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

Little Man

It began in New York City.  While standing on a street corner, amid heavy pedestrian traffic, cars whizzing  past, and horns blowing, Jill would say, “Little Man.”  It was puzzling.  Jill, who has always worked with people with differences, would never call attention to a person’s differences, even stature.   Another corner, another “Little Man.”  Finally, the light clicked on.  On the pole across the street, the sign had changed from a red hand to a white stick figure.  Jill was announcing the change in crosswalk signal, indicating to the old guy standing next to her that he should step off the curb and cross the street before the red hand appeared and cross traffic began flowing again.

Cruising the Georgian Bay, the announcement of “Little Man” began again.  Puzzling – there are no traffic signals on the waterways.  Looking over to an island, the object of the announcement became clear.  It was a stacked-stone man, a Canadian Native welcoming symbol.  The Inuit statue is an Inukshuk (In-OOK-Shook), with many translations, including: “Stone man that points the way,” “Someone was here,” and “You are on the right path.”  The rock stack was used by the Inuit from Alaska to Greenland.  The Inukshuk is a symbol of hospitality and friendship, and was chosen to be the symbol for the 2010 Vancouver Canadian Winter Olympics.

Canadians have built Inuksuit throughout the Georgian Bay 30,000 Islands.  They stand on islands with homes and on small islands that are only a rock.  Seeing an Inuksuk does make one feel welcomed.

Our favorite Inukshuk is one built of quartz on top of a mountain near Topaz Lake.  It is newly constructed by Jill.  Now, those who chose to climb this mountain will be welcomed by a “Little Man.”

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