Day 31 to the Marquesas
20 April 2012 | Outbound Cabo, Inbound Marquesas, French Polynesia
Day 31 = 88 nautical miles. 100 miles to go. Last night was a difficult night. We did have good sailing yesterday as we've FINALLY reached the famed south-easterlies. But the bloody convection clouds and rain squalls continue to chase us making for feelings of anxiety instead of calm peaceful sailing. I dread each evening when the sun goes down and those neat looking white puffy clouds seem to transform into something evil. Don's super grumpy because he hasn't had enough sleep. That's mostly because I haven't been able to pull my weight, so to speak, the last few nights. Exhaustion has left me feeling fearful and not as tough as usual when something happens. I burned my hand the other night. I stupidly put a freshly poured cup of tea on the counter instead of in the sink where it's safe until being delivered to my mate at the helm. A swell hit the boat and the tea started to slide across the counter . Without thinking, I reached out to stop it and boiling water scalded my left hand. I put my hand in cold water and then ice water and found our medical kit for burn ointment. Luckily it isn't too bad at all but it did send me into tears (a child's tears). We've been out here a long time and I think it starts to affect your ability to cope, to think, to make good decisions. Luckily, we're almost there now and we'll have plenty of time to recover from this long voyage. By the way, we woke up this morning to a gorgeous day and the sailing conditions are just perfect. It's a day that we should have seen many weeks ago. No sign of nasty clouds today. It's 88 degrees, blue skies, and six months of play in our future in the islands of the South Pacific. We can't see land yet but it's just over the horizon. We're sailing directly to our planned anchorage on the island of Nuka Hiva. We won't get there until tomorrow morning. We'll sail tonight to about 10 miles offshore and heave-to for the rest of the night. We'll enter Anaho Bay in the morning and the next phase of our cruising life will begin.