When you become a cruiser you become part of a family. We sure are a dysfunctional one but a family none the less. We create this tight bond by morning nets, cocktail hours, hours of mexican train and the same desire to travel what mother earth have given us. Today, as I opened up my yahoo news, reports of the deaths of 4 American sailors hit me like a ton of bricks flying at me at full force. It is a part of the world that has all of us cruisers on edge. We try and make the best decisions based on what is best for us. Some of us can afford to ship our boats past this mess, some of us feel safer joining a rally and group together, some avoid the area all together and then there are some that just take the risk. Paul and I didn’t have to make that decision since our trip was cut short but we have friends that have to. We are happy to know that those we love are shipping their boat and have decided to take the best route to the med …by plane. The cost is a heafty sum but I guess a good question would be what is your life worth? I could get into details and comments that I have heard over the cruisers nets but the bottom line is they are forever gone. Everyone keeps bringing up the bibles they stored on board and making it sound like they were asking for it. Well, I have met dentist that does the same and stock pile tons of tooth brushes, so should be label him in some ill mannered way and make it look ugly? I kept clothes and books on board and donated it to children and families who only had scraps….so, what does that make me? COME ON! They were sharing what all of us cruisers know; what it is really like out there. The beauty this world has to offer. A world, which I have come to discover since returning back to land, that most haven’t a clue about. Today an unfortunate turn of events landed them in evil and greed’s hands. My hopes and prayers are with those who are currently out there and that they pass the area safely.
To Jean and Scott Adam, Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle,
May god be with you as you continue on your journey to a place none of us have travelled.