Today at about 3:00pm we arrived at Honokohau Harbor on the west side of the Big Island, Hawaii. Our day sail from the anchorage 36 miles north was sweet and lovely. Beautiful sky and seas, with enough wind to sail much of the way.
Watching the landscape of this beautiful volcanic island unroll to our east made me want to get on land, to see the green fields and climb the mountains. Now I am tucked into my dear friend Johanna's home halfway up Mauna Loa in the middle of Parker Ranch. The view from up here shows me the very water we sailed across today.
I am so happy to be here with an old friend and her family. And I am so happy that I was able to share this time with the Nie's aboard their sailboat, to help them come closer to fulfilling their dreams and the mission that is so important to them. The companionship and love that grew between us was palpable and permanent by the end.
So now, on solid ground and so far not swaying too badly, I say goodnight and end my blogging for a little while. For the next few days Carmen and I will get our land legs, swim a little and catch up with old friends. Then we will board a plane for Alaska and reunite with our boys.
What a journey!
2,820 nautical miles from Mexico, on the Big Island of Hawaii