Here we are at Wallis stuck in bad weather
again! It has been raining constantly and the wind has blown hard on and off.
Tonight it is blowing 25 to 35 knots at anchor…yikes…I am on anchor watch. I
have no idea what we will do if the anchor gives way in the pitch dark with the
wind blowing so hard.
I do love these French islands as the bread
is awesome and the grocery stores amazing albeit very expensive.
Today Jordan and I hitched to town (in the
pouring rain) to try to upload the September photos. They only have 1 T1 line
for the whole island so it went kind of slow.
Friends on “Abel Tasman” took Jonah for
most of the day and invited us over for dinner. They are very sweet people and
their little girls like to play with Jonah. Thank god. Nothing much to do in
lousy weather on a small island.
Our plans have changed as to what and where
we are going recently. We've decided that the route we had planned out is too
arduous for us and we are going to make some major changes. Instead of going to
We've spent a lot of time thinking the last
few weeks about the next year. Too many long sails between far away islands. The
next section of our planned route calls for *weekly* 400-600 miles trips between
each island group. Not only that, the next 5 months of the route is twice the
total size (in distance and number of islands) then the last five months. We
have shorter times at each stop and longer trips between them.
Why this basic understanding eluded us for
so long we cannot understand, except to assume we were so excited about visiting
the places we didn't think about how hard it would be to travel so much of the
time. The reason we are traveling is to experience places and cultures in a
deeper way than most tourists. We have been fairly successful at keeping a
decent pace - spending quality time places but we could not double our pace
(which is what would be required for
Basically we don't want to work that hard
and suffer so much (long distance sailing can be arduous and difficult at
times). We've been out here a while and we want to slow down and rest.