Originally Posted by ksanders
Thats where I'm really heading with this. I have a houseboat. I can take it anywhere.
What I need to do is get the great boat I own down south and get the wife to try cruising for a season. She promied she would give it a one season try. One trip down the coast from Alaska to southern California.
We'll see how that works out. But, for now when she has an idea of how to spend winters somewhere warmer I'll entertain her ideas with full gusto and see whare they lead us.
Well, on that trip you'll both learn a lot. Unfortunately the first part of it isn't generally in the best of conditions and even all the way to San Diego there are limited places to stop and see and enjoy. But there are some. I might try to impress upon her though that for future travel there are places where you don't have to go as far to see the next place of interest. To me that's where the east coast and even to an extent south of California have the advantages. In a 500 mile section of the East Coast there are typically 20-25 places worth stopping. We've cruised the East Coast heavily the past couple of years and still so many places yet to see plus others that we really want to get back to.
California's a bit of a different world. We loved it, but quiet relaxation it isn't. Small marinas off the beaten path, not. Great large marinas with thousands of boats. (Yes, to me, Marina Del Rey is one giant marina, even though it's actually 23. Look on an overhead shot and you can't even tell where one stops and the next starts, but there are 5,246 slips supposedly. I didn't count.) On the other hand, there is no other city like San Francisco and none like Los Angeles. They have a uniqueness that I could visit many many times and still have things I'd want to see or do. We spent three weeks in each and barely scratched the surface, but then we enjoy big cities I'm sure much more than you.
What does your wife enjoy when it comes to potential cruising? Would she enjoy the culture and cuisine of San Francisco or the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles?
As to lakes and houseboating, I grew up boating on a lake and we both loved lake boating. Lived on the lake, used our boat more than anyone we knew. But then we moved to the coast. Now if we went back to a lake, we'd feel so locked in. Tennessee River would be fine where you can go from lake to lake.
I hope together you are able to find something that can bring you both a great deal of pleasure.