Well believe it or not both of us are now certified Professional First Responders and CPR/AED Professionals - which means we passed our test last night - YIPPEE!!! The Red Cross actually thinks we now know how to save people with sucking chest wounds, in cardiac or respiratory arrest, with angulated fractures (bones sticking out at weird angles), shock, diabetic coma or just plain and simple arterial bleeding!! What is even cooler is that we feel pretty comfortable that we could actually do that too!! The past three weeks have gone by in a fleeting haze - we have been learning tons of new stuff and reactivating our brains which despite the long hours of studying has been pretty cool. It now frightens me quite a bit to think we traveled as far as we have on Gypsies knowing so little about real first aid - we had the big trauma kit, AED and supplemental oxygen on board but I hesitate to think what we would have done if we had really needed to use any of that stuff before. Now we know exactly what is in each of our first aid kits and better yet, how to use everything in them!!! While we seriously hope we never have to use anything but the antibiotic cream and some bandaids (because good luck living on a boat and not getting cuts and scrapes you don't even know how you got!), we at least now feel comfortable that if something more serious went wrong, we'd know how to handle it!! Piece of mind is a great thing (especially when you're not sure where the rest of your mind went!)
More importantly though is that despite the rainy, cold, damp, overcast, miserable (you get the point I'm sure) morning, we flung off the docklines this morning in Baltimore and Gypsies is heading south!!!
Before we left Baltimore we had several wonderful evenings with our friends Denise and Ray Maskell who live just outside of Baltimore - the first night they came over to Gypsies (it was pouring rain of course since our boat couldn't be any farther down the dock and away from the gate unless we were in Fort McHenry!!!) What is it about Baltimore anyway? I think it has rained more in the past three weeks than in the entire rest of our 15 month trip to date (or maybe it just seems that way as we have had many a trudge to class in the rain!) Anyways, we had a great dinner on Gypsies - our last mahi and skipjack that we had caught in the Bahamas and key lime pie!
We had plans to head to Shuckers on our last Sunday in port to watch the Pats play the Bucs from Wembley Stadium in London when our first aid instructor had to move class from Saturday to Sunday....bummer! But Denise and Ray to the rescue - how cool is this - they invited us out to their house for dinner and they would TIVO the Pats game for us so we could watch it Sunday evening after class!!! This was seriously above and beyond the call of friendship - especially given the fact that they are Ravens fans and the Pats haven't been too kind to the Ravens the past several years! But what an amazing treat for us - not only were we able to have another evening with some seriously cool people (and their little dog Molly who is just too cute) but we got to watch a Patriots game on a wide screen TV, with no commercials AND with sound (when we're in a bar there are always at least 5 or 6 other games on so there's no sound!!!) On top of that we had wine from a bottle (OK several) and Ray was the amazing chef for the evening spoiling us with kick butt appetizers followed by Emeril's spicy scallops, steak, squash risotto and all the trimmings served on real china!!! Not to be left out was Denise's drop dead cake for dessert served with Port - AND did I mention the Pats opened up a can of whoop ass on the Bucs so it was an unforgettable evening all around. Thanks so much guys - can't wait to see you both down in Marathon where hopefully it won't be raining and we can show you the underside of Key West!!!
So far our steam today is relatively uneventful - the rain has let up and the wind hasn't kicked the waves up too badly yet although Bootsie was not particularly happy this morning (in three weeks at dockside she lost her sea legs!)
By the way, Ray sent this quote to Doug this morning and it just seemed so appropriate to our life that we wanted to share it with all of you:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!
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