We are underway and pushing north through glass-flat water between islands. The sun has cleared the tall, snowcapped Cascade Mountains to the east, only to illuminate its sister range to our southwest, the Olympics. Two geese fly by at water level to give a honk good morning as I sip fresh coffee from my favorite Tervis. Every so often my eyes dart from the depth sounder to the horizon, then down the companionway at my crew. I smile and take it all in.
Taking time to savor these serene cruising moments is important, and I don’t think I do it often enough. Maybe we all don’t. I can’t in good conscience call myself a workaholic, but at any given time I have multiple tasks from which to choose. And it can often seem like there is too much to get done: fixing things, writing, passage planning, editing, oh and helping care for a newborn. But, it is all for this, for the love a cruising and the people I cruise with that I put forth so much effort. So, while you undoubtedly have many responsibilities in life as well, remember to savor the little cruising moments when you can. Yes, I am happy to report that the cruising life is alive and well.
Enjoy this week’s edition.