It’s been a hell of a ride. We’re ending this trip and returning to the States to a lifestyle that will be a bit more mobile and a bit less stable than it once was. And that’s okay, it is all by design and things are going according to plan. Our goal is less time in an office and more time in the woods and waters. We are determined to continue to explore the world around us, even if it means that we have fewer pesos in our pockets. And that’s okay, too; if this trip taught us anything, it was how to live simply without sacrificing happiness.
However, we thought that we would be able to find a creative way to store Selkie cheaply, but it turns out that an 8′ x 30′ plot of Mexican desert is comparable to Manhattan high rise prices. If you put a sailboat on it, that is. The economic reality is that it simply doesn’t make sense to store her for 11 months to sail her for one month, which is the likely scenario for our foreseeable future.
We have loved her and she has carried us safely through the rough seas, and we want to see her with sails high as a boat should be, pushing a bow wave and exploring the oceans. The worst damnation for a boat is to dry her out and let her rot on land, and since we don’t know when we’ll be able to return, it could very well harken the death knell. We cannot bear the thought.
So this goodbye is not a eulogy, it’s simply a turning of the page in Selkie’s glorious 50 year run down the coast. Everyone raise a glass tonight to Selkie’s next voyage. May it be downwind all the way.
It’s sad, of course, to say goodbye, but it will also free us to climb the mountains of Baja, and sail in the Carribean and the Pacific Northwest, and travel to South America if we so choose. We have seen the coast of Baja, and we will always return to this special place, but there are other uncharted waters and unclimbed peaks that beckon as well. The next round of the blog looks like it might be written from coastal Alaska, and you know we’ll do everything we can to find ourselves on a sailboat now and again.
Selkie’s now on the market in La Paz, awaiting an interested buyer.
You can find the ad and more detailed information on Craigslist Baja Sur.
Ah, the end of the beginning, You guys are doing everything right.
Thanks, we’re taking lessons from you.
Tried to find a toast that would be appropriate but came up lacking but will raise the glass regardless.
You two have learned two valuable lessons from this experience that should do you well in the future….how little we really need to be happy and how happy we can be in a very small space. Good luck on your forward journeys!
You said it! Those values, if appreciated and acted upon, open the door to so many more experiences and adventures that would otherwise be missed.
You might try Trawlers-and-Trawlering and Cruisers_Network_Online@yahoogroups.com
If we end up in Alaska, you may very well see us in a trawler!
We’ve never sent you all comments regarding your travels & adventures. For sure never felt we could bring any further life to your well documented adventure. Can’t tell you how much we enjoyed the updates. Actually turned several friends on to your travels. Must say it was an opportunity to live vicariously thru you all sometimes thinking we could do something like in our lives. Knowing it would probably never happen but your adventure was always inspiring. We truly admire both of you.
This morning I wake up & Robin is on the computer. Got some news she says. I thinking something bad has happened to family or friends. Not really bad news she says, kind of sad news.
I will miss my Walter Mitty life but you all realize there are many adventures awaiting you as you close this one. So selfishly we were hoping this adventure would carry on a bit longer but we are ready to hear about your next life adventure.
Also going to miss the Wylie. He will have some tales to tell once back home. Thanks for the ride & the Best. Mike & Robin
We’re glad you guys joined us for the ride, it was always great when we had an experience on the water and we said “we’ll have to write a post about that.” Being able to share these memories with our friends has helped it feel like we weren’t so far away. The wonders of the internet! We can’t wait to see you guys again, I don’t know when it will be, but let’s stay in touch regardless.
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