Thinking of Thoreau

Last week I finished reading Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach by Don Casey and Lew Hackler. This is a book about cruising small sailboats in the 25-35 foot range, and its filled with quotes from Thoreau. Their point is that thousands of these boats sit and rot at the docks, as the owners dream of cruising “as soon as” they have larger boats. Meanwhile, sensible cruisers cruise for years on smaller boats, instead of just dreaming about it.

Inspired by the book, we decided on noon Saturday to toss the kids in the car (and some bagels and sleeping bags) and do our first overnight trip on our C&C 27 sailboat, Bailiwick. The forecast was terrible– no wind, but an inch of rain. But hey, we were sick of waiting for the weather to get better. It’s been raining on and off for the last several weeks.

We went, and we had a fantastic time. We motored the whole 10 nautical miles to Government Island on the Columbia River. There, we hiked on the island and my son caught a nice 10 inch fish and released it. Saturday evening, we joined three other boats for an impromptu evening dinner-on-the-dock and fun cruising talk. On Sunday morning, one of our dock neighbors delivered hot-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls at eight a.m. My son caught another fish, we hiked some more, and then motored home.

We’ve posted a picture gallery of the trip, and basically it was fun to think about Thoreau as we got back to nature on the remote and lightly visited island. I wouldn’t mind doing this same trip every month, year-round.

Overnight Cruise

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