Tick Tock


God. Why did Nick have to put that timer up on the site? I was having such a nice time imagining that this trip was still some crazy dream. Every time I look at that timer I realize it’s reality.

15 days 20 hours 31 minutes and 49 seconds until we go.

There’s so much left to do. We’ll get it all done, but the enormity of it is just staring me in the face. In five hours, Nick and I are both officially unemployed. I’m betting, however, that we’ll be working even harder these next two and a half weeks.

I’m picturing September 18th–the one moment that day that I can see clearly. We sail out, past the shipping lanes, in a route we’ve traveled before. All of us are still hungover from the night before, feeling awful and happy at the same time as we crack jokes and the California coast gets smaller and smaller behind us. And in a haze I’ll look back out to shore again and it’ll be gone. Just us and the ocean for a moment, until our next landfall. And that’s when I’ll know it’s really begun.

15 days 20 hours 21 minutes 32 seconds.

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11 Responses to Tick Tock

  1. Jim Kleeman says:

    Dropped some paperwork in the mail for you guys yesterday. I’m looking forward to experiencing your voyage through the internet.

  2. Judi says:

    We’ll be there for that party and launch and will try to keep that hangover from being of massive proportions. Can’t wait to see everyone!

  3. Oh what an amazing adventure lies ahead! Wish we could make the “launch” but we will be there is spirit!

  4. Mama May says:

    We can’t come to see you off but we will be looking forward to emails of your adventure! We will be with you in our thoughts each and every day!!!

  5. Ellen Demko says:

    I wish you fair sailing, no seasickness, no white squalls, meeting interesting people along the way, and when the time is right – a safe return home. Aunt Ellen

  6. Mom (Sara) says:

    Dear Aunt Ellen, what a PERFECT wish you sent to the guys! It was so well-said. (Perhaps because you know a fair bit about the cruising life yourself.) I will remember this wonderful wish and hope it all comes true!

  7. Neil B says:

    Good luck dudes! Keep the website updated when you can so i can follow along while im at work!

  8. Laura Johnson says:

    Hey guys- wishing all of you smooth seas and fair winds on your journey! How very daring and exciting! Thanks for sharing it with us all in this virtual world and I look forward to following your grand adventure!

  9. Mom (Sara) says:

    Okay – I’ve been sending Alex and Nick a “quote of the day” for the last few days…all related to sailing, of course. But this one (by Mark Twain) I think captures the spirit of their whole voyage and grand plan: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Explore, dream and discover my dear sons (and Dave).

  10. Mom (Sara) says:

    Ooooohhh! Is there any way that you can put a “Counting Up” clock on the website now to keep track of your actual voyage time? That would be fun to see!

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