Today our friend and house-checker Pam Frisch (boats: Kieran & Quinn), along with friend Dennis Sick, chauffeured us back to Brewerton to get our car – after a yummy lunch stop at ‘Tin Pan Galley’ in Sackets Harbor.
IT TRULY WAS AN ADVENTURE!!! Not being an adventurer or risk-taker, I was a bit apprehensive…but a bit intrigued. Now I can’t tell you how glad I am we did it. Ted worked incredibly hard to make a home for us wherever we docked and no one could have asked for more. Since “Simple Pleasures sleeps 2, eats 4, drinks 6”, I was the only crew. I’ll bet Ted was really nervous at the beginning….but I learned a lot.
Thank you to all who made the drive to visit us or allowed us to visit – that was the best! We never anticipated so many people’s support and enthusiasm and are still overwhelmed with your generous offers to get groceries, do errands, loan cars etc. We loved your emails, calls and particularly the blog comments (which we will always have and enjoy when we print out the blog). We put a counter on the blog in March and as of today we were ‘hit’ over 30,000 times by 50 countries (never heard of many). Of course, as one friend put it….think of the name of the blog (Simple Pleasures and Beyond)….they may not have been expecting a boat saga (and can you imagine their disappointment when looking for the ‘good parts’)?
And thank you for overlooking my incorrect spellings and grammar. I cringe rereading some of my postings.
For me it was not just a big boat trip. It was the excitement of waking up in – or exploring – a different place . It was seeing family and friends we rarely see….and some we often see and wanted to see more. It was dedicated time with my best friend bonding over new experiences for 7 months. It was meeting new friends – cruisers and sailors – and that immediate bond generated when seeking information, routes, similar experiences and ‘boat burps’. We had a few calls over the VHF radio from boaters we didn’t know saying they overheard us talking and recommended marinas, boatyards, dangers or routes. For us, there was much less stress in cruising than ‘real life’. Ted put it correctly…it was a “lifestyle” change.
Here’s the amazing part: 2 people on a boat for 7 months and…we’re still married and no one pushed anyone overboard – not once (but not saying each of us didn’t have the thought once or twice) ! We met many boaters who cruise south annually…or live on their boats for years. We were just short-timers, cruising as far as our means allowed. We certainly look forward to more travels, just not as extensive. Many have asked our favorite place or port…we changed our minds so much that we honestly can say we don’t have one. Of all the waters we cruised, the St. Lawrence River is the BEST. Marinas…we saw the best and the not so best…from slabs of wood attached to a wall to glorious ‘Class A’ facilities that had it all. The down side of this trip is that we will not only miss the daily lifestyle (though we will spend the summer and early Fall living on the boat with occasional trips to Syracuse) but we will miss the communication with you. Please stay in touch. And thank you again for all your support…you made it even more fun and certainly treasured. We are blessed with very special family and friends.
This was Ted’s dream, not mine – but it should have been.
For those interested, final statistics are:
- Total Miles Covered: 4004.1
- Total Travel Time: 467 hours
- Total Weeks: 31
- Avg Speed: 8.6 knots
- Avg Fuel Burned: 1.2 miles/gal
- Total Travel Days: 77
With gratitude to all who followed or peeked in once in a while …..
Ted & Betty (aka Jack & Ginger)
“You’re off to Great Places!
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