It’s slow going 511 nm in 4.5 days. 36 45 N, 74 57.7W. Yesterday morning we were thrown into the washing machine. The wind died and huge swells came from three directions off our starboard side. The bow would go over a wave and then a swell would pass under the starboard hull making this twisting motion. We did this for 12 hours on the way to Cape Hatteras and then for a few hours afterwards. Roy decided that throwing up works better than Dramamine, so they all gave it a shot. I was also asked the question about when exactly this would end. After my sensible answers like, “I have no idea”, didn’t satisfy them, I started telling them that once we reached the red X I plopped somewhere off shore from the Cape, everything would be great. Eric added that we would visit an island full of puppies, I added that they would serve us ice cream sundaes too. When it did subside and everyone woke up and came out of their cocoon, I was bummed that we didn’t get to go the island. Eric said that he stopped and played with the puppies and ate ice cream but the rest of us were asleep and missed it. Ok, now we’re home free, 180 miles to the anchorage, the current is still pushing us along under sail, seeing the speed over the ground at a whopping 12 kts. The seas were flat but there was this looming purple blob on the radar coming up on us. Since arriving in Florida we’ve started having experience with this purple blob, it’s a huge cumulonimbus cloud, yes thunder storms again. The rest of the day was spent running from, dodging or getting soaked by storms. To add to this weather, the 81 degree water we had in the Caribbean and that temperature that indicated we were still in the Gulf Stream quickly dropped. Within a half hour we saw 81 turn into 77 and then 67. By morning the water temp was 52 degrees. Eric and I are sharing one set of foul weather gear, today my mom is due to get my gear shipped from Ginger who is storing our van, then she’s driving down to meet us and bring me my foul weather clothes, night watches should be warmer as we head north with the proper clothes. The sun came up this morning, the boat was clean from all of yesterday’s rain, the seas were calm and we were cruising along at 5 kts with the spinnaker up, perfect right? Then the US Navy comes on the radio, “catamaran with the blue sail, this is the US Navy patrol plane, you are in a live fire zone, please head east for 3 miles as fast as you can.” Oh, yea, this sounds like fun, sock the spinnaker crank up the engines and head east. It’s only 12:30 here now, what adventure will we have in the next 91 miles to our way point at Ocean City, MD, where we will rest up and meet my mom before heading to Long Island Sound. See our track at: https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=692e518ba8dcd68ba
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Bible Verses to ponder
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The 10 Commandments
1. Have no other gods
2. Do not worship idols or images
3. Do not misuse the Lord's name
4. Observe the Sabbath Day
5. Honor your father and mother
6. Do not murder
7. Do not commit adultery
8. Do not steal
9. Do not lie
10. Do not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor
My Favorite Bible StudiesOver the last 10 years I've decided the best way to know what God expects is to attend Bible Study. I have two favorites: http://www.communitybiblestudy.org/ has great programs especially for women and children together and lately I've been attending http://www.precept.org/ for a very in-depth study of the bible. Try a bible study to learn all about what's in God's book.
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