3 days … 3 quotes challenge: Our Landmark is Gone

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”   ~ Mark Twain

St James Sunrise

photo by Ron Mayhew

For years this abandoned, forlorn sailboat has been our landmark. It was anchored just outside the Henley Canal that leads into San Carlos Bay on Pine Island Sound. After a day of fishing, swimming, boating, we were always greeted by this old friend, our anchored landmark, marking the canal we enter to get back home.

One day we discovered it was simply gone.

I would like to think that the owner had many adventures while sailing near and far. I would like to think that he explored, dreamed and discovered. Too often we think it safer to just lie at anchor and give up the dream. Every time I travel, I feel like I cast off the bowline.

Thanks to Sylvia of anotherday2paradise.wordpress.com for tagging me to do the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge.

The rules of the challenge are:

1) Thank the person who nominated you.
2) Post a quote each day for 3 days.
3) Each day nominate 3 new bloggers to take part.

My 3 nominees for today are:

Indas of   http://indahs.com/

Lisa of   http://lisadorenfest.com/

Jo of   https://restlessjo.wordpress.com/

(No problem if you don’t have the time or inclination to accept this challenge.)

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About travelerlynne

Traveler. Writer. Retired Educator.Traveling on and off the beaten path with my photographer husband. Volunteering locally as well as in Haiti and Tanzania, an enriching and humbling experience. A sun lover! Shelling, boating, fishing and watching sunsets. Growing mango, banana, key lime,and pineapple.Making smoothies and chutneys. Enjoying family and friends! Savoring each new day!
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22 Responses to 3 days … 3 quotes challenge: Our Landmark is Gone

  1. Letizia says:

    What a fascinating story. It must have been such a surprise to see it gone one day, such a fixture in your landscape. I like to think that it’s sailing the seas as well. Beautiful quotation and photo.

  2. A surprise and a disappointment. The county doesn’t have much money to tow away derelict boats, abandoned by their owners, so it remains our little mystery as to its whereabouts. Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Letizia.

  3. What a beautiful photo and the perfect quote Lynne. I will also imagine that the boat was taken away to be refurbished so that it could set sail on another voyage of adventure and discovery. 🙂

  4. Yes, let’s remain hopeful that the boat is getting new sails and a second chance at adventure. I have always romanticized what life would be like living on a sailboat and visiting new places. Thanks for commenting, Sylvia.

  5. cindy knoke says:

    That photo is amazing and of course I share your philosophy!

  6. I’m so glad that Ron was able to memorialize the sailboat with this gorgeous photo. I’d like to think that someone is restoring the beauty for a new adventure.

  7. You’ll be seeing that boat’s ghost for a long time! Beautiful image, so sorry that the icon is gone. Z

  8. Yes, gone, but definitely not forgotten. Thanks, Lisa for stopping by.

  9. megtraveling says:

    It’s good that you have these memories. It was very beautiful.

  10. Thank you, Meg for your comment.

  11. restlessjo says:

    Long may you and Ron continue to travel and to dream, Lynne 🙂 What a sublime shot!

  12. It was sublime, Jo. As we brought the family back from boating today, I missed it. A great symbol for living one’s dream. Of course, I’m sentimental about boats and water fronts.⛵️

  13. Madhu says:

    What a beauty! I remember admiring Ron’s stunning images of the sailboat earlier. Can imagine how much you must miss its presence on the canal. Wishing Ron and you and the lovely craft and its owners many more happy adventures 🙂

  14. This photo has special meaning for us and yes, I do miss it. That old boat has stories to tell. 🙂

  15. Tahira says:

    And I would like to think the same exact thing, Lynne. Many adventures, many stories…. Stunning, just simply stunning shot.

  16. Thank you for nominating me! I just realize it now 😦 My apology! Great image and quote from Mark Twain, and it is still valid to present day!

  17. Am glad you like the quote, Indah. It’s one of my favorites, too. 🙂

  18. I, too, wish great adventures for that sailboat, your old anchored friend that broke free. Maybe it was forlorn for too long, and needed something to liven things up. Loved your post. 🙂

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