Day 5: As mentioned yesterday, day 5 was off to a rough start. 15 mph hour west winds were pushing her out from shore. She constructed a jib out of her hammock to stay on course. Luckily, the winds died down a little after a mile. There was still a big swell, but it was manageable. She had another gorgeous day of views with cliffs, caves, and waterfalls. She said she thought she was going crazy for a while because of all of the vivid images in the cliff face (a monkey, greek gods and a man in a sombrero to name a few). She did a lot of singing and chatting with the ocean as she has said “We are working on our friendship”. At 4:00 PM she checked her location via satellite. After some calculations she wasn’t sure she was going to make landfall before dark. Fortunately, Jenny had some energy left to kick it into high gear and we sighted her just as the sun was starting to go down over the mountains. With just about a mile to the boat ramp she thankfully pulled ashore just before dark. This was her longest scheduled day of the journey covering a little over 25 miles.
The icing has really helped the swelling in her wrist, but she is still in a lot of pain. We got her a good wrist brace and will continue to ice every time she’s onshore. We will reassess over the next few days. Day 6 is scheduled to be a short paddle but the conditions are rough so we will see what the day brings.