Journey Aboard Interlude

14 May 2014
02 May 2014
20 April 2014
09 June 2013 | Kekova Roads
25 May 2013 | Ece Saray Marina, Fethiye
18 May 2013 | Kas
17 May 2013 | Kalkan Harbor
13 May 2013 | Tomb Bay, Skopea Limani
05 May 2013 | Ekincik Koyu
29 April 2013 | Marti Marina, Gulf of Hisaronu
25 April 2013 | Kuraca Bucu
23 April 2013
19 April 2013 | Bodrum, Turkey
08 November 2012 | Paris, France
27 October 2012 | Turgutreis Marina
24 October 2012 | Gumusluk
13 October 2012
11 October 2012
10 October 2012 | Amazon Creek (Ku├žuk Gunluk Koyu)

The dreams that you dare to dream...

09 June 2013 | Kekova Roads
Dan 30 degrees C, 1008 mb, 20-25 kts wind at anchor
It was nearly 13 years ago that I first began to dream of sailing to faraway lands with Chris & Tyler. Sell the house, the cars and the business, ditch the suits and ties in the nearest Salvation Army dumpster, buy a sailboat and head out for a few years to see the world. I figured we could homeschool Tyler and that he'd learn infinitely more from the experience than he would in elementary school or junior high.

Although the details and the timing evolved considerably in the years since then, the basic dream stayed alive. Things began to fall in place in mid-2009 when I sold the business and retired 18 months later after a fulfilling but exhausting 20 year run. Buying a boat in Croatia was never part of the plan, but I was captivated by the Discovery 55 and there were only a few quality used ones for sale at that time. It didn't take long before we learned that Croatia was an outstanding cruising ground so why NOT start our journey there?? Besides, the Greek Islands weren't very far away and beyond that we'd have access to the entire Mediterranean Sea! Sign me up... adventures ahead! Thankfully, Christine and Tyler were willing to partake in what was at first primarily my "thing".

With that brief retrospective, it is probably easy to understand how difficult it was to see Tyler fly home recently to begin his summer job as a YMCA camp counselor. Since his collegiate life begins this Fall, this departure signifies the end of a long-held dream, much of which we've been blessed to have realized. We haven't crossed any oceans yet, but we did sail in places Homer wrote about centuries ago. We've visited Athens, Istanbul and Rome and seen ancient cities like Delphi, Corinth, Ephesus, Knidos, Caunos and Halicarnassos (modern day Bodrum). We've become more familiar with Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations and been introduced to more ancient people like the Carians and Lycians. More importantly, we've had the unique opportunity to live in close quarters together in an environment which requires teamwork, patience, communication and resourcefulness. And we have genuinely enjoyed being together despite sharing less than 275sf of living space nearly 24x7. Who would have thought???

Christine and I return home next week to enjoy the summer months in MN/WI with plans to return to Interlude after Tyler is settled at St. Olaf College this Fall. Beyond that, nothing is certain. We may hang out in Turkey for a few more months (there is still SO much more to explore here) or we may try to get as far West as Malta for the winter. I'm hoping for a burst of inspiration to help chart the course and crystalize the vision for this next chapter. Will Interlude cross the Atlantic to explore Caribbean waters for a while? And might she someday experience landfall in the South Pacific? Whatever lies ahead, it will be hard to top the experiences and memories from these past three summers. As I reflect on these, I'm reminded of the first few lines from one of my favorite tunes:

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

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Vessel Name: Interlude
Vessel Make/Model: Discovery 55
Hailing Port: Annapolis, MD
Crew: Dan, Christine & Tyler Rice
About:
After 11 years of sailing primarily in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, our family is about to begin a much anticipated sailing adventure in the Mediterranean Sea and beyond! Dan has been preparing for and dreaming of this voyage for years; Tyler has deferred his admission to St. [...]
Extra:
Hope the way is long. May there be many summer mornings when, with what pleasure, with what joy, you shall enter first-seen harbors... Keep Ithaca always in your mind. Arriving there is what has been ordained for you. But do not hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts many [...]
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