If anyone is still following this I thought I would talk a bit about why I keep doing this cruising stuff. It's been a couple of weeks since I picked up the old mooring and I have been able to reflect a bit as I reenter the land based life once again.
It has been interesting to run into folks around the neighborhood who for the most part have no idea what cruising is about, what it is like, and why anybody in their right mind would do it. And they typically have their own problems to deal with and aren't really interested in learning more. That's OK. I feel a quiet satisfaction in knowing that I successfully completed my sixth trip to the Bahamas on the White Seal and made it back in one piece. There are a lot of things that can go wrong on a trip like that. I am very grateful. The real boosters and enthusiasts out there are those who have done this sort of thing. You know who you are! I will look forward to seeing you around the water this summer.
Back to the question I posed. I don't really have a clear answer. It boils down to the fact that there isn't much more satisfying than making a long trip in a small boat. There are a lot of folks out there that share a similar dream but never seem to make it happen, as seen in the thousands of well found boats secured more or less permanently in marinas everywhere. I am very thankful that I have been able to make these voyages, as well as voyages on other boats. I have always had a bit of the wanderlust in me and a real need to travel.
Thanks to everyone who followed along and may you all have fair winds as you pursue your own adventures!
With gratitude, Charlie