|Any day you see penguins is a good day. These are Magellanic penguins,
|Estero Pailad had plenty of surprises. Here I'm
plucking a spawner out of the sea chest -
there were lots more where this one came from
|Scanning Estero Pailad for a dinghy that we know is
well and truly gone
Ah, well. We did have a bit of a compensatory up when we first went ashore to look for any signs of the missing boat and stumbled upon an extended family from Santiago, about to enjoy a mid-afternoon repast of lamb roasted over an open fire. They immediately welcomed us into their gathering, pressing beer and wine on us and insisting we should stay to eat with them. Quite remarkably hospitable people, whose easy friendship we weren't quite in the mood to enjoy.
Despite whatever lows come your way, it is vitally important on a traveling boat to develop the capacity to just keep going, metaphorically and actually. When we bought Pelagic, I remember the sellers, Q and Tatty, telling us that even when things just seemed too hard, we should keep going.
They were talking about the work of keeping a traveling boat in good nick, but the same thing applies to this sort of situation. So the day after we lost the Little Dipper, we picked up the hook and headed down to the fishing town of Quellon.
|How Alisa and Elias sail to weather
|How Eric does
|See the plume on the left?
Eric was so pleased that he had been the one to spot it. And for me, it was this powerful moment of realization, a moment that brought home to me how far we've traveled over the last year or so, and what a remarkable place we've reached. A place where your four-year-old can look over the stern of the family home and spot an erupting volcano in the Andes.
Too cool, that.
|And finally, this parting shot. The Little Dipper in happier days, Amanu Atoll, the Tuamotus, 2014.
Sic transit gloria and all that