock out a couple more projects, do a thorough cleaning job with copious amounts of water, ride our bikes around a new town... Then it's away for REAL!
    Look for Dos Libras when you get to Florida! Maybe we'll see ya around...

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    1. Omg! So exciting for you. Do you have a blog? If so, post it here in comments so we and others can follow along. Wow...tingly indeed.

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  4. We love Fort Fredricka. On a pitch black night while at anchor there we were surrounded by dolphins. It was so dark we couldn't see anything but they were surfacing and breathing all around us....way cool.

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    1. Yes, good spot. We anchored just past the fort as you go north.

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  5. Awesome and Congratulations. We were given the same advise about just going around the corner and we indeed plan on doing that when we cast off in November. You two have been a great inspiration to Scott and I and we hope to meet up with you sometime/somewhere.

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    1. Thanks. I have no doubt that we will see you two in some anchorage somewhere. In the mean time we will have to continue the digital communications.

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  6. Nice getting to know you guys this summer. Thanks again for turning us on to the Gates BBQ Sauce from KC. What a treat! Wishing you guys Blue Skies, Crystal Clear Waters and White Sanding Bottoms. Hope our wakes cross again. Be Safe.

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    1. You two are awesome. We are so glad we had a chance to meet. Please stay in touch. Be sure to keep Us up to date on BLM happenings. Crab on!!!!

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  7. Yayyyy!! We're living vicariously through you.

    Deb
    S/V Kintala
    www.theretirementproject.blogspot.com

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    1. Hang in there. You two will be out here soon.

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  8. Joan and I can't be happy for you. We really look forward to seeing and hearing about how this plays out. We hope we will cross paths with you soon.
    Pat and Joan

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  9. Fair winds! That's a pretty anchorage spot - a wonderful first night out!

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