Traveling Companions

Sometimes you walk life feeling like a single entity with no one holding your hand, other times you can latch ahold of friends and family to support you on your way. The best of all circumstances is finding new friends.

We’ve been fortunate to make some life long friends over the last four years. Folks we may only see once every several years. When you hold something in common that binds you together, it’s the best thing in the world.

Recently in our travels we’ve been privileged sail with different types of companions.

Theodore Too


Tugboat Theodore Too gave us quite a shock and quick smile as we pulled up to a fuel dock recently. How can you not grin when you see something like this? The crew, volunteers, were friendly and interesting to visit. They’re really proud of the accomplishments this small tug has made. You can read their story here .

Theodore Too is a replica of a tug based off a father’s story to his son turned children’s book, and finally a replica tug added to a fleet of tour boats in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Currently the boat and crew are heading to Florida for storage and a bit of maintenance.

American Cruise Lines


Right behind the tug in the same marina is another of our traveling companions. Try meeting this monster in a narrow canal on your journey. To say intimidating would be doing the experience severe disservice. The American Cruise Lines aren’t your typical cruise boat. They strictly travel the inner coastal waters of the United States. With a passenger list of no more than 150 allowing you to really get to know your traveling companions. What a great opportunity to meet and discover new friendships while seeing parts of America hidden from view.

Life’s a journey and the journey is richer when you stop and visit with the people along the way.

Traveling Companions


Where have you found new friends in unexpected places?

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About Nancy J Nicholson

Nancy J. Nicholson is a wife, mother, writer, and full-time sailor, writing of her adventures and creating contemporary mysteries along the shores of the eastern United States and Caribbean. She fills her time with new friends, exploration, food, knitting and reading.
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8 Responses to Traveling Companions

  1. Carol Roe says:

    I love the photo of Fawks with Theodore and the Cruise ship. My goodness they make him/you all look small. :)
    In the last few years I have made some wonderful friends online!!! Much to my surprise. I would leave a comment on a card or craft on a blog that I happened upon. Then they would reply to me. We exchanged email address’ and now exchange Birthday cards, happy and sad news and even got to meet one lovely lady when she came to Davenport to visit her ex in-laws!
    There is Jeannie in Phoenix, Anna in TX, Faith in Florida and Alicia in Australlia :)
    When I win the lottery I plan to vist Alicia . ( A girl can dream.) Hugs…

  2. I too have found some amazing friends online…some through the restaurant business as well. Sometimes you meet a customer who’s only in town for the weekend or a couple days, and you bond. You’ll never see them again, or maybe once every few years, but I like to think I have friends all over the world!

    Love the tugboat pic!

    carrie

  3. Natalie says:

    LOVE the pictures! What amazing stories and friendships you must have the opportunity to make – incredible!
    I have found new friends through blogging which was unexpected. I am not sure why I didn’t anticipate such a family/community to be built but I didn’t and it’s been an absolutely wonderful gift. Hubby and I also seem to make friends everywhere we travel which is always a huge part of the joy of traveling!
    Safe travels always Nancy!

  4. Dannie Hill says:

    Great post, Nancy. Like Carol, I’ve been completely surprised that I am meeting wonderful people in the social media, like Twitter. Many I now consider friends of the best kind. Those that don’t look for faults but move to encourage and lend a helping hand. And many are peer in the world of writing. And they come from all over the world.

    Like when sailing, you never know who’s just around the bend or in the next port but it’s always exciting when they appear.

    I also meet great people riding my motorcycle around Thailand- where I live. People who are the salt of the earth living day to day as farmers and laborers.

    Great pictures and and nice story about Tugboat Theodore Too.

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