The view from the boat last night was spectacular. I call this the million dollar view because it is surely that and more. The marina is situated across the harbor from the city. Our price of admission is to have a boat here.
Today we are going to watch the around-the-world boats and sailors take off. A group of them came here last week and will be departing shortly. In the early days of round the world racing, the sailors did the race on their personal yachts and went non-stop. All that time to be alone with your thoughts without the advantage of the latest technology must have been difficult beyond belief. It's no wonder that few made it to the finish.
The HMS Bounty is docked nearby so we are going to go see her today. This is the same Bounty that was in the various movies about the mutiny and was the ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. I have long been fascinated by Captain Bligh's navigation skills. He was able to navigate the group of men cast off from the Bounty on a 47 day voyage over a distance of some 3000 miles equipped only with a quadrant and a pocket watch. All of this was done on a 23 foot launch and most managed to survive. Amazing stuff!
Such challenges to the human spirit are miraculous to me. Just as Sir Ernest Shackleton's historic expedition is amazing. We as humans are capable of great feats of valor, many of which go unnoticed and are not the stuff of legends. It's easy to focus on the things that are wrong with others, but today I am going to think about all the unsung heroes in our midst. I am sure that you have a few that are close to your heart. Who are your heroes today?