Tuesday, July 16, 2013


"When I climbed this lighthouse the first time three years ago, I only had the vaguest notion about its inner workings and the labor involved in keeping it running. I had the same vague notion of the tedious work that lay ahead for us in the next few years as we arranged our lives to go sailing."

When we were only dreaming of cruising, we took a vacation to Hope Town in the Bahamas. Every day, we listened to the cruisers' net on the VHF in our cottage and pretended we were cruisers. We climbed the lighthouse and looked down longingly on the boats moored in the harbor.

A long three years and five months later, we revisited Hope Town in our own boat, embracing the reward that awaits when you just keep cranking.

For the backstory on this column:
Triumphal entry into Hope Town, May 20, 2011
Climbing the lighthouse, May 24, 2011
Sights of Hope Town