Journal Entry. June 21. Compass Cay.

“Can you believe it? I can’t. Today my thoughts turned in a direction they had yet to turn. Louise is heading North. North? It is time to retrace our steps towards the States. Time is going by quickly. Because it took us so long to get this far due to broken transmissions, crappy storms and obnoxious wind, we are giving ourselves a month to return. We now are familiar with the variables that keep you waiting when you least expect it. It feels weird though. It almost feels wrong. Bittersweet I suppose. We worked so hard to get this far, and now we turn back? Home does sound wonderful. No need to pretend I am not homesick, family sick, “normal-life” sick. Which may sound silly, but it’s getting close to a year that we have lived within 27 feet.

Louise is swinging in circles. Can’t seem to get situated between contradicting current and wind. I continue to relocate within the cockpit avoiding the sunset from beaming in my eyeballs. I am gripping my pen, equally as unsettled as Louise. Katie is hanging out topless like a little kid on the bow. Reggie, fast asleep by my side. Eyes caked with sand. As excited as I am to be homeward bound. I know we have a long way to go. I am scared for what is going to go wrong. What is it going to be this time? We both know it’s not going to be rainbows and butterflies, it doesn’t work that way. Luckily, if prevailing winds continue, they should be on our side. The wind put us through initiation to get here, you’d think we would be friends by now. That would be nice.”

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5 thoughts on “Homeward Bound

  1. K+J,
    More stunning photos. Thanks. Sailing down there is wonderful… except it’s in the path of hurricanes and tropical lows. We all know they are no fun and the trades often fade in the summer as well… a double whammy. Many weather it and find hurricane holes.. most hightail north. And a few keep moving south or around the world. It’s prudent to have a plan… and a plan that considers the climate and weather… numero uno. Ignoring same is at your peril and we don’t want anything to happen to you and the crew and Louise… so please don’t lolly gog and put your plan into action. Sailing west through the Bahamas is usually an easy comfortable down wind sleigh ride. But your journey will not end in FL… as it lies in the path of the lows. Perhaps going north… or hauling Louise at a safe marina… if there is such a thing… and then resuming in the Fall as old pros…. well.. young pros… Please take care. Thank you again for your generosity in sharing your adventure… and please be careful and prudent.
    Fair winds and following seas
    sv Shiva

  2. Oh my, you girls Rock. I follow your posts and love to see your smiles, the incredible blue waters as well as the faces of the people you meet. Thanks for sharing, Pats better half, Cindy.

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