Woman And Her Cat Have Been Sailing Around The World Together For Years

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For ten years, surfer and environmentalist Liz Clark has been exploring the Pacific Ocean via a 40-foot boat named Swell. She first set sail from her California home base in 2006 to pursue a lifelong dream of extended sea travel, and she has since voyaged around Mexico, Central America, Kiribati, and Polynesia, covering over 18,000 aquatic miles.

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On her website, she says she enjoys “indulging in the freedom of solitude and making choices based on weather and swell forecasts rather than itineraries,” and her solitary steering has inspired a sense of agency and personal development as expansive as the deep blue sea.

Despite enjoying the freedom of solitude, she did welcome a furry, four-footed co-captain in 2013: a rescued cat she named Amelia in honor of Amelia Earhart, but fondly refers to as Tropicat. When Clark and Amelia first met (on land, of course), the feral feline was skinny and hungry, but seemed to have a “commanding lioness air and carefree bravado.” Clark immediately recognized the cat as a kindred spirit with a “similar thirst for adventure” and brought the new kitty crew member aboard.

?? & a happy halloween from the Tropicat ?

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Tropicat hates Mondays… ? off to the forest office before i lose a finger! #shestheboss

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big moons stir our wild hearts! ? moonlit escapades with #AmeliatheTropicat ?

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#AmeliatheTropicat reminding us to REACH for our desires!!!! #fishing

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"FASTER i told you… FASTER!??" –#AmeliatheTropicat #weAllNeedFREEDOMtoRoam

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I'd like to clarify the recent misleading headline in the UK's "Daily Mail" and other European publications about me "seeking a travel partner". They did a very comprehensive interview about my life and then pulled that headline from my response to one question, "Do you ever get lonely?" …my answer was "Yes, of course i feel lonely sometimes, and i eventually hope to find the right sailing partner…" i also talked about how traveling alone has helped me connect to Nature/God/Spirit and how in fact I always find nice, welcoming people everywhere i go! but the media must have thought that was the most exciting thing i said in the whole hour, so "Sailor Wanted:" became the rather misconstrued headline!?!! ? in fact i'm not seeking a 'travel partner' right now, although i appreciate all of your queries and wish i could share a slice of this life with all of you!? but what i meant was more that, like everyone, i'm trusting that a soulmate to share this life with will eventually appear as magically as a set wave rising from the sea! ❤️ #crazycatladyfornow

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"A house is made with walls and beams. A home is made with love and dreams." Amelia's majestic homecoming… #tropicatisBack

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#tbt kitty first mate scans the horizon, taking in the fresh sea breeze… #AmeliatheTropicat

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This whole nervous storm preparation really wore her out…we're all tucked in, anchor set…?⚓️??

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kitty & me … LIGHT bound … ✨

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