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Fifth Anniversary!

Five years ago, Betty invited me onboard LILI to help her move the boat from Jensen Beach, FL to Annapolis, MD.  It was a big leap of faith, as she had never met me.  Joining us for that trip was Mike Warren.   Little did we know that we would become such good friends.

Jump to present time and the three of us are back together doing the same trip.  Betty and I suggested to Mike that jewelry is always in good taste for anniversary presents.   Mike found out the traditional gift for 5th anniversary is wood.  He brought us each a gift, a handmade wood key chain that he made himself.  Very beautiful, I might add!!



On May 21st, Mike and I flew in on the same flight, rented a car and headed up to Stuart.  Within an hour of arriving at the marina, the rental car was returned, we took a photo for posterity and lines were off shortly after 4 pm.  We had a weather window to head offshore out of St Lucie Inlet and we didn’t want to miss it.

Seas were a bit lumpy until we got to the western wall of the gulfstream.  Then, for over 24 hours we were flying along at 12 knots!  Not a bad push for a boat that cruises at 7.5 knots!   Our goal was to make it all the way to Beaufort, but our weather window started to close, so we ducked in Cape Fear Inlet and continued on in the ICW to Wrightsville Beach with anchor down at 6 pm, 50 hours after leaving Stuart.  Capt. John Stemke, arrived shortly after for dinner to help us  celebrate a successful offshore run!

Up early the next morning, Mike and I were on a mission to get LILI back to the Chesapeake.  We stopped in Morehead City, Alligator River Marina and Portsmouth, before arriving at Mike’s home on Cobbs Creek in time for a Memorial Day cookout.