It has been months since I have written here. The house in Colorado is almost done. The remodel in the final stages. The last 5% seem to be a full 100% of their own, though even the final few projects are almost finished.
That leads my mind back to the adventure that has been consuming more and more of my thoughts. Sailing. Toads About sold for a reported $15,000. My reaction to the news was mixed. Happy that it is no longer a possibility, sad that it is no longer a possibility. Strange how things embed themselves in our consciousness. Of all the material things to become attached to, an aging steel boat that is not even mine. I can only hope that the new owners know that they have purchased a piece of art, that they will be able to commit the resources to her maintenance that I was unwilling to commit.
Toads is history. I will forever wonder about that little boat and I will always have a weather eye out for her and wonder about her journey. The inevitability of the house being done in the next few weeks has me thinking about the next step. The boat hunt. I ponder left coast versus right coasts. Such possibility on both.
The left coast offers the inside passage to Alaska, the Aleutians, Hawaii, Japan and beyond. The right coast offers all the eastern seaboard has to offer this summer and fall, then the Bahamas and Northern Europe and Points North next summer and then the Mediterranean next winter. Returning to Croatia and Greece would be amazing. But then so would spending a winter in Alaska exploring the Prince William sound in late winter and early spring.
At times when I am sanding some random piece of wood or painting a run of trim, I find myself thinking about how much we didn’t know a year ago when we started the remodel of the house. I think about how much more we know now. Then I take that knowledge and think about moving our lives to a little boat and setting sail for ports unknown. What will we learn, what will we see and do? I can only imagine. The possibilities scare and exhilarate me all at the same time.
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