“Circe, that great and cunning goddess, sent us a fair wind that blew dead aft and stayed steadily with us keeping our sails all the time well filled. After we were clear of the river Oceanus, and had got out into the open sea, we went on till we reached the Aeaean island where there is dawn and sunrise as in other places. We then drew our ship on to the sands and got out of her on to the shore, where we went to sleep and waited till day should break”. The Odyssey, Homer, 800 – 1200 BC
It had been prophesied by winged Gods that Odysseus’ travels would bring him safely home.
First, however, Odysseus must travel to the Underworld
and make offerings according to Circe’s instructions.
Once this task was completed, Circe insisted that Odysseus go inland until he reached an area of earth which had never known the sea.
From there, they were to travel to an area of the sea that had never known the earth.
The seas tumbled and roared as the sun set on the weary boaters.
As dawn broke the next day, they feared Zeus would be angered.
..but they were comforted as messengers from the sea appeared.
They were assured that they were near the end of their ocean travels
They were assured that they were, at long last, near land.
Messages from the gods of the air added to their sense of security.
Home at last?
Perhaps not, but they were jubilant that they had, at long last, arrived at their destination.
The Odyssey was over.
As for Penelope?
Odysseus, anxious to prove that Penelope had been faithful, disguised himself so that she could not possibly recognize him. Without revealing his true identity, he talked to Penelope and tried to convince her that Odysseus was still on his way home.
Penelope didn’t believe him.
And so, dear readers, we end the saga of the Odd a’ Sea. Yes, the boater’s made it to Marco Island. They all had a ball, they are all still talking to each other and they have 2,576 pictures to prove it.
Alison, Brad and Jeremy have begun new adventures (Nicaragua), and I flew down to meet Jim.
Odysseus braved the seas, Cyclops, Sirens, Whirlpools and other strange and dangerous creatures as he wandered the world for 30 days. Will he now be brave enough to face the list Penelope has been developing for 30 days?
The adventure continues….