The journey begins

APRIL 16, 2018, IS MY FINAL DAY of going to work every morning, breaking a 40-year-habit. The last stint has been 22 years at The Seattle Times, editing and writing about travel IMG_7955and outdoor adventure. I’m not really thinking of this as retirement, because I’m going to keep writing, and hope to make a little money at it. I’m just thinking of it as a new period of sleeping in later.

Barbara and I have lived on our 32-foot-sailboat, Sogni d’Oro, for the better part of 25 years. Next stop, Center Island, in the San Juan Islands of Northwest Washington state, where we’ve had a small cabin for 15 years. No ferries, no stores, no cars… no trash removal. Plenty of challenges. Even though we know the place, we’ve never lived there full-time. I expect it will be a lot like moving to a strange new land — in the best sense, I hope, rather than the mugged-and-left-in-a-ditch-with-no-passport-or-credit-cards sense!

The cabin is pictured below. Our new old boat is pictured above: a restored classic 20-foot runabout built by Skagit Boat in La Conner, Wash., in 1957 (and here’s a nifty detail photo of the chrome nameplate). It reminds me awelike7 lot of the ’57 Chevy station wagon my folks drove when I was a tot. It should stoke some good adventures to get things started. When not doing chores or trying to grow a garden, we plan to thoroughly explore our archipelago, our state, and our corner of the continent, and will still jump on a plane now and then.

You’re welcome to come along for the ride.

— Brian J. Cantwell

I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.”  — Bill Bryson

Center Island

4 thoughts on “The journey begins

  1. We’ll compare notes on ‘successful’ gardening and garbage runs. . .both are new talents we developed when chucking the old lifestyle and trying this new one in Greece. Looking forward to your continuing tales ~


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