Friday, May 10, 2013
Galactic At Rest
We're in Opua now, one of the global centers of yachty-ness. Opua is the northernmost port of entry for En Zed, and I think of it as a funnel at the end of the tradewind route across the South Pacific, catching all the yachts that come down from the tropics. We're out of synch with the boats that crossed last year, so don't know many people here...but we did run into Momo, a family of four whom we last saw in Suwarrow, Cook Islands, in 2008. It's funny how some people stick out in your memory, even if you never spent much time with them.
The energy in Opua is all about sailing away, as the migration to the tropics for the cyclone-free season has begun.
We're leaving too, but not on the boat. We've parked Galactic on a mooring ball, and have a date with an Auckland - San Francisco flight tomorrow.
The boys have been vibrating with excitement for the last week. I only hope they calm down once we're on the plane...
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How strange that will feel, to be travelling together urban USA....take the overwhelming love waves one at a time, and you'll be fine. Bon voyage Galactic family!ReplyDelete
Hello from the USA! It is pretty different here - going home is the last adventure! The overwhelming love waves, though, are no problem...Delete
We'll leave the gloomy SF fogs for you to enjoy!ReplyDelete
we are heading off on Monday, Canada bound.
I've been enjoying your book. You may remember me from the guy (my bro in law) who hit the whale near Ua Pou, and whose catamaran went down, a few years back. More soon. Jim Bennett (in Barbados)ReplyDelete
Hey Jim - glad you're liking the book, and good to keep up the connection with that all's-well-that-ends-with-everyone-getting-off-the-freighter-in-Taiohae. Say hi to your bro-in-law...Delete
Momo, the family on the colorful Mason 43? They abruptly stopped updating their blog a year ago and I've wondered about them (http://svmomo.blogspot.ca/). Good to hear they are still at it--if it's the same Momo.ReplyDelete
Hey Michael - yep, that's right, same family. I checked their blog too after we saw them. They've been camping out in NZ for a while, but are (perhaps even now) sailing up to Fiji for the season...Delete