5:35 PM GMT-5
A Cruising Life Evolves
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Happy New Year everybody!
Today we took down and put away our Christmas decorations. But this year was very different: for the first time in six years we did not celebrate the holidays aboard Three@Sea. Instead, we spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years in our hometown of Boulder, Colorado, and it was wonderful! Don’t get me wrong—we have very much enjoyed five holiday seasons aboard Three@Sea (each links to the associated blog entry):
- 2008 — Warderick Wells, Exumas, The Bahamas
- 2009 — Key West, Florida
- 2010 — Culebra, Puerto Rico
- 2011 — Norman’s Cay, Exumas, The Bahamas
- 2012 — Matthew Town, Great Inaugua, The Bahamas
But for us it’s never been the same as spending the holidays in Colorado: cold weather, snow on the pine trees, fires in the fireplace, snowshoeing in the woods, and sharing it with family and friends. After last Christmas in Matthew Town, on our way to The Panama Canal, we decided we would try to spend this Christmas in Boulder this year. Since we had sold our house five years ago to go cruising, we weren’t sure how we were going to pull it off, but where there’s a will…
Later in the Spring, as we made our way up the Pacific Coast of Central America, our dear friend Bobby-O, who lives in Boulder, came to visit us in Costa Rica. We got to talking about our idea to come to Boulder for the holidays, and he generously invited us to come stay with him between Thanksgiving and New Years—it must have been the rum doing its work! We have all lived with each other at various times throughout out lives (lots of good stories), so we jumped at the opportunity. A plan was coming together. And this would have been how it played out, but then something else happened.
Just before Thanksgiving we decided to buy a house in Boulder. What!?! Yep, after 5-1/2 years with Three@Sea being our only home, we are homeowners again. We took possession just after Thanksgiving, and we’ve spent the last month moving in, rediscovering what it’s like to own a home, enjoying the snow and mountains, celebrating Christmas and New Years with family and friends, and making a plan to split our time between our new house and our floating home.
Three@Sea is currently having work done on her in Sydney, British Columbia (on Vancouver Island), getting in shape for this year’s adventures. We had planned to return to her in January after Ayla completes the Senate Page program, but now we’ll probably return in March to give us some time to get the house settled. Between now and then we are reading up on British Columbia and Alaska, preparing for an adventurous Spring/Summer transiting the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, Juneau, and Glacier Bay. We will cruise to and from Alaska in the Spring and early Summer; we’ll explore the San Juan Islands in the late Summer and Fall; and then we’ll come back to Boulder again next Thanksgiving to spend the holidays in our home.
Three@Sea gets hauled out to have her bottom painted.
After that, who knows. As Ayla prepares to go off to college, Kathryn’s and my cruising plans are wide open. Should we cross the Pacific? If Ayla goes to college in London, should we take Three@Sea to Europe? Maybe we’ll just go back to The Bahamas and enjoy the beautiful water in the Exumas. As we’ve said before, and it has never been more true, our plans are etched in the sand at low tide.
We wish all of you a 2014 filled with wisdom, love, and joy!