Monday, February 17, 2014

Now what?

My intrepid sailors lounging on the dock at
Palm Beach Gardens back in December
Junie's back is much better and improving. While the surgery was not the miracle cure that some people have described, she has seen significant progress. She has to remind herself that two weeks ago she could not stand up straight. She was sort of stooped over like an old woman. We had to use a wheel chair to take her into the hospital. After surgery, she regained her posture and could, immediately, walk upright! Yesterday, we went for two fairly long walks. She still has an occasional sharp pain but seems to be trending towards better every day. Apparently, both she and Roux were determined to make it to the Exumas before allowing their conditions to overcome their capabilities. Junie needs to recuperate for a few more days before we move on.

Although, moving on is difficult. We are sort of lost at the moment. It is cold. We miss our dog. Our boat is in Florida. We are sitting here in Kill Devil Hills in February - the very month, and the very weather, that we planned to avoid by sailing away to the Bahamas.

We miss our dog. I know I said that already. Roux had, as our neighbor Marcia says, a big personality. Suddenly, our house seems too big. I am sure the boat will, too. We always spent a lot of time with Roux. He didn't like being alone. Especially after our big adventure to the Bahamas, we were all closely attached to each other. We were together almost all of the time, 24x7, through stress and calm.

We also had taken on the role of 'care-giver'. Roux needed a lot of help on a daily basis. Partly, of course, because we chose to take him on a sailing adventure. But also because of his age and health. Every day required routines, medications, patience and effort from all of us. Turns out, I had an underlying exercise routine of lifting, moving, walking, bending and stretching entirely based on managing Roux.

I realize that not everybody grieves like this for a dog. On the other hand, we have evidence that neither are we unique in this aspect. After I posted 'The Life of Roux' the other day, Junie shared the link on Facebook. Several other people re-shared the link. We got hundreds of visitors to this blog and countless condolences from folks who, clearly, shared our hurt. Thanks so much.

Bahamas trip. We have logged over 1500 nautical miles
including 6 overnight ocean passages. Given that, I think
even Roux may qualify for certification as a Coastal Cruiser.
So, now what? We head back to the boat early next week. There will be another round of tears over Roux as we face another set of daily routines that were 'exorcised without our permission', as one writer described it. Junie still needs to take it easy but we will get back aboard change oils, clean filters, scrub decks and re-provision.


Then, a road trip to Louisiana! We are looking forward to Jeffrey and Alyssa's wedding in March. We could use some good times, good Cajun food and reconnecting with family. Hey, Louisiana during Mardi Gras season. Who can complain about that?


And then? Well, we aren't sure. We are struggling with the concept of being SWODs (Sailors With Out Dog). We have to come home eventually, I suppose. We could just head back north. But we do have enough time left in the season, and on our Bahamas cruising permit, to go back to the islands. I am sure Roux would approve. Just in case, we have started looking at the charts of the Abacos...

6 comments:

  1. I hope you head for that horizon soon. There is probably nothing more cathartic than getting back out on the ocean.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Hope to see you out on the water soon with your shiny new boat:)
      Duane

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    2. Launch is scheduled for 25 March. Still don't know if I will be able to bring her all the way down to OBX for the summer. Will you guys make the Chesapeake Cabo rendezvous this year? If there is one?

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    3. Not sure about the rendezvous. We had some bad luck trying to get there last year. We will have to see how far the cruising kitty stretches.
      Duane

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  2. So sorry that Roux is out of your lives. Hope Junie continues to improve. I'm probably the one that would complain about New Orleans during Mardi Gras - I have no desire to be there then but I wish you a good time just the same!

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    1. Thanks Randy. We won't even try to get into New Orleans but most of Louisiana has a good time - not all quite as lewd and loud.
      Duane

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