Nature's Bounty|The Thoreau View

Update note to start with.... we are at Salt Pond, Long Island, Bahamas. Tomorrow we plan to leave to visit the Jumentos and Ragged Islands. There are no services and no phones. We will be out of contact for the next couple of weeks.

Note: All Henry David Thoreau quotes are in italics.

One farmer says to me, “You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;” and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.

Today, I caught a Painted Mackerel on our journey to Long Island; this catch lead my mind to remember how genuinely fortunate we are. The Captain and I began having a discussion regarding all the blessing that we have received from nature and our Father in the form of nourishment. Yes I joke about the beans and rice which we really do eat a lot of but we also eat a lot of very healthy nutritious and yummy foods, fish, conch, lobster, crabs, coconuts, field ripened fruits and veggies and even rain water. Living this lifestyle we don’t have immediate access to a grocery store as most are accustom to; instead we have to practice patience and persistence and sometimes courage. It is all about being happy with what you have (beans and rice) and the universe will provide more, much more. There is a variety of ways that we obtain these foods when the time is right, we hunt with spears underwater, troll while making passages with a fishing pole, pick them from fields and in the wild, climb trees to get them and occasionally we are gifted with these items. Existing on the ocean is all about self sufficient living and allowing your Higher Power to provide for you. It’s about demonstrating faith and not being fearful or lethargic to exert a little effort into obtaining what it is you need for yourself.
The Captain recently finished the book, “Sensible Cruising: The Thoreau Approach” by Don Casey and Lew Hackler. I read it a few years ago and it is a great book that explores the cruising lifestyle using the philosophic teachings and poetry of Henry David Thoreau. Since we have had many inquiries into the subject of dining on the high sea I decided to try something different with this blog and I’m going to attempt to give you a little insight into this subject using the, “Thoreau Approach” and pictures. I hope you enjoy his writings as much as I do.

From the right point of view, every storm and every drop in it is a rainbow.

"A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water…"

"Cold and hunger seem more friendly to my nature than those methods which men have adopted and advise to ward them off."

" Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board. "
"You must prevail of your own force, as a plant springs and grows by its own vitality."

"…I foresee that if my wants should be much increased the labor required to supply them would become drudgery."
"To ensure health, a man’s relationship with nature must come very near to a personal one…"
"Cease to gnaw that crust. There is ripe fruit over your head."

"I think I will not trouble myself for any wealth, when I can be so cheaply enriched."

"I take some satisfaction in eating my food, as well as in being nourished by it."

The man of genius knows what he is aiming at; nobody else knows.

"…the voyageur will do well to replenish his vessel often at the uncontaminated sources."

"The world and my life are simplified."

"All this is perfectly distinct to an observant eye, and yet could easily pass unnoticed by most."

"Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances…"

"I suspect that the child plucks its first flower with an insight into its beauty and significance which the subsequent botanist never retains."

"Most men…are so occupied with the factitious cares and the superfluously course labors of life that it’s finer fruits cannot be plucked by them. Their fingers, from excessive toil, are too clumsy and tremble too much for that."

"The indescribable innocence and beneficence of nature---such health, such cheer, they afford forever."

Long Bahamas

We have arrived in Long Island Bahamas. All is well and we will cactch up the blog over the next few days.

Don and Lana