Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 19 Position Report

7/19/14 Wandering Dolphin POS

0600 Hawaiian Standard Time / 1600 GMT
N 27 05.75 W160 25.47
COG 350T
SOG 6 kt
DMG 144 nautical miles
DTG 2769 nautical miles ( changed waypoint last night )

Wind: NNE 5-10 Pressure: 29.9 rising
Temp: 82.3F and falling...
Sky: mostly cloudy with rain squalls
Sails: double reefed main, reefed jib, stays'l set, close hauled wind dies after squalls and blows hard in them... Typical squally weather
Seas: 10ft east swells but with long interval
Engine on 1600RPM  for charge and to power through the calms between squalls.

Good Morning,

Everyone on board is feeling much better today with the exception of Rebecca who has a bit of a cold.  I'm sure it's the same one I had that kept us an extra day in Lahaina.  All of the kids will probably get it next.

The wind and seas moderated a bit yesterday and everyone felt pretty good.  We had oatmeal for breakfast, Mac-N-Cheese for lunch, and smothered burritos for supper.  We started on Lonesome Dove last night.  The kids were really not expecting to like it but Ol' Gus and Woodrow have worked their way into even EmilyAnne's reluctant heart.  I sometimes forget that all of the western things I am so used to from growing up in Wyoming are not "normal" for my "sea kids."  I found it funny when I would have to pause it to answer questions like,
Ben: "Ouch! Why are they burning those cows with the hot poker?"
Me: "They have to brand them so everyone knows whose cows they are..."
Kaleb: "Didn't they just steal all those cows?"
Me: "Yes, but they don't want someone else to steal the cows from them now."
Kanyon:  "The dumb guy in Mexico should have thought of that..."


Ben: (notice a trend here?) "Why do those cows just follow the guys on the horses?  Why don't they all just decide to go wherever?"
Me: " The guys on the horses are cowboys... They drive the cattle where they want them to go by riding around them with the horses making noise and stuff, it's called a cattle drive."
Ben: "Cowboys... Ummmm hmmm" mind ticking over... "Cowboys."

Had we stayed in Montana my boys probably would have at least been intimately educated on branding and there would have been at least an even chance that one of them might have been a cowboy but alas they are sea people more familiar with the movement of a boat on the ocean and fish in the sea than a 4x4 on a dirt road and cattle drives.

We continued reading our books.  I finished " A Fault In Our Stars" and today I will do some school time with EmilyAnne.  That book is a great book and it opens up a ton of good questions about the nature of humanity, eternity, and our place in it all.   The boys will also get cracking on school today.  Their three day window for seasickness is over so they need to break open the school books.

Thanks again for the messages:
*Jared R:  We were certain dogs would be on the list of most dangerous animals and Kanyon was glad to be right.
*Jim V.  Thanks for the riddle answers and MAN those Tex/Mex enchiladas sound Great! Make mine with chicken and green chilies and top with sour cream mmmmmmmmm! *Kayden from a boat in the Bahamas:  it's GREAT to hear from you!  The boys love to hear what other kids on boats are up to so txt us when ever you like.  Kaleb said to tell you he is on the first book in the second series and his favorite character is Firestar.  Ben wanted to know if you have read Fablehaven by Brandon Mull?
Steve: we don't mind multiple weather sources knock yourself out!
Cave: Tell Chenoa we had beans for supper!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!
Captain Tofer, Becky, EmilyAnne, Kanyon, Kaleb, and Benny

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