Sometimes you never know when a thought or a dream starts to develop but that is not the case for our Great Loop Adventure. We were sitting on the docks one weekend at an impromptu “dock tails” party discussing different peoples’ ideas of what was their boating adventure dream. Jackie and I talked about cruising the East Coast and Bahamas and one person talked about the Great Loop.
As we discussed what made up the Great Loop, he handed me the book, Honey Let’s Buy A Boat, by Ron and Eva Stab. Like many others who read the book, I was totally captured by the adventure. Jackie and I talked about the trip and we added to our boating “want to” list.
We were not sure when we would get the chance and if we would do it before or after one of the other “want to” items. Jackie had a preference to do the islands but recognized I was smitten with the Loop. So in April of 2007 we joined the AGLCA and started to think seriously about doing the Loop. As we started our planning and looking for what may be the right boat, my dad’s health started to noticeably deteriorate so we shelved any active planning for what we thought would be a year or two.
When Dad passed away in early August, we started to look at the possibility again and decided while we are in good health and our family seemed to be in pretty good shape, 2008 would be a good time to start the adventure. We want to focus first on the Chesapeake Bay area the summer of 2008 and then return to Carolina Beach, NC, for late summer and the fall and then in late November or early December head to Florida and spend the winter and spring in Florida and the Bahamas.
We then plan to look at how we cover the Hudson River, Canada and Great Lakes to Chicago the summer of 2009. We will save the Mississippi, Ohio and Tenn-Tom rivers for last. We will have to determine if it merits our time and expenses from a business and personal interest perspective.