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One Year Anniversary - What Have We Learned?

Leaving Gig Harbor - July 12, 2018
It's been one year today that we left our home port of Gig Harbor. We have travelled over 2,500 miles, visited 29 ports, cruised both coasts of the United States and a portion of the Sea of Cortez. I can attest to the fact that A LOT of lessons have been learned, both boating lessons and life lessons. Many overlap:

You can choose a time or a place to arrive, but not both....We choose place, thus NoETA.
It can be an adventure or an ordeal - you choose.
There are ALWAYS people who know more. Ask questions. Listen.
Take the good, leave the bad.
Drop the prejudice.
Hitting the bottom isn't always bad. Hopefully you recover and learn from it. You might even clean off some barnacles.
Getting into and out of a dinghy is never graceful.
Patience. There is probably a bridge ahead you'll need to wait for anyway.
Stop complaining. Most people have so much more to be worried about. And most of them aren't complaining.
Learn people's names. The security…

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