It’s the People II

Been a while.  We’ve been here and there making waves and making friends.  For the second time I am driven to note what an amazing journey this has been.  Over 1,800 nautical miles, more than 30 marinas and the love just keeps coming.  We thought this adventure would be about destinations.  Awesome pictures of quaint towns and sunsets.  It’s not.

The small towns and cities along the waterways are indeed a treat.  Eye candy mixed with Southern charm that surrounds us as we walk the streets, duck into mom and pop restaurants and visit with folks along the way.  But it’s not just the scenery.  In fact, the scenery is only a backdrop for a personal drama so full of gracious welcome it sometimes actually hurts to leave.

In Captiva, when Jan got hurt.  We were surrounded, not in the novel way surrounded is used.  But literally surrounded physically by men and women who focused on us and our challenge to make things happen.  When we needed a dock RIGHT NOW and they were there.  The names I wish I remembered. Those five men who met us at the dock and insisted “Go, be with your wife, we got this.” It gave me chills to think about leaving Shangri-La with perfect strangers.  Barely nudged against the dock in raging winds and heavy seas.  But we did.  We left.  And when we returned our home was safe and secure.  Tied in by professionals who knew what they were doing.  Many of whom we never saw again. Continue reading “It’s the People II”

The Dink

Actually, we have two boats. One, our home on the water, the second is our dingy. Affectionately call a ‘dink’ in boating circles.  Ten feet long it is known as a RIB – Rigid Hulled Inflatable boat.  Sounds pretty cool, ‘eh?  How could one go wrong leaving the dock in a boat that’s both solid fiberglass hull and inflatable?  But then again. . 

Our dink sits atop the roof of the stateroom in a solid wooden cradle.  Part of the charm of our old trawler is the mast and boom which work in tandem to manage the launching and retrieving of the dingy.  It’s far too heavy to manhandle over the side considering it has a fiberglass hull and 15 hp outboard.  Launching the dink is easy.   Continue reading “The Dink”