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, January 24, 2012

Behind Blogging

Time is required to review photos and tweak them a bit for presentation.  Time is required to construct a post on the blog.  And, when time is being used well for enjoyment of new and interesting places, visiting with old friends and making new friends, it seems time does not get invested in keeping up with the blog.  We are a bit behind.  In fact, the month of January is quickly coming to a close and no posts have been added.

Often, we wonder if the friends and family follow and enjoy the blog.  Then, we get feedback that more people are reading the blog than realized.  Carol and Dan Rohr, fellow DeFever Cruisers, wrote:

Thank you for keeping in touch and letting us share your trip vicariously.  We enjoy it almost as much as you!  It's always heart-warming to hear from you and see how much you appreciate each other and what's around you.  Thanks for your inspiration! Beautiful tributes and wonderful words bring the places right here.

Recently, we visited some Defever Cruiser friends, Greg and Barbara Allard, who are in Palmetto, Florida (near the south end of the Sunshine Skyway crossing Tampa Bay).  Greg told us: "Reading your blog is like reading National Geographic."

With such comments from friends, the encouragement to invest time in the blog must be recognized.  Interestingly, more people than friends and family are reading the Last Dance blog.  After Canada, the country most accessing the blog is Russia.

Many have commented that they enjoy the photos, so a photo was selected for this post, displayed above.  It is looking behind, as we raced (as much as you can race in an 8 knot boat) through Alabama, to make the anchorage at Ingram Bayou before dark.

Well, a post has been made in January.

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