Soanya and I are adapting to life on the dock and entertaining our energetic, enthusiastic son, Darshen. Most of my life was a preparation for living at sea. That involved cutting myself off from all things on the shore. Now that I am back I am trying to figure out how to fit in and be a proper citizen. Many things everyone takes for granted are unfamiliar to me, but I truly want to learn and keep up with the times. Soanya and friends are guiding me through the necessary steps. I am working on my book proposal with my coauthor and feel positive about that. We think the book will drive many factors that will help our lives on shore and spread our multifaceted message of love. On the home front, we are busy cleaning up the "Mighty Schooner" so that she is a cozy home and a welcome abode for guests. That's a big job and Darshen is eagerly in the middle of the action helping out. We are still cleaning sleeping bags, blankets and all our gear. Darshen helps by jumping up and down in big buckets of laundry and passing our tools to us while we are working.
When Reid got back, he knew he would have a huge job ahead to get the schooner back into shape. The laundry alone was an enormous task. Imagine three years worth of clothes, sheets, comforters, towels, blankets, cushion covers, sleeping bags, etc. that need to be laundered. Even though we wrapped everything including our clothes in double plastic bags after three years in a damp, salty environment we found they still smelled moldy and made me sneeze even though they looked clean. I'm sure they would have stayed fresh after a six month period but years at a time was a bit much. Reid thought about sending everything off to an industrial launderer but they specialize in table cloths and were not set up to wash all different kinds of fabrics at once. The hundreds of pounds of laundry would have been very expensive to do in small amounts at a conventional laundromat not to mention the logistics of transporting big bags to and from there. So Reid did what has always worked in the past. He found a way to do it himself.
Reid took out two big plastic storage containers, filled them with water from a hose, dumped some clothes in along with some detergent and stomped on them for while. He threw it out on deck, refilled the tubs to rinse them four or five times and when the water ran clean of suds and dirt, tossed them onto the deck. Darshen had fun playing with the hose, getting wet and jumping on the clothes. Reid hung the clothes on lines around the boat on a hot August day and before dark they were dry and smelled great.
It took several days to get through all the laundry and as we clean out various lockers we keep finding more. But, I must admit, this system works great for mass washing. Certainly for smaller loads and getting stains out you'd want to wash by hand a little more thoroughly. All in all it got the job done at our convenience and within our means. Boat cleaning continues and winter prep begins in the next days.
Reid and Soanya
You can learn about the completed voyage at 1000days.net