Tumultuous Uproar

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Thanksgiving Haapo Bay, Huahine

27 November 2020
Russ Whitford
"Just tie my head above water and I'll sleep out here,"

I don't think I have ever been as comfortable in water, We had a memorable Thanksgiving dinner with Kjell and Kaia. We have sailed with our Norwegian friends for about a year. This was their first American Thanksgiving. I told the stories of the first Thanksgiving as I know them. We were surprisingly able to buy a turkey a week ago. Thawed, rubbed with herbs and grilled on our tiny grill, it came out better than I would have imagined. Lisa went to town on her Italian heritage stuffing. Local haricot vert was a fresh substitute for green bean casserole. Pumpkin pie was replaced by Key Lime pie, using local limes. One of the best parts of the evening was when we hailed a Brazilian sailor over to join us in the feast. Bruno helped make our eveining.

After the meal and dessert was consumed, Lisa and Kaia dinghied out to the reef to watch the vivid colors of the sunset. The guys on Uproar sampled the various bottles of rum and swapped stories. And more rum. Bruno interrupted, "Are the girls OK out there?" Truthfully, Kjell and I hadn't given it a thought. We explained to Bruno the expertise of our ladies. Then we too were worried. We searched westward into the setting sun and saw a dingy returning. OK, more rum.

After everyone left, I slipped into the water to cool off after helping to cook a big meal and clean up. Au naturel bien sur. Quite rare for French Polynesia, the wind was absolutely still. I could easily soak in Haapo Bay and just be. I don't believe I have ever been so comfortable in water. Why would I ever come back to being dry. Well, Lisa called, "Are you alright there?" "Yes, I couldn't be better."

I'm not quite sure why us humans insist on being dry. I'm not sure we have that right. But the fact that I'm writing this attests to the fact that I too gravitate to being dry........Until tomorrow. I will return to the sea, from which I have emerged.

It has been a wonderful Thanksgiving on Uproar. We are blessed with great friends to share it with and this beautiful part of the world we live in. We feel the love of family and friends that sustains us. We truly have a lot to be thankful for.
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Vessel Name: Tumultuous Uproar
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 42s7
Hailing Port: Milwaukee, WI
Crew: Russ Whitford & Lisa Alberte plus Sophie our Jack Russell Terrier
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