We've been in South Africa for 18 days now.
We've found our feet to a certain degree. Figured out the currency, and internet access, and how to load our boat to the gills with fresh fruit, and started making very tentative inroads into the routine problems of boat maintenance.
We even had a fantastic five-day visit from my mom and sister, who happened to be in Ethiopia and jetted down to Cape Town to see us. Other end of the continent to a local, but it seemed like the same neighborhood to us tourists. We took the opportunity to trek out to our first African nature reserve.
Everything, in a word, is going fine.
Nonetheless, Alisa and I had a moment today when we looked up at each other and said, at the same time, that we felt like just going to sea again.
Land. It's not really all that.
And the sea becomes a hard hard habit to break.
So, this is in the spirit of looking back to the great seafaring that we've had over recent months, and some of the simpler land delights that we bought ourselves along the way.
We were there during our spell of outrageously good weather.
One of the delights of that particular place was cruising the beach in our inflatable, Smooches, and watching the wildlife from close up.
|Selfie with strangers|
Alisa got ropeable. She is, after all, now officially Australian, and therefore allowed to occasionally spit the dummy.
Luckily (below) the Galactics don't stay down for long.
We also got ashore at Cooper Bay, being very careful to follow the rules concerning various closed/open areas. One hundred meters this way - ok. One hundred meters that way - you must not do this! The rules are for the greater good!
As our good friend back in the Falklands says, South Georgia is that perfect experiment, a government without any population to be responsible to.
|Macaronis on land...|
|...and macaroni at sea.|
There were still some great spots to check out upwind of Grytviken, the "port of entry", and we were keen to use the tail end of our 11-day run of miracle weather to get to them.
No dust on us, mate.
|North to the future!|
I'm modeling the freezer suit that Lars the Swedish singlehander passed on to me in Puerto Montt.
What a refuge on a chilly day. Any fool can have a wheelhouse.
|Here and below - the views on the way|
|Still calm calm calm|
A day of traveling from Cooper Bay got us back to the perfect shelter of Ocean Harbour.
|Ocean Harbour, with a wreck from a very different era|
The delights of Husvik await...