My name is Pat Watt. I began my sixties as a full-time working stiff. I was born in Scotland, trained there as a scientist, married young, emigrated to the US, raised 3 kids, divorced, became an active citizen, made a career in public/non-profit finance and management, and worked hard to do the right thing and help others according to my lights.
Then, in 2000, the hump of life behind us, my beloved partner (Bill) and I watched retirement approach; with it, the grave came inching into view. Time was flying. We screwed up our courage, covered our eyes, and leapt into the cruising life. We disposed of our belongings and moved into Callipygia, a Tayana 37′ cutter-rigged sailboat. (Here’s a picture of us in 2001, doing rig checks on our sweet boat.)
In 2004, after 7,500 nautical miles and visiting eighteen countries, we swallowed the hook and took up RV’ing in Clemmie, a 24′ Minnie Winnebago. We loved roaming in the natural environment and were very happy living in a small space unencumbered by much stuff.
Then, after almost 4 years and 51,000 miles RV’ing all over the US, Canada, and Mexico we decided to put down a permanent anchor. [Here’s a photo of me birding in LaBecerrera, Colima, Mexico. Birdwatching is an important part of my life.]
We now live in beautiful downtown Juneau, Alaska, where we have a house next door to one of our kids, and his family (2 grandkids.) We’ve -sort of – adjusted to owning a car and having more stuff than we’d like. You can read more about Juneau (and Alaska) in the Juneau Journal which I began at the very end of 2008.
You can also learn more about us and all about our travels on our website (The Trouser Rollers) which is one of the oldest and most original blogs on the Internet. Oh yes, and there’s complete cruising handbook there – Cruising for Dummies we call it.