Date: 22 June 2012
Last night we lifted the dingy. A few moments ago I switched off the anchor light and turned on the solenoid switch. I have been doing that every morning for months now. Outside I can hear a sea gull cawing, the sounds of the early ferry, land birds chirping and in the distance a cricket singing. I suspect that this is the last time that I will use the anchor light. It is possible that we will anchor out one more night, but not likely. I am reasonably certain that we have lifted the dinghy for the last time.
I feel some sadness that this is the end. My daughter has pointed out that this is just the end of one adventure and the beginning of another. I think that my sadness has a lot to do with how wonderful this adventure has been. I am in the middle of going through the 40,000+ pictures that we have taken in 5 years. When we were doing all the things in the pictures it all happened so easily. Looking back it seems that we did so much in a short time.
There have been challenges. Things have broken, but we fixed them. There have been unpleasant passages, followed by beautiful beaches. The challenges have molded us into better people. The beautiful beaches and the wonderful people along the way are the things that I will remember.
I plan on taking all of the unpublished blog entries that I have been accumulating for the past 5 years and filling in the blog. I have the pictures partially organized. Perhaps it will make a story that Corwin and Chantelle will tell to their children. Perhaps it will just cement our journey in my own mind.
In any case…