“This sailing life shapes the way I see things in our world. The longer I sail, the more I believe it is a most enriching life. Trips are planned, but when things really go wrong, you have an adventure–you can’t plan an adventure. Things seldom go according to plan at sea. Thus we have adventure after adventure after adventure. Adventures at sea are more real and somehow more fulfilling than I ever imagined they’d be. Thoreau originally said, and Abram Collier wrote further about it: “Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature. Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely does he test all his powers or find himself whole. But in the hills and on the water the character of a man comes out.”
If you know the source of this quote, please let me know. I found it in an old folder, and like it… hope you do, too.