Come Sail Away

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Bye-o

We've left Liberia.  At 1438 this afternoon, we let go our mooring lines and one of the little harbor tugs pushed out past the break waters, leaving Liberia for the last time.  It was a bitter sweet moment.  On one hand, its saying goodbye to all our friends and patients, people who have touched our lives over the last months.  On the other hand, we've been looking forward to this moment for weeks now and the anticipation was killer! 

This morning started off with our final at dock muster drill, making sure we knew exactly where our muster stations are and how to load the life boats.  It was also a way of taking attendence to make sure everyone was here.  That was followed with a ship wide stowaway search.  We are looking for people who might want to take advantage of our journey to Tenerife.

The tug comes to send us off
  We searched ever possible nook and cranny and found 6 'stowaways' (luckily these were actually crew members who were testing to see how well we were searching).

After lunch we took full advantage of the fact we were still at dock and watched the last landrover being loaded.  At 1330, we had the announcement for all crew members to please board the ship.  We gathered at the rail, waiting for the last mooring lines to be let go and at 1438, we were off and heading out across the harbor.  Soon the dock, the harbor and Liberia were out of sight.

Its taking some getting used to the rocking of the ship.  The sea looks very calm, but the ship is rocking hard back and forth.  Its almost surreal to think that we are actually moving and that when I look out the windows, I'll see nothing but water.  Watched the sunset from deck 8, was dissappointed with all the clouds on the horizon.  Oh well. 

Pray for us, we still have another 5+ days to go. 

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Bye-o
Bye-o
The tug comes to send us off
The tug comes to send us off
Dr. Jose doing a stowaway search i…
Dr. Jose doing a stowaway search …
Loading the last Land Rover
Loading the last Land Rover
Waiting to leave
Waiting to leave
Moving the gangway down the dock t…
Moving the gangway down the dock …
Letting go of the mooring lines
Letting go of the mooring lines
Goodbye dock!
Goodbye dock!
First at sea sunset
First at sea sunset
Atlantic Ocean
photo by: jen3371