Here we are in Beaufort. Yesterday we left Ocracoke at 6:30 a.m. in windy conditions with things crashing inside the boat (4 foot seas on the beam) as we headed for Beaufort. By the time we hit the Neuse river the wind had abated and the seas were calm. We got here at 3:30 and tied up at the town docks. What a differrence a day makes! While Ocracoke is a sleepy, laid back island, Beaufort is a happening place. Last night we shared appetizers at the Dock House while listening to the local duo of Searce and Kettner.
This morning we took our Odyssey Couple out to Bird Shoal Island at dawn to have a burial of their pent up resentments of 37 years. This is a very emotional experience where each member of the couple gets to vent for 30 minutes to their partner without any interruptions; afterwards they both take their list of resentments and burn them in a hole in the sand and then cover over the hole. At that point captain Bryce conducts a marriage-type ceremony where he reminds the couple that their resentments are buried in the past and that they are now turning over a new leaf. We toast the new day with champagne on the beach as the sun is rising in the east. This is so emotional that I tend to cry for joy with each new couple. What a wonderful way to end a Love Odyssey!