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Old 05-11-2016, 04:09 PM   #21
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As a child, it was my safe place. It was like all the kids on television who have a cave or a secret clubhouse. It was my place to escape everything else. The one place in the world that just felt good.

I guess until this thread I didn't fully think about this. I always thought of myself in my working days, before meeting my wife, and it being my one and only fun activity, my escape. But just now this made me realize it was that long before my work days.

Thankfully, my wife instantly fell in love with it. I think anything I loved, she would have loved and does. It's like friends, where if your spouse has a friend, out of love for your spouse, they become your friend, even if otherwise they wouldn't have. However, boating took her back to one bright day in her childhood when she sneaked off to a church outing.

It became our escape together and our favorite recreation. Then when we saw we could retire, it was easy. We just knew we must be on the water and must have a boat. We started listing all the places we want to go by water. It's a lifetime ahead.

We love our home. However, we've talked about the people who live on the water but have no boat. Or those who only boat in the ICW. Maybe wanderlust, but we can't imagine not wanting to get out and see what's there. I laughed when I read her comment on locking and wanting to see what's on the other side. To me, every day is an adventure. We see something new in the world, even places we've been before. Wherever we are today, we're enjoying it, but also looking forward to where we'll be tomorrow or the next day. Adventure to some involves danger and risk or some great physical undertaking. It may lead them up a mountain or deep into a forest. To us, it's the next destination. People say, "I can't imagine there's anything to do there." There is always something. Always some history or something the local residents are proud of. Then to the next. Before today I'd never caught a Walleye. Before this week, I'd never been to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Tomorrow is a new day and we'll be living it fully, on the water, the incredible water of the world that can take you to millions of different places. I'd have never had the nerve of Columbus to discover new lands, even if someone else beat him there. But I do discover them now.

It was my safe place. Now it's just a very happy place and still safe.
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:16 PM   #22
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One of those postcard perfect days. Stopped for the afternoon in Buccaneer Bay off Thormanby Island on the way back from Desolation Sound. I really should take my sandals off more often.
My wife and I both grew up on boats so much of it is tradition for us. Its also a great way for us to really connect with our kids with them being removed from all of today's electronic distractions.
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:50 PM   #23
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My wife and I both grew up on boats so much of it is tradition for us. Its also a great way for us to really connect with our kids with them being removed from all of today's electronic distractions.
One thing I've noticed too is how when cruising we really get to know so much more about those we're with. When you're moving from point A to point B and it's 10 hours, you have a lot of time to talk in a relaxed atmosphere. You feel even closer to them than you already did.

Then sometimes it becomes very serious conversation. Mother's day certainly was. It's different for every person. One feeling a bit sad she's not with her mother on the day, another hating the holiday because it's always reminded her that she never had a real mother. She does think of her grandmother though.

I think people open up more in the boat atmosphere. You're more relaxed and you have time. I think a cruising boat would make the perfect counseling office. It's almost like what California Psychiatrists were trying to achieve with Ecstasy. Yes, it was a legal prescription drug at one time. It made people more comfortable communicating their feelings. Sometimes both patient and doctor took one. Well, I think a boat does that.
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Sanity says it all. I lived aboard for about 15 years. I always told people who asked what it was like, that going on board at night, you are tethered to that crazy world by a few strands of line and a power cord and can be severed from that in a matter of minutes. Just knowing that, you are a million miles from it all even on days when you don't leave the dock.
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It is kind of odd-when I head to downtown Seattle to a client's office, it is exactly the same every time-same I-5, same traffic, same scenery, same big freakin' mountain in the background. I am almost comatose on the short drive because of the sameness.

Yet, we get on the boat, set the same course we often do, see the same Olympic Mountains in the west, see the same skyline, see the same big freakin' mountain to the southeast, and every single time it is different. I am alert, perhaps even alive.

Can't explain why, don't know why, but on the water it is just different every single day.
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It is kind of odd-when I head to downtown Seattle to a client's office, it is exactly the same every time-same I-5, same traffic, same scenery, same big freakin' mountain in the background. I am almost comatose on the short drive because of the sameness.

Yet, we get on the boat, set the same course we often do, see the same Olympic Mountains in the west, see the same skyline, see the same big freakin' mountain to the southeast, and every single time it is different. I am alert, perhaps even alive.

Can't explain why, don't know why, but on the water it is just different every single day.
There are no two waves or group of waves exactly alike... ever! Fun/excitement/pleasure of boating is never exactly the same during each journey... and, that mix of thrills is always there...

Unlike hum drum effects of driving to a clients office, which simply is as it is...
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I do believe it is the escape factor. I surf. I golf. And I boat. It is all for the same reasons. When you are doing those things, nothing else matters. All of lifes's issues melt away. your entire world is on that 35 foot piece of fiberglass. It is very similar to why people do drugs...and it is why we are addicted. I don't mean to show it in a negative light but I do believe there is a parallel.
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I do believe it is the escape factor. I surf. I golf. And I boat. It is all for the same reasons. When you are doing those things, nothing else matters. All of lifes's issues melt away. your entire world is on that 35 foot piece of fiberglass. It is very similar to why people do drugs...and it is why we are addicted. I don't mean to show it in a negative light but I do believe there is a parallel.
Interestingly, golf does not do it for me. There is too much time to think plus it's such a frustrating sport. Now, you'd think all the time on a boat, you'd think of problems, but I don't. Basketball, Tennis, and Singing are my other escapes.
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Interestingly, golf does not do it for me.
From the side of a mountain my office window on mid level of our home looks out over an area famous golf course that is situated on other side of our valley floor. That's as close to it I usually get, except for some fine dinners at the Club House restaurant occasionally. With binoculars, tiz odd to watch ant sized people crawling up and down little knolls, in and out of sand traps, past water ponds, through trees and bush to reach a hole in the ground, surrounded by lush and finely manicured sod, that directly resembles a gopher's entrance/exit. Some of the people have caddies, some don't. Some pull their golf bags on wheels some hoist it onto their shoulders. Many ride singularly or in tandem on electric carts with golf bags in the rear. They play in the sweltering sun, windy days, light or heavy rains, freezing cold mornings... and, often they also play in really good weather conditions too. Depending on wind direction, off our top level's 50' x 10' deck we can hear muffled sounds of the club's announcer when tournaments are underway. All in all, from our helicopter-like view, the golfers remind me of ants. I do enjoy occasionally watching a colony of ants do their thing too. That's more relevant to existence and interesting to watch than watching golfers or than [God Forbid] wasting way too many life-days actually being a golfer. That's how I see it!

My only question about golf is why, why, why ??? would you like to day after day of your precious time on earth spend hours in nearly any weather condition chasing a tiny ball that you hit with a club to finally get it into a gopher hole???

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We started with a 19 ft run about 46 years ago to fish and water sports. We still have and use the run about. When the children left home we bought a 28 ft Reinell that we trailer, for week end and over night cruising. We decided we wanted a bigger boat for cruising with our children and grandchildren. Also my wife worked in Seattle, so the boat was a dock condo. My wife found the Eagle, 21 years ago. We became a live a board unknowing as we worked and stayed on the boat to much. We sold the house to down size but we like living on the boat 19 years ago. Now we are looking at how where we want to retire. Children and grand children continue staying with us and in a few years great grand children.
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What it was was golf.
It was back last June, I believe it was. We was a-goin t go see this beautiful area near the beach in St. Marteen.
And we got thar about lunchtime on Wednesday.
And different ones of us thought we ought to get us a mouthful to eat before
that we went out walkin around the field.
And so, we went in this nice little place and ate and then got on to this funny little car and followed people down this path to where there was a spot of ground set up sort of flat.
And we come up on a big sign, says Tee and had a number 1 and said 440 yds and had sort of this little map on it.
And this girlfriend wat led us out here took a big stick with a mallet and put this little ball on a short stick and hit that little funny ball.
It weren't no normal ball but it had more little dimples and you ever see.
Well friends, they commenced to hitting and they wasnt so much
I could do except to move with em.
Lord knows I felt sure they was gonna lose them little balls but they carried spares.
It was beautiful looking out on the sea but I never figured out why they had these little beachy areas up on the land and not by the water and people swore everytime their little ball landed on one of the beaches.
Well, they also had little ponds right in the middle of where they was gonna play. First time one whopped that little ball into one of them little ponds I started takin my clothes off to go dive in and get it for them but they said no. No tellin how many of them little balls in them ponds.
Then finally they get to this little patch of really nice grass like a carpet sort of and in the middle of that there's what looks like a gopher hole. Well, I don't like no gophers so I didn't go close, but I seed them hit their ball in that hole intentionally and the reach down and pick it back up.
Now I thunk the whole thing was over then. I done took about 15 minutes but no no no no no
They done this 17 more times. Boy I bet the farmer wat owned this land was upset wat they done to it.
And hot, mother of pearl was it hot. Only time you could get cool was to jump in that funny little car and go. They got upset when I just drove it as fast as it would go across the pasture, said you had to drive it on these silly little roads.
I ain't figured out yet all about them sticks and balls and beaches in the way and ponds and then putting the ball in the hole. Best I could tell this was like some penance you had to do so when it was all over you could go into this bar and have a drink.
I tried to take a whack at one of them little balls once. They said keep your left arm stiff and swing that stick but damn that hurt my boobs.
It took nearly 4 hours of hitting them balls around like that to get to where the bar was which was right where you started with lunch. Like goin around in circles. They was shortcuts all over and apparently some rules you couldn't take them.
And why after every hole they put them little balls in these contraptions and get them wet and wipe them off. Why wash them if you just going to whack them back on the ground again.
And whoa betsy they had all these different sticks. Some purty ones with wood mallets and some metal ones and then these little things they said was putters. Sometimes they'd take one stick out of the stick bag and then decide it weren't the right one and I don't know how they decided that.
Then I heard someone say birdie and I thought they done hit one in the air but found out it weren't. Seemed like they was also pars but I don't know what them is and something they acted like was real bad called a bogey. I guess it's like the bogeyman who scares little children.
And why they play this silly game that gets them all riled up all the time. Sometimes that little ball apparently didn't go where they wanted and they cursed like sailors. All this over a little dimply ball they done whacked with a stick.
Most of them didn't look like they was rightly having fun. They never answered when I asked what they did bad to get punished like this. Back at the bar place they also had like communal showers and such and got cleaned up and then got drunk. Now I don't normally approve of getting drunk but after hitting this silly little ball around the pasture for 4 hours I don't say that I blame them.
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