Well, we took about 10 days to make the trip from Honolulu to Hilo, and it was very, very windy at times. The Hawaiian Islands are beautiful and far more uninhabited than I thought they would be. We had virtually every anchorage we stopped at to ourselves. We learned very quickly to move at night or very early in the morning before the winds picked up. The final jump from Maui to around to Hilo was difficult. Against the winds the whole way and very uncomfortable. But we made it.
Bonnie flies out on May 22nd for Seattle and then on to her summer job in Alaska. I will be sailing Willow back to Bellingham, Washington, her home port. Will likely leave mid June. Was thinking I was going to be doing the trip alone, luckily that has changed, I think. One of our good friends, Camila Grahm, will be with me. Nothing is for sure yet, but it looks good. She is a Mexican woman we spent a lot of time with across the South Pacific. I am happy to have her company on this passage. Willow has already made this passage once, about 8 years ago. From Kauaii to Cape Flattery was about 23 days if I remember correctly. The biggest project I have to get going on is making sure the diesel heater is up and running. Have not fired it up since leaving the states years ago..
Will do my best to get things rolling here again, but have much going on in preparation for leaving.