Day 6 - Sven goes home, we are on our own
13 December 2011 | 42 28.7'S:73 45.3'W, Isla de Chiloe / Castro
We are well into day six of our sailing adventure. Sven left us this morning, so now it is just me and Jeff. Hekla is anchored off the town of Castro by the Armada de Chile, much to their consternation. I am sitting in the dinghy which is on the gravelly beach while Jeff is fetching gasoline for the dinghy motor. We didn't dare leave the dinghy unattended. Several tour boats full of passengers pointing cameras motored past Hekla this day. We met a couple from California in the grocery store who are traveling by bus wherever they so desire, next on to Bolivia who noticed her from their hotel room up on the hill. The day is splendid, cool and bright sunshine with blue skies. It has taken us a good six hours to eat lunch, have coffee, check for emergency emails and provision a few fresh groceries. Everything takes longer when traveling, and for me that is part of the charm. We have no agenda no strict schedule no place we have to be. The days run into each other, strung along like pearls, each one slightly different yet also the same, beginning and ending in a perfect round shape. I feel the beauty of these individual days each like a pearl, but I suspect that someday when I look back at the string of them together they will be incredibly stunning. A highlight of yesterday, a pearl of perfect experience was the seven or so dolphins swimming and diving in Hekla's bows as we sailed into Castro. I sat on the port bow and watched as they played. Sometimes I could see them just under the surface, then not at all, then the delightful surprise when they would break the surface flashing fins and I'm pretty sure, grins! Late in the day, around 1800 hours we pulled up anchor and sailed a short way to Est´ro Ichuac. It looks to be a lovely little place to explore in the morning.