Stephen told me earlier this summer that he had adopted a motto he heard from canoeist Stephanie Parks, who paddled the Great Lakes Canadian coastline with her husband. ”It’s better to be on land wishing you were on the water, than on the water wishing you were on land.” He’s been doing a lot of wishing to be on the water lately. The back to back to back storm systems of late August and early September have kept Stephen on shore for 12 of the last 20 days. He has had time to repair gear, read a book or two that I brought him on my occasional resupply visits and practice patience and good judgment. So far, all of us who care for him are happy to know that he is using one of his favorite values, safety first.
Maybe if we all together wished for calm seas….