There is nothing simple or easy about it..
So much of the time, we forget the sail changes at 3am because we dont want to remember the feelings we had at the time..
So, on our last trip our, I kept a log of the GOOD, the BAD, and of course the UGLY to remind me of not only what I went thru but what i put my wife thru..
Here are a couple random pages from the writtings.......
Getting up this morning, my right hip really hurts and I have this purple bruse on my right leg that I dont know where it came from. need to get moving, its laundry
day and have to bags into the dink and make the walk downtown..
cruising from port to port keeps you from owning a car, so much of your time is spent walking, giving you the time to "Slow Down" to smell the roses..
cruising keeps you from owning a car so much of your travel is done by walking, developed a blister on my left foot on the top from my Crocks and a sore spot on my right foot, and damn, my hip still hurts..
Pulling out of Santa Barbara this morning for a lite sail down the coast to the channel islands, should be peaceful..
leaving Santa Barbara the price
of slips is going up to over $1.50 a foot for the night, need to find a slip for a couple days to work on the boat, no sight seeing,
(ITS NOT A MATTER OF WHAT MIGHT BREAK, EVERYTHING BREAKS, ITS JUST A MATTER OF WHEN) and if you just put a bandaid on it, you soon have bandaid on everything ....
finding an anchorage, and at no charge, finally resting for the night, just laying her in the birth next to the wife and looking out the hatch
at the stars above..
here at anchorage, finally able to relax, laying next to my wife in the berth, and I hear the bilge pump
kick on, and thats ok, but 3 to 4 minutes later, I hear it again..
and damn, got to get up and find out whats wrong.......
and the anchorage is so peacefull, quite, relaxing............
and the cove, its littered with mooring
balls that they are charging
$50 bucks a night to use, so we anchor
outside the mooring
field, (IN 100 FEET OF WATER) and letting out that 400 feet of chain has worn a hole in my glove and is scraping the skin.. (The next morning the wife asks what all the blood is doing all over the front of the boat)
Everyone talks about the good times while cruising but seldom covers the day to day termoils it takes to keep a boat on its feet..
Setting at the dock
or doing weekend jaunts is one thing but day in and day out is another..
The good part of cruising is that NORMALLY, more good happens than bad and for some reason, we weigh out the bad and only see the good..
Dont let it fool you, cruising is about 10% dreaming and 90% work....