We spent several days in a port city; during this time, we saw very little of Mekler and friend. We set sail for the first time for most of us.
After the first day, we got our sea legs. The ship suffered from room and food shortages and more than its fair share of diseases. The ship’s preist was kept busy.
As the ship approached land, we saw many large birds. On the dock there was many unusual beast of burden. The people here spoke a different language. Our group was not allowed to stay and soak in the culture. We were off with the pack animals and equipment to continue our journey. Up a cloud cap mountain.