"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

January 15, 2018

What is Traveling

“To travel is to release all the fears and doubts you pointlessly carry around with you.” —Kiana Azizian
Traveling is life. It’s experiencing the world to it’s fullest and putting yourself in new situations you’ve never dreamed of before. To travel is to breathe in the air of unimaginable places, taking in all the beauty the world has to offer. 
Traveling is unpredictable. It’s ending up in places you’ve never expected and meeting people you’ve never dream of knowing. It’s conquering your fears…trying new things. It’s limitless…infinite. Traveling is realizing the true size of this earth. It'll shrink the importance of your problems and will help you realize how insignificant your troubles truly are.  
Traveling equals freedom. Doing whatever you want entirely for yourself. It’s being disconnected from the world and completely present in the moment. It’s learning to appreciate the present, while forgiving the past and forgetting about the future. Traveling will destroy the person you use to be and help create the person you were meant to become. It’s letting go of your past and moving on.  
Traveling is like a drug, forming an addiction that controls your entire being. It'll rob you of your past life and control your future one. You'll become high off of life; causing you to crave that state of mind once you’re back at home.
Traveling is wanting to runaway…to explore new places. To travel is to wander aimlessly. It’s spontaneous trips to unforeseen destinations. It’s never being able to look at the world the same and believing everything and anything is possible. It’s taking life for everything it has to offer…breathtaking moments and unforgettable memories. It’s meeting unforgettable people who will forever change your life. It’s countless hellos and heartbreaking goodbyes.
Traveling is anything you want it to be. You create your own rules, because traveling has no rules. No time limits. No expiration dates. No commitments. It’s the act of embracing change and letting go of expectations. It’s accepting things for what they actually are…it’s chasing dreams. To travel is to live.
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January 5, 2018

Baby It's Cold Outside

Allan H. Treman State Marine Park

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” —Henry David Thoreau

Ithaca New York is a wonderful place to be in the summer...even spring and fall, but I'm glad we aren't there right now. Here are some pictures of The Pearl's summer home. It looks a little different today than it did the day we left the marina in September. I'm looking forward to it looking green again. Thanks Jean for posting these pictures.

Looking out at Cayuga Lake from the inlet to the marina.
This is the same place last September
A cold lonely marina
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January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

"I've come to know that what we want in life is the greatest indication of who we really are." —Richard Paul Evans
Another year has come and gone...and I can truly say I’m glad to bid farewell to 2017. As the stressful memories of the past twelve months slip away, our blessing and good fortune from the year become easier to see. We have so many things to be thankful for in our lives and we look forward to the new adventures that await us in 2018. Happy New Year to everyone. I hope it brings happiness, health and prosperity to all of you. 

December 31, 2017

Looking Back at 2017

“I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” – Oliver Wendell Holmses

January and February was spent emptying the family home I grew up in and visiting with friends and family.
In March we sold my Dad's house and had more fun with family and friends before we headed back to The Pearl
We worked on boat projects in April and made a little time to catch up with a few cruising friends.
In May we traveled up the east coast to New York, then up the Hudson River and the Erie Canal to Itaca.
We spent the month of June hiking, exploring waterfalls and spending time with our PA family.
In July we continued our exploring of the Finger Lakes...making new friends and visiting with old ones.
August began with more hikes, wine tasting and a trip to Sarasota Springs to watch the horses run....
then an unwanted guest showed up at our home in Texas. Hurricane Harvey brought our summer fun to an end.
After squaring away things in Texas we returned to New York in September to put The Pearl away for the winter and take in a few more fun weekends with our PA family.
By November life was returning to normal...a little in Texas and we had fun with our playing with our grand kids.
December was filled with more time with family and friends...and an unexpected snow storm.
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December 29, 2017

2017 Travel Stats

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(expand the drop downs on the right side of the map for more information)
This blog post is best viewed on a computer.

Stan and I both keep logs of information about our travels. Mine are more about the places we've been and the places we've stayed, his are more technical. For information on where we've docked and anchored please refer to my Travel Logs. We didn't put a lot of miles under our keel this year, so the stat's haven't changed too much from last year. These totals are from the time we left home in 2011 till the end of 2017.

     161   Different anchorages
     107   Different marinas
     324   Different towns visited
       23   State & providences visited
        3    Countries visited
     223    Most miles traveled in one day
18,070   Total miles traveled

  2017 Travel Stats
     981 Miles traveled
     358 Gallons of diesel purchased
     131 Engine hours
         2 Generator hours
     167 Days on board
       15 Days of travel
         4 States visited
       23 New Towns visited
       25 Locks traversed
     149 Days at a marina
       12 Nights at a dock
         5 Nights at anchor
         0 Nights on a mooring ball
         0 Days on the hard (hauled out)