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Not everybody dislikes the colder weather

Living someplace where every bird is a rat with wings doesn’t appeal to me. Visiting is OK and enough for me


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We just took a swim off the beach at Grenada Marine. I got chilled in the water and was cold when I stood up and the breeze hit me. Brrrrr!

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Now that the leaves are falling and the boats are off the water I'm really starting to crave snow. I was just down looking over my snowshoes, and I've been riding my winter bike in preparation. Bring the snow!
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Now that the leaves are falling and the boats are off the water I'm really starting to crave snow. I was just down looking over my snowshoes, and I've been riding my winter bike in preparation. Bring the snow!
Me too! I’ve avoided real Canadian winters the past three years by spending it in the Okanagan (Canada’s Florida). But not this year. Alberta-bound, then northern(ish) Ontario. Lots of snow and cold. Fun, fun .
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Now that the leaves are falling and the boats are off the water I'm really starting to crave snow. I was just down looking over my snowshoes, and I've been riding my winter bike in preparation. Bring the snow!
That's just absolutely freaking insane!!!!!!!!!! I'm upset that I put on a pair of socks yesterday!
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Now that the leaves are falling and the boats are off the water I'm really starting to crave snow. I was just down looking over my snowshoes, and I've been riding my winter bike in preparation. Bring the snow!
Boat should be coming out this week. Meanwhile enjoying the peak Fall colors here on the Isle of Long. Will spend part of November winterizing the water system and projects on board. Jumping on Cruise Ship in December for some sea staring time and warm water swims. Most of January will be spent in Bonaire including a week on a sailboat. Come back for a little taste of winter maybe jump on another Cruise Ship last minute if the feeling strikes me. Key West in April. Bahamas in May. Then the sailing season begins again here in my local waters.
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Well this thread seems to have evolved into why we like cold weather or no! For the record, love the snow and snow sports though last season cost me with a season ending injury that also took out much of sailing season. Still not 100% and may never be but will be back on the snow again and also heading to the boat this week. We gave up sailing decades ago to raise family, career and if boat ownership is ever considered foolish, try buying a small farm, then go into debt against it in retirement to start a new family business, oh and buy that sailboat of our dreams from 1989 when we first quit sailing. I had always dreamed of cruising around the world since reading Robin Lee Grahams book The Voyage of Dove. We have the boat that could do it, small by today's standards but not from the days of our youth, the Pardeys, etc. The dream is still alive but realize we have made our berth and now have become accepting of it. An earlier post speaks to his wife not being prepared anymore to go, we find ourselves there now as well. Almost three decades away from sailing also means we never developed the muscle memory for what to do in all situations and are still relearning. It is ok, simply being aboard our boat brings contentment and satisfaction that a least part of our plan did happen, Interlude came into our lives. Alfred Lord Tennyson's quote about love can certainly be subsided for dreams, as it is truly better to have dreamed and lost than to never have dreamed at all. We are better for it, and as the OP first questioned about stories of failure, no it is not a failure it didn't happen, failure is never having a dream or trying. Ya never know though, we spent much time one recent morning while at a marina in Annapolis talking with a couple on their boat, much like ours, who were getting ready to leave for points south and eventually a Pacific crossing. They were about our age, so there go many of the excuses! Meanwhile also getting ready to dust off the skis and snowboards!
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I'm actually not quite ready for snow. I still have some yard / garage / boat stuff that needs to be done before the snow covers us.

But mostly, once the leaves have fallen and it's cold, I want some snow on the ground! Much better white and pretty than just brown and cold.


We did get some great fall color this year.

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I had always dreamed of cruising around the world since reading Robin Lee Grahams book The Voyage of Dove. We have the boat that could do it, small by today's standards but not from the days of our youth, the Pardeys, etc. The dream is still alive but realize we have made our berth and now have become accepting of it. An earlier post speaks to his wife not being prepared anymore to go, we find ourselves there now as well. Almost three decades away from sailing also means we never developed the muscle memory for what to do in all situations and are still relearning. It is ok, simply being aboard our boat brings contentment and satisfaction that a least part of our plan did happen, Interlude came into our lives. Alfred Lord Tennyson's quote about love can certainly be subsided for dreams, as it is truly better to have dreamed and lost than to never have dreamed at all. We are better for it, and as the OP first questioned about stories of failure, no it is not a failure it didn't happen, failure is never having a dream or trying. Ya never know though, we spent much time one recent morning while at a marina in Annapolis talking with a couple on their boat, much like ours, who were getting ready to leave for points south and eventually a Pacific crossing. They were about our age, so there go many of the excuses! Meanwhile also getting ready to dust off the skis and snowboards!
I think most who get into sailing had similar dreams and plans at various points. Though through experience and aging issues those plans sometimes change. I know they have for me. Long passages to far destinations no longer interest me. Though in my younger years I was go go go and learned it was not all fun. Sometimes it was boring drifting along waiting for the wind, current etc... Sometimes frustrating when things broke.

I spent most of this season just sailing a few miles to a nearby port on Friday and rented a mooring for the weekend. I enjoyed watching the mooring field fill up with the weekend sailors. Then watch them depart on Sunday. I'd head into town for meals or BBQ on board depending how I felt. I would leave on Mondays when most of the powerboat owners were back at work and their wakes were not rocking and rolling my boat as I made my way back to my home port. I enjoyed each trip. Often I was the only boat out in the area. I still did my usual passage planing. Looked at future weather forecasts. Checked the tides and currents to decide on departure times to make for the quickest passage even though it was just a short hop. Just needing a two hour weather window allowed me to do more sailing than trying to reach further destinations which I had already visited anyway in my younger days. The late Warren Zevon's advice was to "Enjoy every sandwich" to which I would add to one should enjoy every sail. Even if it's not across an ocean.
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