Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Does Cruising Make You Young?

Yesterday's blog post was about our marina's Labor Day party and how some of the party goers went a bit overboard.  Men were a hootin' and a hollerin' while women used a nearby flag pole as a dance pole, spinning and twirling around it.  The end result was a broken dance pole.  I can envision a dozen cruisers running away, giggling and yelling "hide!  hide!".

I've often thought that while all men grow older, most men stop maturing at age 16.  Oh sure, we can put on a suit and tie and pretend we're grown up and responsible and all, but in reality we'd rather be hanging out with our friends doing fun stuff.  Now I'm thinking that a large segment of the female population may also be in the same category if the flag pole incident is any indicator.

Do fun loving, young at heart people buy boats and go cruising?  Or does the cruising lifestyle make people fun loving and young at heart?   Maybe a little of both?  What do you think?

In the past year of cruising and living aboard Drift Away, I really can't think of any grumpy old grouchy cruisers we've met, but we've certainly met plenty of happy folks.  The people we've met are living life on their terms and in so doing have removed much stress from their lives.  They may not be as young as they used to be on the outside, but they're young on the inside.  

I think tonight Pam and I will round up a few of our liveaboard friends and walk the nearby neighborhood.  I feel like ringing doorbells and running away.


  1. One of my favorite quotes:

    We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.