Sailing and (Meteor) Showers
It was an utterly windless day, so I didn’t bother with sails. We motored east across Rosario Strait toward Lopez Pass. Bird Rocks are three small islands that form a shoal in the middle of the Strait. We tried out my new binoculars (thanks Mom & Dad for the early Christmas present!) and spotted a bald eagle and a heard of about five stellar sea lions. A small cluster of fishing boats trolled the waters west of Bird Rocks. I got to watch one net a decent sized black-mouth salmon. We dodged logs and debris the whole way from dock slip to our final anchorage in Lopez Sound. High tides and high winds had stirred up every beach in the area.
After setting the hook and dropping off a crab trap, I crashed on the couch with my Kindle for some R&R. I finished Confessions of a Long Distance Sailor and ran across this quote at the very end…
I no longer believe I can save life up – it has to be spent to have any value. And that in order to live, to have adventure, you have to be willing to die.
…And it got me thinking about how life can be ‘spent’. Life could be sold, for time spent earning a paycheck. Life can certainly be wasted. Or it can be lived with a sense of adventure. Sold, wasted, or lived. I can’t think of any other way to spend it. Can you?As darkness descended, we migrated to the soggy beach. Despite the dampness, I was able to get a warm fire going. We drank my homemade apple wine while watching for shooting starts from the Geminid Meteor Shower. The clouds of the day had cleared completely and left us with a stunning view of the Milky Way. We must have seen over thirty shooting stars. It was awesome!
After a leisurely morning, we sailed back to Anacortes. The wind was a stiff 15 – 20 miles per hour out of the northeast. I tied down the first reef point on my main sail and raised the jib. Happily balanced, the boat charged across the strait.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed with the idea of living on my boat the five months over the summer. I wonder to myself, “Can I really do it?”. Weekends like these instill a deep sense of confidence. They are a glimps into the world of leisure and beauty that awaits me this summer.