Woman And Her Cat Have Been Sailing Around The World Together For Years
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.
me and Tropi sending out all our infinite christmas love and positive vibes to you and yours!! ❤️??may all beings everywhere be happy and free….so stoked my family decided to give to each others favorite charities this year!! Miss you my dear Clark family, love you all so much!! and thank you to all my family across the world who have taken me in on holidays abroad. #weareAllonebigfamily #givingisgoodliving @leenbean11 @bkulinsk @jamesclark78 @captainmillie @dadmiral1 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
"You understand Teacher, don't you, that when you have a mother who's an angel and a father who is a cannibal king, and when you have sailed on the ocean all your whole life, then you don't know just how to behave in school with all the apples and ibexes." –Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking // Surf mission with #AmeliatheTropicat in her go-to @patagonia_surf StormfrontPack #WindinourHair #natureovermoney #rethinktherules @patagonia @zealoptics @loveavasol @mizulife @aquaticoddities @b4bc photo with @gopro!!
Wake up kitty it's Friday!! Sunrise from bed…wrapped up in our @nikacollective beach blanket: Nika products are made by women in Nicaragua brought together by Kori Rider's inspiring efforts to provide work for some of the poorest, most vulnerable women in the Nueva Vida community, in turn empowering them to feed and educate themselves and their children. Profits from products sold go back into the needs of the community. check out their beautiful handmade goods and the power of one woman's desire to lift others up at nikacollective.com!! ?❤️⬆️ and thank you to @loveavasol for supporting them and sending me this lovely gift!!
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
#Tropicat was NOT enthused about the sea conditions the day we left to go find @kimi_swimmy & @simplevoyage…it was pretty rough out there. i was trying to ride the tail of an easterly moving front but i left about 8 hours too early and ended up fighting headwinds and sloppy mixed seas…We both puked. ??#joysofsailing #tentuamotusdays @patagonia @patagonia_surf
LOST KITTY ? Last seen on a paradise motu full of lizards and rats and crabs to chase…she fell off the canoe on the way there and then wandered off while i went surfing…???… searched everywhere 2 days, no sign of her…small islet with no cars or mean dogs and a super nice family living there who eat lots of ??? …hmmmm…#kittyfoundparadise??? ?? i Miss U #AmeliatheTropicat …
Holidays away from family make me realize that all people are family, and Love and Unity know no boundary between blood, classes, colors, or countries. Thank you to my family for supporting my dreams and to everyone who has made my many Holidays abroad so magical! #weareOne #Ameliasboyfriend #loveUMami #makenewfriends @patagonia @mizulife @zealoptics @loveavasol @freewaters_footwear
What if our religion was each other? If our practice was our life? If prayer was our words? What if the Temple was the Earth? If forests were our church? If holy water-the rivers,lakes and the ocean? What if meditation was our relationship? If the Teacher was life? If wisdom was self-knowledge? If love was the center of our being? Good Questions to Consider by Ganga White ???
Amelia and I are so disappointed. This bucket only lasted 4 months in the tropical sun and now it will sit at the island dump for the next eternity breaking into smaller and smaller pieces, infecting our food chain along with a zillion other plastic bottles, bags, toys, etc…WE NEED PLASTIC ALTERNATIVES!? It's up to us to demand them!! Anyone know where i can get a non-plastic bucket these days?? #ReduceReuseREFUSEsingleuseplastics #protectwhereweplay #bethechange @mizulife @zealoptics @patagonia @loveavasol @freewaters_footwear
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn…" Muir's words ringing in my ears on a high altitude kitty adventure!! #exploremore #soakupthevibes #changeyourperspective #mizulife #nourishwithnature @patagonia @mizulife @zealoptics @loveavasol @freewaters_footwear @leathermansport @proliteint
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