You Can Have a Time or a Place; but not Both.

I just had a piece of the best pecan pie I have ever eaten.

I’m in Savannah, Georgia, but the pie comes from South Carolina.

My Morning Drive
My Morning Drive

So, after our retreat from the ocean, we realized that we would have to come up the Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW).  We made an ambitious plan to travel 100 miles per day, from sunrise to two hours after sunset, for three days.

The plan worked perfectly, sort of. It wasn’t till the second day, that I realized we were still going to be 150 miles short of our goal to Charleston, SC, where I was scheduled to take a class starting at 8 a.m. this past Monday morning. I had simply written the wrong mile marker down.

Well, we made the best of with situation. Found a nice marina just south of Savannah, GA, rented a car, and I’m in that car 2 hours in the morning and two hours in the evening each day.

And every day, as I drive back and forth 4+ hours each day, I reflect on the fact that, while this may seem to be an inconvenience, at least in the end, we ended up making some good decisions and the drive is my penance for having too tight a time table.

The class I am taking is to get my Captain’s License.  It will end next Wednesday, and then I take two tests on Thursday. Then, I’ll return the rental car; come back to Dauntless and get underway probably next Friday or Saturday at the latest.  I still have 700 miles to go and now I’m alone.

So if anyone wants a little adventure, drop me a line or call.  I’ll be leaving Savannah on May 2nd or 3rd.



Author: Richard on Dauntless

I’m an eclectic person, who grew up in New York, lived overseas for many years and have a boat, Dauntless, a 42 foot Kadey Krogen trawler yacht. Dauntless enables me to not only live in many different parts of the world, but to do it in a way that is interesting, affordable, with the added spice of a challenge. Dauntless also allows me to be in touch with nature. As the boat glides through the ocean, you have a sense of being part of a living organism. When dolphins come to frolic, they stay longer if you are out there talking to them, watching them. Birds come by, sometimes looking for a handout; sometimes grateful to find a respite from their long journey. I grew up on the New York waterfront, in the West Village, when everything west of Hudson St. was related to shipping and cargo from around the world. For a kid, it was an exciting place of warehouses, trucks, and working boats of all kinds: tugs and the barges and ships, cargo and passenger, they were pushing around. My father was an electrical engineer, my mother an intellectual, I fell in between. I have always been attracted to Earth’s natural processes, the physical sciences. I was in 8th grade when I decided to be a Meteorologist. After my career in meteorology, my natural interest in earth sciences: geology, astronomy, geography, earth history, made it a natural for me to become a science teacher in New York City, when I moved back to the Big Apple. Teaching led to becoming a high school principal to have the power to truly help kids learn and to be successful not only in school but in life. Dauntless is in western Europe now. In May and June, I will be wrapping up the last two years in northern Europe, heading south to spend the rest of the year in Spain & Portugal. Long term, I’m planning on returning to North American in the fall of 2017 and from there continuing to head west until we’re in Northeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, where we will settle for a bit. But now, my future lies not in NY or even Europe, but back to the water, where at night, when the winds die down, there is no noise, only the silence of the universe. I feel like I am at home, finally.

2 thoughts on “You Can Have a Time or a Place; but not Both.”

  1. The title sounds like quantum mechanics. So does the sudden switch from ocean travel to road travel and classes about traveling on the ocean.
    When will the oceans learn to sit politely in a classroom?

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