Embarking on The Great Loop on their aptly-named boat
No hyperbole here! This really could be “The Adventure of a Lifetime” … at least according to a recent article from National Geographic about an epic U.S. event that “few know about — and even fewer undertake each year.”
The Great Loop is a year-long, nearly 6,000-mile journey via continuous waterways through 15 states and two Canadian provinces. Recreational mariners travel from the Gulf and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterways in Florida to the Erie Canal, Great Lakes, Canadian Heritage Canals, and the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers.
Most travel by powerboat. Others journey by sailboat, fishing boat, kayak, and even standup paddleboard.
The article says that fewer than 200 “loopers” complete the trip annually (with retirees making up the majority), but things are changing thanks to a growing communiity of “family loopers” interested in experiencing the ultimate in homeschooling.
“With thousands of miles of ocean, rivers, and lakes, the Great Loop is a bit more adrenaline-pumping than the typical family trip to the beach. Swells, currents, and storms can make the journey tricky. But as any looper will tell you, that’s all part of the fun.”
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