February 22, 2012

WATER

Posted in About Us, Retirement tagged , , , , at 6:27 pm by Iris Mack Dayoub

 “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”

 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

I recently had the privilege of spending a week with friends who a few years ago sold most of their belongings and took up residence on a boat, the Tusen Takk II. Tusen Takk is Norwegian for a “thousand thanks.”

Never have I slept so well as when I claimed the top cabin for my bedroom where the seas rocked me to sleep every night.

The adventure, one of those on my bucket list, was even more fun and entertaining than I could have ever imagined. I learned a lot about boat-life, the Caribbean and the islands. One of the most striking lessons was learning how to conserve water. Like most of us landlubbers, I had heard and read about the importance of water conservation, but I had never really paid much attention. Returning home I thought more about the use of water and am continuing to practice – hopefully, developing some long-lasting habits about the way I use water. 

Thinking about water, I recalled reading about water as a commodity and decided to do a little research. Water is a hot topic here in Savannah as the debate continues about the deepening of the Savannah River. Last Sunday I learned more about the potential frailty of our local rivers at a meeting of the Ogeechee River Keepers .

The Sierra Club is leading a drive to make sure water does not become a commodity and continues to be a human right.

Here are some photos taken during my delightful, memorable excursion on the Tusen Takk II.

These links will take you to the website for the Tusen Takk II and their blog about our visit.

 Tusen Takk to my gracious hosts!

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