Our 6-month, round-the-world "Eurafricoz" trip is in the books, and we flew from Cairns, Australia to Port of Spain, Trinidad with a short 4 day stop in Honolulu to visit Tom, who hooked us up with an awesome room at the "Modern" hotel in Waikiki. During the stop, we were able to visit with some great friends, do some shopping at reasonable prices in the USA, get our mail, and generally get situated for the mental transition back to Navigator.
Unfortunately, the 10 time-zones and 160 degrees of longitude that we crossed have our internal clocks messed up pretty well. But that's ok!
Upon arrival, we found Navigator right where we left her, just a lot dirtier. After 6 months sitting in a dirt lot next to a highway, she needed some TLC. So we spent the last 4 days getting ready to launch…painting the bottom, varnishing the teak, washing the hull and deck, hoisting sails, servicing the engine, stowing our gear, and generally getting her ship-shape.
Tomorrow afternoon we launch Navigator. We'll spend a couple days getting situated, and then when weather, equipment and tide permits, we'll sail for Grenada. Kellee is signed up for a Dive Instructor class in Grenada (through PADI) next week, which will be an awesome experience and qualification, and Chris will spend the week knocking off a few minor maintenance items (for instance, the starboard cabin fan or the starboard cabin light will work - but not both), and also working on his YouTube Navigation Training videos (links above).