Andre: It was a real luxury spending the night before aboard. If nothing else, it lets you get everything squared away in a calm, relaxed manner. And this is a light load, too…just 24 people. If you managed to hide yourself aboard, there would probably be a bunk for you somewhere… Thanks Wahoodad! Given what a mediocre angler I am, I think you can count on us leaving a fish or two for you. Fishy: Message delivered. I was sorry to miss you too Jimal. I heard you were there, but I just couldn’t get down there any earlier. Hopefully I’ll see you at the dock when we get in! Thanks Bubba! I told Min, and he said “Oh yeah…” Ali: I passed on your message. I am not going to write what he replied! ;-) Dave from Buena Park: Yes, Frank is aboard. I met him yesterday and he’s a good guy. He’s not here in the galley now, but I will pass on your message when I see him. Joe, the galley on Independence is excellent as a matter of course. Ed and Michel take wonderful care of us. The coffee, though, is not really my brew. I don’t mean to say that it isn’t GOOD. It is pretty good stuff, fresh brewed, and with Splenda and milk. Not quite CADILLAC coffee, but as good as you usually find in a restaurant. I just happen to like very strong coffee, softened with real cream (or half and half). That’s not an option this trip…the coffee is milder than the motor oil I make in my French press. But other than that, the provisions are absolutely first rate. Breakfast today was eggs over easy with bacon AND sausage, toast and hashed browns. And coffee… Oh, and today is our first on the water. We’ll have to see if they do soup, but I’m guessing they will.