Leaving the bustling city life behind

There has never been a more difficult exercise than to leave the comfortable life we had in Auckland and begin a new life often fraught with danger and always filled with the unknown.  However, I am reminded of a quote in Jon Krakauer’s book, Into the Wildwhich is a biography about Chris McCandless. 

He says, “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different Sun.”


  1. My golly I hope you have not had the poring rain we have and very cold at times. Stay safe and happy, miss you both already,

    Margie and Don

  2. Maitai sounds happy to be on a journey again. Love hearing her squeaks.Fascinating first entry. Will be following you. Bon vent.

  3. What a terrible start to your adventure. Hopefully you’re well on your way now. Good luck with your intrepid adventure. We look forward to keeping in touch with your new life.
    Joan & Claude

  4. Goodness, what a run of bad luck you have had. This would break a lot of people, but with your spirit you have pushed through. Hopefully all will go well from here. All the best. Dit Bonjour a Noumea pour nous.
    Joan & Claude

  5. Merry Christmas to you both. It has been a while since I have written. As always, I love reading about your daily adventures. It is amazing and I admire your desire to do the things you do. I know it must be a lot of work, but the rewards must be so worth it.

    Bob and I have not traveled much this year, but are contemplating going to Canada for a few weeks in the summer to get out of the summer heat. We plan on going to Calgary, Banff, and Lake Louise. We have two dogs that we will be taking with us. MaiTai is 11, and Chance is 8. It kind of holds us down from doing too much travelling. We receive so much love from them that it is worth the sacrifice. I do have a hope that we can travel to Africa one day. Time will tell.

    We hope your adventures next year are as exciting as this year. I think and talk about you often about how wonderful it is to read about the places you have been and the places you are going. Take good care of each other and have a Healthy, Happy, and Safe New Year! Keep on Sailing!! Lots of Hugs to you both. As you would say, “Cheers”

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