Not that San Diego is a bad place to be stuck; it could be worse (remember Eureka?). The weather is conducive to getting outside boat projects done which is more than I can say about trying to get these tasks done if we were still in Seattle. The convenience of our marina couldn't be better with marine and grocery stores located a short walk away, laundry on the premises, restaurants, and, yes, a bingo hall! But as time goes by and boats start leaving I can't help but think that it should be our turn to sail away. It has been fun seeing friends (shout out to De'Shaun and Chris! Thanks for including me in your Thanksgiving plans and it was fun hanging out and cooking the bird with you both!) and socializing with our friends on Rhythm and Charra, but the time has come for us to leave.
According to my desktop counter, Richard and I have been on this trip for 2 months and 17 days and a lot has happened in that time. Mexico represents, for me, the actual beginning of our "tentative" circumnavigation, being the first foreign port of call. It also represents the beginning of our being less connected to family and friends in the States as our cell phones will be less convenient and our internet connections are likely to be spotty. But "getting off of the grid" and loosening these connections is part of the trip too. I am excited by the prospect of ditching the cell phone and internet and trading them in for exploring new countries with Richard. I've always felt that connections are not dependent on cell phones, email, blogs, etc., but rather, things that we carry with us, in our hearts and memories.
As we get ready for our impending departure from the United States to foreign ports, I just want to say that I appreciate the time that people have taken to stay in touch with us by visiting when that's possible, calling and watching our blogs. We definitely appreciate those efforts to keep us in your thoughts and hope that our posts assure you that we are safe, having fun and fulfilling our dreams.
Well, Richard gets back tonight and I really should do something about the never ending bird droppings on the boat and finish up some last minute projects.