When cruising breaks you 🙁
Your Mega Yacht plowed through the harbor today. The massive white plastic luxury hotel you drive from tropical place to tropical place. No doubt you run a multimillion dollar oil company. Or perhaps you are the head of a major pharmaceutical outfit.
I’m anchored in a no wake zone on my cheap and I’m sure irrelevant and inconsequential sailing boat. However, your driver passed by with minimal speed and caused minimal wake.
As you passed by the people anchored here I am hoping you looked outside one of your many windows to see if we were looking at you in your multimillion dollar luxury yacht that was no doubt a tax write off (whatever that means).
I hope you saw me dancing. Dancing and singing along to my favorite song. Yes, I noticed you. But not because you are rich and assuredly an amazing CEO. I noticed you because I was worried your hired captain would not let off the throttle and slowdown for us because he has to get the boat into dock so you can board a private plane to attend a business meeting.
The minimal wake at low speed your beautiful yacht cast thought the anchorage caused me to thank you with a quick nod before I went back to singing and dancing.
Slowly as you passed by me and your wake hit me I became aware of something. That moderate wake was the only impact you had. I mean, I felt it. My boat fluttered back and fourth for a few seconds in the wake of your mega yacht. But that was it.
I didn’t look to see who was onboard. I noticed the damage such a boat could do to my small home and I kept dancing.
Not only did the lack of physical impact hit me, but so did the lack of impact you have on my ongoing days. I don’t subscribe to any pharmaceutical remedies of buy copious amounts of oil or natural gas. I don’t live in a house with utilities at all. I use such a small amount of gasoline and diesel on my sailboat that I can’t even be bothered to look at the price per gallon when I buy it. “Sir, are you sure you only need six gallons?” “Yes, that’s all I need.”
While you ride high with your servant and crew I sit low, sure. But I’m not mad about it. Go by and feel smug. I’ll be here singing and dancing if you need me.
Love, Lady K.
RJ and I are making miles an winning races!
Hey all, it’s been a bit since I’ve written a post here but now seems like a good time to get some emotions out.
Sitting in the hotel for the last few days has given me some much needed time to think and sort out where I’m at with this whole sailing adventure. It’s been a dream for so long and somewhere along the road I think I lost sight of that. Lost some of who I am in the midst of the travel, the people, and the constant adventure.
It’s 8:00am and I’ve already taken an Uber to Walmart. New pots and pans, cookware, knives, toiletries, and a slew of other things I will need to continue to journey alone. When we moved aboard we both contributed to getting the boat ready and rightfully, a lot of that kind of stuff belonged to Candice so needed to be replaced.
Today I set sail alone. For the first time alone. I have never cruised alone. I’ve single handed Lady K but cruising alone is a whole new thing. I am both excited and a little scared but reading the comments on YouTube and the Facebook messages has given me confidence. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging.
I’ll head to the boat soon and untie from the dock, back out and sail forward. Right now it is a six hour trip to Daytona Beach and then on toward St Augustine where a YouTube follower has agreed to meet me and help me crew the boat for a little while. He’s a lifesaver and it will be nice to have a new soul on board. I am excited to begin the new chapter.
I haven’t been alone in three years and that’s the scariest part of this whole thing. Learning to be alone again. Anyone who has been through a break up, and I think that’s all of us, knows that the beginning is the hardest part. It’s sad and lonely. But the sadness will fade and you start to meet new people and forge a new life as you go along and I look forward to that.
Who knows what the future will bring. There is one thing for certain however, I will not give up on my dream and I will never live in a house again. This life so far has shown me so much about what the world is really about and I can’t let that go.
Lady K is going to sail on. Thank you for everything. I have always had a small support system back home but this system is incredible. It may be completely internet based and I may have never met most of the people who follow along but I truly feel connected to everyone. Sailors and adventurers are such a cool breed of people. Always there for each other no matter what.
Whether it’s a boat, a tiny house, a skoolie, van life, or whatever the heck my life brings going forward I hope like hell that you’ll all be along for the ride. I’d love to take you all with me up the East Coast, to Canada, to California, on a great American road trip, through Europe, or wherever the years bring us.
I friggin’ love you guys. See you out there!