Cruising on Last Dance

This blog archives the adventures of Glen and Jill Moore and provides a means of communication for friends and family. Exploration and adventure have been synonymous with boats and water for centuries. The joy of adventures shared while exploring new places and meeting new people has built a strong bond for Glen and Jill. Last Dance is the platform for the exploration.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." St. Augustine, 354 - 430

“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.” Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats." The Wind in the Willows, 1908, Kenneth Grahame, 1859 - 1932

"I've never believed speed and ease are conductive to living fully, becoming aware, or deepening memory, a tripod of urges to stabilize and lend meaning to life." River Horse: a log book of a boat across America, 1999, William Least Heat-Moon,1939 -

The Great Loop -- The current adventure is a circumnavigation of the Eastern United States, cruising north up the east coast through New York into Canada, across the Great Lakes to Chicago, navigating multiple river systems south to Mobile, along the Gulf coast to the Florida Keys and back to St. Augustine. This trip by boat is commonly referred to as the Great Loop. Progress and current location are indicated by the red line on the map to the right. It was titled the Traceless Path in recognition of a German sailor we met in St. Augustine who published booklets of his travels with hand-drawn, detailed maps describing his travels across the water as the Traceless Path.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Communing with Nature

Being in natural environments creates many benefits, both psychological and physiological.   We feel better and refreshed when interacting with nature.  It is why we build parks, spend time in those parks, hike, camp, and plant shrubs and flowers in our yards.  Most of the benefits of this nature/human interaction are intangible and difficult to measure.  A few are quite tangible.

The hikes ventured through some of the rocky 30,000 Islands of the Georgian Bay have produced some great tangible benefits – berries.  Wild blueberries in this area grow on low plants resembling a ground cover more than a bush.  The berries tend to hide under the foliage, making gathering challenging.   A bit of patience produced over a quart of blueberries during a hike of an island along the Bad River.  Jill’s skills turned these berries into an apple/blueberry pie and delicious blueberry muffins.

The photo of the collected blueberries includes a dime to provide a size reference.  The wild blueberries are tiny in comparison to the domestic, cultivated varieties that are in u-pick fields and the grocery stores.  Picking these minuscule berries requires extreme patience, dexterity, and time.  In the small Georgian Bay community of Point Au Baril, the general store had wild blueberries for sale at $15/quart.  The price seemed high until the back-breaking labor of picking a quart was experienced.  Now, $15/quart seems a bargain.

An island in Mill Lake on Phillip Edward Island had a field of wild raspberries.  They have their own gathering challenges since they have thorns and chose to grow interspersed with thorny, wild roses.  Phillip Edward Island had more blueberries.   That hike’s results included a blueberry/raspberry pie and an additional dozen muffins.

Communing with Nature – tangible benefits.

Oh.  It has been reported that a local animal is also fond of blueberries and roams the islands in search of the same sweet fruit.  

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