Cruising the San Juan Islands
The Realities of Energy, Water and Provisioning; Cutting off more Social Media
Hello! This week I’m writing while out on the water just north of Orcas Island. We just left Sucia Island this morning around 9am and are headed to Rosario Resort. Mike and Leila are above me sailing with the Code 0 sail. It’s slow going but peaceful.
We’re part of a flotilla and are island hopping a bit before the school year starts up again for the kids.
Power! Water, Following the Plan
Over the past 6 days I followed the meal plan I put together for our trip sailing in the San Juan Islands. I started out by planning all the dinners first. From our experiences day sailing I knew that after being out on the water all day there’s nothing more comforting and satisfying than a plate of delicious hot food. The lunches are almost always some kind of sandwich or wrap. I did make bean and cheese burritos yesterday with the microwave, which was very well received.
Grilling is pretty easy, and so far I used it for salmon with lemon and steak.
We have an inverter attached to our lithium battery bank that converts AC power to DC power. The inverter allows us to plug in some fans, use a microwave for popcorn, and use my beloved induction burner plate.
Ah, the motor just came on. The wind in the San Juans is notoriously absent or weak during the most beautiful summer months.
Good-bye Facebook and Instagram
This is the first vacation I haven’t posted to Facebook and Instagram, because I finally cut my ties to them. I’m going to miss a few of the interesting updates from friends and family. But it’s actually really nice to focus on curating my life my own way. I read Elle Griffin’s Yes, artists need social media and agree with so many points. The main takeaway from her piece and my years of using so much social media is that it’s a necessary part of sharing my life and work, but I have the freedom to pick the way I want to share it all.
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Oh this sounds like such a lovely trip! We are sailers too and are planning a trip for the fall. I hope you’ll share more about your experience!
I’m grateful that was your takeaway from my social media post, because that was mine too. We can engage with it however it works best for us. And I am just loving the intimacy that exists here. I don’t need the rest.
Anyway, grateful to have discovered your newsletter! Happy sailing!