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launching was bitter sweet, it ended the last week from hell in the boatyard but also reminded me how much I love being on the boat. It took less than 30 seconds in the water to confirm that I won’t be making any more sailing journeys with my fluffy friend. The new journey is slowly being put to action but the process will be as long as the summer days are warm.
I wish I could report that at least one thing went right on launch day but that would just be a lie. The tide was so low I half expected to run aground before I was floating, the rocks easily visible just inches under my keel. My new fuel system failed before it ever had a chance redeem the one it replaced and I ended up running on contaminated fuel from my onboard fuel tank. At least there was no stress, Captain Jake saved the day keeping Chloe from jumping over board and heading for the hills and steered us right into the dock as his father almost deep sixed it climbing out of the dingy to catch our lines. One almost cold beer and I passed out form mental exhaustion from a long day of waiting and waiting.
Living in the boatyard on a long dusty road with evening downpours left our little home a sandy, muddy, dank, musty mess but Sookie is clean and all homy again and now the the real work begins, once I finish a few projects on a friends boat.
We’ve sailed into an internet dead zone which matches my current state of my brain fictionality. It feels good to be off the grid again. My ukulele and journal pass the time between sunrise and sunset with lots of naps curled up in my super comfy bunk.
With the boat all tidyed we headed for the hills for a well earned doggie day. The lessons I learned from ultralight backpacking may soon be put to the test as we continue to lighten our load in our constant quest for simplicity.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”