We both are very excited to be getting under way tomorrow. It has been eight days since we got the boat, though only six days working on it and half of that time I was out of town so Bill was working on it alone and yet… we’re ready to get moving. Mosquito net or not we are aching for adventure. Just because we have no rain-proof tarp or canvas doesn’t mean we need to stay put another day. We took the boat out and it floats! That’s all the encouragement we need. We don’t have a working kitchen, but we can cook on the ground.
We named the boat Evangeline after the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about a young French woman from Acadia traveling south to find her husband and eventually ending up in New Orleans. We also just found out that in the original Greek the name means “good news”. It is also lore that a feminine boat name assuages the masculine gods of the open sea. The Mississippi is a masculine river (one of the very few); we figured we’d choose a pretty name so Mr. Mississippi would treat her right.
The rum we used for the christening was from New Orleans, bottled and given to us by a video blogging couple we met the day we departed from California. Check them out at www.ayearatthewheel.com.
We felt it was appropriate to offer some back to the mighty waters which would soon bear us to those distant banks. We shall see if the spirits approve. By the way… if you haven’t already, I suggest you check out the links at the top of the page. Especially the donations link.
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