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Sail and Row into Emerald Cove on Lake Tahoe. Learn the Sail/Row combo for going into the wind. Setup camp for the night on the Canoe inside beautiful Emerald Cove Lake Tahoe just across from the island with Castle atop. Good shot of Nora standing on a rock as well. youtube channel jordansname

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It’s amazing how many decisions must be made before someone can go float around on the ocean.  I’ve come to the point where I’m putting all my energies and thoughts into setting sail this fall.  Feel just about like I did when I decided to set off on my road trip two summers ago.  Back then I had a “classic” old jeep, and a million great ideas of what needed to be done before hitting the road.  Now I have a “classic” old sailboat and even more ideas on what needs to be done before I raise the sails.  Fear for my own safety was never a factor when leaving on my road trip, and I feel the same about leaving on the boat.  Certainly there will be moments at sea when fear and terror will over take me, and I look forward to living those moments out.  The ultimatum of death is not my decision to make, and if it happens at sea I want to be confident I made the right decisions leading up to that point.  Catastrophe at sea is a long ways off and the amount of issues to work out before then are many.  I have some of the necessary gear on board, some old, some new, most serviceable, but could probably use a bit more.  I feel I could spend forever trying to figure out what I need to sail south, but I’ll never really know till I get there.  I’ll spend this summer taking care of everything that pops into my head, for instances right now I’m thinking of the manual bilge pump I have yet to attain.  The list is long, and not everything will make it.  But just like when I left Oregon it’s going to require a lot of faith.  Seeing where I’ve made it to today, I’m glad I didn’t have everything I thought I needed when I hit the road.  Plus I can’t wait to get a little closer to being free from the rules, regulations, and most importantly expectations of civilized folk.

There’s people that like to think they’re really good at coming up with a plan and then executing said plan. These people are completely disillusioned. The perfectly executed plan is make believe, satisfaction for the control freak. There will always be some unforeseen angle or circumstance that requires a small adjustment in the plan. “But the paper said it would be sunny today?”

If your like me, before beginning a plan, you’ve already accepted that the plan will be broken. The plan is another way of saying I’m going to start in this general direction, at some point i’ll probably be doing a complete one-eighty, but I will end up somewhere different.

So yeah, my boat is still sitting on a ball in Monterey Bay. There have been numerous plans, and even a few quickly muted attempts at moving the boat. I’m beginning to realize the problem thus far has been letting other people in on the plan. I think as a general rule, I scare people. At least when it comes to things like… “do you want to help me move my sailboat?”. People soon realize that my will to get this boat going is a bit on the dangerous, or even nutty, side. Ever since I was a kid I’ve found myself scaring off would be thrill seekers, usually soon after I’ve shared the plan. Even more scary, I’m now sharing these plans from the seat of a wheelchair.

Ah, who knows, maybe I’m just not suppose to have this boat. Maybe my plan is being altered and I’ve become the control freak. It’s frustrating to say the least. It seems every-time I think the boat is going to be moved, it doesn’t happen.

You know what I really think… I need to stop bitching, go hop on the boat, and move it myself. I don’t know why I’m so hung up on having somebody else with me. I think maybe too much talking with the previous owner has put this idea in my head. I bought this boat to sail solo around the world. Why would I not solo it across monterey bay? Well, I’ve never been on this boat or in this bay. Plus I haven’t equipped her yet. But, I have to start somewhere.

Yeah, somehow I got steered wrong. However, I am starting to think more clear as of late. The clear headed conclusion is…. wait for the weather window, crew or no crew, hop on the boat and get her into a slip.

There’s a storm brewing in the bay right now, as soon as it passes I’m getting my boat.

Nora’s sore is looking fantastic. Thanks for the prayers. It definitely didn’t heal as planned, but the dog is well on her way to squirrel chasing again.

Nick Jaffe of bigoceans.com wrote a blog entry last week introducing his followers to my story. The number of people visiting my website has doubled since this kind mention. Much gratitude for the generous support of this way more experienced, fellow sailor.
Thanks Nick!

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