Paul (myself) and Jackie (AKA ‘Anchor Girl’) are a husband and wife team who have been enjoying extended cruising aboard our past four boats for over 15 years. Currently, we are on ‘Boogaboo IV’, a 40′ Sea Ray Sedan Bridge, having lots of fun with that beauty since purchasing and driving it nearly 700 miles – through two countries – to it’s new home, back in 2010.
Living for the weekends and summer holiday voyages on the boat were the times we looked forward to above everything else. Times were good.
Life Throws a Curve
Everything changed in late 2012, as life threw us an unexpected turn when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As you could imagine, learning about the worst case scenarios of what MS could bring, coupled with a nasty stretch of very unpleasant and downright scary symptoms at the outset of the disease, had a profound impact on both of us.
After a difficult period of coming to terms with this new reality and doing some serious soul searching, we decided to not simply roll over and give in to the disease, but rather fight it and take back our lives. Coming through this trying time led to a profound new meaning to what I had professed many times over the years; life is short so enjoy it now, you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. That, and all the other sayings that are supposed to make one consider how precious the good days are.
Today, after forging through to what I refer to as ‘The Other Side’ of the initial dark days of MS, things are much better. A hard reality learned and a completely new outlook on life resulted in a commitment to downsize and move full time aboard our beloved Boogaboo. After years of just talking about some vague, elusive date when that they might be able to actually move full time to a boat, the reality was finally coming true. As much as MS had brought us down, this new adventure outweighed it by many, many times!
Now we would be able to pursue new experiences. Not wanting to merely pass time on the boat, we continue to look forward to discovering what’s around the next corner and venturing to new and wonderful places.
With ‘Boogaboo IV’ being based in the Great Lakes region, winter boating is not an option. So, what does a fun seeking pair do when the boat gets tucked away in the fall? Head south, of course :-)
Florida had been another place that could only be enjoyed for a few short days each winter. Now, with the lines of our old, everyday life cast off, living the beach life through the winter is one more part of the new reality.
To help make all this financially viable, I continue to expand on his writing and video production pursuits. After working my whole adult life with my hands, I looks forward to enriching my creative outlets. You can read about the work that I have authored on the Services Page. Jackie brings a woman’s touch to our team by designing all of the items in the Boogabooster Store, as well as helping to curate our social media sites.
I’m very proud to have recently produced my first, feature length travel video – the first in an ongoing series. I’ve always been compelled to share the beauty of the areas we visit and this is a very inspiring outlet for me. Our local boating, as well as Florida adventures will surely continue to inspire others to get out, explore and discover their own adventures!
We invite you to follow our journey as we follow the sun, live life for ourselves and keep on Livin’ The Dream :-)