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As you may have deduced (if you follow our FB page, or obsessively check out our Location Page), we are on the move again! We are 48 hours into our passage from Maine down to Bermuda and so far things are going well. Without Thomas on board as our good luck charm, we haven’t caught any more fish, and we’re doing a bit more upwind, and thus a bit rougher, sailing than some of our other passages. I just like to imagine that SH is like a horse straight out of the chute, speeding and bucking along taking us to warmer weather! We’ll be passing the through the Gulf Stream today, which will mark our 4th crossing. Along with the fact that we’re going to hit 10,000 miles sailed on this passage and I’d say our sailing resumes are becoming pretty decent!
On my night watch this past night, I was doing a bit of reflecting, as is rather common on passages, and I determined that it’s a very good thing I’m experiencing a slightly different side of life, as man was I such a city slicker… I grew up in pretty urban/suburban environments, and while there were a lot of benefits to that type of life, the first time I can vividly remember seeing lots of stars, including the milky way, was on a family vacation to the US Virigin Islands.
So naturally, I assumed that is how the stars worked. They were only visible when you were out in the middle of nowhere on vacation. Makes sense right? Our Atlantic crossing only helped reinforce this believe as the stars were incredibly clear and I don’t think I will ever forget just gazing upon them for hours.
Thus, imagine my shock and dismay upon realizing that lots of stars, INCLUDING the Milky Way, were visible from the good ol’ US of A. While we were up in Maine, we had a chance to visit with several branches of Amy’s rather large family, and as they hosted us, I discovered that they actually had a pretty decent view of the heavens. Granted, they live in fairly remote parts of Maine, but still, the Milky Way was visible from their houses! And they only had to drive 10-15 minutes to get into a town!
Apparently my brain was too tainted by decades of city living to comprehend that this was even possible. Amy gave me a rather strange look when I admitted to this, which in all fairness, I probably deserved.
Oh well… Our view on a boat in the middle of the ocean is still better.