Where wind meets wave..
My first adventures at the point where wind meets wave came in college, when I dated a semi-pro windsurfer. She would patiently put me on a board, pick out the right sail, give me some pointers, make sure the wind would blow me somewhere safe when I inevitably screwed up, and then whoosh off to practice her magic, darting in and out of waves as I puttered and fell...puttered and fell.
It was a fun summer, but it left me with big abrasions on my shins where I had fallen off and been scrapped but the board's traction strips, and bumps on my head where the mast connected with me on my many unscheduled plunges into Lake Ontario. I learned three really important things: 1) Life jackets are important (see above bumps on head); 2) Steel cabling was invented for a reason and is the way to go when you want a mast to stay up (see above bumps on the head); and 3) There's magic where wind meets wave.
When I moved to the San Francisco bay area, I looked out at the windsurfers darting through the waves off of Chrissy Field and felt very good about my decision to give up windsurfing. In the years that followed, my sailing fixes were limited to dingy sailing on vacations. Later, when a move to Oakland found me on nightly dog walks along the waterfront, the urge to sail became too strong to ignore. Each evening, while tending to the hound's sniffing needs, I would dream of one day owning my own boat and once again playing where wind meets wave.
After a couple of years, and lots of sailing classes, I ended up the happy owner of my own boat, my beloved Adélie. At first I thought I would just day sail her and maybe one day race, but after hearing friends' tales of living aboard, becoming an empty nester, and the passing of my dogs, I moved aboard.
The transition to mini-ish living (at 45' Adélie isn't really mini) was wonderful and I quickly took to a more minimalist lifestyle. After a chance trip to a boatyard left me camping out at an unfamiliar slip while still in my own home, I knew that Adélie and I needed to see the world together. The itch to cruise had taken hold.
The future is uncertain, but it surely involves us exploring where wind meets wave.