Fundraising Campaign Extension

Fundraising Campaign Extension to June 28th!

Hi Everybody,

Today is Friday the 13th and it’s a full moon!  When we launched the Indiegogo fundraising campaign for the documentary film production, we picked today as an end date.  Why? Because it’s Friday the 13th and a full moon!

Needless to say, we also did not anticipate the attention we would need to divert to tackling challenges on-location in Mexico during this same time period.  Some knowledge can only be gained during actual on-location experience, and in that regard the past few months have been a great success.

If you have not contributed to the campaign or signed up to follow the blog, you may not know that two main obstacles have resulted in the need to delay, until autumn, further filming and expedition:

•    One has to do with the fact that the daily temperatures are literally too hot for the camera batteries to hold charge and indeed the camera simply working was not feasible…very bad for filming!
•    The other is that, even with minimal gear, the equipment necessary for the expeditionary documentary is too heavy for the single-hull outrigger.  This is especially true given the potential sea conditions of the Sea of Cortez.  Since our objective is to document, rather than arrive at Point Z in an outrigger canoe, we have elected to build a second canoe hull.  When we return to the Sea of Cortez in autumn, Wilber will be transformed into a traditional double-canoe (catamaran).   (article: Design Description)

(Note for contributors: Funds raised during this campaign remain exclusively allocated to the campaign and budget set forth.)

Due to dealing with the above challenges, we have been unable to promote the campaign as much as we anticipated.  Now that we have made the decision to delay the expedition, it means we have time to make the project even better.  We have petitioned to Indiegogo to extend our campaign, and they have accepted.

So… we will continue to work hard, and if you haven’t already gotten involved, here’s your opportunity!

You now have until the 28th of June to join in on Indiegogo and help the film project excel!

Transitioning into Journey

From March 2014

Journey, by its most basic definition, is getting from point A to point B…traveling from one place to another.

A and B may be physical, mental or emotional places, even financial places, but the key concept typically defining journey remains the same: getting to some place.

Casey and I have a slightly different understanding of the definition of journey. It’s not a destination-based wistfulness, “man, I can’t wait to get to such-and-such-a-place!” For us it’s more of an attitude or mindset than an actual departure/travel/destination paradigm.

Journey becomes a lifestyle.

I’ve heard this great piece of advice given to new cruising sailors, specifically those who built their own vessel;

after you sail away from the hubbub and fanfare of that first launch, take your boat to the first safe, comfortable anchorage, throw out the pick, then just sit, and simply breathe, absorb the fact you are now on journey.

You see the journey itself is the destination; being in that mindful place that defines your life, not governed by others, not bound by a knowledge that at some point you must return to that which you just left, your world is now your own, and horizon begets horizon.

Without an anchor line behind you or an imposing expectation before you, the only thing of importance becomes ‘the right now.’ How you enjoy that ongoing moment is up to you!

There’s bound to be some zen-like grooviness attached to this that I will probably never understand, however I do know it feels good, both at the time and lingering on for a while until other experiences take its place. The joy of being ‘on journey’ is something that can be described, but never known until it takes place for the individual.

The moment the car starts and we’re looking to the horizon, we are on Journey. How long will it take us to get to the Sea of Cortez? May be days, or the way we travel, weeks south but we are in that special place, living each day as it comes.

Shaun