Friday, March 25, 2011

Modern Cruising

Here is a great description of cruising from a 30 something couple on an around the world cruise on their honeymoon.

There is truly nothing more magnificent that catching the wind in your sails, kicking your feet up and sailing off to a new horizon, a new place, a new adventure…

Traveling by sailboat is different than any other form of travel I have experienced. First of all, you are traveling in your home. Anything you need is there, usually within an arms reach.

Secondly, you are almost entirely self sufficient. We make our own energy with our solar panels and make our own water from the sea. We use so little energy and know so specifically what we need and when. It’s amazing to be able to measure your own carbon footprint. In addition, you have to work to get where you want to go – really work. You must trim sails, crank winches and steer your ship through waters calm and rough. The reward of finally getting to a destination by catching wind is truly something to relish. Finally, the world opens up to you in a such a way that it never did before. You become in tune with the rhythm of nature – the ebbing of tides, the clocking of winds, the direction of waves. Mother Nature is number one out here and to be surrounded by her, with her, know her and depend on her is a truly beautiful gift to experience.

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun, I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Visit their blog here.

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