Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friends Across Oceans

By Anushmita Mohanty
We had a chance to get together today with our cruising friends Paul and Deb of Lat 43 fame. We haven't seen them for nearly two years since they watched Kintala for us at Dinner Key while we went back to St. Louis for a visit.

It was like we just saw them yesterday.

This is one of the mysteries of cruising friends. We say hello at an anchorage and one or the other of us may depart early the next morning without even saying goodbye for places unknown, yet two years later we'll run into them and be laughing in the cockpit over beers within minutes. It's an amazing community, a sustaining community, and one I'm incredibly glad to be a part of. When we first explored the idea of retiring onto a sailboat, the cruising community was not one of the benefits we anticipated. As we close out our third year and embark on our fourth, the cruising community is the number one benefit. A true global network, a global family, a society of some of the most amazing people we've ever known. Thanks Paul and Deb for reminding me.


Latitude 43 said...

You two are awesome! It was great fun seeing you both again and thank you so very much for dinner. Not sure where you find that energy Deb but if you can find a way to make it an additive to beer I will start a brewery.

You both look great. Nice and relaxed. Hope to catch you again next season. If we have an RV I will make you some trailer trash chili. We can sit in lawn chairs under the tarp awning. Tim can bring his drum and I will pick at the guitar. I'm sure a banjo would show up eventually.

Paul and Deb

s/v Odin the Wanderer said...

Awhhhh! Wish we could have joined the party! Great pic!

Deb said...

Wish you could have been here too. Maybe you can visit on your way back to the boat? We'd love to see you guys.