Monday, 6/8/09

Today was great.  I stayed up with Dad last night.  I got up at 3:00am and haven't slept since.  We played five games of backgammon and I won three.  While we were playing backgammon, we all of a sudden heard a call on the VHF radio from Aircraft Carrier 77.  Dad realized they were calling us, so he turned off the flashlight so we could see better.  We saw a large light out about 7 miles away.  On our radar, we saw that we were on a collision course.  We replied to them on the VHF and had a small conversation because they wanted to maintain their course and we didn't know how to get out of their way.  Eventually, they called on the radio and said that they would turn to 180° and we could maintain our course and speed.  That was nice.  They also turned on their huge, rectangular hangar bay lights.  With the binoculars, we could see it pretty clearly then.  It was huge!  Then, Dad said that his 9yr. old son was in the cockpit with him and asked them if they could launch an aircraft for us.  They said they couldn't, but if we hung with them, in about a few hours there would be a lot of action.  But, they were going south at 20kts. and we were going north at 6, so there was no chance we could keep up with them.

Once morning came, we did a little bit of school.  We sailed for half the day, but we had to turn on the engine in the afternoon.  We caught a pompano dolphin (related to Mahi), but it got off just as Dad was trying to gaff it.  It fought hard.  We were kinda bummed.

We have decided to go to Cape Fear, NC, which means we'll see Eira.  Yeah!  I can't wait to see John.  We haven't seen them since they stopped cruising.  We were going to see them last year as we came south, but that didn't work out.  I am happy. ©

The night of 6/8/09
I got up with Dad at 3:30am.  We talked and read.  But, I turned in at 4:30am.  I was really tired.  I am J. ©

Tuesday, 6/9/09

Today was awesome.  We arrived in Cape Fear.  The current was bad, so we couldn't go up the Cape Fear River to Wrightsville Beach where Eira lives.  So we stopped at the nearest marina.  It's nice.  We are on Bald Head Island.   You can only get here by ferry - there are no cars on the island, only golf carts, even for the people who live there.
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