Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Survive the Savage Sea Part One

Is the name of one of my favourite books and not at all like the sea voyage we took from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta. But it got your attention, didn't it?

Anyway, the boat set off at the ripe ol' hour of 3AM but being brought up on a boat I was used to the roar of the engine and the overall slantyness that the sails provide.

The day was pretty uneventful, as being on the open sea can be (or hopefully is). I have to say, that considering I have never sailed where you could never see the land, I took the isolation and disorientation quite well. I thought it would be a whole lot scarier but it wasn't. Instead it was kind of relaxing to stare out at the open ocean, wind rushing through your hair and the boat bouncing along happily.

Unfortunately I didn't see anything of high importance, though my parents saw dolphins and whales. We didn't see any ships either during the whole 40 hour journey although a lone cruiseship was spotted in the wee hours.

I did however see flying fish, squid (we found it on deck, must have jumped on board during the night)

a Sea Lion doing yoga amidst the waves...

And the now infamous Frigate Bird.

Yes, this bird swooped in off the open ocean, landed on the mast and didn't leave until the next morning. The bird story is so amusing in itself, that I must post about it and detail later. It turned my dad into Captain Ahab and we had our own merry version of Moby Dick.

Anyways, gotta cut the story short for now. I have to meet my mum at the beach and I'm already late. But I promise I'll continue this gentle story later (I know how you hate TBCs ;)


almost famous kiwi said...

I don't want to make you jealous but while you're struggling through beautiful hot sunny days at the beach I'm doing exams on cold cloudy days. I'm so sorry that you have to endure the open sea, think of me slaving at the desk!

simon said...

Are you sure you are not Vikings?
Trip looks fantastic!

Being piscean myself I find water very calming. Especially sailing boats.. Spent some time in Shetland working with scientists researching sea birds and pollution..zipped around the North Aea in a 9ft Zodiac.. not so relaxing!!! :o)

Scorpy said...

Did I mention that I am jealous? ...especially as I sit here at my Desk and contemplate walking out into the 35C heat..I may have to drive over to the beach this afternoon

M said...

oh, you look like you're having so much fun! :)

Wombat & Aspen said...

Looks like sushi grade squid.