As I sit in my beach chair looking out at the Matanzas River while writing this post, I’m thankful. Thankful for the many things that help me be here.
Because I wouldn’t be cruising if not for…
I Wouldn’t Be Cruising Except For…
My parents who taught me by example to be curious and willing to gain all kinds of hands-on skills. I wouldn’t have thought all those hours spent in the garden as a kid would help me as an adult cruiser. But I have a mean pair of bok choy growing on my counter.
Cornell Community Sailing where I had my first sailing lesson and access to increasingly larger boats.
Cruising writers who in blogs and books wrote about their experiences and fanned the flames of my desire to do something new and fun.
Pet-friendly sailboat charters where we were able to make sure Honey would tolerate sailing on a boat before taking the big plunge.
Chewy for being able to ship Honey’s high-quality food to a different address each time. In all our travels, I’ve only found a good pet supply within walking distance of one marina or anchorage.
The internet for connection with friends and the ability to quickly research tides, weather, and anchorages. Yeah. I know Joshua Slocum sailed solo around the world in the 19th century. But I bet if he had been able to visit www.howtocircumnavigatewithoutdying.com, he would have.
My sister and brother-in-law who gave us a home base while we were boat searching and who continue to give us a place to receive mail, a registration address for voting, and storage space for everything we can’t fit on the boat.
Honey who started out as a timid girl afraid of a ramp and who has grown into an amazing boat dog.
Mike, my husband and first mate, who despite preferring a life filled with television, Coca Cola, and pizza has traded it all in for crowded quarters, seasickness, and never-ending boat repairs. Thanks, Sweetie.
Who And What Got You Where You Are
As I write this, it’s the first day of spring.
Nothings make me more grateful than sunshine and spring.
I hope you are celebrating spring (or fall for my friends in the southern hemisphere) with gratitude in your heart.
Maybe it’s a good day for you to think about what you love about your life—good friends, a nurturing home, loving family, and, of course, the animals who share your life and give you joy.
How would you fill in the blanks, “I wouldn’t be _________ if not for…?”