Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Hilton Head Island: from the porch: dust; 51 years to catch up; horde
On an intermittently rainy day that has thus far remained comfortable, we are confined to the screened in porch. The screens are floor to ceiling and some rain has blown in. Radar shows a band of heavy showers due in an hour which may drive us inside. The forecast also mentions possible waterspouts. Not, I think, on Skull Creek. Work inside seems confined to the laundry room, so we should be able to find refuge somewhere out of the way if we must. Until this place is finished, assuming it ever is, I will be glad to be in control of my own space elsewhere. We fly back to Chicago tomorrow morning.
Sahara dust has reached as far as Chicago. I thank Jimmy and Jay for the above photo of a dust enhanced sunset. Considerably more boats in the water than in the last photo from Jay and Jimmy of Monroe Harbor for what will be a very short sailing season.
Sunrises, sunsets, and the moon are often beautiful over Lake Michigan.
As some of you will know, Scot, the owner and editor of the Sailing Anarchy website, has just bought an Ericson 35 Mk 2. I know Scot. He even once bought me a fine lunch at the San Diego Yacht Club. I wrote to him under the subject: congratulations on catching up.
The cover story of the July issue of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is about an expedition to try to recover a camera carried by Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine, who disappeared near the summit of Mt. Everest with George Mallory in 1924. Since then there has been a question of whether they died on the way up or down, and if down, whether they were the first men to reach the top.
I was struck by several aspects of this expensive presumably for TV endeavor, among them how unlikely it ever was to succeed and how disproportionate the effort and cost even if it were successful, but most by the statement that as the team was waiting to summit, 450 others were also waiting on the Nepal side of the mountain and 200 more on the Chinese. Almost all of whom had paid according to Google $45,000 and up. In some photos illustrating the article Levittowns of tents despoil the mountain. Not quite an edge of human experience.
Spoiler: the camera was not found. The ‘crevice’ seen in an aerial photograph in which Irvine’s body was ‘certain to be’ proved to be a dark rock that only looked like a crevice.