Monday, January 25, 2016

When Life is Calling

SO many beautiful sunsets!
How we've been back in Michigan for a month now is beyond me. As you can imagine, we haven't had much worth writing about since coming back home that anybody would be even remotely interested in. So, if you were starting to get worried about our virtual silence I apologize...sorry!

We decided to take a month to 'do nothing' and although we may not have been doing anything of interest, we have been making plans. After a few deeply involved, and sometimes contemptuous, discussions we've decided to not return to the boat and to not continue with our cruise. I know this may be quite a shock to many of you, but those of you in our inner circle, or have ever heard Ron on one of his rants, may not be so surprised.

The truth is that that we knew cruising would only be short term for us and, for a multitude of reasons, we've decided to return to land a little sooner than planned and go after some business opportunities that have come our way. I can't explain it, it was just some gut instinct feelings that we both were feeling, and like our decision to quit our jobs and take off, we're jumping in with both feet...or four feet as it were ;)

However, in making this decision, my one requirement was that we absolutely will not sell the boat. We still love love love our little day and weekend sails on Lake Michigan and neither of us is done with sailing, and just thinking of our poor boat sitting on the hard in Florida being all lonely gets me feeling a bit Debbie Downer-y. We plan to have her shipped back to Michigan this spring because, like me, she's a Great Lakes girl at heart!
Wrightsville Beach, SC

I know what you must be thinking right about now: "What a bunch of idiots, they plotted and planned to do a 2 year cruise and made it 6 months!". Well, get in line. After beating myself up for a few days I realized that we did this trip for ourselves, nobody else and we have nothing to prove to anyone. And if there's any readers feeling disappointed, I apologize but this decision, like the one to go cruising, is a selfish one. And I'm okay with that, life's too short to live it according to what others want.

Do we regret it? Hell no! We've met the most amazing people, created lifelong friendships and have seen the Great Lakes and East Coast in a way that 99% of people don't get to experience. Nope, we'll never forget those peaceful, serene nights at anchor in the North Channel, catching blue crabs in Annapolis, seeing bio-luminescence in Titusville, having dolphins jumping next to the boat all the way down the coast or any of the other million and one memories that will stick with us for the rest of our lives.
Nothing like fresh seafood
Sigh.....Beaufort, SC
Cruiser's happy hour at the White Lion in St. Augustine,
we were definitely the cool table(s)!
Our own private tidal beach
So while the blog may slow down - you know, about like it has been lately - I will definitely be keeping up with our Facebook page on our continued sailing adventures, they're not over yet, not by a long shot!

14 comments:

  1. Hey Jackie! Never feel like you need to apologize to anyone for what is right for the two of you. You know that we miss you guys like crazy, but I hope you also know that we TOTALLY respect your right to decide what is best for you. No one but you and Ron can make that decision. The great thing is...you guys have already made the best decision possible...the decision to live your lives now! Most people just don't get how important that is until it's too late. Love you guys and can't wait to get together sometime this sumer!

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    1. Aw, Thanks Chris! We miss you guys TONS and can't wait to see you again...wherever that may be. I'm still trying to work it out to come see you somewhere along the way too!

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  2. Wow. That had to be a hard decision. Good for you! Keep on doing what makes you happy. Sorry we missed you, but I will keep on following along :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, even though we're not out there cruising anymore, I still look forward to following along as you go!

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  3. My heart was breaking a bit for you both when in an earlier post you were second-guessing whether this was the life for you. I SO understand. We were fortunate to learn early in our marriage, while sailing our Cheoy Lee 40 back to Newport RI from Bermuda, that blue water cruising was NOT for us. We discovered that we really didn't like saltwater that much, and we grieved for our summers cruising northern Lake Huron and Lake Superior. So we went back and we've never regretted it. And now that Ron has retired, we spend our winters cruising the SW Florida coast and that's fine (I prefer it to the east coast, for sure--it's not ALL high rises!). But it cannot compare to our summers cruising Canada's North Channel or the Georgian Bay. Our heart remains in our beloved sweet water seas.

    By the way, we can recommend a good boat hauler if you need one. We shipped our Gulfstar 36 from Charlotte Harbor to Muskegon last June. In fact, I think Hullabaloo was launching the day Thyme Hyssop & Wry arrived at Torresens!

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    1. Haha, that sounds like us, we have absolutely NO desire to do any blue water cruising, I tend to start loosing my mind a little more every day if I'm stuck on the boat more than a couple days...and don't even get me started on (my) Ron! I don't mind the salt water myself, but it sure is hard to see the boat go from pristine to rust everywhere after just a week in the salt. And oh how I miss those same anchorages in Northern MI and the North Channel too, can't wait to get back there!

      And yes, we would be VERY interested in hearing about what hauler you used (and an approximate cost if you don't mind).

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  4. While I don't know the details, it sounds like you made a mature, well-thought out decision!

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    1. I'm sure we can discuss the details this summer when we see you out in Muskegon!

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  5. Are you kidding me?
    What you guys have done is amazing. If anyone feels you have somehow given up, or failed, the problem is theirs, not yours. What a wonderful trip and set of life experiences. You have done things that very few would have the guts to do. Your adventure has been awesome, and it really has just begun. We change interests, passions, hobbies and pastimes all the time. Your commitment is amazing; you have given more than a year of your lives to this endeavor. You guys did this because you wanted to; how cool is that. OMG, to have that kind of tenacity, great job!

    Just think about this; One of the best ways to land just about any job is to be qualified and then to stand out from the crowd. Well, both of you have one of the coolest things you could ever put on a resume! “We sold or gave away everything, fixed up our sailboat and sailed away for 6 months.” If I were an employer, I would hold that kind of commitment and guts in pretty high esteem.

    If there are any sad feelings, it should be from us, your readers, missing the blog posts so we can live vicariously through you two. Well done you guys! Good luck with your next adventures. Looking forward to some great lakes sailing updates. Maybe we will get a chance to run into you guys sometime. I would like that.

    Scott and Sheri

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    1. Wow, thanks for the kind words Scott! If we're ever in the same area we would certainly love to meet up with you guys and in the meantime I'll be sure to keep our Great Lakes adventures coming :)

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  6. Jackie and Ron,

    Sorry to hear that you guys ended the cruise, but sounds like it was the right decision for you. Also glad to hear you'll be continuing to sail on the Great Lakes. I know you made a couple posts on the negative side of the lifestyle, but have you thought of posting some more detail on the challenges of why you guys decided to pull the plug? As a long time blog reader and someone who occasionally thinks of chucking it all and going sailing, more info on the realities of cruising would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and hope to see you sometime sailing on Lake Erie.

    --Lake Erie sailor

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    1. Hey there, that's a good idea! I had a good idea that we weren't going back once we left, it just took a while to get it in writing! I'll work on that :)

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  7. I agree: You have to live your life the way your life demands to be lived. No sense carrying on with something you don't enjoy. And, hey, there's absolutely nothing wrong with beautiful summers spent cruising the Great Lakes! Sean and Julia, another blogging/YouTubing sailing couple are heading out of the Great Lakes for distant shores. As attractive as those exotic ports may be, I had to ask them: "Why?" There are years worth of good cruising here.
    All the best to you guys! Perhaps our paths will cross somewhere out on the lake.

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