The Cruismobile (Betsy F. photo)Over the past few months we have developed a rhythmic pattern to our cruising style. Everyone has different comfort requirements, varying in degrees of land to anchorge to sea time. For us, a week in a marina gives us time to explore the local color, catch up with friends, dine out, complete boat chores, stock up on supplies, have the laundry done, use real toilets that flush, enjoy an endless supply of hot showers, and last but not least, walk Spark without firing up the dinghy engine. Traveling with a vizsla places some restrictions on our nomadic lifestyle. I miss the two or three day passages, but that distance and time for Spark at sea would be excruciatingly painful for us all. Compromise plays a heavy role in shaping our adventure. Sparky is a self-imposed restriction that adds greatly to our enjoyment, yet he reduces our mobility. Everytime we enter a marina, and in many anchorages, we arrive to shouts of "Sparky's here!" So I suspect our little mascot-ambassador is adding enjoyment to the experiences of others as well. He's "Value-Added" to be sure.
|El Tiburon at rest in Chamela (David F. photo)|