Sep 19, 2016

Salt and Sunscreen

written by Tina Baumgartner
in category Uncategorized

6Jun11 S02deg15min W140deg44min

Far off in the distance the twin sails of the waka glided endlessly towards their goal beneath gold rimmed clouds, the setting sun sinking behind them. The tiny sails a reminder of the vastness of the ocean.

Ra, our sun, so big and important for us, dropping slowly into the sea; a small star gliding on its endless path thru the vastness of the heavens.

As if to wash off the day a light squall blows over splattering rain in our faces, rinsing off the salt and sunscreen.

The clouds break apart and eternity opens above us.

Like microbes on the surface of a puddle our place in Life is small, our influence limited and the best we can do is look after our own corner of the world and when we get the chance (or feel the urge) spread the word that there is a better way to live.

If we work at building our communities with tolerance for race and religion, nurturing our physical environment and remember that “we are only borrowing the world off our kids” we have to be moving in the right direction.

The nice thing for us is that we are doing all of that. Our kaupapa is solid and we are communicating our message thru our actions. The movie will do that too of course, but the people we meet look to us first and foremost. It’s very cool to be part of such a positive movement.

As Gandhi said, “My life is my message”

Baked pumpkin stuffed with rice and vegies and a whole lotta love with cheese on top. Today’s bit of pumpkin magic. I was too slow with my camera to get a photo, but it looked awesome and was a winner. As was Te Miroa’s very fine stew with mashed spuds tonight. Good food, good weather, all good.

Life on board has slipped back into it’s familiar rhythm, watches – 3hrs on 6 off, the gentle ebb and flow of conversation, music, food and work. The navigation is progressing well and everyone’s into it to greater and lesser degrees. I’m the only one who uses the GPS and laptop so that the others have to operate solely on traditional techniques. All clocks and watches are either put away or covered up and time keeping is estimated by the shifts in the sun and stars.

Boat speed is estimated by counting the seconds it takes for bubbles to go from the front of the waka to back. The shorter the count the faster our speed and we’re making good speed in the right direction. Generally holding to “Haka” the House just east of north which is all according to plan at this stage. And there you have it, Mahutonga, the Southern Cross sits behind us as a reference when the clouds cover the skies ahead. The seas are gentle and the wind perfect for easy sailing at last.

Hope your corner of the world is happy,
Stay positive even when things get tough,
all things pass and change is always in the air.

Dunc and Haunui tuatahi

Posted on June 6, 2011 by Duncan for Pacific Voyagers