Well, here we are on our last evening as Cruisers. The sun is shining. We are at one of our favorite spots of the past summer, Blind Bay, on Shaw Island in the San Juan archipelago. We are finally modelling the Pacific University sweatshirts given to me by co-workers when I left my position to enter this lifestyle. It is Halloween evening, but we don't expect any trick-or-treaters, unless you count the seagulls, who are always looking for a handout..
WHAT?! You are going to give up cruising already? I'll share with you a couple of definitions in the boating world. A Liveaboard is someone who makes their primary residence on a boat. A Cruiser is someone who uses their boat to get from place to place. Not all liveaboards are cruisers, and not all cruisers are liveaboards. For the past four months we have been both.
However, for our first winter 'up north', we are seeking the comfort of a slip. For a couple of months or so.
Al has shared some apprehension of this plan. His innate frugality is cringing at the MONEY it is going to cost. Not simply from moorage fees. We have said previously and heard from other blogging cruisers, if you don't want to spend money, STAY OUT OF TOWN! And what are we doing? Going to town.
Coffee shops! Grocery stores! Hardware and marine stores! Restaurants! Bookstores! The place is just filled with opportunities to drop a few bills from our wallets.
And we are off to a good start.