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!