Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Six Years Going On Seven

Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL
34 42.54 N 081 05.58 W

Six years ago today, Libby and I took possession of Tarwathie and began our new life as cruisers.  What a great six years it has been.  I've said it before and I'll say it again -- that was one of the best life decisions we ever made.   Year seven, we hope, will be even better.   What do we plan for year seven?  Don't know.  We stopped pretending to make plans, or even to state intentions.  It's a pretty safe bet though that we'll seek to escape the heat in summer and the cold in winter.

In fact it is hard to imagine the alternative -- still living in our house in rural West Charlton, New York.   Probably Libby would be looking forward to tending her garden in the short short warm season, and I would still be at work trying to resist retirement, and going to meetings in the fire house Tuesday nights. My God, all the fun we would have missed.  It boggles the mind.

Regular readers know that I'm a big booster of the cruising life.  Almost nobody else enjoys the freedom and independence full-time cruisers enjoy.   Part-time cruisers, those who still own a house, come close.    Perhaps land cruisers, those with RVs, also come close but I'm not sure about that.  The several couples we know who started land cruising gave it up after 2-3 years.  One couple I knew dropped out and started a trading post on the upper Amazon.  That's surely a clean break, but I can't report on how well they fared -- they were never heard from again.  Use your imagination on that!

It's also no secret to me that many of my blog readers are those who dream themselves of cruising some day.  More power to you. I'm glad to be able to give you a virtual seat in the cockpit by following this blog.  We wish you well on realizing your dream or just living the life vicariously if you don't.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for writing the Blog and have a great 7th year.

    Bob s/v Breaking Away


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