Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Accept Deferred Message

Last night at 11 pm we were able to shut the motor down. Very nice as it is a heat and noise maker, we go slower under motor than sails, and it cost more money to operate. Now its 11 am and we are still flying along. The winds are sending us a good direction and the seas are fairly light. So far so good. We even have clear skies and moon lit nights to keep things light hearted. We don't seem to have the twilight despair that we have experienced in the past coastal passages. Nothing to hit and very very few vessels out here. May have seen one fishing boat in the distance last night. This passage has a reputation of being very light winds and confused seas. We are grateful for the contrary to that for now. From the looks of the weather files, we should have varying degrees of favorable winds for the rest of the passage. The days are starting move quick now. We are in the groove. It's like backpacking; the first few days seem to drag and then all the sudden a week is past and it's sad to have to stop. Keeping the sails trimmed, eating, reading, sleeping, cleaning, communication, navigation, and doing small unavoidable projects are about all we get done. We are keeping our eye on our little stowaway gecko and wondering if he's got enough bug life to sustain him. Put a small bit of sailfish in front of him this am. Showed some interest, but went on his way. Maybe the meat will attract some live food for him to capture the way he prefers.
We are nearly out of fish! One more sailfish steak and it's green lights on fishing again. Hoping to pick up a Mahi Mahi (Dorado or Dolphin Fish), or a yellow fin tuna. We acquired a few more classic/deadly lures while still in Panama. Looking forward to getting the lines back in the water.
Received good news that my sister Kristin, and nephew Justin, will be joining us in the Galopagos. We are really excited and happy that she was able to find last minute ticket prices that were less than half of what they were a few months ago. It's been a lifelong goal of Kristin's to visit the Islands, so it could not have worked out better on the timing of everything. We very much look forward to spending alot of time with the both of them, catching up, and establishing more history together.

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1 comment:

Jim and Jean said...

You guys are on a great adventure. I am reminded of a saying I used with my students, "The joy is in the journey." Some of them did not discover that at that time, but it sounds like that has become a part of your life expression.
Megan you talked way earlier about using Stugeron to control motion sickness. When we were on a cruise in Hawaii I used Ginger tablets which had almost no side effects compared to Stugeron. I also used Sea Bands--wrist bands with a "marble" that fits onto an accupressure point. I have serious problems with motion sickness but never had any problems except for slight queziness the last night when we had high winds.
Our prayers go with you on "itinerant good." May you be drawn closer to God and to each other and to your brothers and sisters who share the "same boat" with all of us on this planet.
I close with this quote from Ignatious of Loyola in his Principle, "We are loved by God" which I pray each day: "We should not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one. For everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God. Our only desire and our one choice should be gthis: I wantg and I choose what better leads to God's deepening his life in me."
Go with God.
Jim and Jean (in Bob and Sharon's Hand in Hand class)