Maui, Hawai’i

‘Just a lotta ocean’, said the burly young guy next to me on the flight from Oakland to Hawai’i. I’d just opened the shutter on the plane window. We both looked down at the huge expanse of blue water stretching away to infinity.

‘Yup, a lotta ocean,’ I said pensively.

This time next year I will be down there, recently embarked from San Francisco, paddling slowly across that same expanse of ocean. Even from up here and travelling at 500 miles an hour, it looked vast. 2600 miles from San Francisco to Hawai’i. Today it took me 5 hours to cross it. The next time it will take a lot longer.

It’s a lotta, lotta ocean.

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