Mazatlan, it’s a 2 ½ day, 240 mile trip for us. It’s been at least a month since we did an overnighter and not since the beginning of our trip have we had to do 2 nights, so we’re long overdue. I’m considering this my training and part of work ups to our soon to be much longer passages across the Pacific.
Using that line of thinking, I decided to prepare a little better this time.
I took my seasick pills a full 24 hours ahead of time. They tend to take a long time to get into my system and don’t always work the first day if I wait to late. I’ve tried all types of things from Dramamine to wristbands. The only sure thing I’ve found so far is Scopamine. You can get it in Mexico really cheap. I think I 50 pills cost me $5 in LaPaz.
Another thing I did this time that I should have done before was to make some meals ahead of time. Again, being prone to sickness, spending time in the galley doesn’t usually work for me. But, I also hate to eat leftover’s and make ahead dinners always seem like leftovers for me (I know, it’s not the same thing). This time, I made Tamales so all I would have to do is steam them. I made enough for one lunch and one dinner. Then I saved the leftover filling for us to put on Tostadas for lunch the other day. I’m not very creative when it comes to lunches so I was pretty proud that I won’t be serving any sandwiches on this trip.
For Jake, I had grand plans of making sure we continued on with his schooling during this passage. But plans are meant to be changed (or so my husband keeps telling me). I’ve learned not to get too stressed if he ends up watching a few movies or having to play by himself more than usual. It’s temporary. I’m not a bad mommy. We tried to get him involved today (i.e. get outside and away from the Star Wars) Tonight, I let Jake look at the radar and tell me if any ships were coming. He asked me “Do we have our port and starboard lights on mommy?”
“Yes, sweetie. We do.”
“That’s good. It’s important to have our nabigation lights on, right?”
“Yes, very important.”
“I wonder if Darth Vader’s Death Star has nabigation lights?”
And so it goes…
As I’m about to end my watch, I’m starting to think about Thanksgiving (it’s sneaking up on us) and where we’re going to be, what we’re going to do, eat, etc. And I realize that this year we have more to be thankful for than ever before. Not only are we all healthy and happy, but we’re living our dream and experiencing things I never in my life imagined I would experience. And we’ve just gotten started. We’ve passed our six month mark, the time where we were going to assess and determine if we should continue. I think the consensus with the crew is, yes.