Tim Morris, Torquay, Devon GBR asks:
Hello both, I hope I'm not putting cats among pigeons. For me,
I want to know about the whys, whats and wherefores about the journey,
the seas, the problems, the conditions, the hiccups, the trials and
tribulations. As for the joys of the scenery, the restaurants, the
flowers, etc., lovely, but I can read about it in someone's travel guide.
Tell us about the nitty gritty please. But whatever, keep telling,
as it is our dreams. Take Care.
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Tim, stories of bashing through head seas are exciting for a reader however
as a cruiser it is a thing we do from time to time but it is not the focus
of what we do. It is something we ENDURE because those seas are in the way
of our destination. When you are a long distance cruiser you lead a simple
life. We are not fed a continuous diet of bad news via television, we do
not watch extreme sports or ten thousand kills per hour in the movies or
video games. What we do is enjoy ourselves with simple pleasures of
scenery, restaurants, flowers and others cruisers' company. Today we passed
Kiwi friends sailing east. We yupped it up as long as we had VHF radio
reception. Tonight we were with British friends sharing stories and a
little vino. When we pulled into the anchorage they came over to take our
stern lines ashore. A simple thing but much appreciated after the last week
of high winds. What we do is not stimulating for a person still working who
needs stimulation. There are 22 waterfalls in front of our anchorage. Snow
on the mountain beyond. We caught our first crab this morning in our trap.
Perhaps more tomorrow. This makes us happy. This is all we wish
for...happiness. It doesn't get any better. We hope you make it out here.
If you do, you'll see what we mean.