Last blog - thanks!
05 August 2011 | Oak Harbor, WA
I think this may be our last blog. (Sniff...sniff!!) Maybe not -- you never know. But our land-based activities aren't nearly as exciting, and the need to blog seems to be diminishing. (If you think otherwise, let me know.) But for now the plan is to close down this blog site in about a month (to give time for everyone to realize what is going on), and switch to our Facebook site.
Yes, it is true. We reopened a Facebook page. I resisted Facebook -- mostly because all the notifications were so intrusive. But Will showed me how I can turn those off. Plus I heard that Facebook is really important to budding business such as ours. So if you are on Facebook, and want to check out the biz, you can do so. We signed up under the name 'Northwest Charters'.
The first charter is next Tuesday and we'll micro-blog from the boat onto the page. I have gone from not even having a telephone to now having a smartphone and iPad 2. So we are fully plugged in, baby, and ready to rock your world!! :-)
I wanted to start this blog out (and failed) by THANKING EVERYONE who contributed to this site. Even if you read it but didn't comment, thank you! That was contribution enough. What kept me/us going with posting these blogs was knowing you were reading them. Thank you very much. It was very inspirational all of the time, knowing people cared about us and were sharing in the highs and lows of our adventure.
I miss the cruising lifestyle very much. Yes, it was difficult. Things broke allll the time. Bad weather. A host of other issues. But those bad memories fade fast and all I am left with from our trip is memories of fantastic sunrise/sunset vistas, 24/7 with my family, incredibly awesome cruisers (and non-cruisers), historic wonderment, flora and fauna beyond belief, and God-made natural works beyond compare.
So the current plan (subject to change on a weekly basis!) is to work the next 5 years or so, get Will into college (if he wants - he'll be a freshman in high school this year! Yikes!!)), and set sail again -- this time for the S. Pacific and SE Asia. The cruising is so free. No pat searches or wand scans when you enter a country by boat. Having a 30-mile view out your "office" window every day, all day expands and stretches the mind. And, of course, moving your home around this big ball all speak to a freedom lifestyle I find increasingly choked out here in America.
Without going political on you, I am becoming increasingly intolerant and frustrated by all of the government regulation and intervention. I just want to live and not hurt anyone, without the government telling me everything I can and cannot do.
For now we will survive and keep the spirit alive within us. I look forward to staying in touch with the many friends we made "out there", as well as the ones closer to home. We have such love in our hearts for each and everyone of you/them! God bless.
Or as a sign at a church nearby says "Love God...grow together!"