"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

The Holy City

>> Sunday, October 14, 2012

Living within a hundred-thirty-two feet of 32 people gives one a secluded sensation. I could not tell you how it feels to step outside of society and then step back into it. To experience that feeling, you would need to do so yourself. Stepping outside of society forces you to think about deep feelings and what is really important in life.

While traveling hundreds of miles on a schooner keeps you working all hours of the day and night, the passage from Virginia to South Carolina was our longest voyage yet. We all went four days without seeing land and had another two days coasting along the shoreline. After the long journey we found ourselves pulling into Charleston Harbor.

It is a magnificent place, filled with hustle and bustle that is hard to comprehend after being away from the everyday life. Charleston has been the best stop yet, besides the fact that our inflatable boat "Softie" was stolen.

We have been exploring the city for almost a week now and have fallen in love with it. Charleston is our halfway point in this program, so we have a long way to go. We are setting sail later today for Cumberland Island in Georgia. This small island is a national park but is only a few miles from Fernandina, Florida. Then we leave the United States, headed for the Caribbean.



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