“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to talk of many things: of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.” Learned readers all, I am sure you recognize this stanza taken from Lewis Caroll’s, The Walrus and the Carpenter in Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
Aboard s/v Ortolan, a Maine Cat 41, we have no walrus or carpenter, although Russ has a long list of carpentry accomplishments to his credit and lord I sure hope I am not walrus-like in any way except I do enjoy raw oysters!
However, the time has come to speak of a change in the current and a shift in the wind as we draw closer to the end of our catamaran cruising days. We’ve enjoyed a great run, plenty of excitement and sailing, however; with mixed emotions our comfy floating home, Ms. Ortolan, will be for sale by spring. Unlike the Captain (who is a Pisces), I don’t have the same love of sailing; but I tried.
The New England summers are relatively short but we still have several months remaining to enjoy spending time in our home waters and up through RI, MA and Maine. After that, who knows? Land cruising is a logical next step after water/boat cruising and we just may do that. We won’t exactly be C.L.O.D.s (Cruisers living on dirt) yet; more like just kickin’ up the dirt.