When the kids and I arrived in Canada last month, we were greeted by unseasonably cold, rainy weather. Things improved to t-shirt weather by the time we left, but, when we stepped off the plane in Auckland on Saturday, the cold, rainy weather found us again.
New Zealand’s winter weather is upon us. The boat shook so hard in the wind last night that Erik and I worried we might slip off our stand. Today brought torrential rain and barely-above-freezing temperatures. And so what did your intrepid Papillon Crew do? We hid. We lit the diesel heater and hunkered down. We read lots of books. We ate endless crackers, cheese, dried salami, corn chips, ham sandwiches and fruit. I brewed at least a dozen cups of tea. The girls even talked Dad into a game of Old Maid.
|“I think I’ll take… this one.”|
And Erik and I pulled out the inflatable globe and pondered where to go should we ever leave this boatyard. We have our starting point pretty much set, but everything beyond that is a little murky. So we looked at Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Philippines. Micronesia and Kiribati. We debated the merits of overwintering in Brisbane next cyclone season. “What about Japan?” said Erik. “I’ve heard great things about cruising there.” We talked about what we had heard from other cruisers, and got excited about the cherry blossom festival. And, if we were going to Japan, the natural next step would be to continue on to the Aleutians and around to the west coast of North America. Our fingers slid up the globe as we considered when we would have good sailing weather, and predicted our timeline along the route. We started looking at cruising forums for tips and opinions. We looked at beautiful pictures of icy volcanoes.
And then we realized that the Aleutians only reach 5 C in the summer months. And they get more rain than almost anywhere else on Earth.