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Trenton, Ontario, Canada
In June 2012 we started the Great Loop in our Bayliner Explorer. This blog is for family and friends who would like to follow our comings and goings and , for now, our getting ready for the trip. If you read this blog we would love to hear your comment& suggestions.

Friday, 30 November 2012

The Loop

The Loop - Gary Donovan

The Loop

It’s time to say good-by to our land bound friends

Our family seems happy, our endless talking now ends.

The weeks and months of planning we now put behind

Double and triple checked all the paperwork’s been signed.


Our boats are our homes a floating castle at last,

We use words like galley and head, forward and aft.

They have equipment like chart plotters and radar of all different brands,

 Yet, with all this technology, our keels still manage to find land.


Our Flag is our symbol; it’s a burgee I’m told,

In the wind it’s a beacon for all to behold.

“You’re a Looper” is usually the first words to be uttered

“So are we…….would you like to have a drink” J.


Our collections are varied but they have to be small

Some sand or a shell, you just can’t keep them all.

A pin or picture, a mug or a hat

Some people buy T shirts saying been there done that.


I’ve taken pictures of places, of things that bring out the kid

I want to remember all the things that I did.

Photos with gators and sunsets and birds… our cameras we fill

My question is quite simple…how to make a dolphin stay still


We all carry cards, there’s no info they lack

So many ways to find us, we even filled up the back

We scramble to find them; I know others do the same

I remember the boat but I can’t place his name.


The places we visit North South East and West

It’s hard to pin down a place we liked best

Names from our Canada or the US of A.

Just sound it out, it’s called, Choc-ta-what-chee Bay.


If you read these short verses and they brought you a smile

It’s the memories we make with each passing mile

In boating and life, try to keep your words sweet

Cause when the metaphorical docking is done, it may be them that you eat.


I’ll leave you with my simple uptake on life

Hold the hand of your partner your husband your wife

Call it a loop or a circle I know when our circle ends

Our most cherished possession will be our circle of friends.


Gary and Christelle with, Jacob, Josie and Jessie.


  1. Very Cool Gary... Sounds like you're having a blast.

  2. Christelle. When you have time, let me know where you are heading. West point Abacos or Bimini. Can't imagine you would be heading for Biomini if you want to cross the Gulf Stream tomorrow. Safe travels.