|Our V-berth shortly before departure!|
Zihuatanejo only days after government agents posted "playa contaminado" signs along the beach and then pulling into a busy Hawaiian harbor that was still clean enough that you could see the bottom 35-40 feet below the boat, I have a renewed conviction about their importance. After anchoring in Radio Bay we did a deep clean of the boat and spent the first night celebrating with a good dinner, a bottle of wine and listening to the luau going only feet from our boat. Unfortunately, we were confined to Moments until Customs and the Harbor Master could clear us officially into the country today but the beautiful sounds of the Hawaiian language and ukuleles were a more than pleasant welcome.
|Fresh food from the sea|
Provisions: We were carrying 110 gallons of diesel, 110 gallons of water and 50 gallons of gasoline. We still have more than 50% of all of these quantities. Still, I wouldn't do it any other way. Even though we ran our refrigerator most of the way across, we didn't have to run the generator or engine nearly as much as we thought we would because we made plenty of wind power. We did make some solar power but the sky was cloudy except for a handful of days, the wind power is really what saved us. When it comes to food we were very well provisioned and didn't even have to break into our canned/boxed supplies. I still have about 35 onions and a few pounds of potatoes!
|A little serenade before sunset|
Fish count: 7 dorado (mahi-mahi) and one tuna
Notes on wildlife: We were surprised that there were birds with us the whole way across. Neither of us thought that we would see birds way out in the middle of the ocean, but there they were every day. We also didn't see any whales, turtles or dolphins once we cleared the Mexican coast and have yet to see any in Hawaii. Lastly, flying fish can fly an impressive distance!
The best part of for me is that we were literally sailing into the sunset every evening and believe me, there were each different and spectacular!
Would we do it again? Yes! Yes, we are sick of sailing, we have been dreaming of steak and Taco Bell since about day 15, and we are planning to spend the next two hours in the shower, but we wouldn't give up the experience for anything.