Sailing West to OZ -- We made it!!
I am in a much much much better mood today because 1. We have arrived in Australia! And 2. Obama won!!!! I am not sure which I am more excited about - the prospect of meeting up with Aussie friends and surfing beach breaks, or knowing that the U.S. is being led by a man who doesn't represent everything that is wrong with America (to put it mildly).
From here on out I will keep the political rambling to a minimum, but I must say that the few Aussies I have met in the few hours I have been here are pretty happy that Obama was reelected.
We arrived in Bundaberg around 6:30 this morning. We set anchor, had breakfast and then... started cleaning! Yes, it is the most unexciting thing one could do after two weeks out in the wilds - well two months, actually, if you count Vanuatu - but the boat was filthy and needed it.
After cleaning up a bit we were called into the dock by customs, who went through our boat, telling us to throw this away and to get rid of that. They all had good senses of humor and didn't take any of our alcohol (although there isn't much left) but the whole check-in process was fairly painless.
I have yet to make it onto land, as I have been too enchanted with having internet access once again and all the wild information that comes with it. Aside from learning that Obama won - thanks to a few very short but to-the-point emails from family and friends - I was totally in the dark to the fact that marijuana is now legal in Colorado, the Giants swept the Tigers in the World Series, and a friend of mine from college was mauled by a shark while surfing up in Humboldt. Apparently he punched the shark in the nose but suffered major lacerations on his torso, although he was rushed into surgery and will make a full recovery. Go Scotty!
Yes, it is nice to be reconnected to the outside world. And not only reconnected via internet, but actually able to walk into a grocery store and buy things and understand people! Now, to find a pair of shoes...