Cruising is a social activity.
Or at least, it CAN be a social activity, if you’re a social kind of person. Nicki very much is, but I’m kind of a social introvert.
Ok, to be honest, I’m an introvert that tries really hard to be social and outgoing. Sometimes I succeed.
But I have to admit tha even I – who actively looks for places to hide in a crowd (usually the kitchen, where I can help!) – appreciates the chance to catch up with good friends, wherever they find us.
And so we were tickled pink when Dick & Moira of Equinox – our Rockland Harbor mooring neighbors, good friends and cruising mentors arrived in Boot Key Harbor this week! We hadn’t seen them since Hampton, VA, way back in October, though they left Rockland the same time we did and took basically the same route. That’s the way it is, cruising. You’ll see the same boat several times for a while, then suddenly you won’t see them for weeks, or years, and then one day you pull into an anchorage and realize it’s full of people you know! Very cool.
And even cooler is that in this case, Dick & Moira hadn’t been to Marathon in MANY years, and we’d been here a couple weeks and had basically figured out where things are and how to get there. It gave us a chance to mentor our mentors a little bit, and give back just a bit of the love and experience they’ve shared with us over the last few years, getting us ready to untie the dock lines.
That’s a pretty cool feeling, 2000 miles from home.
And next? Well, Equinox is off to Cuba next week. Yes, Cuba! How cool is that? They’ve already done a couple Atlantic crossings, the North Atlantic circle (clockwise from Bermuda, the Azores, England, Spain, the Canaries, the Caribbean islands and home), as well as a good portion of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, but back then you couldn’t legally stop in Cuba. Now you can, so they’re off!
Bon Voyage, Equinox! We’ll miss you!