08/19/2014 1746 hrs.
Well the gales subsided enough to row into town. But the only rowing needed was to slow us as we beached. Our anchor held strong, but the nights are getting darker and the ice was gnawing at my gut.
So I was pleasantly surprised to view the Ice chart today! That warm howling wind shook things up all right. And from the looks of it, we should be underway by Thursday.
In the mean time we will enjoy the company of our new friends, and hope for a lull so I can do that dive safely.
0820/2014 1826 hrs.
Last night was fantastic. The weather clamed down and we had a great night’s sleep, after visiting for the evening with the Coote family. We watched a movie on the laptop, fireside, not bouncing up for anchor watch as we had been these past days.
This morning some friends od Samantha’s dropped us off a bag of fruit and chocolate at the airport. So our morning was planned.
I donned the dive gear and descended into the icy cold arctic waters. In search of treasures from the past.
The vis was very poor due to the south wind. But exploring the seabed was fantastic none the less. There was an amazing amount of growth. I would estimate over 60% of the seabed was covered in lush life, with many tiny jellies, pulsing about me. I shot some go pro footage of the dive, but will not have time to process the footage before we go. So I will post about that dive at the end of our voyage.
Samantha followed my bubbles to shore. Then walked to the airport for our fruit. What a treat!
Then this afternoon Samantha and I spent gathering firewood and water.
Tonight we again enjoy dinner with the lovely Coote family. Then depart in the morning.
The ice is letting go. And from previous study I have learned. That Bellot Straight has a tendency to clog with free moving ice.
So our tactic is, that even though our route is blocked. We will depart, sailing against the edge of the melting pack, slowly and reefed….
This will likely be our last opportunity to post before Greenland. In parting for now I will say.
Your life is a gift. Unwrap it. Use it. Wear it out. Soak it up. Your clock is ticking.
You can do anything you set your mind to.
Capt. Jesse Osborn