One of the things I love about sailing is that change is constant.
On land I sometimes fall into a rut because of a need to feel in control. And minimizing change is one way of being in control.
But in sailing, decisions are made in reaction to an endless number of unexpected factors, which are completely out of your control and may alter your plans on a daily or even hourly basis. You may need to pull into a safe harbor because of a storm. You may have to weather the stormy seas because there’s nowhere to hide. You may have to change your sails to accommodate the wind. Or you may never get to where you’re going…
…because you found a tiki bar. With live music. Next to a free overnight dock.
That’s right. We had plans to sleep on anchor for the first time in Sassafras, Maryland on Saturday night, but before we even got to the end of the C&D Canal, we saw the “Free Dockage” sign in front of a lively-looking tiki bar.
Now, if we were not already accustomed to change, we might have made the terrible mistake of passing up this unique opportunity…just because we had another plan.
Luckily, that tragic possibility was over-written with a big bowl of The Deck’s famous “drunken clams,” a few red sangrias and a valiant attempt at dancing Gangnam Style to a Bryan Adams song.
To all of you kindred spirits out there: May you often be thrown off course by something unexpected and wonderful.