back on the same old ball
31 October 2011 | MAJURO
Hallelujah, it's over!! We're here! We finally sighted Majuro and Arno about 12 miles out at noon today, but didn't arrive until 5pm. This time we motored between Arno and MAJ, a shortcut of 8 miles or so but easy in daylight. We never went to shore as the phone company and everyone else would've been closed. We are actually on our same old mooring ball! Funny, seems like we might've just been down at Eneko and came back. Coming through the pass today was our first squall, visibility dropped to a 100 yards, then by the time we reached the anchorage it was sunny and a beautiful sunset. Appropriately it's raining to welcome us back, we haven't seen a drop since Fiji! We also had a Iakwe rainbow.
We got the dinghy over the side but the motor's not on yet, and there's a boat called Savannah that's here with a 6 year old boy. They came over with some halloween candy and after the boys jumped into some costumes, they took the boys trick or treating to the boats in the other anchorage. They got Koolaid, pudding, cans of nuts, sliced apples, glow sticks, and some other candy. They were so HAPPY! They made a thank you announcement over the radio to all the boats afterwards.
We invited the new friend, Jake, to stay for dinner and they are playing legos now after a big round of pirates on deck. We are looking forward to trying out the new dinghy dock here...a miracle!!! It's out in front of the nice building that Allen wired, next to the giant windmill which we could see when we were at sea. That was kinda fun! We are thankful it's all behind us now, and now it's time to go to work cleaning up! manana manana...Last night about 4am I had just made my log entry and thought I should go get my pot of yogurt jars out of the engine room. SURPRISE, when I opened the door, greasy hot water was spraying everywhere, and it was like opening the door to a steam room! I grabbed my pot and then went to tell Allen he'd better get up, so I went to get ready to shut the motor off and he happened to grab a rag to stuff in the leak (that new water muffler he made that's been leaking the whole way from Fiji) and his rag got caught in the drive shaft! He was obviously still asleep! Immediately it wound tight and we shut the motor off. It took him a few min. to dig it out, and we cut new rags to stuff into the hole. He's pretty bummed it's so leaky because he fiberglassed it to the floor and it will be tough to get out again! When he finally came upsstairs he was like frankenstein himself, he had wiped his sweaty brow and greased his eyebrows black, and his eye sockets too! I said HAPPY HALLOWEEN! He was a greasy mess, basically. So was my pot. I scrubbed him up a bit and he eventually went back to bed but couldn't sleep, so I went to bed. It wasn't nearly as bad as the time the oil hose squirted the freshly painted engine and walls, but pretty close repeat! I think it should all just be painted black, then he wouldn't notice the stains and he'd feel a lot better about things! ha ha ha