Feature Story: Sailing the Great Loop // 2018
Seniors traveling and having adventures like sailing 'round the America's Loop? Seems like a crazy idea to some. However, members of the Evergreen Bed & Breakfast Club think otherwise. We hope you enjoy this special article about Evergreen members who are staying true to the club's mission to express ageless activity, no matter how many years have passed.
Evergreeners Mark and Lynn Prebble sail the America's Loop
From what Lynn Prebble writes, it sounds like the trip of a lifetime. In a letter recounting their adventure, Lynn wrote, "Cast off!!! The cheers went up from our Evergreen Club host in New Smyrna Beach Florida as we started our Great Loop trip on a boat from Florida, up the east coast and Hudson River to the St Lawrence Seaway, across Canada via canal systems and the Great Lakes, down the River systems including the Mississippi, then traveling back around to Florida across the Gulf of Mexico. We even watched a rocket launch from our boat at Merritt island!"
As you can see, the gold burgee (flag) means they completed the loop! Quite the accomplishment! It took them a year... and we hear they made good time!
Kayaks and collapsible bicycles allowed them maximum freedom to pursue anything of interest they saw along the way. They could go on mini-adventures within their larger adventure! Imagine that... just exploring for an entire year.
And what is the America's Loop? According to The America's Great Loop Cruiser's Association, "The Great Loop is a circumnavigation of the eastern U.S., and part of Canada. The route includes the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the New York State Canals, the Canadian Canals, the Great Lakes, the inland rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico. "Loopers" take on this adventure of a lifetime aboard their own boat."
The greatloop.org website goes on to say, "The Great Loop is a minimum of 5,250 [miles], but depending on which route choice and which side trips you do, it can be extended to include thousands more miles."
Lynn continued her story, "That was our longest stretch traveling 27 hours in an all nighter from Apalachicola to Tarpon Springs Florida. Circling back to New Smyrna Beach we had traveled 5,524 miles and had gone through 153 locks on our year-long trip on water. We were welcomed back as we crossed our wake in New Smyrna Beach by Evergreener friends Steve and Tennis Wright" (pictured below).
Happy Travels,The Evergreen Team
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