After arriving in the Dominican Republic, we realized that the dangers of dysentery, extreme heat, and dehydration that plagued early expeditions to the New World are still very much a threat today. That said, the thought of spending an entire summer in the heat of the tropics, waiting for the next South Pacific cruising season, makes me want to cry. So at this point, we can either press on south to Trinidad or head for cooler climates in the north. After extensive deliberation with the crew, we have decided to head north, maybe back to Maine. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the tropics — right?!
A fellow traveler once said “… it occurred to me that sometimes the best adventures require quashing the plans you’ve made and creating new ones.” (Turf to Surf)
When Mitchell and I embarked upon this journey back in July, we had originally planned on spending 2 years on the boat; making our way to the South Pacific. We have had an amazing first year; full of adventures, people and places that will forever be remembered. But due to a few events (some in our control and some not), we got too far behind schedule to sail to the South Pacific. Therefore, with a sizable portion of the budget left, we have decided to take a short cut. 🙂 After making a U-turn in the Dominican Republic and sailing back to the United States, Mitchell and I planning on temporarily “abandoning ship” to fly to New Zealand. [It’s a good thing we have our winter clothes onboard!]
Thanks for joining us on our travels thus far! We hope you enjoy the remainder of the journey back to the United States and our upcoming land adventures in New Zealand. Cheers!