Originally Posted by Etienne Botes
I was wondering about you Captain
Dave, didn't see any updates on your excellent blog.
I hope all works out that you will be out on Exit Only again. Your really excellent blog is a huge inspiration, your writing style a rare talent.
My very best to you,
Thanks Etienne. I appreciate the encouragement. Exit Only will sail once again because we want to sail back to Australia
through the South Pacific
. I'm just not sure when it will happen.
My heart is not in a land-based existence, and I barely tolerate the over-regulated lifestyle found in "civilization". If I wasn't working with Native Americans in a multicultural, multilingual job, I think I would go crazy. I enjoy the time working on the Indian reservations at Fort Apache and down in the Grand Canyon at Havasupai when I am not in Phoenix. Flying up to the reservations in small aircraft sometimes is a real adventure as we dodge thunderstorms in the summer monsoon and snow storms in the winter at the higher elevations. Sometimes I have to call in translators to talk to my older Apache and Navaho patients. I suspect that this is the only job that I could have taken in America and been happy. I am lucky to have a job that I like while living in "civilization".
At this point, I dont have any plans. I only have things that I want to do before I get too old to enjoy them.
Living in "civilization" is like sailing to windward every day, and I am ready for a different point of sail.
I'm not complaining about my life. By any measure, including all the ups and downs, I have been blessed, and life is good. I am convinced that there is no limit to how good my life can become as long as I live my dreams. All I need to do is to select the dream and have the courage to make it happen. I can hardly wait to see what happens next.