Rigster wrote:The book 88H is referring to I believe is called " West by 180". Not sure of the authors name. There is another around the US called "Canibal Queen". I haven't read west by 180 and it has been years since I read Canibal queen. So not sure how much they would help other than great motivation
Enjoy the journey.
Cary wrote:A little over a dozen years ago, I wanted to take my little Sea Ray open boat out to the San Juan Islands "some day". Then I started reading more, and planning more, and made a bunch of mods to the boat, and all of a sudden in 2001, I was ready to go. I dragged the boat out to Port Orchard, WA, and from there went up through the Puget Sound to Anacortes, across to the Gulf Islands and Nanaimo, then across Georgia Strait and up the Sunshine Coast to Desolation Sound, then over to Campbell River and north from there, touring and camping all along the way, just me and my Golden Retriever Maggie. After 24 days and nights and over a thousand miles, Dog and I returned to Port Orchard, and I was ready to return home--but with absolutely no regrets for having done it. You can read about it in my book, The Ultimate Small Boat Adventure, still available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc., only $15.95.
Just before I left, one of my friends at church made this comment: "I'm really glad you're doing this, Cary". I asked why. "Because you're not getting any younger!"
Could I still do it, at age 68? Sure. But it was easier physically 11 years ago. Now I'm seriously contemplating a trip up the Alaska Highway in my airplane, and that just may happen, if not this year, then next. But there will come a time in all of our lives when we run out of the physical ability to do things.
If you get my book, you'll see this quote from Mark Twain, which says it all:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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