When we first met, my husband, Clint, was always asking questions about travel, e.i., did I enjoy traveling, did I like the water/ocean, did I like boating, would I like to go from island to island on a boat. I guess I should I known boating would be in our future with all those questions. Maybe at that point in my life, since I was still working, the thought of having a boat and sailing the “world” sounded way too much like a fairy tale.
But, that is how this dream of ours came to be; first a lot of talk, which turned into a lot of casual boat looking and, then, the day came when we found a boat that we could afford and loved and the dream became reality.
Clint was retired when we met. After we married I “retired” too, when I moved out to his farm in Lynchburg, TN, too far from where I worked in Nashville. In the beginning, we had cows, horses, chickens, lots of dogs, barn cats, the works. But, as we got deeper into our dream of traveling more, we realized the animals on the farm were going to have to go. So, little by little we have lessened our farm work.
Clint is the A-type at our house. He does all the hard chores and makes our farm look like a golf course. Me, I garden, I paint, I create stained glass pieces. Visit my art blog at http://dotcom323.wordpress.com. He’s the one who has made our dream truly a reality with all his hardwork over the years. I am the blessed one, I get to go along for the ride and keep him company.
We are very anxious to truly earn the title of boaters, with the hopes of one day doing the American Great Loop (see AGLA for lots of interested info). We also toy with the idea of being liveaboards if we have the chance to upgrade on our boat some day. This spring and summer we will be traveling the Tennessee River to the fullest. We should know just about every nook and cranny by fall (I hope).
One of the best parts of boating, next to waking up and going topside to see the haze lifting off the water and the sounds of nature at their finest, is the wonderful people you meet when you are boating. We have been amazed at the friendliness and openness we have found everywhere. Boaters love their Happy Hours and the chance to sit and visit with fellow boaters, sharing tales of sea and river, and having a good laugh or two.