This evening I was sitting up on deck looking around. Every so often it dawns on me that we're really doing this! I'm sitting there looking at a schooner moored next to us, a swordfishing boat moored ahead and to our left and a water taxi on our port side. Avalon was all lit up like the tourist fantasy that it is. There was a soft breeze wafting through the mooring field. Dinghies were buzzing around taking boaters ashore or bringing them back home. And we're part of it! We're actually living the dream we've nurtured for so long. The reality isn't always exactly like the dream, though. I don't think either of us ever dreamed about the crappy seas we encountered further north. There's also more work involved than I expected although, if I'd stopped to think about it for 5 seconds I'd have realized that you have to get your groceries somehow. And those groceries have to get from the store to the boat somehow and, if you don't have a car, well....
But that's all part of it. My biggest fear was that we would retire and spend the rest of our lives doing the same thing we'd done all the years we were working, minus the work of course. But we're not. What we're doing is completely different than our previous life. Not necessarily better (although it is), just different. And that was and is the point. After dreaming about it, reading about it, and anticipating it for so long, it's just sometimes hard to realize that, although we haven't reached Mexico yet, we are, nevertheless, cruising.
And I'm really happy that we get to share it with all of you and also happy that so many of you have said how much you enjoy following along. That really means a lot.
So hang in there. We'll be leaving Avalon in a week or so and then it's off to San Diego and then finally, MEXICO!