On Watch: In Search of Nirvana Bay

On Watch: In Search of Nirvana Bay
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Remains of a mudslide that buried a third of Matasirih are still visible in this photo of the town. You can’t sail away your whole life!” I’ve heard that more than once, and at age 68—with 60 of those years spent afloat—I’m not sure that it’s true. Is bean counting ashore that much better? That much more fulfilling? Is having a loyalty card at Starbucks truly the end-all of ­workaday ­modernity? One thing that such chiding illustrates is the land-centricity of the speaker. I, however, am a sailor. I’m not sailing away from their concrete jungle; I’m sailing toward my own private Nirvana Bay. One of the ways my wife, Carolyn, and I do this is by ­shunning ease. I know that sounds like a worse blasphemy than being against generosity! But bear with me and allow me a second to unroll the dusty chart of an alternative view. We recently cruised many of the 17,508 islands of Indonesia for four months with a totally d.... Continue Reading at Cruising World

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