Geographically inspired

I (James) have a winter problem. My problem with winter in New England isn’t that it’s cold. I don’t really mind the cold that much. My problem is nothing, meaning no one, works and you can’t go anywhere without a great deal of effort. I mean, we travel through the universe on bikes and boats so if we’re frozen in with both we get kind of itchy. Every ride is slow and careful, especially with some thawing of the snow mounds and refreezing at night. It’s a dance of glare – the wet glare of the melt water vs the glassy ice. …and ultimately that leads to powerful inspiration. Not only visually but geographically! And what does being geographically inspired mean to us? Well, it means Pointing The Boat and that means travel, serious travel. I (Dena) have been holding down the straight job for just over 11 months. It’s a big question mark on whether they value my work enough to keep me, meaning offer me the money that would make spending on the boat improvements more attractive than traveling on the boat itself in the state we’ll get it to before summer. During this last snow storm we pulled out the Cornell books and went to work on a Northern Atlantic route that would be a profound ocean passage while working with the prevailing weather systems. We discovered that we are in a very nice position to do a haul-out then sail from here, Lynn, MA to Block Island at the beginning of June. That shakes us down for the tight reach across the Atlantic Ocean to the Azores Island chain. We’re expecting that crossing to take 15 days to a month. I have less information about my mom’s Azevedo side than her Miller side, but I’m intrigued[…]

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