Our topic for the month of June...Gone with the Wind.
I understand that phrase well because I am a boater. My husband, Steve, and I will live aboard Intrepid, our sweet 42’ Kadey-Krogen, for the four summer months. Although she’s a big, salty boat, Intrepid is slow, traveling (full rpm’s) at 7.5 knots, or 8.5 mph. One diesel engine drives a single propeller for this 40,000 pound vessel. She can’t do anything fast; what’s more she has no stabilizers or brakes.
It's best, for the sake of Intrepid (and me) that winds 'be gone.'
When the wind is soft, light, even moderate, we're happy boaters. For example, three days ago, under gorgeous skies, with the current with us and a light wind, we made it from Anacortes, Washington, all the way to Newcastle (outside Nanaimo, BC) in less than ten hours. Yesterday, we cruised from Newcastle to Desolation Sound in about the same time, the breeze cooling us rather than razing us. Tomorrow, because of gale force wind, we're hanging back in the Broughtons, before we make our way around Cape Caution. Strong winds, current and tide, make for a dangerous cocktail against a slow boat with no stabilizers. Rock and roll? More like pitch and ralph.
For a day or two or three, we must be patient...and wait.
How good are you at taking it slow…at being patient...at waiting for winds to subside? What parts of your life most demand patience and how good are you at applying the skill?
To see how our cruise progresses, here is our blog site, followed by the SPOT GPS locating system we use to show friends and family our windless route to Alaska.
Intrepid Journeys - http://steveandrolynn.blogspot.com/
SPOT - http://tinyurl.com/3mhj7gz
Sidenote: LIE CATCHERS released worldwide April 4th, in all formats. I’m waiting for kind winds to bring it to lots of readers J Here are the Amazon and Wild Rose Press buy sites: