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March 7, 2018

Mar. 7 - Seventh Anniversary

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.” ―Hans Christian Andersen

Seven years ago today we pulled out of Port Lavaca on the adventure that has changed our life. We've definitely seen a lot, learned a lot, met a lot of wonderful people and enjoyed "almost" every minute of this great new life. In the past seven years we've traveled over 18,000 miles, visited over 300 towns, three countries, 22 states and providences, stayed at over 100 different marinas and anchored in 157 different anchorages and we look forward to all the years of new adventures to come. Here's the post I made to this blog on day one of our new life. (March 7, 2011) Here's a link to our travel map

Mar. 7 – Matagorda, TX
Day 1 – Departure Day
Matagorda Harbor Marina
We chose this day to leave because we like the numbers….3/7/11.  Three for the three decades we have been married and the holy trinity, seven eleven…the date of our wedding, add the numbers together and you get twenty one. A very lucky number. Add those numbers together and you have the holy trinity again. So…it had to be a good day to start our new adventure.

We left Nautical Landings at seven so we could get across Matagorda Bay before the winds picked up.  Earline, Janell, Mike, Kelley and some pretty sleepy looking kids were there to see us off. It was nice to have them come to say bye and take pictures.  

We had a nice day on the water. The wind did pick up around 10:00, by then we were almost across the bay and into the protective waters of the ICW. The only new site for us today was our first lock.  Which only operates if there is a hurricane or flooding in the area…so we just drove right through.

Emma, Kaylen, Jenna and Hayden (these little guys have grown SO much)
Thanks for coming out we really appreciated it.
Getting things ready to leave
These old Craig's List bikes were replaced in Florida, with bikes that were much better...we've been using them every day since.
Sunrise over Matagorda Bay 
The sea gulls thought we might have something for them
One of the five barges we passed today
Our first lock...we've been through 155 now

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