Day 307, Year 1: Another Lazy Sunday
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2006
Weather: Sunny, Rainy, Sunny, Rainy
Location: Pago Pago Harbor, Tutuila Island, American Samoa

It’s feeling a little lonesome here in the anchorage. This afternoon four boats left headed for the other Samoa-Miami, Elsewhere, Splashes, and New Horizons II. John on Splashes helped Mark repair our lazy jacks on Thursday, Wolfgang and Eddie from New Horizons and George and Ute from Miami we’ve socialized with at Sadie’s and the Yacht Club, and we met Matt and Judy from Elsewhere last Sunday evening at Evie’s. We don’t know any of these cruisers well, but out here it is like a brotherhood. Once you have met, you are friends and you miss people when they leave and get excited when you see them again in another port. Glenda and Derek from Scottie came in day before yesterday and we haven’t gotten to visit with them yet. We must make a point of visiting them and getting to know them in person. We met them once in the Galapagos, really only know them from our radio net during the transit from the Galapagos to the Marquesas.

Speaking of radio . . . the local music radio station here has NPR news on the hour. It gave us both quite a jolt when the first hourly news report came on loud and clear. I guess I’ll have to catch up on what’s been happening in the world.

We answered a few e-mails today and made more Skype calls. We talked to both Heather and Justin, and we talked to my nephew Tommy and his family. He and Marilou have five children and we got to talk to all of them. They are getting ready to start school next week and the oldest, Josh, is going to be a senior. Hard to believe he is that old. It was great talking to them and we look forward to seeing them when we come home in December.

So after sitting around all day, we both decided that we needed to do something constructive. Mark removed the Dorade boxes and cowl vents. Tomorrow we will start the sanding and varnishing process.