Sunday, April 10, 2016
When I was young, I loved to read biographies, especially about the great explorers. Perhaps that is how this guy from a land-locked state ended up having an attraction for “tall ships.” Some of you know that I almost ended up attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy after graduating from high school, which would have put my life on an entirely different trajectory. The Coast Guard Academy has a famous wooden sailing ship called the Eagle, that cadets sail during the summer for training purposes and to spread good will. Although I never sailed on it, I did get to tour the Eagle twice over the years (in Baltimore a few years ago and in the mid-'80s when I lived in Washington, DC). Although I didn't become a Coast Guard Academy cadet, the Eagle still is meaningful to me.