Each year the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History has an exhibit called Butterflies Alive! where live butterflies are loose in a large enclosed area and visitors come into the area to enjoy watching the insects. This year (2021 August 12th) I had the opportunity to visit the exhibit. Arriving at the museum you are met at the parking lot by the skeleton of a blue whale. The blue whale is the largest mammal and as an adult dwarfs this 72-foot long skeleton of a juvenile whale.[Read more…] about Butterflies Alive!
At one point in the trip we were something like 19 hours ahead of Los Angeles. Tonight we make the time change that brings us to one hour behind Los Angeles and a day or so later we’ll make the final change to bring us in sync. I loved it when we were moving ahead as we got extra sleep. Coming back across the Pacific we’ve experienced many 23 hour days as we catch up and head toward sync.[Read more…] about One Hour To Go
A quick 96 mile overnight sail took us from Oahu to Kauai and Nawiliwili Harbor. It was interesting to see the ship get into the harbor (and, later out) using the thrusters. The harbor entrance has a ninety-degree turn after entry and then another ninety-degree turn past the second breakwater. There was a tug standing by to help if needed but it only had to watch.[Read more…] about Kauai
Land Ho! 🙂 So far this trip we have sailed 17,384 nautical miles and should be close to 20,000 when the trip ends next Sunday.
We arrived right on time and docked at Pier 2 in Honolulu; the same pier used during the world cruise earlier this year. This time I took an excursion that went to the North Shore.[Read more…] about Oahu
By the magic twist of a dial when we went to bed last night we were 19 hours ahead of Los Angeles time and when we got up this morning we were five hours behind; the twist being the stem on my watch. We crossed the International Date Line in an eastbound direction and picked up the day we lost crossing between Alaska and Japan earlier in the trip.[Read more…] about Groundhog Day
We made landfall today (11/4) right on time at 9am. U.S. Customs came aboard in force to process everyone back into U.S. territory. Weather was in the 80s with, of course, high humidity; I had to watch the camera lens each time I went outside as if the camera got too cold in the air conditioning the lens would fog up. Keeping the lens cap on until the camera warmed a bit was helpful.[Read more…] about Guam