Well, tomorrow is the one month mark on our great adventure. We left August 6th and here we are, our tiny plastic Canadian made sailboat out in the blue water where she was never meant to be; where we were never meant to be.
The hardships are real. It’s not like “they got my coffee wrong this morning” real. It’s more like “the tide’s against us and a hurricane is rushing up to swallow our home and kill us” real.
Life out here is different. The problems are different. The relationship is different. Every decision is life or death. Every plan is thought out and re-thought out. As it stands, we’re headed up the Atlantic Ocean with weather reports of a hurricane on the way.
So, things we hate about this life….
Missing you all. For sure the hardest part is missing people.
What do we love?
Well, pretty much everything else. Our friend Jay asked me the other day “What’s the best part??” It actually took me a few minutes to figure out what to say, and honestly, it’s the waiting.
When arriving anywhere in a sailboat, you can typically see the destination some 20 miles out. Then, at 6 knots or about 8mph, you approach the destination very slowly. You have time to admire it from afar. You have time to appreciate the view. And most importantly, you have time to respect the journey. The miles you put in to actually get to the place you’ve been staring at for six hours.
Instant gratification is gone. You literally have to see what you want, and then wait for it for hour after slow hour. When you do finally get there, it is so much better than arriving by plane or car. There is no jump straight to the good part. It’s just hour after hour of work and waiting and then finally, you arrive, under sail, at six knots.
The most freeing feeling I’ve ever had in my life is the feeling of the journey. Taking your time to get to where you want to be. Working for it. Hustle day in and day out. Cheat codes need not apply. This is truly the way life is meant to be lived.
Just wanted to do a quick post to let you know that yes, we know there is some tropical storm activity in the Atlantic, which we are in, and yes we have a plan.
The activity is very, very far from hitting the east coast of the US and even then, will be very far from where we are right now. However, we have the following plan:
Today we are in Sandy Hook anchored and happily waiting for some good weather to make the 70 mile, 12 hour hop down the east coast to Atlantic City, NJ. We are with a few other Canadian boats and our friend Bruce from the US side of Lake Erie.
Tuesday (tomorrow) looks good so a bunch of us will set our early. Wednesday we will leave Atlantic City and head for Cape May. Thursday we will shoot up the Delaware Bay to the C&D Canal to relative safety from anything going on in the Atlantic Ocean.
This push, while the safest thing we can possibly do, does put us in Annapolis a full month ahead of the boat show we are hoping to be around for. Not sure what we will do about that just yet. Perhaps we can stick around the Chesapeake Bay area for a month?
Anyway, we’re safe. Lot’s of love from us to you.
Tim and Candice
We’re absolutely crushing this thing!
Seriously, it feels like we’ve come so far. I mean, sell everything you own, check. Move out of the house and on to a boat, check. Quit our jobs, check. Lastly, the hardest part of all: actually LEAVE.
Well, we actually left. That was three weeks ago. We crossed Lake St Clair and tackled the Detroit River, crossed Lake Erie and landed in Ohio. We got through the USA customs part. Hopped down Lake Erie and took our mast down.
We entered the historic Erie Canal and that’s where we are today. We’re trucking east toward the Hudson River which will carry our little ship to the ocean for her first time.
It feels really good to know that we’ve tackled so much. I mean, there is way harder stuff ahead but look what we’ve already done! We’ve got this.
All the while we have been taking care of the boat and cleaning and putting time and effort into our relationship. Spending 100% of your time with another person with literally no escape can be scary but as long as you both share the same values and same goals, it’s actually not that hard. We love each other so much that everything just sort of… works.
The other piece to the puzzle is the filming. We carry a couple of camera and typically one is always out and ready to capture anything we find interesting. Documenting our journey and showing other people that they too can shove off from land life are both big parts of why we’re doing this thing.
We’re learning to edit video and our YouTube channel is actually starting to take off. It’s wicked cool.
YouTube is kind of the key to this whole thing for us. You see, YouTube allows us to post videos that hopefully bring some value to people. When people see it a valuable enough, they send us money for each new YouTube video. We try to release four videos per month. So far we’ve got 12 people sending us money. Pretty awesome!
What we’re called now is “cruisers”. That’s the word for people who live on a boat and travel the world. We certainly fit in.
When asked what one regret they have, every cruiser has the same answer. “I wish we’d have left sooner.”
Cheers everyone, much from from Lady K. Thanks for playing along.
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Genuinely, we’re having such a great time! I mean, we got beat up a little coming out of Detroit and headed for Put In Bay, OH. We ventured out into Lake Erie again the next morning and it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing but it wasn’t scary either. Then on to Huron and Cleveland and finally Ashtabula (still Ohio).
We left this morning headed to Erie, PA but this time the wind that had favored us so much had turned and was directly against us. From 6:00am to almost 11:00am we bashed head first into wave after wave and the forecast was only calling for worse. Short of Erie, PA we dove into Conneaut, OH.
This is a very small town with a super cool vibe. Lot’s of boats and fishermen coming and going with a free place to tie Lady K up out of the wind and waves. We’re save and happy and the beer is cold.
We’ve been sitting for a few hours and notice two different kinds of people eyeballing us. First are the fishermen and some passersby. They see the Canadian Flag or the fact that it’s a sailboat or maybe just that we always smile and wave and they don’t like us. Being friendly we always wave when they stare but often don’t receive a reciprocal gesture. Honestly they can fuck their hats for all we care, we’re headed south baby!
The second kind, and these are fewer and further between, are the friendly curious folk. The first guy chatted about boats and experiences on the lake, a second asked some questions about our boat. The last pulled up to say hello and actually offered us a ride to the store. Being us we of course went and got some beer. A sailboat mustn’t run out of beer!
While in his company, he inistsed we borrow his motorcyle to ride around the countryside and go out for dinner. There are no helmet laws here so we’d be riding bare noggin which scares us but the getsure is super cool. A guy like this (Pat) kinda makes up for all the people who stare at you blankly when you wave. He made us pretty happy and honestly adds a little something to the trip. People always say “the people” are the best part of cruising and we have to agree.
The other night in Cleveland we were in a large Yacht Club where even the other sailboats don’t say hi, but faith was restored when the gentleman next to us named Al told us about another couple in the club headed south. We quickly found their boat and we’re welcomed aboard. They fed us beer and tacos into the wee hours and we swapped stories and sailboat refit ideas.
Next stop is to be Erie, PA but north east wind has us stuck here for at least three more days! However Pat is coming by for a visit, we have lots of beer, a pile of solar electricity to keep it cold, and an 1800cc motorbike. Life could be worse 😉
Love, Lady K.
Check out episode 18 where, after years of planning, selling everything we own, and refitting the sailboat, we are finally on our way to the Caribbean!