Velkommen

Boots the Cat – adopting humans

No Comments 11 March 2013

Occasionally, I post something with little maritime or literary content.  Well, it would be a bit  of a stretch to say we have maritime content here, but……… Boots does love tuna.

This 2 minute vieo illustrates how quickly humans can be adopted and trained.  This human wants to sharpen his amateur audio/video/editing skills, and there is nothing better than a true story close to home.  It is posted on YouTube and since it is in HD, it is viewable in full screen mode.  Enjoy.

 

Alaska, B Dock, Velkommen

Freak Wave – BBC documentary

No Comments 08 March 2013

Absolutely incredible documentary.  Drop everything for the next 50 minutes and watch.  Compliments to Capt. R. Rodriguez at the Bitter End Blog for the link. This is Part 1 of 5. Be sure to check out the others.

Part 2 …….. Part 3 ………. Part 4 ………… Part 5

 

Do Freak Waves occur in the Great NorthWet? You bet! Check out page 211 of Extreme Waves by Craig B. Smith.

B Dock, San Juan Islands, Velkommen

Anacortes Marina Panorama     February 2, 2013

No Comments 04 February 2013


Click the image for the BIG picture.

The day before Superbowl Sunday was fabulous. Calm, sunny, warm….a taste of Spring. Of course, Velkommen went for an island cruise the following day. I’m pleased to say that all systems worked perfectly.  But he list of projects is still longer than my allowance. I’ve come to accept that, however. The day all projects are complete, is the day we do the really BIG upgrade.

Books, Velkommen

Wild

No Comments 27 January 2013

Click image to see flyleaf.

Cheryl Strayed.  Never heard of her.  But WILD came my way and her writing blew me acrosss the room with its power, beauty and honesty.  I don’t think I’ve read a book of this quality since Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird.  (I’m glad I didn’t let Oprah’s Book Club recommendation put me off.)

When I began, if I had known what was between the covers, I would have held on more tightly.  Cheryl wastes no time.  Chapter one:  ‘Ten Thousand Things’ is written with surgical precision. The throbbing intensity grows with each page until it must be fed.  It must be bled for.  Sobbed for until gasps replace breathing, until unconciousness provides a drop of relief. There is power in pain. The words vibrate with accuracy.  Each one perfectly chosen for one particular place on the page.  Doubtless she is her own editor, tirelessly playing each refrain until it is without flaw.  The mechanics are perfect.  Every word fits, every phrase passes smoothly to the next, every page builds the story, the book, the journey. But….wait until you get caught up in the content.

Not many years ago, Chery’s mother died.  Cheryl’s inner void filled with despair and it grew.  Getting off track took time and getting back on track would be no different.  The first few chapters set the stage. The remaining chapters journey along the Pacific Crest Trail telling a bittersweet personal story, unusually raw, always focused.  Hiking toward a better place:  Oregon.   The Columbia River.  The Bridge of the Gods.

 

WILD must be your next read.  It is Steak Tartare for the reader, Caviar for the soul.

Not particularly maritime related, but a salty journey, nonetheless. And as Melville wrote in Moby Dick: “Yes, the world’s a ship on its passage out, and not a voyage complete”.

A little taste by way of a few vids. Now what is she going to do for an encore?
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Alaska, Books, Velkommen

Walking Home

No Comments 15 January 2013

Walking Home is required reading for boaters, hikers and all those tuned toward wilderness adventure and the solitary introspection it provides.  Lynn Schooler’s writing is delicious.

It’s the spring of 2007.  Small changes are growing too large to ignore.  The mirror reflects youth and vigor, while the newspaper photo shows age advancing with wrinkles and gray.  An overarching force is moving.  It demands recognition, but doesn’t say when. Some things on the forever list need to happen now or not at all.

Begin and end at Lituya Bay. Hike around Mount Fairweather. Physically challenging and mentally focusing. The individual requires companions to mirror thoughts; to sharpen and steel the mind, lest it run amuck and race toward the void. After long miles, the companions are Beauty and Pain. They spar as they search for a grand design.  Two deaths repeat the duality of Beauty and Pain.  Markers beside the trail:  a close friend and a marriage.

Lituya Bay is a place I dream of visiting.  My time for aggressive hiking is gone, but magical places will always exert their pull.  And Lituya Bay must have BIG Magic.  Mout Fairweather, perhaps more.  An incredible place for an adventure, a journey into history, into nature and into the soul.  They are as different as they are the same.  Just read the book. You can thank me later.

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Click the front cover to see the back.

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