Reflection On America’s Great Loop: A Baby Boomer Couple s Year-Long Boating Odyssey

November 21, 2012 by  
Filed under San Diego Sailing Forum

Adventure is not just for the young! Though I own a boat was the opening phrase to their courtship and eventual married life, little did Baby Boomer couple George and Pat Hospodar know then that those words would lead to their making a year-long journey of a lifetime aboard their boat, Reflection, almost forty years later. For their ultimate boat-lover s voyage, the Hospodars traveled around The Great Loop, a circumnavigation of the waterways of the eastern United States and Canada. Varying from 5,000 to 7,500 miles depending on the route taken, The Great Loop usually takes loopers a year to several years to complete. And George and Pat are not alone. According to America s Great Loop Cruisers Association, hundreds of boat owners attempt The Loop each year. If you are one of these adventurers hoping to join the ranks of successful loopers such as George and Pat, this book is for you. Reflection on America's Great Loop welcomes and encourages not only fellow boaters, but also armchair adventurers and dreamers of all ages to join George and Pat aboard Reflection as they share a lighthearted, real-life account of their travels on The Loop. In addition, for those who are considering making this journey themselves, the authors offer insights and tips on: Routes Anchorages Navigation Locking Marinas Free dockage Low bridges Fuel stops Restaurants Shopping Points of interest and local history Border crossings in Canada and the United States Local marine weather websites and phone numbers Get ready to immerse yourself in the moments and memories of the Captain and the Admiral on their unforgettable trip through North America s waterways.

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