Thursday, March 1, 2012
I love having a motivating idea when I'm traveling. Wandering aimlessly bores me quickly; I need a target, the excitement of some goal that grows out of a moment of thinking, "Wouldn't it be cool if..."
We're feeling a new goal coming into relief - the Auckland Islands, in the New Zealand sub-Antarctic - the archipelago is circled above.
It would be an ambitious plan to try to get there next summer - maybe too ambitious. But we've heard some very cool things about the place - calving right whales, for one thing! And the Aucklands might be a good way for us to get our feet wet with higher-latitude sailing on this new boat.
Alisa says she's game to give it a try. We haven't made a final final decision, but we're starting to think we might apply for a permit to visit next summer. Stay tuned...