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Reflection on America's Great Loop: A Baby Boomer Couple's Year-Long Boating Odyssey
     

Reflection on America's Great Loop: A Baby Boomer Couple's Year-Long Boating Odyssey

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by George Hospodar, Patricia Hospodar
 

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Though "I own a boat!" was the opening phrase to their courtship and eventual married life, little did "Baby Boomer" couple, George and Pat Hospodar, know then that those words would lead to their making a year-long "journey of a lifetime" aboard their boat, Reflection, almost forty years later.

Reflection on America's Great Loop welcomes and encourages not only

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Though "I own a boat!" was the opening phrase to their courtship and eventual married life, little did "Baby Boomer" couple, George and Pat Hospodar, know then that those words would lead to their making a year-long "journey of a lifetime" aboard their boat, Reflection, almost forty years later.

Reflection on America's Great Loop welcomes and encourages not only fellow boaters, but also armchair adventurers, and dreamers of all ages to join them aboard as they share a lighthearted, real-life account of their travels on the circumnavigation of the waterways of the eastern United States and Canada.

In addition, for those who may consider making this journey themselves, the authors offer insights and tips on:

Routes

Anchorages

Navigation

Locking

Marinas

Free dockage

Low bridges

Fuel stops

Restaurants

Shopping

Points of interest and local history

Border crossings in Canada and the United States

Local marine weather websites and phone numbers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601389015
Publisher:
Atlantic Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
08/03/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
703,201
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Reflection on America's Great Loop: A Baby Boomer Couple's Year-Long Boating Odyssey 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book provides a good snapshot of day to day life aboard a cruising boat  and some interesting historical information about stops along America's Great Loop, I cannot recommend it.   I was driven to distraction by the poor sentence structure,  the endless reporting of their day to day eating habits ( surely there must be more to eat along the route besides pizza and Chinese buffets)  and the boorish behavior of the captain ( at one point, when steering from the inside helm, he sounded his horn so that  passing yacht  would not think they were a "ghost ship"). There are plenty of other resources for learning about the Loop and/or the live-aboard life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightfully entertaining and highly informative. For boaters interested in undertaking this trip, the book is a “must have” as a valuable guide. The same can be said for those who are in the process of making the passage. For anyone who has completed the journey, the book will bring back fond and sometimes “overly exciting” memories. Even non-boaters will enjoy travelling with Captain George and Admiral Pat through parts of our beautiful America and also parts of lovely Canada that they may never experience in this way. Each section of the book includes first-hand information about dockage, nautical hazards, local fuel costs, and other tidbits to smooth the mariner’s way. There is also great information about Canadian entry requirements and U.S. re-entry requirements. Additionally, the Hospodars have spiced up the narrative with historical data about the towns and individual locks through which one must pass, an added dimension to an already interesting book. This is a fun and inspiring read. It makes you just want to get out there and go!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From Eleanor Jackowski: You don’t have to love boats to LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s so wonderfully written, I felt I was right on board with the Hospodars al the way through the LOOP, and was thrilled with the experience of passing over 100-foot locks, and navigating unpredictable, choppy waters of the Great Lakes. The many terrific pictures allow you to see al the lovely scenic areas and quaint towns they saw, and also learn some interesting facts of history about these new areas. It was hard to put the book down because you were anxious to find out what the next day world bring and the days were quite eventful. I was extremely impressed with the extensive planning that has to be prepared for such an adventurous trip and the knowledge necessary to operate and maintain such a large craft. It took a lot of hard work. The trip sounded wonderful and like the Captain, I too felt a little sad when it came to an end. The Admiral and the Captain certainly earned the Gold Burgee –Heck, I award them a Platinum Burgee! Great job! Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reflection on America's Great Loop is a must have for potential loopers. This book provides a realistic view of what to expect as one prepares, transits and completes the "loop". The notes at the end of the chapter give more detailed information presented in the narrative. There are highlighted paragraphs throughout that give historical and current information which would be wonderful to have while cruising along. If you are considering an adventure on America's Great Loop read this book!
AnnDigiore More than 1 year ago
Get ready for an amazing journey and an exciting read. Just sit back and relax while you enjoy the trip along with the Captain and the Admiral. Perhaps you too may be inspired to travel by sea on America's Great Loop! This is a great read for all seasons!
MIMIJIH More than 1 year ago
"Reflection" is a delightful, spot-on story about cruising 'The Great Loop'... a terrific adventure? My wife and I fought over the book when it arrived... she won! We were both excited to relive Hospodar's journey and compare it with our experiences. "Reflection" is beautifully organized and chock full of valuable information about doing the Loop and their interesting boat challenges (especially the ice maker)... a must read for the would be Looper. The book is an exciting page-turner... as the reader soon realizes new adventures await "Reflection" around every bend along the way. Descriptions of marinas, anchorages, restaurants, sights-to-see, and tips are well done and will be most helpful to anyone preparing for the journey. Congratulations Pat & George on a lifetime experience superbly done... and for sharing it in such a delightful way. Betty & Jim MIMI
WANDA-WARREN- More than 1 year ago
THE "REFLECTION ON AMERICA'S GREAT LOOP" WAS ABSOLUTELY ADVENTUROUS. I STARTED OUT READING THE BOOK VERY SLOWLY, I THINK THE FIRST TWO DAYS I READ THREE CHAPTERS, HOWEVER, BY DAY THREE I WAS OFF AND SAILING WITH THE HOSPODAR'S ON THE "REFLECTION". THE ENTIRE BOOK FROM CHAPTER FOUR UNTIL THE END WAS FULL SPEED AHEAD. THE BEST IS WHEN THEY REACHED CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA, I KNEW WHERE THEY WERE, BECAUSE I WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA. BECAUSE OF THE WAY IN WHICH THE BOOK IS WRITTEN, I FELT COMPELLED TO SHARE IT WITH MY STUDENTS, AND BOY WAS I SURPRISED HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT IT HAD ON THE RELUCTANT READERS, ESPECIALLY THE BOYS. WHEN I ARRIVED TO SCHOOL, I ASKED THE SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER TO CHART THE COURSE OF THE LOOP, AND HAVE THE STUDENTS PINPOINT EACH OF THE DESTINATIONS, WHICH THE STUDENTS REALLY ENJOYED DOING. I MUST CONFESS THAT THE BOYS WOULD ASK ME TO READ ALOUD TO THEM, BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO HEAR ABOUT "REFLECTION'S WEEKLY JOURNEY. "REFLECTION ON AMERICA'S GREAT LOOP", WAS EXCITING AS WELL AS HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL. TO THE AUTHORS YOUR BOOK IS AN EXEMPLAR OF EXCELLENT JOURNAL WRITING, AND IT HAS ALLOWED ME TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE STUDENTS HOW TO WRITE WITH PASSION AND FUN. THANK-YOU FOR SUCH A GREAT ADVENTURE.
Ed-Helen More than 1 year ago
The baby boomer couple, George and Pat Hospodar, made their journey of a life time on their boat, Reflection. Pat and George are a reflection of a wonderful couple who wrote a wealth of information on America’s Great Loop. This book is not only for boaters but for those who will visit by land. Their writing makes you feel like you are there. Their lines are catchy - a great reading of a great adventure.
max-4-the-road More than 1 year ago
My wife and I very much enjoyed reading "Reflection on America's Great Loop". This is the book to have if you like boats and travel. The author even provides tips at the end of each chapter for boaters who wish to plan their own adventure on the more than 5000 mile loop that will take you far enough north to see the Aurora Borealis and far enough south to have boat drinks at Margaritaville in Key West. The book is also loaded with photos and each chapter begins with a chartlet that tells the reader where on the waterway this chapter will take you. My wife and I have sailed half of the loop the wrong way (from lake Michigan to the intracoastal waterway and down to Key West). This book has me planning our own Loop adventure the correct way (counterclockwise) and I will definitely use this book as my guide. Whether you are a boater or a dreamer, the captain (George) and admiral (Pat) will take you along on their odyssey one port at a time.
patm301 More than 1 year ago
Though I am not a "boater" I found the story of their adventure to be amazing. I read the entire book in two days ! Not only was the narrative super, but I learned a great deal also ( who knew about locks??!!). I recommend this story to everyone !
cjmMS More than 1 year ago
Reflection on America's Great Loop is a fun and fast read for mariners who have done the loop, those doing the loop now and those hoping to loop soon. We know because we were there for many of the travels and adventures. Cap'n George and Admiral Pat were like old friends from our very first meeting and continue to tickle us with their fun and funny stories and Reflection adventures. We enjoyed travelling with them and sharing the adventure of a lifetime. Their book is a wonderful reminder of the good times in our boating lives and the lifelong friends you can meet travelling the America's Great Loop. Our boating friends have borrowed our two books, so we will have to buy more "Reflection" books to share as gifts and at least have 1 copy on our sundeck to peruse when our memory needs refreshing. This book has great tips, historical references, fine pictures to complement the witty and funny narrative. We highly recommend the book.
RosieRO More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I don’t own a boat and can’t make the Great Loop trip myself, but reading “Reflection on America’s Great Loop” I felt I was along for the great adventure. The “Captain” and the “Admiral” as this couple likes to refer to themselves, did a great job in describing their year long journey through the waterways of the eastern US and Canada. The story is told from a personal viewpoint. Laugh out loud funny in places; totally descriptive throughout. There are wonderful pictures that help the reader “see” what they are seeing. The picture on page 215 is worth a thousand words, as the “Admiral” is tending the lines at the lock wall and is unaware of what is ahead on the other side of the lock! For those planning to travel the Great Loop, each chapter is filled with expert tips from navigating the waters to finding the best dockage. A must read for everyone with an adventurous spirit!
DaveAndJoyce More than 1 year ago
This book is funny, factual and a must read even if you are not considering this great adventure. We were fortunate to meet Pat and George before we did the Great Loop. Unfortunately this book was not finished at the time we started our adventure. However Pat and George became our mentors and friends, so we were trained and helped by the best. The book itself is a hoot to read. Funny and informative, the book truly captures the essence of the trip. It is about wonderful people you meet along the way and the wonderful places to visit. It is also about not-so-wonderful people and places … the book doesn’t hold back a thing! It is also made clear that yes this is a great adventure … it is also a lot of work with many bumps in the road (water road). Read it and laugh and learn … then go to Banana Bay this winter and get it signed! Captain Dave & Admiral Joyce aboard Joysea