I have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be on a vacation. I could go back to high school Latin and let the nerd in me peak out its head but in favor of our shortened, 21st century, attention spans I will just fill you in on what we have been up to for the last few weeks. Since our arrival in Hawaii and our frolics with the dolphins on the leeward side of the Big Island, the last week of May Adam and I made our way to Maui just in time for his parents to arrive from Wisconsin. This began two weeks of family fun, with some of my family arriving four days later. There were two very notable events that occurred. First, we got to sleep in a real bed! We love Moments, and I have to admit that all of our various bunks are surprisingly comfortable, but after almost nine months of sleeping in the pie-wedge-shaped V-berth I was ready to stretch my legs, horizontally. I have luckily (for Adam) given up the habit of kicking in my sleep for which I was famous as a child, but it is impossible to avoid bumping knees every once in a while sleeping in the bow of a boat. Secondly, although Adam and I have been dating for close to five years, this was the first time that any of our family members had met each other. You might think that this could be nerve racking but in general the two weeks we spent with our family were a wonderful time of exploring this beautiful island, lounging on the beach, and spending quality time with our family members whom we miss very much despite our tendencies to head off around the world. Adam and I also got to enjoy that nice, juicy steak we had been dreaming about since about 2000 miles from Hawaii!
For now, it is back to boat work for us. We once again had our lovely visitors cart gear back and forth. Christmas three times in one year is not bad. Although the general impression of cruisers involves a healthy tan, colorful drinks with umbrellas and lots of time lounging on beaches, that ideal is far from our day to day life. I now understand what my history teachers meant when they said that the invention of dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators made it possible for women to have more free time or enter the work force. Our days are mainly filled with repairs and chores, not exactly the vacation most non-cruisers imagine yet still a separation and change from our normal life. Despite our chores, life is more simple, we get more sleep and we have much more quality time together, fulfilling our main goal for this year. It is hard for me to even remember what it was like when we were dating long-distance. For now we have no idea what the future holds. Similar to our plan to head "south" in Mexico we are heading "west" here in Hawaii. This phase of the adventure will end in September when I have to be back on the mainland to deal with residency applications and interviews. Until then we are exploring all of our options: applying for jobs both here and at home, putting the boat on the market, looking for crew to sail back but most of all taking our time and enjoying Hawaii.