Day 87, Year 3: Free At Last
Date: Hari Senin (Monday), Bulan Agustus 4, Pada Tahan 2008
Weather: No Change – Still Sunny and Windy
Location: Kupang, W Timor, Indonesia

Customs came to Windbird today to rip off the impoundment sticker, so we are now free to leave. Unfortunately, Customs came while we had guests onboard and it was very busy. Mark had gone to shore earlier to pick up Cece, the young university student who has been a guide for us over the past few days, her mother Elisabeth, and a young man named Alex. They had no sooner arrived than Alex and Cece got a bit seasick, so Mark had to take the Customs agent, and our guests back to shore very quickly. We felt so badly that it was so rough this morning, but the Kupang anchorage is just that way.

We spent most of the rest of the day onshore today. We finally broke down and bought a cell phone. I think we might be the only boat out here without one. It was when Joe on Rendezvous Cay told us that people from the US could call us via Skype on their computers at very little cost that we decided to do this. For the next two months we will have no internet, so our only contact would have been via email. Now the cell phone gives us another possibility.

It is now after sundown and we are still onshore, so I will send this log via internet rather than HAM email. We will have dinner and then head back to Windbird to get ready to leave in the morning. We have had an incredible experience here and look forward to the rest of Indonesia.

080804 Day 87 Cece Visits Windbird