just hit publish.

can you spot the turtle?

can you spot the turtle?

I'm sure you've noticed the blog has slowed down.  I have to be honest and say, 'I don't really know why...'.  I think about blogging often.  I write things down that I'd like to blog about.  I check on the blog.  I have goals - interweb based goals.  Then I sit down to write and I literally stare at the screen.  Stare.  Then I feel blah and I kind of wander away.

Sometimes I think, 'just write something - who cares what it is?!  get back on the band wagon!'....but clearly I don't do that.  Sometimes I think, 'relax...you'll write when you write...'...but the urge to write hasn't struck yet.  

I was just watering some plants and I thought, 'why don't you just write about not knowing what to write...' so here you go....I'll just go ahead and hit publish...

Sunday + Father's Day + Summer Solstice

Let's make Sunday Soulful:


A dedication to my Father:

I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness”
— ― E.E. Cummings, Poems, 1923-1954

What is Summer Solstice?


Might I suggest that you spend this Sunday well, remember your Father, enjoy the Light & Long Day, and prepare for a new week ahead? 

Aloha Friday v10 // Hilo Rain

You know how the thing you love the most can also be the thing you love least?  In Hilo that is often times the rain....

Hilo is lush, green & steamy.

Hilo is not a tourist destination.

Hilo is the windward side of the island.

Hilo is not full of umbrellas - if its raining wait a second and then run to your car.

Hilo gets a fair amount of power from hydroelectricity - we have the states largest hydro plant!

Hilo is Hilo because of the rain.

When you grow up in Hilo the rain is something you can really enjoy.  It doesn't slow down your day.  If you're at a concert and it rains - you just keep dancing.  You don't dress for the rain.  You don't have a raincoat.  It's just a part of life.

This song by Kapena is one of my ultimate favorites because it just perfectly captures the essence of Hilo Rain.


Nautie Jams :: Alessia Cara - Here

I have absolutely been accused of being an anti-social nay-sayer.  Someone who won't stay in touch with her friends.  Someone who'd rather hang out reading at home.  Someone who wakes up early to go grocery shopping with her Mom.  

That's why I pretty much relate to this song 100%...

The first time I heard this girls voice I was like, 'uh huh...keep singing...more...moaaarh!'...

Plus, everyone knows I like to be the first person to love new music...

a sailbot. some sunglasses. swollen eyes.

Let me tell you a little story.  Circa 2005 I was kicking around Castine, ME for the summer.  I had just graduated and was a brand new Third Mate who had no clue how to find a job.  I decided I better stick around and sail on the Bowdoin for the summer because really when you're a new graduate why the heck not.  I had a few days before I had to show up for the Bowdoin and there were these two guys that I kinda sorta knew.  They were delivering a sailboat from Maine to Rhode Island and asked if anyone wanted to go with them.  I raised my hand because I was bound and determined to be an adventurer.

sunrise on day one.  sun & sail.

sunrise on day one.  sun & sail.

A couple wool sweaters, foul weather gear and long undies later my bag was packed.  I don't even know what we took for food and honestly I don't even remember eating.

Here's what I remember in perfect order...

We were pulling away from the dock.  I leaned over to take the line off the cleat.  In slo-mo my sunglasses slipped off the top of my head and sunk before my eyes.  I was bummed but we were off and I was excited.

It was a gorgeous day.  I laid on the deck in the sun.  With my wool sweater and pants on because it may have been sunny but it was definitely not warm.  I think I dosed a bit.

i couldn't get enough of the sun through the sail.

i couldn't get enough of the sun through the sail.

Then I took my turn at the tiller.  It was a nice day but not much wind so we mostly motored.

Night hit quickly and it was 'effin freezing.  So.  So.  So cold.

We woke up in the morning huddled in the cockpit together.  I think we kinda sorta all roused at the same time...

it's actually freezing.  spinnaker & cockpit.

it's actually freezing.  spinnaker & cockpit.

There was a very, very large LNG tanker just a couple hundred meters in front of us.  Honestly, I was so naive that I'm not even sure I knew it was an LNG - I just knew there was a big ship in front of us - and now that I'm sailing that is pretty much my worst nightmare....they probably had no idea we were there.

love the caption. 

love the caption. 

By midday my eyes were swollen shut.  

Remember that little nap I took in the sun with no sunglasses?  I burned my eyeballs.

I was officially freezing cold on a sailboat with my eyes swollen shut.  It was awesome.

There was no wind and we spent the rest of the trip motoring at an incredibly slow speed.

smooth sailing.

smooth sailing.

I spent the last 24 hours huddled in the cockpit trying not to move.  I'm sure the dudes I was with thought I was a total head case.


I ran across this photo album while settling into my home...it definitely brought back some memories!

National Maritime Day


The Maritime Industry just plugs along and people continue fueling their cars, sipping coffee and buying out of season fruit.

Today is National Maritime Day and I can't think of a better day to think about what we're buying, where it comes from, and how it gets into your hands.  Even President Obama has a bit to say about honoring the Women (and Men) who take to the seas to boost our economy.  

The next time you're at the grocery store buying a banana - especially if you live somewhere where it's impossible for a banana to grow consider these facts:

  • Sea Transport has been the primary means of moving freight through recorded history!
  • Each year the Maritime Industry transports 13 trillion dollars worth of goods totalling 70% of world wide freight (source).  
  • The Maersk Triple-E can carry 18,000 containers - 10 above and 10 below deck - and are to large to transit the Panama Canal (source).  
  • The Philippines is the largest source of Seaman in the world - and has been since 1987.
  • More than 60% of the dry cargo ships lost were bunkers older than 25 years in the period 2009-2013 (source).  
  • A modern large crude oil tanker (VLCC) for example, is able to transport the same amount of cargo twice the distance as of 20 years ago using the same amount of energy.  Marine diesel engines, the prime mover of the world merchant fleet, has undergone similar efficiency improvements and modern engines installed today use about 10 to 15% less fuel per kilowatt-hour as compared with engines installed 20 years ago (source).
  • In the 1970s there were about 3.2 million tons of oil spilled in the 2000s there was less than .25 million tons of oil spilled (44% of that was from 2 incidents) - major progress!
  • Shipping transfers approximately 3 to 5 billion tonnes of ballast water internationally each year.  A similar volume may also be transferred domestically within countries and regions each year.  The IMO (International Maritime Organization) has developed and adopted the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments which, when in force, will require all ships to carry out Ballast Water Management procedures to a given standard (source).  (Here's a post from 2010 when I talk about Ballast Water!)
  • In 2010 Somali Pirates seized 1,181 Hostages.
  • Thanks to Navy Patrols by Coalition Warships there has been an almost 90% decrease in Piracy in Somali waters!

All you need to do is look at these shipping lanes in black & red to see the magnitude of what's being moved across the worlds oceans!

(it is completely by accident that I blogged at length last night about The Jones Act - it can't be National Maritime Day without mentioning the importance of the Jones Act and how misunderstood it is.)