This part of the South Pacific is called the Dangerous Middle because the trade winds converge here - but I'm not so sure it's any more or less dangerous here than anywhere. It should be called instead the Uncomfortable Middle or the UnPredictable Middle or the Wonky Middle. The kids and I have been feeling a little seasick so dishes are left unwashed, table uncleared, still in our pj's and stuff all over the place. Showering has also become an impossibility. Leave the rest to your imagination. I think by the time we get to Rarotonga, it'll really look like a war zone.
Nonetheless, I still love passages. There's not a whole lot to do. Our meals become a much greater focal point - I loved the kids faces when they awoke to crepes for breakfast! Danielle cooked a mean minestrone with cornbread for tonight's dinner. We read a lot, sleep a lot (although not for any great stretches) and the kids have started homeschooling again. By Day 4 we're back in the groove.
19 degrees 24.422 minutes South
157 degrees 41.038 minutes West
At 8/7/2011 10:29 (utc) our position was 19°24.38'S 157°41.26'W
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