|Beautiful anchorage off Avokh Island, Maskelyne, Vanuatu|
We are not across the Pacific Ocean yet. And we still have the Coral Sea, Indian Ocean (a really big one!), the South Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea to cross before we get back to St. Lucia, our starting point for the World ARC. Our intended arrival date is April 2017. We still have some land cruising to do in Australia and SE Asia.
|Jennifer and her son. She is Chief Kaisa's daughter|
It was very difficult leaving Avokh Island and Vanuatu. We both have great memories and have made friends with whom we will continue to support in some way. Once we were back in Port Vila to prepare for our passage to New Caledonia, the emotional and physical exhaustion set in. We were both surprise to feel such low energy for a few days.
|Vincent, Shelta, Karina, Nella and their little guy.|
I still get teary-eyed when I think about the friends we left and will probably not see again. I have over 1000 photos of the experience so it will not be forgotten. And I do wonder how they feel: a) are they glad we finally got out of their hair!, b) are they wondering how to continue what we started, c) are they feeling the void of our absence, d) are they wondering what hit them when S/V Trillium arrived,) or are they trying to understand why we gave them so much? Or all of the above?
|We shared many meals with Chief Kaisa, Vincent and their families.|
|One of the many talented musicians.|
|Goodbye Mother Hubbard dresses. Not my style!|
|Cruising friends from S/Y La Quilta and S/Y Celine|
|Our welcoming and goodbye party!|
Mal de Mare Update:
I am pleased to report that I have now made four passages without being seasick! In the traditional Root Cause Analysis mode, you must ask: what changed! I started eating more before and during the passages. When I was having so much trouble, I didn’t want to put anything in my stomach as I did not want to see it again. Now I realize it was the stomach acid causing the dry heaves. So far, eating has worked and I feel much better. Still a little queasy, but managing it. Life has gotten better!