How passagemaking is like pregnancy

It’s been so exciting to see friends we made cruising in the US and Mexico get ready for their own departures for the Pacific islands. Most have now departed, and we’re reliving the passage vicariously as by following along a number of blogs.

I traded email with our friends on Ceilydh today. They’re five days in from their departure from La Cruz, Mexico. Thinking about where they are in the journey, I couldn’t help reliving the experiences from ours from last year. I remember this part of the passage really well…and it makes me smile!

This is going to sound nuts to some, but the phases of a big passage like this- about three weeks- is kind of like the major phases of pregnancy. Ceilydh is in the second trimester now. During the first trimester, you often feel a little icky, and you’re settling- physically and emotionally- into a whole new life. By the third trimester, you’re a little over the experience and kinda ready to be done. But the second trimester? It’s spectacular. You’re embracing the adventure, immersed in a whole new life. You’re feeling good, and excited about every new thing that happens. It’s truly like one natural high after another.

I generally loved being pregnant, but I never felt better (at ANY time in life, not just my pregnancies) than during the second trimester. And in the same crazy way, I deeply loved the middle chunk of the big passage… embraced it 150%, and wanted it to go on forever.

Here’s a short list of some of friends who are blogging updates on their passage: check the rolls on their blogs, too, for even more of the 2011 fleet.

Whatcha Gonna Do
Don Quixote

amazing clouds near the equator
Gorgeous rainbow, somewhere during our Pacific passage- April 2010

4 Responses

  1. Totally off topic, but I’m wondering what sunscreen you use for your kiddos. I’ve got fair kids too (1 year old twin boys) and we’re heading to Alaska from Seattle this summer on our boat. I personally have a love/ hate relationship with sunscreen and I’d love to hear what works for your family.
    S/V Yare

  2. Hi Jessica! The short answer is that we use the Blue Lizard Sensitive Skin sunscreen.

    Totally understand the love/hate relationship with sunscreen. I am hyper about chemicals (e.g., I make all our lotion. why would I buy a sunscreen ‘lotion’?). But- my family has a lot of skin cancer. It killed my uncle and my mother is a melanoma survivor. So- we need to use something. This formulation of Blue Lizard is SPF 30 (plenty), totally mineral based (zinc/ titanium. no chemical sunscreen), and rated decently with the Environmental Working Group. Plus, we could buy it in gallon sizes- less packaging, and economical, since we definitely use sunscreen in volume!

    Drop me an email for any more info, sv-totem (@) hotmail dot com.

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