Friday, May 20, 2016

Calm Before The Storm

So tomorrow my new adventure begins.  A 1000 mile trek up the east coast of the United States to pickup our first ever travel trailer, then 1000 miles back to its new home.  A few stops along the way to make our first trip more enjoyable.  And all the while I'm thinking "I've never done this before, it should be fun!".

Ignorance is bliss.

I remember 15 years ago when we purchased our first boat.  I had never even been in a boat before.  My wife had, when she was younger, and was constantly nagging about wanting to have a boat someday.  We drove by a boat store often and she would say "I wish I had a boat".  Well, one day, I decided to grant the wish.  "I've never done this before, it should be fun!".

Ignorance is bliss.

After a 1 hour orientation I was a "sea captain" and the sales rep bid us farewell.  There are no licensing requirements for sea captains in Florida.  We only had a online Coast Guard safety course.  And it did not explain how to dock a boat.  Driving the boat was fun.  Docking it, not so much.  That first docking was... interesting.

Fast forward 15 years and 3 boats, and docking was cake.  Going in and out of almost any marina was a breeze.  We avoided rough weather and rough seas and stayed close to the coast.  We went three times to Key West and many other times to several other marinas along Florida's west coast.  I learned a LOT.  And most of all, we did have fun.

However, the enthusiasm wavered, the costs of maintaining a 15 year old boat soared, and we used it a lot less frequently than I liked.  For the expense, it became not worth it.  Time to change.

So we sold it.  For 15 years we had "something" to do on weekends, and now we had nothing.  It was weird.  At least to me.  Because we were at the boat almost every weekend, even if we didn't go out.  And if I wasn't at the boat I was thinking about the boat.  It gave me something to do other than work.  I needed something else.

We had been looking at RVs for a year.  It was like boating, right?  But on land.

Ignorance is bliss.

We embark on this new chapter with a sense of hope and yearning new adventures.  We've read and learned and observed, but now it is time to do.  Life is too short.  We should enjoy every minute.  Find something you love to do, and do it.  Don't wait until next week.  Who knows what can happen next week.  Do it now.  And have fun.  It doesn't matter if there is a water leak, or a tire blowout, or an electrical malfunction.  Fix it, move on, have fun.  Enjoy.  And learn.

Because ignorance is bliss, but knowledge ain't too shabby either.

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