Thursday, November 1, 2018

Livin' on the Dock of the Gulf

     Living in a marina on your boat give you a different view of the world.  You enjoy a quiet that doesn't exist on the land.  There is a close relationship with people of like minded ideas of what living really is.  Otis Redding put out a song in the 1968, a song that comes to mid as I sit on the bow of the boat and watch the tide roll away.  The words of his song "I'm sittin' in the mornin' sun, I'll be sittin' when the evenin' comes.  Watchin' the ships roll in, then watch 'em roll away again.  Boats are coming and going all day long and it is fun to guess where they are heading or just knowing that they are going fishing and will be back in the evening.  Others like sailboats who knows where they are off to.

     This is a great life with a minimum of noise or other problems that you encounter on the land.  It is a easy going way to allow you to be relaxed and just smell the sea on the breezes.  I find it  nice to be able to say hi to neighbors as they come and go to their lives as you walk up and down the docks.  Overall we are a part of a floating neighborhood, but we have a lot more in common with each other than do apartment or condo dwellers.  The one thing that I learned living on the land is that I never got the chance to know my neighbors or hardly ever get to even say hi and we were coming and going.  We are a community of people that like to spend a little time with each other.

     Live aboard people are often called boat trash, but I'd rather spend my time here than any other
place that I have lived in my 72 years on this earth.  I've written about a lot of places that I have traveled to, but what I realize that the one thing that I remember about traveling is as I approach the end of the trip I look forward to getting back to the boat and the great life on the water.