Originally Posted by cpaharley2008
For those familiar with Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" the term gumption trap is explained in detail. Hopefully others are carefully watching the horizon for issues while traveling.
Well you can do that and sometimes forecasts can be precise and accurate. But Mother Nature is a force that can also smack you unpredictably no matter what.
I was sailing in the Adriatic and a Bora (North wind) started to increase in force so I went up a river with high protected banks. Then the wind shifted to a Sirocco from the South. Up anchor, shift to the protected side. Then a forest fire fanned by the new wind moved closer and jumped the canyon up ahead. Up anchor and head for open water. Then the lightening started hitting close by. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse we saw the water spout headed towards us
Lucky for us we managed to evade it but I've long accepted that you should try to use good judgement and plan things but when Mother Nature catches you out she can ruin your day.