Monday April 24, in Gig Harbor

Written by Jack van Ommen on April 24th, 2017

The last blog was upon arrival in the Northwest from Florida, on April 8th. Time flew, I’ll be flying back the end of this week. The Easter experience in Holy Week was again a high light, this year at St. Theresa church in Federal Way, within walking distance to Rose Marie’s home. The Saturday before Easter, we had a family reunion at the home of my oldest daughter, Lisa. All my five children were present. For the first time since John and Jens’ wedding in 2014.

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L.R.: Seth 1980 Portland,Or. Lisa 1964, Rose Marie 1968, me, John 1971 San Diego, Ca., Jeannine 1969 Norfolk, Va.

L.R.: Seth 1980 Portland,Or. Lisa 1964, Rose Marie 1968, me, John 1971 San Diego, Ca., Jeannine 1969 Norfolk, Va.

On Easter Sunday I was privileged/blessed to sit between Rose Marie and Jeannine in the mass of the Resurrection. All worked out well. Everyone had a chance to catch up.

I am in Gig Harbor, staying with friends Bob and Jackie Ellsworth. Yesterday, in church I caught up with many of my parish friends at St. Nicholas. This morning I met the Spanish students of Adam von Zimmermann at the Gig Harbor High School. Adam was my dock neighbor when I lived on the boat in Arabella’s Landing Marina. His students have been following me on my satellite tracking, web blog and videos. We attempted to have regular Skype video calls but wi-fi turned out to be too weak and my schedule too irregular to continue the first attempt. This photo shows how Adam and his classes have been tracking my progress. My new 100 odd friends had lots of good questions and comments. Adam shot some video footage and I shall have clips or stills from it on the next blog.

Adam and the charts

Adam and the charts

Schermopname (5)Depending on the space available on my buddy pass, I will arrive early morning or early evening Saturday  the 29th in Ft. Lauderdale and continue my trip from Vero Beach to Green Cove Springs, Fl.

The program starts shaping up for my trip north. On June 4th, Pentecost I will be Jeannine’s sponsor when she is confirmed in Sacred Heart church in Norfolk, Va. I’ll get a chance to visit with my 2nd oldest grandson who is incarcerated in Portsmouth, Va. and see his two daughters, my great granddaughters, and my grand-daughter in law. On the 1st of July I will give a presentation on my circumnavigation at the Mystic Seaport, R.I. Wooden Boat Show. Then I plan to join the cruise of the OCC (Ocean Cruising Club) Southern New England chapter to watch the 4th of July fireworks in Bristol Bay, R.I.

 

 

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