George has always wanted to fly – as in, build his own plane and fly it. We have many friends who are both pilots and sailors and the correlation between the two must have something to do with harnessing mother nature’s power and feeling the wind on your face.
We’re at the point now where we’re restless to try something new. Cruising was never a lifestyle option for us, as much as we enjoy it, because we both have a loooong list of dreams that we want to pursue before our time on this earth is over. This is the biggest reason why we never sold our house or car – we knew we needed a homebase in between dreams.
Practically and financially speaking, building a plane wasn’t in the cards. George also doesn’t want to invest another 10 years of his life pursuing a dream, so he has modified the original dream and settled on learning to paraglide. He is so stinking excited about his new hobby and is doing as much research as he can while here in the Exumas in the form of Youtube videos.
George is going to take paragliding classes this summer and I am going to learn how to cook. Both goals are equally adventurous with a measure of danger involved. (see below – my first attempt at “simmering” last October.) Cooking is not the same as following a recipe, either. When I say I can’t cook, I mean I CANNOT cook. At all.
We also have hiking the Appalachian Trail – that is, the last 100 miles before Mt. Katahdin (cleverly referred to as the “100 Mile Wilderness”) where I have unfinished business – scheduled for the end of September.
SV Marquesa will be for sale some time next year after we pretty her up a little. We’ll start selling off all of our gear, books and equipment this summer once we figure out what we want to keep for our future dreams, like our outboard. The hard part now is to relax and enjoy the rest of our cruising months because we’re so eager and excited to start on our NEXT adventure(s)!
We’ve also decided not to do the Jumentos, as much as George really wanted to see them, and will be heading towards the Abacos instead to finish up our cruising. This way we can slow down, wait for the elusive “perfect” weather window, and enjoy the journey as well as the destination.