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05/24/2010, Still on Land

So here we sit. Cheryl and I are writing his and her blogs for the emotions that we are feeling at the moment. We are at the cusp of changing our lifestyle so dramatically it is hard to comprehend.

10 years ago it was a fantasy/dream to take off and become a cruising couple. 4 years later it became a goal and we could see it just never imagined it at the end. With this goal there were ton of objectives that needed to be met for the goal to come to fruition. Each year we met those objectives one by one, we have achieved them all.

Wow - - we are good. Now we sit, amazed at our accomplishment but unable to fully appreciate the achievement. It is a romantic concept at its onset yet feels different once you have met it.

Walk A-bout is still on the hard, getting one last coat of bottom paint before touching the water once again. A week away the new beginning actually starts --- Time to think of the next fantasy/dream - this one will be to enjoy each new sunrise/sunset as we have anticipated in our minds for the past ten years.

Stop thinking and just do it!!
05/24/2010, Still on land

I have spent the majority of my 40 working years in corporate America. Tomorrow I will give my notice. Lots of mixed emotions.

On the one hand: I will quote Martin Luther King, Jr. "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, free at last!" That pretty much sums up my feelings about leaving corporate America - I feel like a freed slave.

Now on the other hand: Oh my God - what am I thinking? America has an unemployment rate of 10% and I am voluntarily quitting! I can't say I'm retiring since 1. I'm not old enough to collect Social Security and 2. I may have to go back to work once our cruising life is over.

Bill and I both agree that at this point we should be bouncing off the walls, being so excited that we are going to live our dream in a few short months. I think reality is just now starting to set in and fears are starting to come out.

Even with the fears, the what ifs - from medical issues, family concerns, and on and on I can't imagine not at least trying to live our dream.

06/09/2010 | sharron
i am very proud of my little sister, ha ha you and bill are very brave or crazy. i know i will worry about you, but i think you are doing the right thing, my love to you both. sharron
Playing with YouTube
05/23/2010, Still on Land

Bill has been playing with our old pics of our maiden voyage on Walk A-Bout, Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin to Silver Bay Minnesota in 2004 - Lake Michigan to Lake Huron, through the Sault Ste Marie Locks and across Lake Superior.

Here is the link

05/26/2010 | Ai Ling
Cool video, Bill. Adventure is about to begin!
05/17/2010, Still on land

Bill's last day at work was last Thursday. I have a last doctors appointment Monday, assuming I get a clean bill of health I will give my official notice the following day. So, hopefully my last day will be June 8th.

Bill and I went through our list of all that we need to get done in the next 60 days and all of a sudden it doesn't seem long enough! I am flying out to California on June 25th to visit with my Mom then fly back here to Minnesota on June 29th along with my sister, Sharron, who will be visiting from Australia. Sharron will spend 3 weeks with us before flying back. We hope to spend the week of July 4th in the Apostle islands.

My task prior to flying out to California is to go through all my clothes and take 98% to Goodwill. Boy, will it be nice to get rid of all my business suits, high heels, etc. I'm still trying to figure out how to go from a big 6 drawer dresser and a double closet down to 2 very small shelves and ½ a hanging locker for all my clothes!!! This might be the most difficult part of living aboard of anything else I can think of.

Next step will be to try and sell a few pieces of the remaining furniture we have left and the minivan. We already greatly downsized our personal belongings and furniture about 2 1/2 half ago when we sold the townhouse. We will be getting a very small storage unit for a few of the things we just can't let go of.

Our last day at the apartment will be July 31st when we will move aboard Walk A-Bout.

Adjusting the Sails,

Boat is still on the hard in Madeline Island but for the past several months I have been "adjusting the sails "in a different body of water. Its funny how you end up where ya want to be --- just frustrated you got there how ya did. Confused?

The name "Walk A-Bout"
05/14/2010, Still on land

We have had several people ask us about the name of our boat "Walk A-Bout". Most people would spell it "walkabout" but, of course, we had to be different. We were visiting my family in Australia and went up to Queensland to dive the Great Barrier Reef and do some touristy stuff. We went up to the mountains to a town called Kurunda. We met a native Australian (aborigine) named Boonja and purchased a boomerang from him. We asked him if he could write the word "walkabout" on the boomerang. He did and how he spelled it was "Walk A-Bout". So, we assume that is the real spelling of the word.

Here in Minnesota we laugh every time someone thinks it is a Canadian pronunciation "walk a-boot".

I have a cousin who lived for a while in New Guinea. Her "house boy" would suddenly strip off all his clothes and go "walkabout". She never knew how long he would be gone or if he would return. He would just show up several days or weeks later and put his clothes back on and go back to work as if he never left.

Most dictionaries define the word as:
Australian. A temporary return to traditional Aboriginal life, taken especially between periods of work or residence in modern society and usually involving a period of travel through the bush.

So, instead of travel through the bush we will travel on water........we may or may not return to work. We may or may not wear clothes, depending on where we are!!

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