|Bananas ripening at Coco Banderos Cays|
I don't suppose that we meet DSM standards to actually be diagnosed by a mental health professional, and I certainly don't mean to make light of what can be a crippling disease. But now that it's dawned on us, we can find no better way to describe the mental state that for us has been a primary "side effect" of cruising. Sure, I had highs and lows before we moved aboard JOY. We had good days and bad days, sad moments and happy moments.
But since we started cruising, the spread between high and low has been wider. The highs are higher, the lows are lower, and the speed at which we travel between the extremes is whiplash-inducing. Joys and sorrows. Boredom and terror. Wonder and dismay. The past three weeks have been a microcosm. It reminds me of that cartoon depiction of a dog's life, where she greets each event with either MY FAVORITE! or BUMMER!
|Snorkeling off Isla Tintipan|
Anchored in 25 knots of wind on the windward side of Isla Grande, afraid that we're going to drag onto the rocks: BUMMER!
Anchored off the lee shore of Isla Tintipan, tucked in, safe and sound, and I'm snorkeling in ten feet of gin-clear water: MY FAVORITE!
We start our passage to Panama with no wind, but the seas are big and lumpy and on the beam: BUMMER!
Arriving at Tupbak in Kuna Yala in the early afternoon, after a nice overnight sail: MY FAVORITE!
Ean has already written about stupendous Ustupu, Sally the starboard engine on strike, the GROSS grounding, our hero Amelio and his ulu, our wind-on-the-nose squally sail, the ups and downs of Elvis the generator, and a perfect drinks-and-dinner moment in the cockpit (MY FAVORITE, BUMMER, BUMMER, MY FAVORITE, BUMMER, BUMMER, MY FAVORITE, MY FAVORITE).
|Andres from Ustupu helped us translate more JOY everywhere! into the Kuna language.|
|Both the rudder and the coral head were a little the worse for wear after their encounter.|
|This is the kind of sailing day it was. We weren't the only ones out enjoying it. |
If you know the Canadian flagged s/v Aries, please send along this picture with our compliments.
|It looks like I'm in Nargana, but actually I'm on the WorldWideWeb, baby!|
Molas from a master mola maker: MY FAVORITE!
|We went to Mormaketupu (Mola Makers' Island) and bought molas from Venancio|
|Here's one of the molas we bought - learn more about this Kuna art form here.|
Hanging with friends (who had sailed from Cartagena ahead of us): MY FAVORITE!
|We first met Kirk (s/v Salsa) in Cartagena, where he had just completed his circumnavigation. |
We had a couple beers with him in Lemon Cays.
There are peaks and troughs. We are learning to let the highs lift us: to truly appreciate all that is good. And when it turns around, and we go tilting into the trough, we remind ourselves that the next big swell is coming. As I sit here typing away, Ean pops over to the marina store and buys me a fudgesicle. And if I'm lyin', I'm dyin' - it is the BEST fudgesicle I HAVE EVER EATEN. And Ean: well, of course, he is MY FAVORITE!