When in need of words of encouragement, we received an email from a completely random human who stumbled upon our blog. I loved what he had to say so much, I asked permission to share it with everyone. Thank you Dave Bricker for your take on our lifestyle and journey. A huge eye opener, and reminder of why we left in the first place. 

Katie and Jessie,

A friend who met you pointed me to your blog. When I was 23 (I’m now 48), I varnished my way through college, finished (liberal arts degree with a minor in jazz guitar) and broke away from Miami to go sailing on a Whitby 26—a Continental Folkboat. I left for two separate cruises with no more than $35 in my pocket, odd-jobbed around the islands, hopped on a friend’s home-made wooden yawl, and crossed via the Azores to Europe. Those times—even the lonely and scary ones—inform everything I do today. Now I’m married and have a 7-year-old daughter, but I never have to look back and wish I’d had my fun. As a teacher at a University (great irony), none of my students even have the options you’re pursuing on their radars.
So this is just a note of encouragement. The “real world” will embrace you when you’re ready, but it’s capable of waiting quite patiently for years. Enjoy yourselves. Challenge yourselves. And by all means, keep writing and taking photographs, I just finished a 420-page sailing memoir based on my own logs and faded images. I knew I wanted to write 20 years ago so I got myself in and out of all sorts of situations that I might not otherwise have bothered to. I followed my instincts and explored those side streets I might otherwise have passed by. Many produced great stories and friends I’m still in touch with.
Mostly, I want to tell you I’m so very glad to know that some young people have finally managed to pry their eyeballs away from their iPhones long enough to embrace the analog world. Whether or not you realize it, and whether or not your peers have the requisite level of awareness to even notice, you stand for something very important. Keep sailing.
All the best-

12 thoughts on “Fortunes from a wise man

  1. I have to agree with Mr. Bricker, it’s encouraging to know that other people our age are willing to break away and see the world. What makes it even harder is when you live somewhere that you actually like (Fort Lauderdale) and are surrounded by some good people. Although my road trip isn’t quite as ambitious as your sailing, reading and seeing your adventures have only added to my motivation to go. The end of April can’t come soon enough

    1. From one who completely randomly ran into her friend Dave Bricker while completely randomly running into and thoroughly enjoying this AMAZING blog — IMPRESSIVE work Jessie and Katie on your blog and your adventures! Keep it up as long as the bug compels you! One day I hope to be one of those retired people on the loop or tooling around the islands to wherever my mood leads me.

  2. Jessie and Katie, thanks for sharing that posting. I am very happy when I visit your site and see another entry. It makes my day! Dave’s letter is “right on”.
    We will be returnnig to BETTY L by the 25th of March and, with luck, will be leaving Key Biscayne, or Boca Chita for Bimini around the 7th of April. Would love to hear your plans to see if we have a chance to meet up with you again. We’ll do the Exumas then leave the Bahamas from the Abacos sometime in May. B&M

  3. I met Dave during his travels in the Abacos in 1990. I was singlehanding then aboard my F 27 Trimaran. It had far less room than your Cal. That little boat was the stuff that dreams are made of . And… while I do love James Gang the Tartan you were on I still believe that the best adventures happen on little boats. Dave lived his dream, so did I and so should you…. I won’t even put in writing what I did to fund my trip….

    1. well now I am very curious what you did to fund your trip?! desperate times… haha. I agree though, our adventure stands out because of this small vessel, and all of the things we do not have. I swear i wouldn’t change it for a thing. After an entire day of sitting on million dollar boats at the boat show, we both left smiling and satisfied with what we have (but maybe wishing we could live on James Gang)

  4. Katie and Jessie…We already knew this about you, but it is nice to have it underlined and reinforced so beautifully by Mr Bricker.
    I thought of you today when I saw a sign that said, “Seas the day”…
    Love to you, Celia

  5. Jessie, Katie,
    Dave turned me on to your adventurers and this blog. Firstly CONGRATULATIONS. I am very proud to see you out there, keeping the spirit of adventure, sailing and living life out there and alive. Secondly, keep on going, keep doing, keep experiencing. I know that at times it is tough, living in a small boat lacking what others ashore take so for granted (hot showers, doing laundry), and financially it can be hell sometimes. But hang in there. You are going to have experiences so few do, meet people whose lives yours will touch and be touched by. Then one day, 20 or 30 years from now, you are going to look back and say, wowwwww, what great times those were. Your life will be different for the experiences, and you will richer than so many in society in so many ways because you had the courage to live life fully, taking every last drop of what it has offered.
    I know what you are feeling at times, because I was there. I met Dave in the Azores when sailing solo on my home built boat to race solo across the Atlantic, and then I ultimately raced her solo around the world with lots of trial and tribulations. I spent 10 years living on board with nothing – cold, wet, hungry at times, scared out of my wits, but with complete faith that my destiny will be fine, just as you do today. I was consumed by my passion to complete the 27,000 mile solo race around the world. Since accomplishing it, out of the adventure I have built companies including a motivational speaking business, written books and won the National Outdoor Book Award and today work with world leaders across industries and teach in Universities. All this from what some saw as a simple sailing adventure.
    So do the doing now as you are. Keep those ports on your horizons and dreams in your hearts because one day you will look back and say, “What amazing lives we lived.” And this will be the pep in your step that will set you aside from mundane existence.

    1. WOW! Thank you for the inspiration. I completely understand what you are saying, and this is a wonderful reminder to stick it out, when you think your done. I wish nothing but for this adventure to last… as long as possible. Never again we will be able to have the freedom and nomadic capability as we do now. I can’t wait for the people, the places, the opportunities trip will bring. We are going to need another little inspirational speech in a couple months okay?!?

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