When we’re planning to travel days and nights from one place to the next, we prepare to make a passage. After a two week stay in Charleston, it was time to move on. With summer upon us and lots of things planned, we started to prepare for a passage north to Beaufort, North Carolina.
A sweet lady with an awesome smile was working at one of the produce stands and chose a big bunch of kale and some other greens for my basket. Tammy has raised 5 boys. She said 4 of them are already men. “I lost my husband to cancer 3 years ago,” she said “but I just keep on going, by the grace of God, because if you don’t then you die”. She told us a story about a man making a comment to her. It was an ignorant comment and she just turned to him and said “ it doesn’t matter that you hate me, because I have God …. I love you just the same.” But this is my favorite Tammy quote: “I’m not all I should be. But, I’m not what I used to be and I’m not all I will be.”
The forecast was showing the beginning of a settled trend for good sailing northward. We, by that I mean Rob, hauled the the dingy aboard to secure it to the deck. I helped by documenting his work. Not wanting to give you the wrong impression, I will state here that I’m often at that winch; to haul Rob up the mast and to move the outboard to and from the dingy as it sits in the water. I’m a hard working crew member. By the evening, we were ready to pass through the Bridge of Lions at a 7:00 opening next morning. Two other sailboats were heading out the St. Augustine inlet at the same time. It was a good day to sail. Local knowledge advised not making a turn north until reaching the sea buoy to avoid running into … Continued