Arrival in Opua, NZ

by Margie on November 9, 2009

After nine days at sea we are finally sitting still again. It feels very, very nice. I have officially completed my first 1000+ mile passage. We arrived at the customs dock around 7:30 this morning. I cooked up the last pound of bacon we had on board, as well as the rest of our eggs, as they would have just been confiscated by quarantine otherwise. Confiscated bacon!? There is no room for that phrase anywhere in Drew’s vocabulary. He took much pleasure in being able to devour almost the entire pound without me being able to scold him or tell him he had had enough. The quarantine official was very nice, yet very thorough. She got a few goods off of us…some mayo, wild rice, fresh cucumbers & onions. Nothing that can’t be replaced very inexpensively. Then it was time for the customs officials as well as the drug and bomb dogs. With a cup of bacon grease sitting on the counter, neither pup seemed too interested in their job at hand! By 9 we were done and by 9:30 we were safely in a slip. Ahh, fresh hot showers…

A quick lunch with our buds Alan & Rina and we’re back on board so Drew can get some sleep. He’s seen very little in the past 48 hours. Naturally, the last two days of the passage had to give us a little run for our money but we made it. We’ll start making some decisions on our route to Whangarei, which is where Dosia will stay while we head home for the holidays! That’s all in due time though. Right now…that other couch is looking pretty good…


Scott November 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm

I found your Blog the other day while sitting in a coffee shop in Seattle. It was a fun read. I checked back today to see if you guys made it. Happy to hear your safe. It must have been a great feeling seeing land after 9 days at sea.

Drew November 10, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Thanks Scott! yep, always nice to make a landfall. the passage was easy except those last two days. now we’re sitting here in NZ waiting on all our friends to get here. hopefully they have passages as good as we did!

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