Where are we?

September 17, 2009

A question that pops up a LOT these days from people (especially from my old job) who know we are going sailing is, “Where are you?”  Of course, this can be answered in a bunch of different ways.  There is the physical, both of us and the boat.  There is the readiness factor, both mental and physical.  There is the metaphysical . . . How to answer these questions?

First question:  Where are we in terms of the boat.  Jeremy has added a cool link that shows our (Calypso’s) position.  You can get to it here, or you can click on the link in the right hand column that says, “Where is Calypso?”  This will be updated by us as we can do it, but should be relatively accurate in terms of state/country/general island or island group.  Until October 9, the boat will remain stationary – we will move aboard October 3.  Until then we are living in Charlottesville.

Second question:  Where are we in terms of readiness?  Getting there.  The list is still daunting, but I see a light (maybe it is the train approaching?).  Last night Jeremy and I had a serious discussion about what each of us feels needs to be done to the boat before we leave, and we finished the talk feeling pretty good.  Basically, work that requires tools we will not take with us has to be done prior to cast off.  As far as provisioning goes, I have 4 grocery stores down and 3 to go, and next week I will take a carload to the boat to load ‘er up (that I will take pictures of!)

Quick aside:  I asked the kids this morning on the way to school what they are unhappy about and what they are anticipating about going cruising.  Their answers are here:

Julian – scared about/unhappy about:  nervous about storms or the boat crashing.  Really sad about leaving school and his teacher and his friends.  Anticipating – collecting seashells as souveniers for his friends and snorkeling

Maddie – scared about/unhappy about:  scared the mast will fall down.  Really, really sad about leaving friends.  Excited about being all together and doing all things as a family.

It will be interesting to do this little “poll” at different points during the cruise!

Blog piece of info – if there is a little box at the top of the post, above the date, that shows up as arrows, this means I have found a neat piece of music to insert into the blog.  You can play it while you read!

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2 Responses to Where are we?

  1. I always tell people, “If we had to work on cars as hard as we do boats, we would not own a car.” Landlubbers have no idea the effort it takes to prepare for an ocean voyage. Taking a car vacation is easy. A person’s needs are sprinkled along the highway exits. When you are voyaging, there are no exit signs in the ocean. On a smaller scale it’s similar to a manned moon mission without ground support.

  2. Rod Bruckdorfer says:

    “It’s not far down to paradise
    At least it’s not for me
    And if the wind is right you can sail away
    And find tranquility
    The canvas can do miracles
    Just you wait and see
    Believe me”

    “It’s not far to never never land
    No reason to pretend
    And if the wind is right you can find the joy
    Of innocence again
    The canvas can do miracles
    Just you wait and see
    Believe me”

    “Sailing
    Takes me away
    To where I’ve always heard it could be
    Just a dream and the wind to carry me
    And soon I will be free”

    SAILING – Christopher Cross

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