Home Again

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Monochromatic beauty of the mainland in central British Columbia.

The Slow Travel Sabbatical is now over. At least physically… I’ve been off of work for three months and it has been a wild and slow ride. Motion has been the order of the day.

Every trip has an orbit that includes preparation, departure, motion, destination, and return. Some trips, the journey is the destination- there’s no one place you’re trying to get to, but the movement and the passing landscape is the goal. The longer the orbit, the greater the chance for the mind and body to explore new places in depths previously unknown or not considered.

The longest orbit was spent rowing and sailing the Inside Passage from Port McNeil, British Columbia to Anacortes, Washington.

That was followed by a shorter orbit from Portland to Northern California using a combination of bicycle and trains.

The shortest orbit involved local travel and a resettling of mind and body back in the place I’ve called home for the last 20 years.

I’m still unpacking my brain, figuring out what it means to leave and to return home. Over the next few months, I’m going to share some thoughts about travel, people, and place. Universal stories that transcend sport or sailing will be shared here. More detailed reports about boat nerd stuff will be posted at the WoodenBoat Forum thread: Inside Passage.

Thanks for tuning back in!


  1. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your travels and adventure.A lovely area to explore especially going slow with such a minimalist type boat. Looking forward to hearing more.


  2. Hi sounds terrific and I always look forward to reading your blog.Have been reading for years Thanks ! Just curious but who paid the bills for 3 months ?

      1. You are indeed fortunate, do glad you can do it ,looking forward to some longer trips myself . thank you

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