Our short passage from Tobago to Trinidad on September 2, 2013 completed our circumnavigation of earth. We were last here in 2009.
We estimate that 42,000 miles have slipped below the keel of our home since our departure in 2008. We have burned 15,616 gallons of diesel fuel to move our mighty ship. The average price of fuel for the entire voyage was $3.74/gallon with a total spent of $58,476. Highest price we paid for fuel was $7.21/ gallon in Saint Helena Island and the cheapest fuel was $0.03/gallon in Venezuela.
What is hard to measure is the richness added to each of our lives by this adventure. The smile on Emily’s face as she swam with dolphins in the Bahamas and sea lions in Galapagos will be with us forever in our memories. Her feeling of pride when she got her SCUBA certification in Fiji and the entire crews’ sense of accomplishment as we landed in Fatu Hiva after 21 days at sea would have been hard to duplicate on land.
We were blessed by people around the globe who opened their hearts and homes to us. People like Tiara, the 13 year old girl in Fiji that invited Emily into her home and into her school for a day. Or the family in Tonga who adopted us and invited us to their church on Sunday and a pig roast feast in honor of Fine's 65th birthday.