|This is one happy family|
Emotions are mixed because every day for the last year I have woken up to a new day knowing what was ahead of me, what was expected of me, and where I was going (for the most part). Now, it's planning. Planning on what Martin and I should do with AMARA for the next five months. Planning on where we should go once we find AMARA her new home, and then planning for the next chapter in our lives—going home to Utah. It may sound trivial but it will be hard to leave AMARA in Australia while we venture home to our old lives in Utah. I know she's just a boat, but she has also been our home for the last year and we were anticipating her for a whole year before that. AMARA has been another member of the family so to speak, and now we are leaving her here while we go home to Utah.
|Coming into the harbor in Brisbane|
Then there is the matter of returning in April. See, this adventure isn't completely over yet. Just this leg of the race. We still have oceans to cover and places to visit, but come this time of year, in this part of the world, there are cyclone's to contend with. So, packing up AMARA is a must in order to wait out the storms. Then we can be back on our way again come April 2014. I probably won't be a full-time sailor when I return in April. I'll just be one that comes to the fun ports and then back home while Martin and his crew make the larger crossings. Our plan is to eventually make our way back to the Caribbean some time in the Summer of 2014.
The plan for today is taking down sails, cleaning my side of the hull (which is going to take me days to sort through) and then getting in a visit with a little town named, Brisbane. We have been here 5 days and haven't even been to downtown Brisbane yet. So, that is a priority for today.
Hopefully, I can wrap up a few more thoughts running through my head in the next post and highlight beautiful Brisbane. Maybe by then, we'll have a few more things finalized and I can share with you what our next leg of this amazing adventure will entail.