I continue to be surprised by my readers. Okay, sometimes I'm surprised I have readers beyond a couple friends and family. I guess the mundane tasks of preparing to cruise are more interesting than I think...either that or some of you are extremely bored. :-)
In any case, I have met more than a few people that I didn't know until I started this blog. I've written in the past about meeting people while I was in Denver taking sailing classes and shopping for our boat. I've met others since I bought the boat. In fact, I've met folks via my blog at every stop I've made since I bought the boat. The last couple days I've had the chance to meet a couple people who wanted to meet once they found out I was in Southport, NC.
The first couple was in Southport this past weekend taking their ASA 101 and 103 courses. So much has happened that it seems almost a lifetime ago since my wife and I were taking our first ASA courses in Colorado. They are lucky they can take a course on the coast and not on a lake or reservoir...I'm sure that will give them a better feel for what ocean sailing is like. They seemed pretty tired when they arrived, so I'm sure they had a busy day their first day of lessons. They got to see my boat (which seems to always be a mess amid the constant projects that are going when I'm not sailing) and we had a nice chat. I wish them luck in their continued classes and future sailing plans.
The second couple lives a couple hours away and came down to take me out to lunch and talk about my experiences thus far. They had actually offered to help with my boat move as well, but schedules just didn't seem to work out. We talked about experiences of looking for and buying a boat as well as a variety of topics related to this adventure. It amazes me that people I don't really know would want to drive that far to meet me. It's really neat to get to meet people that share the dream and I hope I didn't disappoint.
On a related note, another blog reader I met a while back has volunteered to come help me move my boat from Southport up to the Deltaville VA area. So, with any luck I'll make my insurance requirement to be north of Cape Hatteras by June first.
So, I just wanted to say thank you to all my readers. The kind words, encouragement, offers to help, and chances to meet and discuss this crazy thing are all appreciated.