As I have mentioned before, I have never been attracted to the cruising lifestyle, but I do occasionally read some cruising blogs. My big favorite cruising blog at the moment is Windtraveler. It definitely has my nomination for best cruising blog on the planet.
Not only does Windtraveler cover the obligatory "boat maintenance in exotic locations" subject with fascinating posts on installing a watermaker, something to do with a mini-stay which I don't begin to understand, and the always-fun, what to do when the shitter's full.
Not only does Windtraveler report on their adventures ashore in fascinating locations such as Grenada and Trinidad, and playing with water toys in the Bahamas.
But Windtraveler has an extra ingredient that makes it special for me.
It is not the story of a young couple cruising on their own before they have kids (if they ever get around to having kids.) It is not the story of a retired couple cruising on their own and leaving their kids and grandkids behind on land for months or even years.
It is the story of a family cruising together. Just three of them so far. Scott, Brittany and baby Isla. And it is the joy that the parents show in cruising with their child, and the happiness of their beautiful little girl on the boat that shines out in their blog, and makes it special.
The posts I like best on Windtraveler are ones like when Isla helps her Daddy with his work on the boat, or this one with pictures of Isla on the Bahama crossing, or this one about their first night aboard with Isla.
Everyone's different, I know. And good luck to all those couples cruising by themselves. But if you have followed my blog for any time you will know that my kids and my grandkids are a huge part of my life and I couldn't even imagine going off an extended cruise around the world and leaving them behind.
Here is a photo of Isla with Brittany. Is she having fun, or what?