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Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 11th 2012

Friday 10th February: We're rapidly approaching the Equator now and are in the area known as The Trade Winds. And it's well named, not for any quantity of stomach disorders (especially the ones that seem to afflict all members of the Tilson clan!) but the winds that must have pushed the early explorers rapidly on their way in search of new lands. The winter weather is glorious here with temperatures up in the high seventies, the sun is shining, there are a few puffy white clouds and enough movement on the sea to make the movement in the swimming pools a heap of fun. About a one foot swell from the shallow end to the deep end really does making swimming interesting. I wish all pools did this - we'd swim every day. Work in the ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 10th 2012

I've never really been terribly clear about which bits of this part of the world are islands or cities or states so here's what I have finally learnt today. We sailed into the Hawaiian archipelago this morning - a country that, in 1959, became the 50th state of the USA. We docked at the city of Honolulu which is the capital of Hawaii and on the 3rd largest of all the 162 islands: Oahu. Because Hawaii had its own King before it joined the USA. it is the only American territory that has a royal palace - and very pretty it is too. Our visit meant today gave us the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbour and it turned out to be far more moving that either of us had anticipated. We met a survivor of the ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 9th 2012

8th February: It's impossible to talk about today without talking about the weather. It is still seriously bumpy but the more you study the sea, the more you see in it. It is primarily a dark, cold midnight blue today but it gets broken into a vibrant spearmint green as the ship breaks it up and forces oxygen into it. The seas are huge today but the Captain reminded us that Hawaii is famed for its surfing beaches and out here is surely the birth place of those giant rollers. When two waves collide (which happens about once every few seconds), they explode into the finest mist which instantly transforms into an airborne rainbow. It's so easy to see how ancient civilisations saw gods in all this nature. Surely something cleverer than mankind paints a million ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 8th 2012

5th February: The effects of doing so much sight seeing yesterday kicked in first thing this morning with a serious sleep-in which meant having to dig extra deep to find the motivation to go to the gym. So imagine how noble we felt after doing a full work-out! But really, from that point on, any productive use of our time was nowhere to be found. We've looked back over some of the photos we've taken on this tr... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 5th 2012 nice coastal town, interesting woodn haousin architektur consytrukted by gringo banana plantations that left long ago. smoke 1000. minerva hotel is 2000.entered panama,camp policxe station.arrived panama city,stay miami,6 us. morn.smoke,beer,mp3. true: no feel much motivation, no stimulation. allmost daydream bout havin aids,doomsday. i waste time, i dont love god. went 2 marinas,pined notice bout sailboathitchhikin on blackboards, spoke 2 none. made new pipe.tagua.much i hang in hammock:mp3,beer,smoke.wastin away hours.much is walkin.allways walkin. went 2 colon.sailboatsearchin. nothion.still just hangin arround, still not dedicatin 2 searchin.wastin i block. dont wanna do public relation shit.i see sailors but cant ask em. yesterday i ask 1, he was hiperfriendly,stimulatin me 2 go on.thank him god.sometimes a little friendlyness can do as much as a little ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 4th 2012

Today was full of very simple pleasures like managing to increase our work rate in the gym this morning followed by a wonderful breakfast. At this meal, we met Ted and Alison who are both deaf and who communicate either via a note pad or by signing. Nearly a lifetime ago, when I was about 11, I was a cadet in the Junior Red Cross and one of the things we were taught was how to sign out the alphabet. I've only ever used this knowledge twice before and today gave me another chance. I must have been taught really well because I can still remember all 26 letters and Ted and Alison were kind enough to let me try it out with them. And it worked! I could make out what they signed to me ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 3rd 2012

10,320 is a pretty big number and it's the number of miles we've travelled so far since leaving Southampton. We've had all sorts of weather in that time: freezing cold, boiling hot, fog, rain, very lumpy seas, flat calm and now that we're heading north up the coast of Mexico towards San Francisco, we're getting cold again. It's not really cold because it's actually 66 degrees here right now and that's at 8.30 in the evening but it's cold compared to the weather we've enjoyed for the last 2 weeks. So we spent today indoors. We did 2 lectures today: one from a forensic scientist on forensics (no great surprise really!) and he's doing a series of 4 talks all about how people try to commit the perfect murder and how the men in white coats ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 2nd 2012

The first of our February dawns rose over the Mexican coastal town of Cabo San Lucas today. The ship dropped its anchor in the bay so we had the extra fun of going ashore on one of the lifeboats and the trip was definitely worth it. We'd arranged to go on a sailing catamaran down the coast to a lovely cove called Santa Maria. Here is a coral reef so we donned snorkelling gear and were keen to get off the boat and into the water. But into the water was one of those moments that makes your hair curl and your mouth want to use up every expletive you've ever learnt ... and we've learnt quite a few! It was wonderfully warm and sunny on the boat but by golly was that water cold! But ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 1st 2012

The third of 3 sea days means today was another total doss. The gym felt good again - Richard can do his belt up on an earlier hole and says he can tie his gym shoe laces much more easily now. I know I can suck it in much easier than before so that has to be good progress. This morning's lecture on snorkelling off Cabo San Lucas has completely freaked me out in readiness for our trip to go sailing and snorkelling tomorrow morning. The photos of the coral reefs and the parrot fish and the sponges were all lovely. The photos of the Barracuda and the Hammer Head Shark were not so lovely. The detail of how the Barracuda shapes its body to make itself look small even though it might be 6 foot ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 31st 2012

Yet another lazy day at sea today so we went to 2 lectures this morning. The first was all about the whales and dolphins that inhabit these waters off the west coast of Mexico. And we were really glad we went because now we know that the two grey things that looked a bit like acrobatic turtles swimming the wrong way up were actually the flippers of grey whales. Apparently three quarters of the world's grey whales winter here as well as lots of hump back whales, the blue whale and the whale shark. We also learnt lots about bottle nosed dolphins who then played their part perfectly by turning up at least 3 times toay. The most spectacular sighting was another of those massive pods of hundreds of dolphins. You could see a patch of ... read more

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