Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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As yesterday marked one month since our departure from Woods Hole, I thought we should have some type of celebration. Before leaving Woods Hole, I had received a little bag of goodies from my friend Mackenzie - delicious homemade gluten-free pumpkin muffins, letters to be opened on specific dates, chocolate, and a Christmas present nicely wrapped for each of us aboard Hejira. Seeing as Connor will be leaving us before Christmas, I had been trying to think all along of a suitable occasion for us to be able to open our presents together. One month into our journey seemed like the perfect opportunity, so we celebrated Not-Christmas.
In my provisioning trips prior to our departure, I kept seeing Christmas decorations at various stores, and it was the first time it occurred to me that we wouldn't be around for the holidays. Not wanting anyone to get homesick when that time came, I picked up some miniature stockings that could serve as one small holiday decoration to give Hejira even the slightest "Christmas feel." I dug them out last night, stuffed them with a few peppermint bark chocolates, hung them up in the cabin, and propped each of our presents up by our stocking. How festive. Around 1000 today, I made a pot of piping hot cocoa, and the three of us enjoyed big mugs of it while opening our presents together. Clearly Mackenzie has some feelings regarding our maturity level: Peter received a package of tiny toy dinosaurs that grow when you put them in warm water, Connor received a little Atlantis LEGO kit, and I received two miniature tubs of Play-Doh. Thanks Mackenzie! It was the merriest not-Christmas ever.
We carried on our motorboat ride another hour or so when Connor, who was steering, realized we would be able to sail. We set the jib and were able to enjoy some peace and quiet for another two hours - it was a welcome silence! But alas, the ICW is narrow and the wind was no longer cooperating, so the jib came in and the incessant noise of the engine resumed.
Not much else to report for the day. Pete made some delicious bean burritos for lunch, and we're told we have some "spicy house fried rice" coming up this evening for dinner (read SPAM fried rice). It'll be a nice hot meal before crawling into bed tonight. We are hoping to get close enough to Fort Lauderdale tomorrow to just have a short day on Thursday - then it will be running around, getting ourselves ready to cross over the Gulf Stream as soon as the weather permits