Oh Shatoosh, hear us when we call to you! You are carrying your Captain Hira Reid, crew, Joyce Winough and your dinghy, Pashmina. You are about to embark on a journey: leaving the Columbia River, your home for 8 years, crossing the Columbia bar, cruising the coast, entering the ports along the way, entering the Straits of Juan de Fuca and going to your new home in the Salish Sea. You are leaving known waters for the great unknown. Hira has tended to you with caring love and detail so your passage will be the fulfillment of all your dreams. You are being sent along the way with many blessings and thoughts of support for this passage. Readers of your adventures hold you in anticipation of the new stories that will unfold from under your hull. Heed to the knowledge of your skipper in her caring eye. Hold strong and true to the currents, the winds and the ocean as they embrace you along the way. We hold you all in our hearts, as you play along your course and arrive with the satisfaction of being free to go whenever the tides call to you.
Sent via my heart,
Jean C. Ferris