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On Arriving

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At what point does a transient – whether by car, plane, foot or boat – determine that they have “arrived”? How do they know? If traveling and moving on have been your purpose of existence for 4 months, how and when do you transition to staying and growing roots?

Thus was the (admittedly existential) discussion over rum punch aboard the good ship Sionna the last couple of nights. Attempting to answer the question, “Are we there?”

Since long before we moved aboard the boat in August, people have been asking us where we were headed and what our plans were. And our short answer has always been a variation on two ideals: “South” & “Someplace warm”

So what is “South”? And what is “Warm”? From Maine you could say that pretty much anything is “South”, but of course we meant “far enough south that it rarely or never gets colder than the number of years I’ve been alive”. Far enough south to be warm.

Boston doesn’t cut it. (31 F as I write this)

New York City isn’t even close. (Also 31 F)

Charleston, South Carolina regularly dips into the 40’s several days a month in the winter. And in case you’re not aware, neither of us is in our forties anymore.

There was a quantum shift for the crew of Sionna when we reached St. Augustine, Florida. It wasn’t a conscious thing, so much as a sudden, unexplained lack of a drive to keep moving. We still have places to be and things to see farther south, but suddenly the urgency was gone.

We’d stopped needing to run away from winter. We’d arrived.

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Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. We've paused in Boot Key Harbor, and are now exploring the Keys until we leave the boat and return to Maine for a summer of employment. Follow our blog here, and follow our progress in map form by joining www.Farkwar.com!

11 thoughts on “On Arriving

  1. Congratulations! St. Augustine is a great place with an active cruiser community. I lived aboard there a few years ago, and I’m still close friends with many of the people I met there. You should introduce yourself on the Cruisers Net that broadcasts every morning at 8:00 AM on channel 72.
    http://www.waterwayguide.com/latest-news/news/5284/st-augustine-cruisers-net-moves-to-a-new-time

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    • Indeed we did! But St. Augustine was only few days, as we are heading to the Keys. We’re now in Vero Beach and pointed at the Okeechobee Canal to Fort Pierce, but the desperate need to move is off!

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      • We live on the ICW in Fort Lauderdale at about STM 1057. It would be great to meet you in person and have dinner and drinks when you get here! My e-mail address is phildecker@mac.com.

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      • Thank you for the offer, but we won’t be getting quite that far this time. We’re turning west at Stuart for the St. Lucie canal and the gulf. Maybe next winter, when we hope to cross to the Bahamas?

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  2. So beautifully written. Yes, you have arrived, temporarily. Merry Christmas to you and family and we all look forward to your next arrival. Miss you, Linda

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  3. The gulf coast will be super interesting! I look forward to hearing all the places that you are!!

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  4. The state of arrival is a temporary one, too…

    Merry Christmas you two!

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