Day 364, Year 6: Bon Voyage, Heather and Jon
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2011
Weather: Mostly Sunny, Temps in the Upper 50’s
Location: Eel Pond, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Tonight we said our farewells to Heather and Jon Turgeon who are beginning their voyage to the Pacific aboard Evergreen. We got acquainted with them when we all lived aboard our boats at Shipyard Quarters in Boston. At that time, Heather and Jon were in their thirties and had already taken time off work spend a season in the Caribbean. They spent a second season in the Caribbean while we were sailing around the world, and this time they will venture further going to New Zealand their first year out. When I got home I dug up the photos from our Shipyard Quarter’s going away party six years ago. The photos show that we were certainly a happy group. When you look at the pictures, you’d think we were all half crazy. No wonder we loved the live aboard life at Shipyard.

Heather and Jon sailed here from Gloucester today and didn’t arrive at the Onset Marina until after dark. Onset is just across the Bourne Bridge on the other side of the Cape Cod Canal. We went up to see them tonight and went out to dinner at what appeared to be the only restaurant open in town. The setting was a little ‘rustic’ but that wasn’t important to us. We just wanted time to share information and wish them well. They will be in Onset until Tuesday morning, but Mark leaves tomorrow morning and won’t be back until Wednesday, so tonight was our only chance for all of us to get together. Jon and Heather are such a vibrant couple and we always enjoy their company. And we are so excited that they are finally headed around the world. Our time together tonight was short, but we will look forward to seeing them again when they return home to visit once they reach New Zealand. We hope they enjoy the Pacific as much as we did, and we plan to keep in touch and live vicariously through their adventures. I can already smell the fragrant Tiare and Frangipani blossoms and hear the songs of Heiva (welcome).

Otherwise, today was very quiet. I spent time at Heather and Jed’s doing laundry and baking pumpkin muffins with Sam and Jonah’s help while Mark worked at West Marine. Tomorrow he goes to Boston to the urologist at Mass General and from there he goes to Springfield in the western part of the state to attend the Eastern Public Media Conference. He will be taking the car and the phone that gets us on the internet. I hope to be able to send logs via HAM radio as we do when we are out cruising, but if that doesn’t work, I’ll have to wait until he returns on Wednesday night to send the logs. So I hope you will hear from me tomorrow night, but if not, no worries. I’ll be back on Wednesday.

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