The boat or the rest home OR
When I joined CF I had every intention of returning to cruising in my retirement. It would be so much easier now with all the modern electronic devices that aid navigation
such as GPS
. But in my younger years I had two passions that I didn't get enough time in, cruising and flying. Cruising seemed viable in later years as there isn't a requirement for passing a medical
exam as there is in flying but low and behold in 2006 the FAA introduced the new Sport pilot's license
and no medical
. Now I look at my lifelong collection of belongings that have sentimental value and instead of selling everything to sail, I can keep all and retire in an Arizona air park community with hangers at our homes. I will probably make myself available as crew for other's passages on their boats, but for my own exploring will trade
sailing for a STOL bush plane and remote
camping in pristine areas only accessible by plane. I had no idea that these type of outings had such a following but thanks to forums
on the Internet
have found many other like souls enjoying back country camping by plane.
Much is the same, the passage
, new areas, only difference is no salt
, and shorter time returning to home base (106 kt vs 6 kt).