2021 Life Logs, Day 81: Writing, Writing
Date: Monday, March 22, 2021
Weather: Another Beautiful Day; High 56, Low, 31 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
It was another beautiful day in the neighborhood that I spent inside writing. I can’t help myself. I have this aching desire to just keep writing. Of course, I did walk my daily mile with Shadow plus I played ball with him in the afternoon and took another shorter walk. I also picked Ollie up from school and took him home. Otherwise, I either worked on a presentation that I make on Friday for the Snow Library in Orleans on the Outer Cape via Zoom, of course, or I was sitting at my dining table ‘office’ writing.
As I wrote this afternoon, I was wondering if the person I was writing about could really be me.
When Windbird sailed into Taioa Bay, also known as Daniel’s Bay, on the island of Nuka Hiva in the Marquesas Islands, we could see a waterfall falling from the top of a high peak. We knew it dropped 350 meters or 1,148 feet and we wanted to walk inland to the base of the falls. The next day we set out to do just that. Guides books were vague but said it should be about a three-hour walk round trip. Well, it was a five-hour trip over rough terrain. We got lost and crossed the same rushing stream multiple times. “There were few times that day when I seriously was not sure I was going to survive the walk to the waterfall without serious injury.” But Mark and I made it and it was spectacular. Maybe crazy, but spectacular none the less. And we understood why Survivor had done their fourth season in that valley. I have never watched a Survivor episode, but someday I should take a look at the Marquesas season. So, the sailing adventure of Windbird continues. I am truly hopeful that I will get out of the Marquesas Islands tomorrow and on to Chapter 13 about our time in the Society Islands. Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora are all in the Societies, so I have a lot to write about. BTW–Both the Marquesas and the Society Islands are in French Polynesia. By the end of the week my hope is that we will be sailing out of French Polynesia and headed for Rarotonga in the Cooks Islands.