Day 40, Year 5: The Waterline is Still Going Down
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Weather: Beautiful Day; E Winds 15 Knots
Location: Kuah, Langkawi, Malaysia

How low can you go? Just when I thought I had bought all that you can buy in Kuah, I found even more goodies. So that waterline has gone down even lower. We went to town this morning with Ed and Lynne of Constance and they showed us a few stores that we had missed. We found capers, sun-dried tomatoes, bulk yeast, and US canned goods. We also bought cheddar cheese and then with heavily laden packs we walked back to the jetty. It took the rest of the day to get all of the things we have been buying packed away properly. We labeled the cans of food, organized them in cabinets, and recorded the locations in an Excel spreadsheet so we will be able to find things when we need them. By the time we finished, it was time to head to Shirena for Happy Hour with Robert and Tina and Darrell and Loretta on CanKata. Shirena will leave for Thailand tomorrow morning. We will leave on Monday morning and hope to catch up with them at Ko Taratao. This is the closest island north of here in Thailand near the mainland; the island where we met our friends Kevin and Claire when we left here last year. CanKata is here for another week before heading north but we hope to see them during the Christmas holiday in Thailand.

After Happy Hour we came back to Windbird to close the hatches and lock up before heading to shore for the last night of Karnival. We met Robert and Tina onshore and had a Laksa (soup) for dinner. We walked across the street to the Asia Café and had a couple of beers (no alcohol on the Muslim side of the street) while watching and listening to the music and dancing at Karnival. Robert and Tina are just beginning their world travels and we had great fun recounting some of our favorite memories of the South Pacific with them. We are so sorry that we will be parting ways with them when we leave Thailand as we have become close friends. We had planned to go through the Red Sea with them, but as you know, plans have changed. But maybe we will see them in the Caribbean in three or four years. Or maybe we will get back to the US and head across the Atlantic to the Med and see them sooner. You just never know . . .