CAMP­BELLS’ QUEST

Passage Maker - - Rest - BY JAY & KAREN CAMP­BELL

Con­trib­u­tors Jay & Karen Camp­bell re­flect back on a year of liv­ing aboard Largo, with a spe­cial shout out to that thing that cap­ti­vates the poet in all mariners ... sun­sets.

On the sea, the sun cy­cles and we rise and work and rest to its rhythm. It’s dif­fer­ent from life on land, flooded with light at the flip of a switch. Liv­ing on a boat, we mea­sure our work by the pas­sage of the sun and ad­just our la­bor to the ad­van­tage of the light. To our small crew this makes sun­set the more im­pact­ful of the day’s so­lar events. As af­ter­noon ends and spears of light streak from the horizon, it is the end of some­thing. Evening al­lows re­flec­tion on our day’s work, and we may plan for the new day to come, but each turn of the earth is its own chap­ter. Each day is a life writ small, when we rise with the sun, live fu­ri­ously if we are lucky, and then rest. This seems more so on a boat and the open wa­ter, where we feel the arc of the earth as much as we see it over­head, as the tide draws and drags against our keel.

I love sun­sets for this. Most sailors do. We gather at the rail or the dock or shore and cheer the sun in its pas­sage. It re­minds us of where we are in our own pas­sage. Sun­sets mark the end of some­thing, but they prom­ise a new be­gin­ning, as well, and a chance to start over. As the old year fades, and the new one be­gins, here are a few of Largo’s grand­est sun­sets from our ad­ven­ture on the wa­ter. May these im­ages make you happy with your jour­ney so far, and with the prom­ise of a new day yet to come.

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