For pretty much as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be somewhere else or doing something else or, more often, both. In high school I wanted to be out of school and, even more strongly, wanted to get out of San Jose (CA). Once I was in the Navy, I wanted out. When we were overseas, I wanted to be back in the States. When we were Stateside, I wanted to be back overseas. When Lulu and I lived in Eugene, we wanted to live someplace “more real” (meaning fewer college students). After we got married and moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming, we wanted to move back to somewhere green (but, c’mon, who could blame us for that one?). When we lived in Idaho and I was a treatment plant operator, we wanted to get west of the Cascade Mountains and I wanted to run my own treatment plant. Once we moved to Silverton (OR) and I’d been a plant supervisor for a little over a decade and a half, I just wanted to go back to being a hands-on operator. And, in the background was always the dream of someday sailing off into the sunset which kept me constantly dissatisfied with my lot, no matter how good I had it.
Today we were talking to a dockmate who can’t wait to get out of La Paz. Feels she’s been here too long. Other cruisers also seem to be anxious to get to the mainland, up into the islands, anywhere but where they are.
But, I realized today that, for probably the first time ever, there is absolutely no place I’d rather be and nothing else I’d rather be doing and no one else I’d rather be doing it with. That’s not to say that I’m not looking forward to sailing up into the Sea for the spring and summer to explore a completely different level of cruising. I am looking forward to that. We both are. But, I don’t feel any huge urge to have to GET GOING NOW!!! I’m happy as a clam right where I am, doing what I’m doing. And it feels really, really good.
Check out this cool palm frond horse that sits out in front of the Hotel Yeneka, this funky little museum/hotel in downtown La Paz: