Morro Bay Living
08 February 2013 | The Good Life of Living Aboard
Posted by: Live Aboard Cruiser Hobo Rich
I know it's been some time since my last blog post but I have a good excuse, I was at the Seattle Boat Show selling water maker and alternators. One side of me dislikes the boat shows while the other side loves them. I hate the travel, headache, long hours and being away from home. But I love meeting and talking to cruisers getting ready to start their adventure and of course sealing a record January sales number and getting February off to another record start. When you are away from home two things can happen. One - you like where you are better and don't want to return or two - you can see just how good you have it by missing it. My two weeks in Seattle with almost constant rain put our Port San Luis and Morro Bay living into clear view....I love it.
Of course part of me misses the warm weather of Mexico, the cheap tacos of Mexico and the slower paced life. But when I talk to other boat show carnies it's pretty clear how good our lives are. With the purchase of a Morro Bay mooring, we will not have a summer home in Port San Luis and a winter home in Morro Bay.
A common question I was asked was what it was like being back in the States? The truth is that we have been back now long enough to only know it's more expensive and have a memory of our old ife. Life, work, the kids school schedule...they all suck you back in so fast that before you know it "normal" goes from living on a boat in Mexico to living aboard in Morro Bay of Port San Luis and sending the kids off to school at 7AM and having them come back at 4PM. We felt "normal' down in Mexico and we feel "normal" now. The thing we enjoy about living aboard is the separation it gives us from what we still call "chaos". We drive into it, become part of it, blend in with it, but at the end of the day we look at it from the safety of the cockpit feeling like we have escaped it and are safe from it for the night. Our view of society and our culture was never that flattering and we enjoy living on the edges of it knowing that we are using it like fire at a campsite. It keeps us warm, is a means to an end, but we also know it can burn you if you don't keep it contained.