Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Adventure Begins

Well, well, swell. At long last I have set sail aboard the s/v Nomadness in search of my strange new life and live new strangers and new reasons to laugh in spite of the terror of the situation. My able and brilliant partner, Steve Roberts, has provided the substrate for our journey in the form of an 18 ton raised pilothouse steel sailboat.

I abandoned my land based life of librarianship about six months ago and took the plunge into what I've come to know as the technomadic lifestyle. It is true what they say about having to let go of something to be ready to grasp the next opportunity. Ask a trapeze artist, they'll tell you.

It is twelve days now since we motored out the Swinomish Channel and left the chic but cold little town of Laconner in our wake. We have traveled a mere 120 miles, but already the list of new friends and accounts of harrowing experiences is filling pages of my journal. (Thanks, Patty--I'm finally using it!)

This space will be used to log my inner and outer journey, share our experiences through words and pictures, and allow friends and family to track our geographical journey. For those who know me, the choice of title for this blog will seem natural, I have a flair for the dramatic having spent years doing avant garde theatre and running a performance space. A couple years ago I discovered sailing and something very deep and long asleep awoke and demanded attention. "Take to the water" the voice whispered. I thought it over. I love to travel but hate cars and planes; I love being in nature, but need socializing. I love solitude but despise routine. Ahh... the cruising life suits me well. And for the first time in my life, I will have the time and space to write. Not to mention an endless flotsam and jetsam of material and colorful characters to people my stories and ignite the imagination.

Today I write from Boston Harbor, a darling, home-towney little marina just north of Olympia which is the southernmost tip of the Puget Sound and my home on and off since 1983. From here we travel north to Seattle for some engine maintenance (diesel injectors for those who care) then on to Port Townsend for some plumbing upgrades
(don't ask, but if you must know the gritty details visit Steve's Nomadness blog where he discusses all aspects technical). We'll probably crash the Latitudes and Attitudes party and once the hangover is over, we'll head north into the wilds of British Columbia, so stay tuned good people, the adventure is beginning...


Polydora said...

Yay! I miss you. Looking forward to staying abreast of your many adventures!

Julia Moore said...

Thank you Sky for keeping me abreast of your adventures. My heart is with you on the sea and the wind. I will check your blog frequently. Love, Julia Bear Heart

Bonita said...

Sky - so glad you are doing this blog. Good to get your perspective. I am so happy for you and your adventure. - Bonnie
P.S. (The wedding was perfection in the best sense of the word!)

Anonymous said...

Hello, fellow (former) librarian. (It does attract people who are interested in Everything, doesn't it?) I knew Steve slightly in high school, and knew he would have an interesting life.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

rareworlds said...

how exciting! and how is your dog faring on the water?

Patty J from Harstine Isle said...

You've been gone all this time and only made it back to where you started...what gives? (Ha, ha)

Hope it's everything you imagined and more. We miss you in Shel-town.

I even made your first blog! Hope to see you in the cove..Jarrell's that is. Patty