Monday, September 30, 2013

Circle of Life

Mr Mac often serves as a floating habitat; we’ll anchor, and immediately acquire schools of fish. One day we had quite the little food chain going on, as you can see in these pictures we took in St. Thomas.

Little fish
Big fish and little fish

Big fish eating little fish
Pelican eating little fish

Chris towing a line to catch a big fish (no luck)

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Change in Perspective

During our recent flight from the states to Trinidad, I was looking out the window at the Caribbean Sea below. Since I always book a window seat, I’ve been looking at similar views for years, but this time I realized that my perspective had changed. I used to look down at the great expanse of empty ocean and think of it as an obstacle. But it’s different now because we’ve been there, out on the ocean with nothing at all around, seeing neither land nor ship for days. And you know, it’s not so scary. In fact, it can be both calming and exhilarating. If you’ll allow me to wax philosophic for a moment: my previous notion of “empty ocean as obstacle” seems representative of all those big changes that happen in life. They may seem insurmountable until you actually confront and overcome them. At that point, it becomes “been there, done that”, and that obstacle is relegated to an accomplishment. It’s a nice feeling.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


I don’t know why I always get waaay behind on my blogs during summer. I suppose it’s because we’re completely off our routine, traveling by plane, train, and automobile instead of boat, working cons, visiting with family and friends, etc. I have to admit, we had a great time, but we’re finally back on the boat. Unhappily, this is our current view. Happily, we’ve got all our on-the-hard boat work done, and we’re supposed to go back in the water tomorrow. It’s already been delayed once (we were supposed to go in two days ago, but there were some boats in extreme states of unpreparedness in our way), but I’ve got my fingers crossed.
Watch that first step!