Thursday, August 10, 2023

Falmouth, England

Hello from Falmouth! Well, not exactly. When we were here two months ago we arrived to this:

June 11

Early this morning I heard the fog horn blaring so I almost expected to see the same view. Then when the ship's thrusters/engines kept running even after we anchored offshore I thought we would see the same foggy view.  I found out they were needed to keep the ship in place while we were tendering.

But we had blue sky. And wind. And sailboats!

We had to take a very bumpy, very long 30 minute tender ride (each way!) to get to shore in Falmouth. After talking with some crew members we all decided to stay onboard the ship. It wound up being a great decision. I was able to sit on the balcony in the sunshine watching the sailboats.

Until I couldn't. 

By midmorning the clouds had moved back in.
Followed shortly by the fog.
Once in a while I could see a few more boats here and there.
But by afternoon it was nothing but pea soup. I could occasionally hear people on the sailboats but couldn't see them. Just a sea of voices.
The Falmouth harbor cam showed things were similar onshore.
By the crowds left here onboard it looked like I wasn't the only one who made the decision to stay put. 

At the end of the day our location (according to looked like this. Can you imagine the ship and tender operations without using thrusters/engines?

Crossing my fingers for better weather tomorrow when we're in Cobh, Ireland. See you then!