July 23

It's been quite a while since I've written anything and a lot has happened since then. The most significant development has been occurring back home in New York where my mom has been going through major trauma beginning a month ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two weeks ago she went through a double mastectomy. After that she found that the cancer had potentially spread to other parts of her body and began chemotherapy yesterday. Because of this I have decided that Jonah and I must fly home to visit with her. She is, of course, very pleased by this and we are leaving tomorrow.

Kate is going to have to stay on the boat however so Jonah and I will be traveling alone. We will be in New York for 2 weeks. We told Jonah about my mom's sickness and he took it much better then we hoped. He is, of course, very excited to see her and the rest of the family. Obviously we are all very stressed about it and are pitching for her all the way.

Otherwise things have been going well except for a long stretch of bad weather here in Vanuatu. This is one of the reasons I have not written lately. We haven't been doing anything to write about! Today was the first nice day we have had since it started raining when we were at Havannah Harbor on the 12th, 10 days ago. During that 10 days there was one day where it was sunny part of the day, but other then that it has rained almost nonstop. This has the added bonus of depressing us (we are so lame but the fact is our moods are highly tied to the current weather.) There really isn't much to do when it's raining. We just sit on the boat reading and let Jonah watch way too much videos.

Anyway, I won't be writing at all for the next 2 weeks though Kate might. When Jonah and I get back to Vanuatu on Aug. 7th we will work on getting ready to leave Vila for points further North. We will stop at Epi and spend some time on Malekula and Pentacost before reaching Espirito Santo where we will clear out of Vanuatu and head for Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) and Micronesia. Stay tuned, we'll be right back...