|Day One! Sailing out the Golden Gate|
Well, here we are. It has not been 1000 days at sea, and thank goodness, not 20000 Leagues Under the Sea. But we have been "away". We've enjoyed our California and Mexican cruising aboard our beloved Shindig. We've enjoyed our summer couch surfing in the US and Canada. It has been an amazing journey. It feels like we've had 10 years of adventures instead of less than 3.
We have met hundreds of cruisers, made many dear friends, and celebrated the little and the big milestones together. The ease at which friendships flourish with other cruisers and local Mexicans is truly amazing. The new relationships we have developed on this adventure are the most cherished part of the nomadic 1000 days. In addition to the new friendships we've also grown closer to many of our "landlubber" friends and family as we enjoyed the generous hospitality during our homeless summers.
Many of our sailing friends have continued travel to Central America and the South Pacific. Others have completed their sailing adventures and returned home full time.
|HarkerBoard SUP relay race team. Katie, Mike, Rob and Wendy. (La Paz October 2013)|
While we mourn the loss of a good friend we also celebrate her spirit, sense of adventure and the positive impact she made on everyone she met.
So what is next for the Shindig crew?
As we write this, Nancy is in Northern CA, visiting her mother and Rob is in Southern CA spending time with his parents, and brother's family. Our remaining June travel schedule includes separate trips to Boston and Texas and a nice drive up the California coast together.
Our plan is to walk into our house July 1st and begin the process of getting it ready for sale. It's time for a new home base, one that we can come and go from while we continue our travels.
We both thank you all for your interest and support of our travels, and your friendship.
"Gracias, Muchos Gracias!!"
"Merci Beaucoup" (gotta start refreshing on the French for Shindig's eventual trip to the South Pacific)
And Nancy's mom (age 89) just recalled this phrase,
"Takk Takk Tusen Takk",
(A Thousand Thank You's in Norwegian)
With Gratitude, Rob and Nancy
|Rob and Nancy delivering a candy filled "Shindig Man" to the children in San Evaristo|
|Rob and Nancy in Barra de Navidad at sunset|