Everyone — at least anyone with any imagination or enthusiasm for living — has that list of things they’d like to do before they die. Stuff like, I don’t know, ride an elephant. Go bungee jumping. Spend a debaucherous weekend with some b-list celebrity. You get the idea. Some are big, some are small. As for me, many are travel related, or tied to my creative interests. I want to spend a fair amount of time in Alaska before I pack it in. I want to get a book published. I want to put out at least one record on vinyl, that kind of thing. I try and keep my hopes to things that are actually doable, or could result directly to the amount of effort I put into making them happen (for example, getting a book published won’t happen without me writing one)(another one, I mean; a publishable one).
I’m fascinated by the ocean, even though it freaks me out. Julia and I did a little sea kayaking a couple years ago and loved it; will certainly do more of that. A lot more. I’ve also always wanted to go on some kind of “major” voyage, but I don’t know that I’m ready to do it on a small sailing boat, which in many ways seems the most adventurous way to do it. Nor am I that interested in traveling on some massive cruise ship; that seems the least adventurous of all. Last week I was able to find the happy medium.
My “Early Fall 2010” catalog from Patagonia arrived in the mail. I’m a big fan of the company (and Patagonia the region is certainly one on my list of places to visit before I die!) and its founder, Yvon Chouinard, and always look forward to browsing through their catalogs because there are always cool articles and essays in them. I opened the front page, and the opening essay was one called “What Would Darwin Think?” by Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, and the accompanying picture was of a big sailing ship that took my breath away. The credit said it was of the “The 250-foot clipper ship, the Stad Amsterdam, at the foot of the El Brujo Glacier. Southern Chile. Photo: Doug Tompkins.”
I showed it to Julia and told her that is the kind of ship I’d like to cruise around the ocean on. The first time I was in Boston the harbor was full of these tall ships as part of some celebration, and they were unbelievably cool. This ship stayed on my brain for a couple days, so I decided to look it up on line. Turns out the Stad Amsterdam has its own website, and it turns out you can take tours on it. Can you imagine how cool it would be to go to sea on this beauty?!
How about taking the 10 days photography & sailing voyage from Martinique trip? Yeah, it’s expensive, but talk about something worth saving for! What a great trip that would be. Put this, or a similar trip, on my list!