Water is the Wild Blue Yonder
by Barb Hanson
travel advisory # 1: Don't.
If at all
possible, take a boat instead. It may not get you there as
fast, but it will surely be a much more comfortable and
Unfortunately there’s no fast boat to Washington, DC. So,
on a recent trip I was forced to assume the knees-to-chest
position for a couple of hours aloft each way.
travel advisory #2: While aloft (or in the security line)
don't complain out loud.
Passengers can't hear you. They are plugged into
earphones. Flight assistants are harried and just want to
serve the soft drinks, pretzels and stale sandwiches.
Remember when they served real food on real plate with
real forks and knives?
doesn't do any good to complain. You can decompress later
and maybe vent a little, too, on a boat. Sound travels
faster in the water anyway.
travel in a world of “don’ts.” Don’t leave your car
unattended. Don’t walk away from your bags. Don’t bring
your own bottle of water. Don’t touch your carry-on when
they are inspecting it.
upon a time there were no security lines, no threats and
you could keep your shoes on prior to boarding. Once upon
a time people used to bathe and put on decent clothes to
fly. Today you're lucky if the person next to you is
one's husband is a private pilot, one would be
well-advised not to complain about private planes. I'm
sorry, but I fail to see the attraction in sitting
white-knuckled in a small plane with nothing but space
above and below.
is something much more relaxing about cruising down the
waterway with long sandy, secure beaches on either side.
There are no take-offs, landings, seatbelts, and constant
chatter in your ear. There’s no “Big Brother” on our
boat. There’s no FAA, “Federal Aquatic Authority” for
choose to maintain our vessels as we choose. Some boat
owners may choose a lower standard of maintenance than
others, but that is their choice. We can cruise where we
want to and when we want to. There’s no “boating space”
to ask permission to enter and exit. I can think of no
other freedom we have that is quite like boating.
travel is simply not fun. "Have a nice flight" is code for
"I hope you get to where you're going."
travel advisory # 3. Don't fly. Cruise.
so sure about cruise ships or even megayachts but I do
know that yacht cruising on a family-and-friends kind of
yacht is the best way for the human spirit – this human
spirit, anyway -- to become one with the water planet.
Serenity, thy name is relaxing in the breeze on the fly
bridge of a trawler or sailing on a broad reach with a
gentle breeze touching your face and a happy sun smiling
on the scene.
are no lines to get on board, no bags to check and no
packing and unpacking once underway. There’s no waiting
for a seatbelt light to go off so you can go to the
are no microwaveable meals aboard our boat. Fresh seafood
and a chilled glass of wine await us on the aft deck. We
take time to watch the sunrise and the sunset. Flying may
be, as Air Force pilots sing, "the wild, blue yonder" but
cruisers know that the ocean is the real wild, blue
philosopher once said that mountain people are wise but
ocean people are happy. Pleasant cruising.