Sunday, February 19, 2017

Changes A-comin'

Let me explain what's happening.
We've been fortunate that we have so many followers of our exploits through a variety of formats. First, several hundred of you have been faithful followers of our blog during and immediately after our Great Loop adventure: whyknotonthegreatloop. Others of you have followed the videos I've made under our On Board Life banner on Facebook and Youtube. Others of you have been followers on, again, Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. That's all good. We appreciate your support.
But things are changing.
Our cruising season starting in the spring of 2017 is going to be our most ambitious yet. As already announced, we're heading to the Great Lakes for a multi-year exploration of this amazing boating destination. It's going to include the Thousand Islands, the Rideau Canal, the Trent Severn system, Georgian Bay and the North Channel, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, and even Lake Superior. It's very exciting.


To help keep my sanity in check, I've made some changes to our media set up. First, the original WhyKnotOnTheGreatLoop blog has been deactivated. It really didn't reflect our boating ambitions. It has been replaced by this blog you are on: whyknotgreatlakesgrandtour.blogspot.com. Obviously, by the name of it, you can see where I'm going with it. (If you do want to still read about our Great Loop adventure, all of those posts are still here.)
Others of you have enjoyed the On Board Life videos we made this year. Don't worry. There will be lots more of them.
And others have enjoyed all of the On Board Life shenanigans, such as the boating memes and cartoons. Again, more to come.

What I'm trying to say is that Lisa and I are gearing up to have one of the greatest adventures of our lives, and we want to share it with everyone! So, whether you want to read about it, watch videos about it, or just soak it in in dribs and drabs, we have you covered.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Hi there! And good bye…sort of.

Yes, yes, yes, I know it’s been a long time since I posted anything. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I’ve missed you, too. Really. I have.
Lisa and I are still in Colorado and all is well. Actually, when I say ‘all is well’ I actually mean it’s been total lunacy. You know—normal.
Let’s recap, shall we?
We pulled Why Knot into Ortega Landing Marina, a lovely place, on the 2nd of December. It was from there that we would head home for our winter shore leave. During our week there, we lined up a bunch of work to be done on the boat by the good folks of the Huckins boatyard a short distance away. The main thing to be done was to have damn near every window on the boat pulled off and be completely refurbished; new gaskets, molding, weather stripping; the works. There was also some minor mechanical work that had to be done, but the windows were the big ticket item. All that has been completed and our beloved Why Knot is now in tip-top condition, transformed from a 32 year old boat near its cosmetic obsolescence to a pretty much brand spanking new yacht. We’re very excited about all that.
Our trip to St. Louis was pretty much a non-event, save for having to doing a little maintenance. But when we got out to Denver on January 26th, we had to shift into a more urgent mode. As with every trip out here, there was lots to be done. So much so, we have had to change our 2015 cruising season.
Without delving into the details, many of the things that we have deferred over the past three years so that we could concentrate on enjoying our boating lifestyle, we could no longer put off. It was time to get down and get funky with our Denver circumstances.
And so, here we are, a couple of dedicated, enthusiastic boaters in Colorado, one of the least boaty places in America. But it’s our home, and we glad we’re here.
We’re not exactly sure when we’re getting back to Why Knot and resume our on board life, but hopefully it will be sooner than later…but we will get back to it, that’s for damn sure.

So, that’s the ‘Hi there’ part of this post’s title. What about the ‘good bye’ part?

I am retiring Why Knot On the Great Loop blog as our main blog to keep you all updated on our shenanigans, and moving over to our blog titled Outside the Channel. (http://outsidethechannel.blogspot.com/) Here’s why.
Over the last several months, I have been doing a lot of writing—and I do mean a lot!—in a different genre, and it has been very well received. Also, the sales of Outside the Channel: Volume 1 Just Hangin' Out, The 2014 Cruising Season and Assorted Tidbits, has gone well, and I’m encouraged to do more of it. (Click here to go to Amazon and buy the book.) Outside the Channel is a better place for that writing to land. The other reason is that I have taken a long and hard look at the writing that is out there about the favorite pastime of all of us, and I think I can bring some new and interesting perspectives to it. So, I’m going to give it a shot.
Now, all of you that are subscribed to Why Knot on the Great Loop, have no fear. You will receive the notifications of a new post, just like you always have. No problem. But you will be directed to go to the new site. (Why Knot on the Great Loop will still be active and visible.)
So, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
See you outside the channel.