Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from the Southern Hemisphere

We were some of the first in the world to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. We had our feast yesterday (which was Thursday here). We joined about 70 other boaters for a traditional Thanksgiving feast at the Opua Cruising Club. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, cranberry sauce and gravy were on the menu. All the cruisers brought a dessert to share as well, so we had plenty of pies, brownies, cakes and cookies for after the meal. On our table of ten we had a very international crowd of our good friends. We shared our thanks and our meal with Brits, Jean and Matt from "Superted V," and Karen and Mike from "Chapter Two," our Dutch friends Monique and JanBart from "Victory," and Japanese pals Yoshi and Miyumi from "Gaku." We represented the Yanks at the table.

We wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and want you to know how thankful we are to each of you for the love, care and support you've shown us through the years. Knowing we have family and friends to share our adventure with and who are there for us every step of the way means a lot to us. So a heartfelt "thanks" to each of you.

Thanksgiving is a special day set aside to remember what we are so grateful for, and after our "boisterous" trip across the ocean recently, we are thankful for many things: Family and friends first and foremost. A good ship like Astarte to take care of us. The opportunity to explore so many wonderful places on the planet. The chance to meet people from all over the world. Adventures that are sometimes hair-raising, but always memorable. Checkmarks on the bucket list. Our health. Each other. And the chance to do what we are doing. We know we are incredibly lucky and are grateful everyday for our lifestyle. Thanksgiving is just a day to express it!

Cheers to all of you - we raise a glass in your honor and thank you most sincerely.

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