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.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Loop Completion - Part 3 - Return to St. Augustine

500 Days
8000 miles
Countless Memories

The third completion point of the Great Loop was reached on July 6, 2012, at the point the continuous journey began on March 1, 2011.  The adventure, circumnavigating eastern North America via waterways, took the Last Dance crew to many interesting places in the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas.  From some of the largest cities to uninhabited islands, interesting and beautiful vistas were experienced.  More importantly, many new friends were made in many different places.  Thanks to all our old friends who followed us along this journey and to the many new friends developed along the way.

The Gold ALGCA burgee, signifying the completion of the Great Loop was taken to one of the most famous of St. Augustine landmarks, the Bridge of Lions, posed by the northern lion.

At the time of this posting, Last Dance is undergoing major maintenance in preparation for her next adventure, of which there are multiple options.  One is to sell the boat and move onto the next dreamboat - larger of course.  The second is to continue cruising on Last Dance, albeit at a slower pace.  How can you travel at a slower pace than 7 mph?  By traveling shorter days and staying longer at each location visited.  The fall will find her traveling north until the cold weather dictates a turn to the south or someone decides to make Last Dance their cruising platform.

St. Augustine Bay


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