Saturday, April 28, 2012

...blast off!

After just a little less than three months, it's time to head back to Britannia tonight.  Thanks to a few much appreciated updates from our cruising friends, we know she's floating and hasn't burned to the waterline.  

People keep asking if we're excited to go back and I often realize that I'm not particularly focused on the excitement part of things. The logistical minutia can be a little too overwhelming, as much as I hate to admit it. The details (How do we get back to Opua?  How do we get on the boat?  How do we check out of customs?  Should we take this weather window even though we'll be tired?  ...and on...) are consuming enough so that I have to take a long deep breath and step back before I can get excited.

It happens though - when we were leaving dinner with the family last night I looked up and realized that the moon was waxing and would be pretty close to full when we're leaving.  I'd lost track of where we are in the lunar cycle; something I hadn't lost track of for the year we were gone.  Moments like that one make me pretty excited to get back to what's starting to feel like real life.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Getting Wired

I've been surprised since we've been back to realize how many people actually read the blog. Blogging is sort of a thankless task really - blasting reports out into the ether is ultimately far less satisfying than just emailing friends and family. But now that I know people are actually reading, I have a little renewed enthusiasm. With that in mind, we're working on getting set up so we can update the blog from the SSB on the boat (actually, we're just figuring out what Lauren Girl already set up for us - thanks Lauren!). The modern world is pretty rad at the end of the day. If this posts, we're wired. It also means our best excuse is now moot, so look for more blog posts this season than last.

We'll be back to the boat around the first of May, and I think we did a pretty good job of leaving her ready to go. We have to provision with fresh stuff, and now that we got a little cash infusion, I'm excited to buy and install solar panels, but otherwise all we have to do is scrub the bottom and then head rhumb line for Fiji.

It's a rough life.

We'll tell you all about it.

At 11/22/2011 8:38 PM (utc) our position was 35°18.69'S 174°14.80'E