First off, we hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Hopefully, you spent some quality time with loved ones. For us, Christmas on the Atlantic came and went with us, well, spending the day in our daily routine. We did, however, take a few hours on Christmas Eve to open a few hidden (and well received) presents from our family. These included Christmas pajamas (always a hit and a 33+ year tradition of our mother’s) and a bottle of whiskey. Kurt and I also made a delicious, boat-cooked meal that included some unrepeatable combination of cheesy potatoes, Italian meatballs and BBQ shredded beef. This was washed down with a glass of whiskey and accompanied by a Christmas movie (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation), all of which was followed by a couple enjoyable hours of extra sleep.
Christmas did get me thinking, however, of some things we wish Santa had magically brought (read: we overlooked and/or forgot) that, in hindsight, I’d pay a kidney for:
Gift #1: Books on tape: Kurt and I have already gone through ALL of our uploaded movies (books on tape was a luxury we strived for pre-race that didn’t pan out as we had hoped)
Gift #1a: more movies on our iPad — corollary to #1, preferably long episodic and or/ sequel types – think Despicable Me 1, 2 and 3.
Gift #2: More Quaker Oats instant oatmeal, preferable the maple and brown sugar flavor. A go-to breakfast as a 10-year-old, it tastes even better now.
Gift #3: An In & Out double-double cheeseburger, fries and a chocolate milk shake. Did your stomach grumble, too? It honestly pains me to even write that.
Gift #4: Dirt. Not water. Dirt. From land.
On Christmas Eve, we also had a cance to go through copies of all of your letters, emails, and notes that everyone wrote us prior to leaving. We honestly can’t thank each and every one of you enough. Words do not suffice. Some were funny, some were touching, and all of them were awesome. It was the best Christmas present we could have received, and made us feel unbelievably privileged and proud to be out here. Thank you.
Until we write again,
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