We came home after lunch at the Cafe La Ultima Frontera to the task of packing.
The newest 5 Gyres crew that has formed in Valdivia, Chile is ready to move onto the Sea Dragon tomorrow at 0900.
First, look that the picture above and below and then tell me how surprised you are that we made it past LAX airport security. On second thought, perhaps this is not a surprise at all. The "chemicals" that you see above are non-toxic. They are along for the ride to test the seawater for ph, salinity and such. However, the flo-through flourametor (Garen's not here to check the spelling of said piece of equipment) looks like we could be caring all of the parts to re-assemble an oozy....and then set up a drug lab with the glass beaker. We are about to do neither but I thought it may be interesting to see what the equipment looks like that we've dragged along from Santa Monica.
Does a place prepare you to leave, or do your prepare to leave a place?
The answer for me today is both. The dogs we met and were sure lived at Parque Saval had moved on when we went back today. The cafe that we wanted to go to last night was closed. The comfy room at Totem Hostel had creaky-creepy ghost noises last night. Time to be moving on.
Here is how you can follow along on the journey:
I will be guest blogging for 5 Gyres from time to time.
I will try to update The Daily Ocean when I can.
The Sea Dragon has her own blog and a real time map to chart our progress along with us!
Until the next time I can log on, I'll leave you with a verse from a song I listened to hundreds of times as a teenager. You'll "understand why" when you read on:
"WHEN YOU SEE THE SOUTHERN CROSS FOR THE FIRST TIME. YOU'LL UNDERSTAND NOW WHY YOU CAME THIS WAY. FOR THE TRUTH YOU MIGHT BE SEARCHING FOR IS SO SMALL. BUT IT'S AS BIG AS THE PROMISE, THE PROMISE OF THE COMING DAY"
- CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH