Who knew that manatees would be my biggest threat! Twice now, I have spooked these huge, gentle creatures when unknowingly rowing near them. Each time they bolt and explode out of the water and nearly capsize my boat. Their size and weight--between 10-12 feet and 1,500-1,800 pounds--can easily topple my boat and everything in it. You've heard of bear bells when hiking, I need manatee bells! Yesterday was my most challenging day. Equipment failure took time to fix and missed out on most of the fair tide, high winds built up over the day, and a massive manatee scared the daylights out of me, making 28 miles feel like 100. It was the first time I wasn't finding joy rowing by spectacular mangroves, beautiful beaches, and amazing wildlife. But who knew I meet some of the nicest people I have ever met on this row. Last night upon landing in Camachee Cove Marina, I was welcomed with incredible hospitality, generosity, and friendship. First a big shout-out to the Kingfish Grill and general manager Dave Veihdeffer! Thank you so much for providing me with a wonderful meal, plenty of fluids, and great interest in my rowing adventure. I hope I can meet your relatives in Amherst upon my return. And to Don and Pam Jairett for their warm companionship, great conversation, and generous donation!!! Dave, Don and Amy - my body and soul felt completely replenished last night and I am off with renewed energy to my next destination today. Thank you.