Day 49, May 18, Home Port—Toronto Island Marina

19 05 2012

After three days in Whitby visiting family and doing some work on the boat, we left for Toronto, and our home port at the Toronto Island Marina. The sun was shining and it glistened on the water and there was a fallowing sea. What an exhilarating time for us to be sailing through the harbour, realizing the fulfilment of our dream to live on our boat, when we left last November. Our dock has a wonderful view of the Toronto skyline and the harbour. Of course we had to have happy hour toasting our huge accomplishment in arriving home safely(although a little scrapped up). Several marina members congratulated us. We took the ferry to a restaurant to meet our daughter for dinner. Must say that it’s great to be home and to not have to change dock for awhile.

How does one summarize such a time as we’ve had? It would take the rest of our lives to do so, because it will affect the rest of our lives. The beautiful scenery we saw and the wonderful people we met would have to be paramount in such a synopses. The lessons we learned were immeasurable, about life and about each other—and a few about boats and water!!!

Since this is the last blog, I thought I’d finish with a great quote by Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.”

Also: “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes wide open.” Jawaharal Nehru

Also: “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played over and over in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” Pat Conroy

And finally, I’d like to conclude that it’s REALLY important to LOVE the person you are traveling with!!!!Because high-stress situations reveal the worst in any personality. So my final quote is from Mark Twain: “I have found that there aint no surer way to find out whether you like a person or hate them than to travel with them.”We found out that we really ‘like’ one another’

Thank you to anyone who has commented on this blog. I’ve discovered that I really love to write! Nite nite to you all.

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