As we continued to sail south, my brother Lee and I decided to put a message in a bottle and drop it overboard. We wrote a note with our names and home address and asked that if anyone found the bottle, that they contact us. We placed it in a bottle, sealed it with a cork and threw it overboard, watching it as we sailed away. Our bottle probably sunk as we never did hear from anyone.
We had to go through a lifeboat drill. We heard the alarm and had to go topside as quickly as possible, put on our life jackets and stand in front of the proper lifeboat. My Mother was afraid that my little sister Elaine, who was only two, would run off and fall overboard, so whenever she was on deck, my Mother had her on a harness. My brother Lee and I thought that this was quite hilarious and we would point and giggle whenever she was topside. We managed not to get too excited when she showed up for the lifeboat drill with her "leash". The hatches were all secured until the drill was over, the all clear was given and we went on having fun.
We all went topside the morning we were heading into Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are magnificent when approached by sea. Huge green mountains jutting from the turquoise sea like giant emeralds. As you get closer to the islands you notice waterfalls, too many to count. It was love at first sight. We all stood and stared as we came closer and closer to Honolulu.