We planned to depart for Polynesia February first, but here we are coming on Valentine’s Day and we’re still in San Diego. We are waiting for a part for the watermaker. In the meantime, we are finishing the other jobs fell behind. We’re in good spirits, and the weather favors a later departure anyway. We hope to head out by this weekend.
This “end game” of leaving is harder than expected. For the boat, a few jobs have remained that I might call the “high hanging fruit.” The easy fun jobs are done. Saying goodbye has been difficult and kind of complicated. We said goodbye before moving aboard on January 1. Then we came back to Tucson mid-January to take care of things at home. We said goodbye again before returning to San Diego with a van load of provisions and boat parts (and a sprained ankle). We drove back to Tucson a second time to return the van and to finish some remaining things in Tucson, including our last goodbyes to friends. Last weekend, Laura and Charlie dropped us off on the dock for the real goodbye.
Saying goodbye is always emotional, but this had a special issue. We’re heading offshore for months aboard a little boat and we don’t know when we’ll return! Yeah, sure it’s a really good boat and we have spent years and thousands of dollars preparing the boat. And yeah, we’ll communicate regularly via satellite and we’ll get together in only a few months. The cortex knows these things, but the deeper emotional part of the brain feels the sadness, loneliness, and fear as well as the deep feelings of love and the happy excitement of a new adventure.