DAY 1 ON THE PACIFIC OCEAN
We have now left the American continent and are cruising west of Oregon and California. We are on our way to Hawaii, where we will arrive in 5 days. The weather is good - the sea is somewhat lively. You feel you at at sea :-)
The Pacific Ocean is - as you know - by far the biggest ocean on earth. It is also called The Blue Eye of our planet. It covers an area of 169 mill. sq.km or a third of the surface of the earth. All seven continents of the earth could fit into the ocean.
The Pacific Ocean got its name from the Portuguese discoverer Ferdinand Magellan ( 1489-1521 ). He saw it first time as "beautiful and peaceful".
The ocean has 25.000 islands, is up to 11 km deep, and has all sorts of valuable minerals on the bottom . Unfortunately, it also has on its surface in the north an "island" of plastic material, which over time has been thrown into the ocean. It has the size of Africa and is floating around :-(
Now we will enjoy our breakfast on our balcony - and throw nothing in the ocean, of course - except joyful and curious views on a fantastic part of our Globe !