Once again Christmas has arrived. For me, that makes 67. This last year has been very enjoyable. We spent some good time sailing. Included in that was a wonderful trip to the Pacific Northwest, where we chartered a Nauticat 44 to sail the San Juan Islands. It's a magical place and an area which will get our attention again in the future.
We have also done a good amount of 'land sailing'. We have ridden the Blue Ridge/Shenandoah Parkways up to Washington DC, have 'navigated the coast road from Neah Bay (Northwest of Seattle) to San Francisco, have visited Memphis, Minnesota, Kentucky, the Carolinas, Georgia (I love Savannah and Charleston) and spent some time in Florida from The Keys, through the south and east coast...and across to the west coast to see Tampa and St Petersburg. The motivation for that trip was the St Pete's boatshow where we were very impressed by the new (and surprisingly inexpensive) Catalina 38. How I long for a relatively low maintenance boat!
This year we hope to sail in the South Pacific, we also want to hit Japan and get back to Oz for a downunder tour.
It seems I have never been so busy since I retired. But, it's good busy.
Another hope for the coming year is that somehow, we will be able to stimulate more interest in the once great Crusier Log.
Meanwhile, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and, if Christmas isn't your thing, I hope your year's end is wonderful and filled with good cheer. Further, I hope the new Year is one chocked with prosperity, happiness and good times on the water.
The following pics are #1 Sailing in the San Juans. 2# Mt Baker with an approaching jolly little fog bank. #3 Nauticat 44. #4 A visit to the Boeing museum in Seattle. #5 Happy sailors in the snow.
"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!