What Would You Talk About in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean?

As our rolly, bumpy days flow past, our conversations focus predominately on two topics; food and math. Even though everyone still dons their daily scopolamine patch, our appetites have survived. I stocked our larders premised on a single idea; we are unlikely to want to cook. Laysan has a lovely kitchen with a microwave, gas range, oven, refrigerators, freezers, however, any cooking attempt must be made by wedging yourself against the cabinetry, feet planted firmly on the floor, and gripping the edge of the counter with one hand. If you need to get something out of the fridge, you take the wedge position open the door, keeping in mind that if the boat rolls at that precise moment, the refrigerator door could break off its hinges. Cushioning the door against such a fate, reach in and grab item, set it on the counter just as the boat does another roll, slams the fridge door and
the item slides or rolls down the counter to land in the sink. And so it goes for each item of a recipe. To circumvent this high wire act, I made multiple crock pot meals and froze them in a foursome serving container. Now all I have to do is pop it out of the freezer into a pan and heat it up. Perfect! We are dining on French cassoulet, beef chili, madras lentil soup, jalapeno cilantro pesto pasta, black bean and chicken tortilla soup, and udon noodles. The highlight of the week is, Friday, ice cream night!

This particular breakfast did not go so well, oatmeal on the floor.

This particular breakfast did not go so well, oatmeal on the floor.

Every evening around sunset, we discuss our meal options, contemplate possible sides and then bob and stumble our way to the galley. Once our choice is heated, we all sit up in the pilot house on the couch, lined up like birds, and enjoy our soup in the Japanese red bowls from Don Quijote. During our evening meal, we listen to the audio book of The Hobbit and watch as the sun drops into the ocean and the moon rises in the east. A fine moment in the day.

Our respective favorite dining positions.

Our respective favorite dining positions.

Frequently, our conversations turn to the meal we plan to have at Neah Bay, our first landfall. John’s dream of a meal is a hamburger, Sarah a cheeseburger, I want just the french fries, and Naomi, ever the out of the box thinker, desires sushi.

As for our second most popular topic, math, that will have to wait for another blog.

Sarah introduced Naomi to an island favorite, spam musubi. Naomi claimed she liked it!

Sarah introduced Naomi to an island favorite, spam musubi. Naomi claimed she liked it!


10:00 HST
31 19.56 N 149 07.73 W
Miles to go: 1518

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7 Responses to What Would You Talk About in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean?

  1. Erin O. Lee says:

    Good to hear from you!

    As expected ā€“ this is quite an adventure!

    Enjoy it and be safe!

  2. Steve says:

    By my math, you’ve been traveling for one week. So, math, as in calculating speed, direction, wind speeds, and the most important question: “Are we there yet?” Hey, only 1500 miles. Definitely, making progress. Are you trying to catch any fish along the way? Or would it just be too much trouble? Have the seas mellowed out at all? Looking forward to hearing about all of this next September.

  3. Dan McCarty says:

    At this posted position, GRIB says that winds should be from the east at 13-14 with waves about 2 meters. Is that the reality? šŸ™‚ Looks like the high will stay in place for a few days.

  4. sandie says:

    Hope you remembered it was your anniversary.
    Glad it is you folks doing the cooking and cleaning and not me. Sounds like a somewhat fun challenge. That was very smart to make crock pot meals ahead of time.
    I have discovered podcasts while around the house working. Can you get these while at sea? Right now I am listening to Serial, very interesting. Produced by the folks at American Life.
    Life on land is good. Looking forward to our trip to Glacier next week.
    Love you, Sandie

  5. Penny says:

    It’s a good thing you cooked ahead of time. Otherwise, you might have been missing some appliance doors and been serving out of the sink! As for the topic of discussion, I would guess: 24 hours x 6mph x days at sea, would be a consuming topic.

  6. Brandeb says:

    I can relate, it is definitely a chore trying to cook on a powerboat underway, I remember sitting on the counter holding the pans the entire time due to the lack of pot holders

  7. Laura Thielen says:

    I’m trying to remember what we talk about when we camp backwoods. The first meal back in civilization becomes a more important topic after a week, but then starts to fade a little, as I recall. Making up stories was a good topic when the kids were little. But more often as we get older, it’s enjoying the silence, or sharing memories. You guys must have spectacular star gazing at night. Maybe the Greek myths about the constellations?

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