Sailing off

Well, it’s been a while since I posted here.  Procrastinated over the last few weeks since finishing my thru hike.  It took me around 12 hours most days so there wasn’t a lot of time for me to blog.  Luckily my trail name became Haiku- you can read my haikus at

I’ve since accepted a job doing acupuncture on cruise ships, so I’ll be shipping off tomorrow for my next crazy journey.

Fun with crayons and markers!

Yeah…so pretty much I got real hooked up.  I’ve not been to a lot of these places and Australia and New Zealand can be really expensive places to travel.  Having accommodation and some of my food paid for (whatever I eat on the ship), as well as travel, will help a lot.  There will be a lot of “sea days” where the ship doesn’t stop at ports, which is good for me as a service provider on the ship- passengers can’t book treatments with me if they are not on the ship to have them.

The bad- well, not so bad, but a little scary- I have to work pretty hard.  It’s a 52 hour work week though hopefully I can concentrate my schedule on the days we are at sea, so I have bigger chunks of time off in port.  There is a lot of patient education via seminars and even demos I will give if I’m not busy, something that’s a little nerve-wracking but I think will be okay once I get used to it.

At this point it’s just about impossible for me to concentrate on studying the seminars so I’ve been trying to pump up with finding info about the ports and having schemes to keep myself motivated just in case.  I have a little exercise plan since that’s going to be so important there, literally there will be days where I won’t be on land.  I’m considering another long hike next summer so I’d like to be in shape.

Places I will visit:

  • Hawaii
  • Samoa
  • Fiji
  • Vanuatu
  • New Caledonia
  • Australia
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Tonga
  • Niue
  • Cook Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Costa Rica
  • Nicaragua
  • Guatemala
  • Kiribati
  • Christmas Island (I am so excited about this !  Geeked out about this place as a kid)

At the end of seven months I’ll be in San Diego, which is also the biggest city near the start of the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail).  There is a definite part of me that likes the ridiculousness of living on a boat for seven months and then immediately walking and living under a tarp for five months.  It’s also the right time to start the hike so we shall see.

Anyway to keep myself entertained I have decided to take up the hobby of cold-brewing coffee.  I’m going to all these places that either produce coffee or have a strong coffee culture.  It works great for the ship as you aren’t allowed to have water heating appliances but there is often a refrigerator to store the concentrate in.  Also, coffee has caffeine and I have a hunch I’ll need a lot of it.  So look forward to some reviews in the next few months.