Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 20, 2010 - Newport, RI

On Sunday morning Laurie zipped over from Jamestown on the White Water Witch bearing a plate of excellent French pastries from the Village Bakery, a pint of local strawberries and a bottle of champers.

A girl could get used to having friends and family arrive bearing champagne for every occasion. A girl could also get used to people bringing plates of baked goods to her home. But said girl isn't going to fit into her clothing if this keeps up, especially since she doesn't have any offshore passages on the horizon.

We caught up with Laurie over brunch. We haven't seen her since she and Sten's dad visited us in the Seychelles last August, so there was a lot to talk about. The time slipped away from us and soon it was time for her to head back over to Jamestown.

As Laurie was leaving the fog rolled back in. We spent the afternoon cleaning the boat. By evening Sten was starting to feel a little boat-bound. We can spend weeks offshore without feeling a need to get off the boat, but apparently one afternoon in the harbor with poor visibility is enough to make Sten long for land. I, on the other hand, was quite content in my little fog-induced sensory deprivation chamber. After a few days ashore (back in the "real world" as it were), I was more than ready to escape back to the water. I needed time and a quiet place to process and reflect on all the experiences of the past few days.

I'm learning that it is going to take me some time to adjust to the pace of life on shore. Everything seems to be a whole lot faster and louder than I'm used to these days.

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